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Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR, Friday 11th July, kick off 8pm

4th July 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos next home game against Hull KR will form part of the fifth annual Armed Forces Day at Headingley Carnegie on Friday 11th July.

The day of appreciation was introduced in 2010 and has been a regular fixture in the Rhinos calendar ever since. For the fourth year in a row Royal Navy Rugby League has been invited by Gary Hetherington to play the annual State Of Origin fixture at Headingley Carnegie as a curtain raiser to the Rhinos clash with Hull KR on Friday.

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The concept of RNRL State Of Origin now in its 13th year is that the country is divided north to south with players based in Ships and Units East of Southampton representing the Eastern Commands, the Blues, and those west of Southampton represent the Western Commands, the Maroons. The initial concept of the fixture was as a selection match for the annual Inter services series staged in September however ‘Origin’ has taken on a life of its own and competition for places is now extremely fierce especially over the last few seasons with match being played at Headingley Carnegie.

The two squads of 20 have been nominated ahead of final training in Leeds on Thursday with both coaches confident of victory in this year’s clash which kicks off at 5.45pm. Whilst Blues Coach Chris Reeves looks for his first Origin win charge, Maroons Coach and former Rhino Lewis Taylor is desperate to regain the trophy after losing to the Easts last season. 

Although the match is the centrepiece of the day the whole event is staged to mark Armed Forces Day and this year RNRL event organiser Warrant Officer Andy Cooper has arranged for input from all three services. Around the Headingley Complex the Royal Marines will stage their Commando Challenge whilst both the RAF Band and the Band of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) will give formal and informal performances up to the Rhinos v Hull KR kick off.

Once again the Royal Marines will assist Ronnie the Rhino make his now traditional abseil down the front of the South Stand whilst a team from 4Bttn The Parachute Regiment will enter the stadium by parachute (weather permitting) to deliver the match ball for the main match. There will also be a minutes silence before kick off to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

Throughout the afternoon and evening there will be a bucket collection for this year’s Charity uk4u. This unique organisation delivers Christmas boxes to Servicemen and Servicewomen deployed on Operations at Christmas, whether in the Royal Navy, Army or the Royal Air Force, as a gift from the nation to thank them for sacrificing Christmas with their families and loved ones find them at www.uk4u.org

For more information on the State of Origin game visit the RNRL website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/royalnavyrugbyleague

You can purchase tickets for the game now at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets or call 0871 423 1315 during normal opening hours. Remember if you buy before the day of the game you can save £2 on the matchday admission price so book early and save. Calls cost 10p per minute and may be more from mobiles.

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Leeds Rhinos 30 Hull KR 6

11th July 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Two tries from Rob Burrow on his return to the side along with efforts from Danny McGuire, Carl Ablett and Liam Sutcliffe sealed a hard earned victory for Leeds over Hull KR.

The Rhinos welcomed back Kevin Sinfield, Carl Ablett, Rob Burrow and Mitch Achurch for their return clash with Hull KR hoping for a repeat of their win over East Yorkshire on the opening day of the season.

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The early stages of the game were most marked by a bad collision between Ben Jones-Bishop and Rhys Lovegrove. The Rhinos man kept his eye on a high towering bomb only to be collected dangerously by Lovegrove. The Rovers man conceded the penalty and then left the field of play with a leg injury whilst Jones-Bishop played on before eventually having to come off because of the injury he suffered.

His effort was made all the more impressive after he went through the pain barrier to prevent a certain try. Travis Burns had opened up the Leeds defence before the ball was moved wide and Liam Salter looked certain to score on the last tackle only for Jones-Bishop to get under the ball and hold him up.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the possession in the first half but were unable to make the most of their control. Kallum Watkins, who has an outstanding record against the Robins, looked dangerous and created a half chance however, having thought Greg Eden had committed to him, the visiting full back quickly switched to Tom Briscoe as he took the pass and the chance went begging. Ryan Hall also had a half chance from a cross field kick but, even with a huge jump, he was unable to take the ball in.

The home side were denied a try late in the first half when referee Phil Bentham judged a pass in the build up to Rob Burrow putting Tom Briscoe away down the touchline had gone forward so it remained 0-0 at the interval.

The opening quarter of the second half remained a cagey affair with defences on top. It took until the hour mark before the deadlock was broken and it was Burrow this time who did the damage. Picking the ball up from dummy half, he spotted the gap and raced through to score next to the post. Sinfield added the straight forward conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

That try then signalled a free scoring spell in the game. Leeds’ second try was a great example of team work as Tom Briscoe and Kallum Watkins combined brilliantly down the South Stand side to create a chance for Liam Sutcliffe to go over and score. The Rhinos nearly almost scored straight from the re-start after Sinfield’s successful conversion when Ryan Hall broke down the Main Stand however his pass back inside to Burrow went down. The home side did not let up however and soon McGuire kicked through for Ablett to chase through and score. Sinfield’s conversion made it 18-0 after 67 minutes.

Hull KR then gave themselves hope when Josh Hodgson went over from close range and they could have set up a grandstand finish but for some brilliant goal line defence to hold Neville Costigan up when the Papua New Guinea international went over between the posts.

After that let off, Leeds made sure of the points with two tries in the final four minutes. Danny McGuire supported a fine break by Sinfield to take the pass 40 metres out and race through to score between the posts. Then Burrow capped his return with a brilliant solo try as he went through the gap, dummied twice to McGuire before racing passed Eden to score. Sinfield converted both tries to make the final score 30-6.

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