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Crusaders RL v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 29th January, kick off 8pm

24th January 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Next Friday, 29th January, the Rhinos will take on Crusaders RL at Wrexham for their first game of the 2010 engage Super League season. For this game Rhinos on the Road will be running two trips.

The day trip will leave Headingley Carnegie Stadium at 11am and you will have the chance to spend the day in Chester prior to going along to the stadium in Wrexham.

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You will have time to get something to eat and have a walk around city which is encircled by a glorious 2-mile ring of Roman and medieval walls, Chester is a rare and truly magical blend of the ancient and traditional with modern cosmopolitan chic. Situated on the River Dee, close to the Welsh border, Chester is home to 2,000 years of history and one of Britain’s Heritage Cities. Step back in time amid pristine Georgian and Victorian architecture, shop in the unique medieval two-tier galleries called the Rows and enjoy the city’s classy café culture. This is a fitting place for the fans of the history making team Leeds Rhinos to stop and spend some time before making their way by coach to stadium.

The evening trip will depart from Headingley Carnegie Stadium at 4pm and go straight along to the game. Both trips will return to Headingley Carngie Stadium approximately half an hour after the final whistle.

Both trips are priced at £15 per person and can be booked by calling into the Ticket Office, by telephone on 0871 423 1315 or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets 

The tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for students (with a valid student card) and Senior Citizens (Over 60 years of age), £7 for under 16’s and juniors under 7 are free. Junior season ticket holders can exchange their Crusaders away voucher at Headingley Carnegie Ticket Sales Office. 

If you want information on the trip to Wrexham like directions, useful contacts for accomodation and places to go, then don’t forget to visit our dedicated section for the game at www.therhinos.co.uk/celtic  

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Crusaders RL 6 Leeds Rhinos 34

29th January 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos showed their Championship quality by coming through in the end to seal a 34-6 win after being level at 6-6 after an hour.

Leeds Rhinos arrived at a snow covered Racecourse Ground in Wrexham to kick off the new Engage Super League against Brian Noble’s Crusaders RL side.

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Snow had began to fall in mid-afternoon in North Wales and ensured a cold, wet surface in which to kick off the 15th season of summer rugby.

Brent Webb was not risked for the visitors as he recovers from a minor injury however he is expected to return along with England skipper Jamie Peacock for the opening home game of the season against Castleford a week later.

The Crusaders included three former Rhinos in their squad. Winger Gareth Raynor was the only one in the starting line whilst Jamie Thackray and Peter Lupton were on the bench.

The home side got the opening score of the game when the Rhinos were penalised for not being square at marker and Michael Witt calmly stepped up to give his side a 2-0 lead after 4 minutes.

Both teams had chances to cross for the games first try. Crusaders showed real ambition with the ball as they attacked from deep  but they could not keep hold of the ball as they tried to feed it quickly along the  line. The Rhinos immediately counter attacked with Kylie Leuluai punching a hole through the  home defence but Danny McGuire could not take in his offload and the opportunity was gone.

In the conditions, it seemed inevitable that a mistake may prove costly and it did after 21 minutes when Raynor allowed Brett Delaney’s grubber bounce through his legs and Scott Donald was quickest to react to get the touch down. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-2.

Eight minutes later, fortunes were reversed when Donald could not deal with Witt’s hanging bomb to the corner and Vince Mellars picked up the loose ball to put Raynor in at the corner. Witt missed the conversion to leave the scores level.

The Rhinos were indebted to Keith Senior and Ryan Hall with four minutes remaining when they combined to tackle Luke Dyer by the corner post to deny a certain try and leave the scores level at the break.

Leeds dominated possession in the second half as they looked to take control of the game. They twice forced Crusaders to drop out but could not find a way through as a combination of good defending and poor handling in the freezing conditions meant the scores remained deadlocked.

The Rhinos did not lose their composure though and had faith that the pressure would eventually tell. It did after 66 minutes as Leeds produced an impressive counter attack from 10 metres near their own line. Watkins took a high kick before offloading to Buderus. He fed Donald who released Brett Delaney to break up field. He drew the last man before passing to McGuire who raced around the outside of Ryan O’Hara before going 80 metres to score.

Three minutes later Ali Lauitiiti took advantage of a mix up in the home defence to touch down a spilled ball from a high bomb. Finally, Sinfield timed his run to perfection to dive on Buderus’ grubber kick for his side’s fourth try. Sinfield converted all three to make it 24-6 after 73 minutes.

There was a try for Brett Delaney on his debut with four minutes remaining before the impressive late rally was completed by Lauitiiti who was awarded his second try by the video referee. Sinfield added the conversion to make the final score 34-6 to the Champions.

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