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2017 Super League Champions

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Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR, Friday 17th July, kick off 8pm

10th July 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Hull KR visit Headingley Carnegie next Friday for a crucial clash in the engage Super League as both teams strive for that all important win.

The two teams met way back in February in the Robins first home game of the season. The Rhinos were victorious in that game in a hard fought contest at New Craven Park. Tries from Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall and a late effort from Kallum Watkins sealed a 19-10 win.

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However, since then Justin Morgan’s side have gone on to be one of the form teams in the 2009 engage Super League, recently going above the Rhinos in the table into second place.

Despite a  horrendous June that saw them lose to Wigan,  Harlequins RL and Huddersfield whilst only securing a win over lowly Celtic Crusaders, they are still very much in the mix for the play off places and will be hoping that a return to form could coincide well with a push for a first ever Old Trafford Grand Final appearance. 

The game could see former Rhino Chev Walker make a return to Headingley Carnegie with a number of former Rhinos in the Hull KR squad.  Peter Fox, Nick Fozzard, Scott Murrell, Jason Netherton and Charlie I’Anson all spending time at the Rhinos in their formative years.  

If you are not a season ticket holder, don’t forget about our Bronze Members package. For just £15 you can join up with thousands of other fellow supporters who are already seeing the benefits. 

Adults save £2 every time they purchase a ticket plus if you are bronze member, you won’t pay the £1.50 booking fee each time you pay for your own home match ticket. If you were just buying tickets for yourself, the membership would almost pay for itself even with just four home games remaining this season. .Plus remember that when you purchase your ticket for a game either in person or online, the game is automatically credited to your membership card so there is no need to worry about picking up tickets before the game or waiting for the postman to arrive on the day of match and you will join the priority system for Play Off and Grand Final tickets if required.
To purchase a bronze membership or to find out more details call into the ticket office at the stadium or phone 0871 423 1315 or to purchase match tickets for the Hull KR game go to www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

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Leeds Rhinos 24 Hull KR 14

17th July 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Tries from Danny Buderus and Lee Smith gave the Rhinos a late win in the rain at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos were without captain Kevin Sinfield and Scott Donald for their clash with Hull KR with youngster Dane Manning drafted in to the squad for his debut.

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Sinfield failed a late fitness test on Friday to be cleared fit for the clash with the Robins on a dead leg picked up in the final stages of the Rhinos dramatic win at Wakefield seven days earlier whilst Donald has been ruled out through illness.

20-year-old Manning, who joined the Rhinos from Dewsbury Celtic midway through the 2008 season, has been full time with the Rhinos first team squad since going on the pre-season training camp in Florida in January 2009.

However, despite those disruptions and the driving rain, the Rhinos made a perfect start. After working the ball down field a clever grubber kick from Danny McGuire caught the visitors napping and Brent Webb was fastest to react and touch the ball down. Lee Smith added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Considering the heavy rain that had fallen in Leeds, the pitch was in excellent condition, and the Rhinos looked to exploit any hesitation in the Rovers ranks by attacking from deep whenever they could. They had a great chance after ten minutes when Smith and Kallum Watkins worked an overlap down the Main Stand side but Smith was unlucky not to take in Watkins return pass in the slippery conditions.  

However, the Rhinos were almost masters in their own downfall as well though. On three occasions they handed possession over to Hull KR inside their own half as the failed to control the slippery ball. Rovers forced Leeds to drop out when former Leeds man Scott Murrell only just failed to ground his own grubber kick ahead of Webb. From the next set they did score when Paul Cooke kicked through and Kris Welham skidded across the wet turf to score. Dobson added the conversion to level the game after 22 minutes.

The home side had a great chance to hit back straight away when Rob Burrow made a break only he could from deep inside his own half but with Smith to his left and Danny McGuire to his right, he elected for the latter who was instantly tackled by Peter Fox and knocked on as the pair hit the ground.

Rovers were growing in the ascendency with their simple game plan of driving the ball in and using Dobson or Cooke to kick along the wet ground on the last tackle. It worked for them with five minutes remaining in the half when Cooke’s reverse kick caught the Rhinos flat footed and Ben Cockayne raced through to score. Dobson added the conversion to make it 12-6.

The half ended with excitement when Carl Ablett blocked Dobson’s attempted drop goal and then hacked the ball on up field. However, Dobson beat him to the ball and with the time running out he tried to kick the ball dead from 20 metres out only to see it stick in a puddle. He just managed to beat Ablett to the ball to push it dead and end the half.

The Rhinos fell further behind at the start of the second half when Senior was penalised for a high tackle on Murrell 20 metres from the Leeds line. Dobson stepped up to kick the penalty and increase his side’s lead after 43 minutes.

The second half continued to be a frustrating time for the Champions as they failed to control the slippery ball on too many occasions. However, they did produce some powerful defence to keep Rovers out. Finally, Leeds managed to control possession long enough to create a sustained attack and a great break by McGuire was rewarded when he offloaded to Jamie Peacock, who forced his way over for his fourth try of the season. Smith added the conversion to make it 14-12 after 53 minutes.

Leeds looked like they had taken the lead just before the hour mark when Burrow broke through on half way. He then threw a long pass out wide to Ryan Hall, who beat the chasing defenders to touch down only to see referee Ben Thaler signalling for a forward pass by Burrow.

However, the Champions were not to be denied and they resorted to building pressure on the Rovers line and eventually got their reward. A great piece of dummy half play took Danny Buderus over for his first try at Headingley Carnegie with ten minutes to go.

Then the crowd of 16,192 were brought to their feet after 73 minutes when Lee Smith latched onto a loose ball 15 metres from his own line and raced around the cover to go down the South Stand touchline and score in the corner. He converted his own try for good measure to give the Rhinos a 24-14 winning lead.

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