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Leeds Rhinos 28 London Broncos 26

13th September 2002

By Leeds Rhinos

Kevin Sinfield took this Super League game by the scruff the neck midway through the second half and inspired Leeds to a victory that had looked improbable when they trailed 26-10 five minutes after the break.

The win ensures Leeds of a play-off spot and dents London's chances of making it into the top six.

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It took London only three minutes to get off the mark, Dennis Moran brushing aside tackles to force his way over.

Leeds looked tentative and struggled to make any impression and even when their first score came it had an element of good fortune.

Sinfield kicked across field and with Keith Senior backing into Steve Hall, Richard Mathers was left in the clear to score his first Rhinos try.  It was a special moment for the 18-year-old who has just returned from a loan spell at Warrington, but there was little else for the Leeds fans to cheer despite them going into the lead soon afterwards. 

Their second try came with London camped on the Leeds line. A spilled pass by Rob Jackson allowed Mark Calderwood to race the length of the pitch and score under the posts.  Sinfield, who missed two earlier chances, made sure of the kick.

But lacklustre Rhinos were poor value for their lead and it was only a series of errors by London that kept them in front until the 26th minute when the ever-dangerous Jim Dymock powered to the line.

Steve Hall rounded off a good passing move to cross in the corner and, with Paul Sykes landing his fourth successful goal of the half, the Broncos turned round 20-10 in front.

It took them only five minutes to stretch that advantage, Nigel Roy managing to hold off a tackle and touch down. Once again Sykes was successful from the touchline.

Roy was back in action moments later with a crunching tackle to stop Chev Walker in full flight to the line but the winger turned villain when he failed to take Rob Burrow's kick and allowed Sinfield to snatch a try.

Sinfield missed his third kick and the fans let it be known they did not approve of Daryl Powell's decision to leave out regular kicker Ben Walker.

Undisturbed the GB stand-off added a second try five minutes later, Burrow adding the goal.

After a pitch-length run by Mathers, which was stopped inches short of the line, Ryan Sheridan scampered over, with Burrow's conversion making it 26-26.

Francis Cummins snatched the lead with a drop goal and 19-year-old Danny McGuire coolly slotted home the final point with minutes to go.

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