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Hull FC 34 Leeds Rhinos 20

5th May 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost 34-20 at the KC Stadium on a tough night for the Champions as the home side pulled clear in the final stages to seal the win.

Leeds Rhinos returned to action in the Stobart Super League with a trip to the KC Stadium to face Hull FC, who came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats.

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Leeds were given a boost with the return from injury of Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who was immediately drafted into the starting line up to replace Ryan Bailey, who was ruled out through illness.

Hull included former Rhino Jay Pitts at loose forward after he had made the journey east on the M62 earlier in the season whilst on loan signing from Wigan, Matthew Russell, was handed a debut at full back.

Hull clearly came out with the intent to impose themselves on the game having had a fortnight off in preparation and they camped themselves on the Leeds line however the visitors were able to withstand that early storm.

They eventually got some field position after that and scored with their first real attack of the game. Brent Webb threw a flat pass along the backline and, despite home claims for a forward pass, Ben Jones-Bishop crossed for his sixth try in five games against Hull FC. Kevin Sinfield missed the conversion but his side led 4-0 after 12 minutes.

The home finally got the points their possession merited after a string of penalties from referee James Child. Eventually the pressure had to tell and a short pass from Brett Seymour put Danny Tickle through a hole to score. He converted himself to make it 6-4 after 14 minutes.

Leeds got more into the game after that and produced a number of half breaks for Zak Hardaker and Jones-Bishop but they could not find a way through. Hull were then denied a try for Tickle by video referee Ian Smith when he took a well placed kick from Seymour ahead of Ryan Hall, but Hardaker reacted quickly to wrap him up and he lost possession trying to ground the ball.

The Rhinos retook the lead after 23 minutes when Ablett was on hand to finish off a good move and spin out of the tackle to score. Sinfield added the conversion.

Once again Hull responded and this time took the lead with two quick fire tries. Leeds had defended well with Chris Clarkson producing a try saving tackle, however Peter Gentle’s side moved the ball quickly along the backline and, despite some desperate cover defence, Will Sharp ducked under the attempted tackle of Hardaker to score. Tickle was off target with his touchline conversion attempt but his side were soon in front two minutes later.

Willie Manu and Ben Crooks combined to release Tom Briscoe and the England man raced clear to score his side’s third try. Tickle had an easier conversion attempt this time and duly put his side 16-10 in front after 31 minutes.

Whilst Hull enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the final ten minutes of the half, it was fairly even in terms of clear cut chances. Jones-Bishop attempted to get around Briscoe and was dragged into touch but then matched that effort on defence in the next set as he forced his opposite number over the sideline as he attempted to score in the corner.

The second half was a war of attrition as both teams looked to gain a foothold in the game. Leeds found themselves on the end of a string on penalties that allowed Tickle to stretch the home sides lead with three kicks at goal inside fifteen minutes.

The Rhinos found themselves 22-10 down and with an up hill battle to climb. However. they seemed to have taken a massive stride towards that when Lee Smith put Webb away for a certain score only for referee Child to pull the move back for a forward pass that looked harsh on replays.

Webb then produced a fantastic piece of defensive play to deny man of the match Richard Whiting a score. The Hull man raced up to collect a Seymour bomb, having outjumped the defence he seemed certain to score only for Webb to instantly go from challenging for the ball to wrapping the catcher up and holding him up over the line.

Leeds did eventually get a third try when Ryan Hall finished off a flowing move after Webb timed his pass to perfection to draw in the cover defence and leave the England winger with a simple score in the corner. Sinfield was unlucky to see his conversion drift narrowly wide but Leeds now trailed 22-14 with 13 minutes to go.

The Rhinos pressed hard but as they tried to force a score, errors occured and Hull capitalised. They crossed for a spectacular try through Tom Briscoe when he bumped off three would be tacklers 20 metres from his own line and then sprinted away from attempted tackles by Ryan Hall and Zak Hardaker to score between the posts.

Ben Crooks then crossed almost immediately after Whiting knocked the ball from Webb’s hand on the next set. Hull moved the ball quickly and Crooks did well to stretch out in the tackle to put the ball down under pressure from Lee Smith. Tickle converted both to make it 34-14.

Leeds gave their fans something to go home happy about when Webb chipped over the top from the base of a scrum and McGuire raced through to collect and score. Sinfield added the conversion as the hooter went to make the final score 34-20.

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