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Hull KR 22 Leeds Rhinos 20

10th March 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

Despite a hat trick from Ashley Gibson the Rhinos missed out on the chance to go top of engage Super League as they slipped to a 22-20 loss to the new leaders, Hull KR.

The home side scored the first points of the game when Gareth Ellis was penalised by referee Richard Silverwood for offside 15 metres in front of his own post. Former Rhino Gareth Morton had the routine job of kicking the penalty to make it 2-0 after 6 minutes.

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Leeds hit back after 11 minutes after gaining a penalty deep in Hull KR territory. The Rhinos elected to take a quick tap and fed the ball quickly along the backline, Brent Webb straightened up the line before passing to Ashley Gibson. The young centre backed himself to get to the line and held off a strong challenge from Cockayne to get the ball down next to the corner flag. The video ref confirmed the score before Kevin Sinfield added a brilliant touchline conversion to make it 6-2.

Rovers scored on their next rare visit to the Leeds half when captain James Webster chipped ahead 20 metres out over the head of Webb, then collected his own kick to score. Morton added the conversion to make it 8-6 to the home side.

Having missed a host chances earlier in the half, the Rhinos had a large slice of luck as they re-took the lead after 37 minutes. Webb showed great skill to collect his own grubber kick on the last tackle, he fed Burrow who flicked out a pass to McGuire. McGuire then passed wide behind his back but the ball hit the floor and appeared to go forward, however Lee Smith did not hang around to argue the merits of the pass but instead collected the loose ball and went in for a try in the corner. Sinfield's conversion went to the left of the post so the Rhinos only led 10-8 at half time.

The home support were whipped up for the start of the second half and they were sent into fits of joy when Luke Dyer was the quickest to react to a kick through by Cockayne that wrong footed Webb. The former Castleford player raced through and just got the ball down before the dead ball line. Morton added the conversion to make it 14-10 to the home side after 44 minutes.

Two minutes later, the Robins extended their lead through a Morton penalty and despite some great defence, the home side were building up their momentum and a try seemed inevitable. And so it was although yet again their was controversy involved. Leeds were forced to drop out however replays suggested that the ball had gone out before McGuire touched it. At the end of the next set, Hull KR kicked to the corner and Ford collected the high ball. As he was being tackled he managed to roll the ball back along the field, Andreas Bauer was on hand to pick up the loose ball and scamper round for the score. Morton added the conversion from the touchline to make it 22-10 after 56 minutes.
The Rhinos finally got back in the game with 15 minutes to go. From a scrum, Leeds moved the ball quickly and Gibson made the extra man out wide to score. Sinfield's conversion went wide so Leeds still needed two scores to win.

The Rhinos had their third try of the night chalked off by the video ref with ten minutes remaining when it was adjudged that Tommy Gallagher had got his hand underneath the ball when Jamie Peacock drove over the line.
The Rhinos last chance seemed to have gone when Jordan Tansey knocked on with the line at his mercy but there was last minute drama when Gibson completed his hat trick, he collected a pass from Burrow then held off two would be tacklers before touching down over his head. Sinfield added the conversion but time ran out for the Rhinos and they slipped to their second defeat of the season.
 

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