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Leeds Rhinos 30 London Broncos 6

12th April 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos continued their winning form with a 30-6 win over London Broncos at Headingley Carnegie with Joel Moon scoring a try in each half to set the home side on their way.

The Rhinos welcomed back Ian Kirke who had missed the previous week's victory over Warrington and replaced Richard Moore amongst the replacements. 

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London boss Tony Rea made five changes to his side that lost to Bradford at Wycombe. 

London were struck an early blow inside the first minute when hooker Chad Randall limped out of the game with a leg injury to be replaced by Tommy Lee.

Leeds knew that they would need to control the ball in the conditions and the forwards worked hard to move the ball upfield before Sinfield and McGuire kicked long to keep the pressure on the visitors.

The Rhinos hit the front after eight minutes following a good break by Zak Hardaker. He spotted a gap down the right, dummied to Kallum Watkins and cleverly took the ball up himself with the threat of being dragged into touch if either he or Watkins had taken play any wider. The home side moved the ball across the field and McGuire’s deft grubber kick bounced superbly for Joel Moon to touch down. Sinfield added the conversion from out wide to make it 6-0.

The Broncos main form of attack was the high ball as they peppered Hardaker, Watkins and Hall at the back for Leeds looking for an error but the backline were solid under pressure and dealt with everything that was thrown at them.

Hall was looking dangerous when he got the ball in open space as he did on one occasion when he judged Craig Gower crossfield kick to perfection and watched as two London attackers over ran the kick and he plucked it out of the air to race 40 metres up field untouched before a good tackle by Hurst brought him down. That chance, like a number in the half came to an end with the ball lost in contact due to the wet conditions.

The Rhinos had a great chance midway through the half when Hall broke through and fed McGuire who raced clear. He had Moon in support but opted to dummy and tried to round the full back only to be hauled down. The set ended with Jamie Jones-Buchanan producing a neat kick on the last that trapped Dixon in goal and earned his side a repeat set.

Leeds did extend their lead after three quick penalties and Sinfield opted to kick for goal from the third one and he made it 8-0 after 22 minutes.

The remainder of the half was a frustrating affair as neither team could find a way through their opponents defence and the conditions led to too many errors from both sides.

Leeds needed to take a grip of the game and they did just that after the break. A sensational passage of play including an offload between his legs from McGuire, had London back peddling before Moon spotted a slip in the defence and went for a gap, showing great strength to hold off two defenders and touch the ball down.

Five minutes later Zak Hardaker timed his run to perfection from a smart grubber kick from McShane to dive out and touch down.

Finally after 57 minutes, Brad Singleton made an immediate impact after coming on off the bench and timed his run well to crash through 40 metres from the Broncos line. He drew the last defender before popping a pass to McGuire to score a simple try between the posts. Sinfield adding the conversions to all three tries to make it 26-0 to the hosts.

Leeds should have increased their lead when Burrow broke clear with 12 minutes to play and looked to have the beating of the Broncos defence as he headed to the corner only for full back Alex Hurst to produce a great chopping arm tackle to knock the ball from Burrow’s grasp as he tackled him from behind.

The Broncos got a consolation try with six minutes to play when Hurst got his reward when he went over from close range. Michael Witt added the conversion to make it 26-6 with six minutes left.

The home fans had the last cheer though when Kallum Watkins showed his immense strength to hold off the defenders and shoot down the South Stand side to score. Sinfield missed the conversion but his side had secured a 30-6 win over the Broncos. 

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