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Hull KR 6 Leeds Rhinos 34

16th February 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos scored 28 unanswered points in the second half, including a hat trick on debut for Tom Briscoe, to kick off the new season in style.

Brian McDermott have Tom Briscoe a debut on his return to East Yorkshire whilst Paul Aiton had a spot on the bench to start with. Brad Singleton was rewarded for his form in pre-season with a starting spot in the front row, like Chris Clarkson packed down at loose forward. 

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The Rhinos got off to a perfect start with a try after just six minutes. The try came from a clever kick by Joel Moon on the last tackle to the corner. Ryan Hall powered through to chase up the kick and that forced Greg Eden to spill the ball and Moon was on hand to dive on the loose ball and score in the corner. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion from the touchline to get his side off to an early lead. 

Leeds created a couple of half chances but it was the home side who struck next. Having gained possession deep in Rhinos territory from a penalty, Kris Keating marked his debut for Hull KR by dummying a pass on the last tackle and cutting through the gap to score. Craig Hall kicked the conversion to level the score after 21 minutes.

The home side enjoyed the better of the possession after that, forcing the Rhinos to drop out with ten minutes to go until the break, but both teams looked rusty on attack on the opening day of the season and Leeds were more than a match for anything Rovers threw at them. 

Aiton came on for his debut at the start of the second half and Leeds immediately took more control of the game. They hit the front again after 49 minutes. Kallum Watkins produced a try saving tackle on his own line before Danny McGuire ran out a dangerous looking kick from Hull KR on the last tackle. From that position, Leeds went the length of the field with Hardaker, Sinfield and Delaney combining to set Watkins away. He galloped up field before passing to Briscoe 20 metres out, who finished superbly. 

Briscoe then collected his brace, as the ball was moved along the backline and Watkins unselfishly passed to his winger with the line at his mercy. The pure hat trick of three consecutive tries was completed soon after. This time Watkins went himself but was tackled short. Having desperately raced back, Hull KR were then caught flat footed and McGuire and Watkins combined to put Briscoe in at the corner from less than a metre out. He became only the eighth player in the club’s history to score a hat trick on his debut. Sinfield missed all three conversion attempts from near the touchline and then hit the post after McGuire picked up a loose Rovers pass 40m from his own line and raced through to score. 

The Rhinos were in complete control however and now led 22-6 with just over fifteen minutes to go. The result was confirmed with two more tries quickly afterwards. The first came from Zak Hardaker, who supported Rob Burrow’s fine break and then Watkins grabbed a try himself to cap a fine performance. Both were converted by Sinfield to make the final score 34-6 to Brian McDermott’s side.

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