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Harlequins RL 22 Leeds Rhinos 42

12th June 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Lee Smith scored a hat trick for the Rhinos as they secured a 42-22 win over Quins at the Twickenham Stoop.

A much changed Leeds Rhinos side arrived at the Twickenham Stoop on a Sunday afternoon in the capital.

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The Champions were without England internationals Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Ryan Hall and Danny McGuire whilst Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Bailey were ruled out before kick off after failing a fitness test.

The opening exchanges were entertaining in the afternoon sunshine as both teams looked to promote the ball at every opportunity. The Rhinos managed to get the first try of the game after 12 minutes when Lee Smith latched onto a spilled pass 30 metres from the Quins line. The winger was chased to the line by two Quins defenders but just made it to the line in time before he was caught. Smith missed the conversion but the Rhinos led 4-0.

The Rhinos were in a clinical mood and doubled their advantage four minutes later. Good work by Brent Webb opened up the Quins defence and Paul McShane, who returned this week from his loan spell at Hull FC, spotted a gap to scoot over from dummy half for his first try for the club. Smith added the conversion to make it 10-0.

Harlequins had chances to cut the lead but were unable to keep hold of the ball near the Rhinos line. Jay Pitts was in impressive form and twice he was on hand to latch onto the loose ball and move upfield.

From one of those efforts, the Rhinos scored their next try. Pitts cleared the ball and then produced a great kick to the corner to force Will Sharp to carry the catch into touch. From the ensuing scrum, Carl Ablett fed Brent Webb, who wriggled free of two tacklers before going over for a try. Smith converted to make it 16-0 after 25 minutes.

The Rhinos were in command but allowed themselves to get dragged into a dogfight with the homeside after that. Kyle Amor lost control of the ball 40 metres from the Quins line and then gave away a needless penalty at the play the ball which gave Quins a position from which they could finally score through Luke Dorn. Danny Orr's conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded away to leave the score at 16-4 after 32 minutes.

Referee James Child continued to punish the Rhinos indiscipline at every opportunity. Matt Diskin seemed harshly done to when he did not get a penalty when tackled from dummy half by a clearly offside Quin however he took his protests too far and gave the home side even more pressure. Kylie Leuluai was then penalised for a supposedly high tackle that seemed harsh. Bizarrelly Orr elected to kick for goal with his side trailing by 12 points and two minutes left in the half. He was successful which left the half time score at 16-6.

It got worse for the Rhinos at the start of the second half when Dorn brushed off an attempted tackle by Paul McShane to go over between the posts. Melling added the conversion to set up a real contest at 16-12.

Leeds needed to respond quickly and they did just that with three tries in ten minutes. The first came from Luke Ambler, his first for the club after he set up the move with a clever offload to Brent Webb.

The next came from Lee Smith before Carl Ablett wrapped up the scoring spell by finishing off a chance created by Greg Eastwood. Smith converted all three tries to make it 34-12.

Quins got two tries back through Howell and former Rhino Luke Gale but just as the Rhinos looked under pressure Kylie Leuluai produced a massive hit in defence to lift his team mates. The Rhinos were able to steady the ship with a penalty from Smith to make it 36-22.

Leeds finished with a flourish Lee Smith completing his hat trick after collecting his own chip kick and added the conversion to make the final score 42-22.

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