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Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls, Friday 24th June, kick off 8pm

17th June 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie next Friday for one of the biggest games of the year and the visit of old rivals Bradford Bulls.

The match will be the culmination of a day of activities to promote and thank members of the Armed Forces who serve on our behalf. The Rhinos second annual Armed Forces Day will include an Royal Navy Royal Marines Origin match between those members who serve on the East and West of the country. The match involving the RN and RM players kicks off at Headingley Carnegie at 5.45pm, with the Rhinos versus Bulls to follow at 8pm

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There will be military displays around the stadium to join in with plus you can support the Royal Navy Royal Marine Charity through a collection on the night.

With so many men and women from West Yorkshire serving in our Armed Forces it is also an opportunity for Leeds and Bradford fans to come together for a moments silence before kick off to remember the ultimate sacrifice that some make for our country.

We have a special ticket offer available to members of the Armed Forces who are at home and wish to attend the game, to take advantage email your details to helen.saunders@leedsrugby.com and Helen will be in touch with you with a special code to claim your discount.

You can purchase your ticket now by calling 0871 423 1315 or 24 hours day online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets  
 

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Leeds Rhinos 12 Bradford Bulls 18

24th June 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

Four second half penalties from Patrick Ah Van saw Bradford record their first victory at Headingley Carnegie since 2007.

Danny McGuire was ruled out through injury for the hosts so Kevin Sinfield reverted to stand off. Carl Ablett, who was rested for the previous weeks win at Crusaders, was switched from the back row to play in the centres allowing Lee Smith to move to the wing.

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As expected the opening exchanges included a number of big hits from both teams as the two sides looked to stamp their mark on the game.

The Bulls were using their kicking game to good effect and targeted the Rhinos right hand side with Ben Jeffries kicking to the corner on a number of occasions. However, both teams were guilty of some poor ball control early on their was too much dropped ball for the game to gain any sort of momentum.

It was the Rhinos who finally broke the deadlock and it came from the best piece of action of the game. The home side moved the ball quickly along the backline including to superb offloads by Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Carl Ablett to put Ryan Hall over in the corner. Sinfield added the extras to make it 6-0 after 18 minutes.

However, the Bulls hit back three minutes later after a mix up in the Rhinos defence from a kick as both Sinfield and Lee Smith failed to clear the ball and Olivier Elima was on hand to get the final touch, although replays suggested the ball bounced. Patrick Ah Van’s conversion hit the post and rebounded away to leave the score at 6-4.

The Rhinos were shading the possession stats as the half grew on and they were imposing themselves on the game with some strong defence. They got their reward after 28 minutes when Carl Ablett, who was having an outstanding game, trapped Jason Crookes in goal. The young winger lost control of the ball and Jamie Jones-Buchanan was on hand to touch down. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-4.

The Rhinos were dealt a blow when Ryan Hall had to be helped from the field with a leg injury and with no outside backs on the bench, Ablett was forced to move to the wing with Hauraki moving to the centres.

The Bulls hit back just before half time and once again it as the crossfield kick that proved the Rhinos undoing. Jeffries found Elliott Whitehead, who outjumped Smith to claim the ball and popped a pass to Elima to score a simple second. Ah Van was on target this time to make it 12-10 and it remained that way until half time.

Seven minutes into the second half, Ah Van levelled the score with a penalty after Leeds were ruled to be offside 15 metres from their own line.

The game sprung into life after 54 minutes when former Rhino Matt Diskin caught Ablett with a high shot that resulted in a bout of pushing and shoving from both teams. Eventually the hooker was given a talking to by referee Ganson but the intensity of the game visibly lifted after that.

The Rhinos went close through Kylie Leuluai after that but just as the giant prop appeared to be on a rampaging run to the line he could not take Sinfield’s offload in and the chance went begging.

The visitors then earned a string of penalties which presented Ah Van with two simple kicks at goal which he converted to give his side a 16-12 lead midway through the second half.

The Rhinos came back from that and managed to get the better of the decisions to create a period of sustained possession, including a clever kick from Sinfield that forced a repeat set. Lauitiiti then produced a great run that looked as if it would open up the Bulls defence, only for his offload to be plucked out of the air by a Bulls defender.

With time running out the Rhinos had a great chance to snatch the win when Brent Webb broke down the Main Stand side however with only Carl Ablett outside him, he decided to kick ahead. Ablett did brilliantly to pin Platt in his in goal as he followed up the chase but the Rhinos were then penalised in the next set and the Bulls could move back down field.

With 90 seconds remaining Ah Van ensured that his side would not be beat when he kicked his third penalty of the half to make it 18-12 and although the Rhinos battled hard in the closing stages, they could not find a way through the Bulls defence.

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