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Bradford Bulls 14 Leeds Rhinos 18

5th April 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

Scott Donald snatched victory for the Rhinos in the closing minutes against Bradford for the second year running, as Leeds won 18-14 at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal.

The Rhinos came out fired up and took the game to the home side from the kick off both on attack and defence.
As it was the Bulls got the first points of the game after seven minutes when Keith Senior was penalised for lying on at the tackle and Deacon struck the penalty from 34 metres out.

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The Rhinos then had a major let off when Bradford moved 80 metres up field with a flowing move involving Morrison, Deacon, Evans and Vainikolo before the cover got across. However, shortly afterwards Webb was penalised for a high tackle on Iestyn Harris and Deacon added a simple penalty to make it 4-0 after 11 minutes.

The Rhinos then struck back after 14 minutes when Burrow and McGuire combined to send Webb away. He threw a pass out wide to Senior, who burst down field before passing back inside to Scott Donald who managed to keep his ball carrying arm off the floor under pressure from Marcus St Hilaire to score the try. Sinfield missed the conversion so the score remained level.

Burrow was denied a try by video ref Ashley Klein two minutes later when Deacon just managed to knock a kick dead under pressure from the Leeds scrum half.

However, Leeds did manage to get points from that visit to the Bulls half when Sinfield kicked a penalty from close range after Lynch was penalised for holding down.

Despite building pressure on the Bradford line, the Rhinos were dealt a blow after 22 minutes when Brent Webb was sin binned for another high shot. Having warned him for the earlier incident, referee Ganson had no hesitation on reaching for his top pocket.

With ten minutes remaining in the half two former Leeds men combined to give the Bulls the lead again. Dave Solomona started the move with a great offload to Iestyn Harris. Harris ran across the Leeds defence before throwing a wide pass to Morrison, he drew the last man and released Marcus St Hilaire to score in the corner. Deacon missed the conversion so it remained 8-6 to the Bulls.

The game continued to ebb and flow and there was drama in the last minute of the half. Leeds went close through Donald before play switched to the other end in seconds. Deacon kicked with time running out but McGuire knocked on under pressure and the loose ball was latched onto by the Bulls. However, Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for holding down as the hooter went and Deacon kicked the penalty to make it 10-6 to Bradford at half time.

The Bulls extended their lead after five minutes of the second half when Chris Feather offloaded close to the line to Iestyn Harris, he passed to Evans who slipped a pass back inside to Vainikolo who cut in from the touchline and powered his way over from close range. Deacon's conversion was wide but the Bulls now led 14-6.

Both teams had chances to score further tries, however with fifteen minutes remaining Leeds struck back when Sinfield's grubber kick was touched down by Gareth Ellis after Diskin and Platt initially tussled for the ball. Sinfield added the conversion to set up a nail-biting finale.

And what a finish it was! With just two minutes remaining Danny McGuire broke down field from an offload by Peacock before drawing the cover and passing to Scott Donald to score out wide. Sinfield added the touchline conversion for good measure to make the final score 18-14 for Leeds.
 

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