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Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls, Thursday 28th March 8pm

24th March 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie on Thursday to kick off a bumper weekend of Easter rugby in Super League with the big West Yorkshire derby against Bradford Bulls.

The two teams met in pre season in Danny McGuire’s testimonial game in a dramatic affair that saw the game drawn 24-24. Since then the Bulls have made a solid start to the season under new Head Coach Francis Cummins. The Leeds legend took over the reigns from Mick Potter and Bradford have won half of their eight games so far this season. Whilst the Rhinos were frustrated by the freezing weather at Wakefield last weekend, the Bulls travelled to the South of France and raced into a 10-0 against Catalan through tries from Elliot Kear and John Bateman but then saw the Dragons score five unanswered tries after the break. You can purchase tickets by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets plus you will be able to pay on the night at the turnstile.

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Leeds Rhinos 18 Bradford Bulls 18

28th March 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos had to settle for a share of the spoils in the derby clash with Bradford as the Bulls scored a last gasp try to snatch a 18-18 draw at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos made an incredible start to the game with a try inside 30 seconds. Jamie Jones-Buchanan snatched up Kevin Sinfield’s kick off as the Bulls allowed it to bounce on their own line, the visitors regrouped to pull the forward down but Leeds spread the ball wide and Kallum Watkins powered passed Jarrod Sammut to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

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The lead looked like it was going to be doubled after five minutes when Brett Kearney could not deal with Joel Moon’s hack ahead. Ryan Hall gathered the ball and stretched out to score but the decision went to referee Ian Smith who spotted that Jones-Buchanan was offside in back play and disallowed the score.

The Rhinos were dominating possession but Bradford hit back with virtually their first attack of the game with a sensational team try. Jamie Foster was involved twice as the ball was moved across the width of the pitch and finally an offload from Elliot Whitehead as he fell put Adrian Purtell over for the try. Foster equalised with the conversion after 14 minutes.
The Bulls then struck the front seven minutes later when Sammut got a quick play the ball near the Rhinos line and Tom Olbison spotted the Rhinos flat footed and shooted over from dummy half. Foster increased the lead to 12-6.

Leeds had a half chance to level the game after 25 minutes through Brett Delaney but he was pulled back for crossing between Jamie Peacock and Sinfield earlier in the move.

The introduction of Mitch Achurch after 29 minutes had a major impact on the game. The Australian came flying out of the stalls and immediately made his presence felt. He bulldozed his way through three would be tacklers with his first touch and then was on hand to take the offload and stretch out to touch down for the home side. Sinfield levelled the scores with the conversion.

Leeds were determined to start the second half in strong fashion and they took the game to Bradford. However, the Bulls held firm and eventually it was there turn to put pressure on the home side as they penned Leeds deep in their half with clever kicking from Sammut. The Rhinos had to come up with something special to get away from their own line and Joel Moon did that with a strong break that earned a penalty. From the ensuing set, the Rhinos crossed for their third try when Jamie Peacock could not be stopped from close in. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side the lead once again.

The Rhinos had to produce more outstanding defence to keep the Bulls out after that are were forced to drop out when Kallum Watkins batted a bouncing ball out of play off the head of Carl Ablett. Sinfield spotted a chance and took a quick 10 metre tap, two Bulls players came together to block the Leeds captain from collecting the ball and Peacock dived on the loose ball. Unfortunately for referee Phil Bentham the big screen replays highlighted the error clearly, when he adjudged that Sinfield had knocked on and Leeds had gone from a relieving piece of play from their skipper to defending their line once again.

The home fans upset was only intensified when a nasty looking tip tackle by Whitehead on Jones-Buchanan was the cue for a bout of pushing and shoving. The Bulls man was penalised but it was Leeds who got the lengthy talking to for running into the situation with Brett Delaney singled out. Ryan Bailey took the ball up in the next tackle and the Bulls came flying out to get the Leeds prop but unfortunately it only resulted in Nick Scruton injury himself as he got his challenge, which perhaps could have been deemed as a shoulder charge wrong and he ended up dazed on the floor.

Had Leeds got a penalty there, Sinfield would have undoubtedly kicked it but he appeared to take the chance to put his side two scores in front at the end of the same set when he coolly popped over a drop goal. However, referee Bentham then ruled it out saying that Peacock, who had just been tipped in the tackle himself by Bateman, had obstructed the youngster from blocking the kick as they tussled in back play.

The Bulls sensed the momentum of the game once again switch in their favour and they mounted a late charge on the Leeds line. The Rhinos appeared to have done just enough with four minutes remaining when Bailey was penalised for a high tackle on a falling Bulls attacker. The pressure was mounting but time was against the visitors. A knock on ten metres from the line seemed to end their chances but Leeds were once again penalised for offside and Peacock let his frustrations boil over and was sent to the sin bin for the final minute of the game. Bradford had their tails up and eventually the pressure cracked the defence and Adam Sidlow crossed with less than 60 seconds to go. Foster had the simple conversion to level the game and end a pulsating derby clash 18-18.

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