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Leeds Rhinos 10 Hull FC 7

14th July 2017

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos overcame early injuries to Stevie Ward and Keith Galloway to secure second spot in the Betfred Super League table going into the Super 8s with a hard earned win against Hull FC at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie looking to build on the impressive win at Salford five days earlier however there was a contrast in the weather conditions. Whilst the game at the AJ Bell Stadium was played in glorious sunshine, the rain returned on match night at Headingley Carnegie which impacted on the control both teams were able to have on the ball.

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It was the visitors who opened the scoring after seven minutes. The chance came after Ryan Hall was forced to knock a dangerous cross field kick into touch under pressure. The Rhinos managed to hold Manu up over the line after he charged over from close range but then prop Scott Taylor sniffed a chance from dummy half and picked up to bump over the line. Marc Sneyd added the simple conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The Rhinos were then dealt a double blow as Stevie Ward and Keith Galloway both left the field at the same time through injury. Ward suffered concussion in a tackle whilst Galloway immediately pulled up after suffering a leg injury as he looked to push off on a run.

Leeds thought they had hit back after 14 minutes when Matt Parcell, as he has done on so many occasions this half, spotted the smallest of gaps and stretched out to score but referee Robert Hicks adjudged he had knocked on in the process.

Golding went to centre in the resulting re-shuffle but it meant a long shift for the Leeds pack, with only two forwards on the bench.

Adam Cuthbertson and Golding were both held inches short and returning centre Jimmy Keinhorst was bundled into touch near the corner flag by Mahe Fonua.

The Hull defence was forced into overtime through a host of handling errors but it held firm up to the break and Sneyd took the opportunity in first-half stoppage time to coolly slot over a drop goal from 40 metres to make it 7-0.
They went close to extending the lead further when winger Fetuli Talanoa caught Sneyd’s high kick just short of the line but he was held up on his back and Leeds immediately went upfield and scored their first try.

Neat passing from Joel Moon and Carl Ablett gave Hall an opportunity at the corner and he produced an acrobatic dive and one-handed put-down to mark his landmark try with some style.

Golding was wide with the conversion attempt but Leeds went in front for the first time in the 57th minute when the industrious Moon kicked off the side of his foot and teenager Jack Walker read it perfectly to score his second Super League try.

Replacement Jordan Lilley added the goal to put his side 10-7 ahead and it took a tremendous gang-tackle from the visitors to keep prop Brad Singleton out when he looked certain to score.

In a dramatic final quarter, Hull had two tries disallowed as they made one last effort to grab the win.
Josh Griffin dived over at the corner only for referee Robert Hicks to rule a forward pass from Fonua, who also had a score ruled out for a knock-on.

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