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Harlequins 28 Leeds Rhinos 24

14th June 2008

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost out 28-24 to Harlequins RL at the Twickenham Stoop despite a late fightback with tries from Rob Burrow and Scott Donald. Leeds outscored the home side five tries to four but they could not overcome a determined Quins outfit who were keen to make amends for their heartbreaking defeat to the Champions in the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Leeds started the game in bright fashion and scored the first try of the game after just four minutes. A penalty deep in Quins territory gave them great field position and a short ball to Jamie Peacock allowed the England captain to power his way over from close range. It was only Peacock's eighth try for the club but of which five have come against Quins, including three this season. Sinfield converted the score to make it 6-0. The home side hit straight back four minutes later when they worked an overlap out wide and winger Will Sharp had a simple job to score the try. Henry Paul kicked the conversion to level the score. The Rhinos were denied a try after 15 minutes by referee Ashley Klein when he adjudged Brent Webb's pass to the winger Scott Donald went forward. The referee further angered the Rhinos travelling band of supporters when he failed to spot an apparent knock on by Quins in the next set. As it was, Quins forced a repeat set and four tackles later Scott Hill ducked under two would be tackles to give Quins the lead. Paul converted again to make it 12-6 after 17 minutes. The Rhinos were denied another try with 16 minutes remaining in the half when video referee Ben Thaler adjudged that Sinfield had obstructed Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook as he attempted to tackle McGuire. McGuire had burst through before passing to Rob Burrow to touch down but the score was harshly chalked off. Quins then elected to kick the subsequent penalty from 10 metres inside the Leeds half and extended their lead to 14-6 through Paul's kick. The Rhinos finally get a try back with four minutes left in the half. Having enjoyed a long spell of pressure on the Quins line, eventually the home defence cracked and a great miss pass by Burrow released Donald to score his 20th try of the season in the corner. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 14-12 at half time.

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The Rhinos came out fired up after the break and took the game to the home side. However, it was Quins who got the first try of the second half when hooker Chad Randall managed to get the ball down from dummy half under pressure from three Leeds defenders. Paul added the conversion to make it 20-12 after 48 minutes. Leeds had to absorb a long spell of pressure on their own line when Quins forced three repeat sets, the last coming after Sinfield was dragged in to touch from a scrum. However, having seen off that danger the Rhinos went back down the other end of the field and scored. McGuire made the initial break forcing Quins to concede a penalty on their own line. Leeds tapped the ball and spread it wide before Keith Senior crashed over for his 11th try of the season. Sinfield's conversion hit the post and bounced away leaving the score 20-16 to the home side after 58 minutes. The Rhinos missed another opportunity after 62 minutes when Ellis failed to take in an offload ten metres out and the chance was gone. There had been an under current of ill feeling between the two sides, perhaps harking back to the earlier Cup meeting, and tempers boiled over after 66 minutes when a bout of pushing and shoving resulted in Senior and McCarthy Scarsbrook being sin binned as instigators. Paul kicked the subsequent penalty from 30 metres out to extend his side's lead to 22-16. The Rhinos hopes were given a hammer blow with ten minutes remaining when Sharp raced through to dive on Scott Hill's through kick. Paul converted to give his side a 12 point lead. Leeds did recover the kick off through Ablett and worked the ball down field before Burrow used his strength to stretch for the corner. Sinfield's conversion attempt hit the post and bounced away leaving the Rhinos in a tough position. Quins put the kick off out on the full and so the Rhinos came firing back but they were unable to find a way through as they battled against the clock. However, the crowd was assured of a grandstand finish when Ablett did brilliantly to put Donald away for his second try of the game out wide. Sinfield's conversion went wide but the Rhinos were within a try of levelling the game with three minutes remaining. However the visitors did not leave themselves enough time to complete the fightback and went down to their third defeat of the season.

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