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Leeds Rhinos 18 Bradford Bulls 20

6th September 2002

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos came within a whisker of recording a memorable win over their old advisories at Headingley last week however they were denied in the cruellest of circumstances when in the 79th minute Leon Pryce scored to deny Leeds and record a 20-18 defeat.

The Bulls were trailing 18-16 going into the closing stages of the clash, but James Lowes and Nathan McAvoy combined on the right for the winger to produce a fine offload for a gleeful Pryce to touch down.

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 It capped a fine comeback for the Bulls, who trailed 16-6 at half time after being ahead within two minutes through Michael Withers.

The Rhinos, who opted for talented young stand off Danny McGuire ahead of Ben Walker, got off to the worst possible start, finding themselves 6-0 behind before they had touched the ball.

 Francis Cummins allowed Paul Deacon's kick to bounce under his foot for a 40/20 following the opening set of six and two tackles later Withers scythed past Ryan Bailey to touch down, Paul Deacon converting.

 Leeds was back in the game on six minutes, when Ryan Sheridan and Kevin Sinfield combined for Chev Walker to step inside Brandon Costin and touch down.

The Bulls' forward pack threatened to dominate, but Leeds had the best chance, when Matt Diskin could not take Andy Hay's inside ball, before Willie Poching took a pass from the second row to dive in unchallenged on 19 minutes.

Kevin Sinfield again missed the conversion attempt, but added a penalty on 27 minutes to give the Rhinos a 10-6 lead.

 Mark Calderwood has earned as many plaudits this season for his impressive kick chase as he has for his try ratio and another follow-up saw Leeds win the ball back from a drop out before seizing the advantage before half time.

The possession allowed Hay to pass inside again to Keith Senior, who romped over from 20 yards to score for the eighth successive game, Sinfield's fine touchline conversion giving them a 16-6 gap at the break.

 But the Bulls were back within four points four minutes after the restart, when Chev Walker lost the ball in a three-man tackle as he was pushed towards his own tryline, and Danny Gartner dropped on the loose ball, Deacon goaling.

Costin had a try ruled out eight minutes later at the corner, but the Bulls made Leeds pay when Robbie Paul – again forced to start as a substitute – danced his way over on 53 minutes to level the game at 16-all.

 Kevin Sinfield edged Leeds ahead again on 62 minutes with a penalty, after Brian McDermott's steals on Wayne McDonald as the game became an arm wrestle.

Jamie Peacock saw a try go begging when he burst through, only to see his inside ball knocked down by Cummins.

 However, just when the Bulls appeared to be leaving Headingley without the points, James Lowes and Nathan McAvoy kept the ball alive on the blind side, and Leon Pryce took the pass to step over.

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