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Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 18th February, 8pm

14th February 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos travel to the KC Stadium looking to make it two wins from two at the start of the season next Friday but they will face a side reeling from defeat in their local derby at the Magic weekend.

Whilst the Rhinos confidence will be on a high following the dramatic 32-28 win over rivals Bradford Bulls, Hull FC suffered the opposite as Hull KR came from 14-0 down to overturn their biggest rivals.

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The Rhinos won twice at the KC Stadium last year with a Challenge Cup victory followed up by a win on the final day of the season thanks to some Danny McGuire magic to secure a top four finish.

Richard Agar's side then lost to Hull KR in the play offs leaving them with a frustrating winter. Australian Craig Fitzgibbon has taken over as captain this season whilst the Airlie Birds stepped in to sign former Wigan star Cameron Phelps last week after releasing former Rhino Jordan Tansey.

The tickets are for the Smith & Nephew North Stand which is all seated and is located at one end of the pitch. They are priced at £19.00 for Adults, £15.00 for Students (with a valid student card) and Senior Citizens (Over 60 years of age), and £10.00 for Juniors. Tickets for Junior Season Holders to exchange for their voucher from the Away voucher book are also available. Disabled tickets are priced as above and helper tickets are also available if required and upon production of valid ID.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15.00 with 5% discount for Season Ticket Holders, Bronze Members and Rhinos 4 Life Members. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 5pm.

Match tickets will be available until 3.30pm on Friday 18th February from the Rhinos Ticket Office. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10p per minute) or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

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Hull FC 18 Leeds Rhinos 32

18th February 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos produced a commanding performance to make it two wins from two at the start of the season but it came at a price with a number of injury concerns.

The Rhinos travelled to the KC Stadium looking to build on the win over Bradford with Weller Hauraki set to make his debut for the club off the bench. Ben Cross was ruled out through illness which meant that Chris Clarkson was drafted into the squad.

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Leeds made the perfect to start to the game with a try from Brent Webb after a great break by Keith Senior from 25 metres out. He broke the Hull defensive line before offloading to Webb to score. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos dominated the early exchanges but were dealt a blow after eight minutes when Webb had to be helped from the field after twisting his ankle as he was tackled a metre short of the line.

Hull managed to equalise with their first attack of the game. Having earned a penalty on half way, the Airlie Birds made the most of the position and prop Mark O'Meley powered over the top of Ben Jones-Bishop to score. Tickle added the conversion to level the score.

However, that was only a brief reprive for the home side as the Rhinos came back on the attack. Jamie Jones-Buchanan was unlucky to miss out on a try when he was held up by Richard Whiting. But it seemed it was only a question of time before the Rhinos got  a second try and it came from Ryan Hall. The chance came after a Burrow high kick was knocked down 35 metres out, Leeds made the most of the opportunity and miss pass by Carl Ablett created an overlap for Hall to score. Sinfield's touchline conversion attempt went wide but the Rhinos now led 10-6 after 26 minutes.

The lead was increased just before half time with a sensational try from the visitors. It was started by Sinfield on half way and ended with Rob Burrow stretching out to score. In between times there was some great skill from Keith Senior, Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall, Weller Hauraki, Danny Buderus and twice from Jones-Bishop, before the full back gave the final pass to Burrow, who held off two tacklers to touch down. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 16-6 after 35 minutes.

The half ended on a high for the Rhinos when Sinfield blocked Sean Long's attempted drop goal before tipping on the loose ball to the on rushing Jones-Bishop who went 70 metres to score untouched. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos led 20-6 at half time.

The Rhinos increased their lead after just four minutes of the second half. Burrow hoisted a high kick to the corner and whilst Lee Smith and Kallum Watkins could not gather the ball in, Clarkson was on hand to snatch up the loose ball and then stretched out to score in the corner. Sinfield was unlucky to miss the conversion which faded in front of the posts but the Rhinos now led 24-6.

Just as in the first half, Hull then responded with a try from short range from O'Meley. Tickle converted and despite Leeds having scored five tries to two, they only lead by two converted tries after 50 minutes.

The Rhinos needed to finish the game off as they continued to stick to their game plan and got their reward just after an hour. Weller Hauraki marked his debut as he dribbled the ball in front of the posts, it bounced up into the arms of Buderus, who threw a reverse pass behind his back to Hauraki to score. Sinfield converted to make it 30-12.

Hull managed to get a foothold when they chanced their arm from their own line. Briscoe made a 60 metre break upfield before a great cover tackle by Jones-Bishop. However, the Airlie Birds then spread the ball across the field and Will Sharp scored on the opposite wing. Tickle added the conversion to make it 30-18 after 69 minutes.  

With time running out Sinfield looked to seal the win with a drop goal attempt that drifted wide to the left of the posts however Rob Burrow made no mistake with three minutes to go. Sinfield then rubbed salt into the wound when he slotted over a drop goal to wind down the clock with 90 seconds left.

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