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Leeds Rhinos 21 Hull FC 6

6th July 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos made it four wins in a row with a convincing 21-6 win over Hull FC at Headingley Carnegie in a crucial Stobart Super League clash.

Leeds welcomed back Brett Delaney and Jamie Peacock but were without Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Kylie Leuluai after they had played in the England v Exiles game 48 hours earlier at Huddersfield.

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Nearly two inches of rain fell on the Headingley Carnegie pitch on the day of the game but the groundstaff did an outstanding job to get the pitch playable and there was little effect on the flow of the game considering the amount of rain fall there had been.

Hull FC came out determined to take the early initiative and they got an immediate reward when Zak Hardaker was dragged back in goal and Leeds had to drop out after just two minutes. However, the Champions kept up their impressive defence from the previous week’s victory at London and held out.

Leeds got on the front foot after that and it took a quick reaction from Jay Pitts to stop a grubber kick from Danny McGuire near the Hull line. However, as Hull came away from their own line, Ryan Bailey brilliantly blocked Brett Seymour’s kick and then raced through to regather. He kept his composure and took the tackle before Shaun Lunt put Carl Ablett through a half gap and he brushed off the attempted tackle by Seymour to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 13 minutes.

The home side had to defend their line once again after that with one particularly highlight be a good piece of work by Sinfield to get the ball away from his own in goal and release Hardaker.

The Rhinos turned defence into attack soon after and crossed for their second try. There was an element of luck in the move when Ben Crooks appeared to be harshly penalised for offloading when the tackle had been complete but replays showed he had kept the ball carrying arm up. From the penalty Leeds moved down field and Sinfield this time offloaded to Delaney who kept the ball alive before reaching out one handed to touch down. The skipper converted again to make it 12-0.

Hull were being heavily penalised by referee Tim Roby at this stage and the Rhinos went close to further scores when Lunt and Delaney were both held up over the line and Tom Briscoe produced a fine break to get away from his own line after gathering a tricky grubber in the wet conditions.

Leeds did manage to extend their lead with two minutes to go until half time when Willie Manu was correctly penalised for passing after the ball carrying arm had hit the ground. Sinfield opted to kick for goal and make it 14-0 at the break.

The Rhinos extended their lead at the start of the second half when Richard Moore produced a great offload to Shaun Lunt to get the Rhinos going forward. Soon after McGuire combined with Ablett and the centre put Ryan Hall away down the touchline for his 20th try of the season. Sinfield the touchline conversion to put his side 20-0 in front.

With the game effectively won the second half was a patchy affair. Leeds had chances but were not as clinical on attack as the first half whilst Hull FC produced a series of errors mainly due to the wet conditions.

However, it was Leeds who came up with the biggest error in the wet when Ben Jones-Bishop failed to take in a Richard Horne grubber and the half back chased up his own kick to touch it down ahead of Hardaker. Joe Westerman added the conversion to make it 20-6.

Hull sensed that they needed to score the next try to give themselves a chance and they threw everything at the home side however Leeds came up with the answers on each occasion.

The Rhinos made sure of the win with three minutes to go when Kevin Sinfield slotted over a drop goal to make the final score 21-6 and continue the Rhinos rise up the table.

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