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Celtic Crusaders 0 Leeds Rhinos 68

22nd August 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Hat tricks from Brent Webb and Jamie Peacock has seen Leeds Rhinos move to the top of the engage Super League table.

The Rhinos team only showed one change from the last two games with Ali Lauitiiti replacing Carl Ablett in the starting line up whilst Ryan Bailey returned for his first appearance since June to take Ablett spot in the squad.

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The Crusaders were rocked by the deportation of six players in midweek however it was likely only two would have been involved in this game anyway. Instead, John Dixon included a number of players from the club’s successful Colts team.

It was not long before the Rhinos took the lead and it came from the usual side of the field. However, this time it was Ryan Hall who set up Keith Senior to score. The position was created by a break by Lee Smith down the opposite wing however a cross field kick from Rob Burrow was plucked out of the air by Hall, who passed over his head to Senior to score in the corner. Sinfield’s conversion attempt dropped short by the Rhinos led 4-0 after four minutes.

The lead was extended six minutes later when Hall finished off a flowing move to score in the corner. Sinfield was the creator in midfield before the ball was moved quickly and the Crusaders could not regroup in time to catch Super League’s leading try scorer. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt.

Leeds crossed for their third try after 14 minutes and this time it came down the right flank. Having gained territory down field from a penalty, the Rhinos worked the numbers well to give Donald a one on one with his opposite number and he stepped his way to the line. Sinfield got the conversion to make it 14-0.

That lead was extended with three tries in five minutes just before the half hour mark. First up was Brent Webb who was put through by Rob Burrow after the scrum half broke through on half way.

Matt Diskin, Burrow and Webb then combined to put Senior in for his second try before Jamie Peacock used all his strength to power over from close range. Sinfield converted both tries to become only the second player in the club’s history to kick 1,000 goals in a career and give his side a 30-0 after 29 minutes.

The Rhinos claimed their sixth try with two minutes remaining in the half when Burrow chipped ahead ten metres out from the line and Webb timed his run to perfection to dive and catch the ball to score. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Champions now led 34-0 at half time.

After the excitement of the first half, the second half started was a bit of a damp squib in comparison after a heavy shower at half time made handling conditions far from ideal. Neither team was able to maintain possession for long enough to mount any pressure on the oppositions line.

Simon Worrall was denied a try by referee Thierry Alibert after he adjudged that the ball had been stolen from a Celtic player as he tried to run out from his own line.

Eventually the Rhinos did get a try after 57 minutes when Jamie Peacock, who had only just come back on the pitch, carried three would be tacklers over the line with him to claim two tries in a game for the first time ever for the Rhinos.

That score was swiftly followed by another when Lee Smith broke down the touchline before drawing the last man and passing back inside to Burrow to score a simple try between the posts. Sinfield added both conversions to make it 46-0 to the visitors.

The Rhinos broke through the half century with 16 minutes remaining when Webb completed his hat trick. It could have been Peacock who was claiming the match ball after he smashed his way through the line 40 metres out but he unselfishly passed to Webb ten metres out to gift the full back his hat trick. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 52-0.

Credit must go to the Crusaders though who never threw in the towel. That was epitomised three minutes later when a brilliant kick by Burrow was taken by Donald in full stride and the winger looked certain to score. However, Elliot Kear tracked back and pulled Donald down short of the line and managed to roll him into touch.

However, it was not long before the Rhinos were back on the scoreboard and this time it was Jamie Jones-Buchanan who took advantage of the waves of attack on the Celtic line. That was followed soon afterwards by a score for Matt Diskin who became the seventh different try scorer for the Rhinos. Sinfield converted the latter to make it 62-0.

In the final minute, the biggest cheer of the night came in the final minute when Brent Webb broke through and looked like he would score his fourth but instead passed to Peacock to complete his hat trick. He became the first Leeds prop to score a hat trick in Super League and the first one to score three tries in a game since Barrie McDermott did the same feat in the Challenge Cup win over Dewsbury in 1998.

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