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Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls, Friday 26th June kick off 8pm

20th June 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The club are urging fans to book early to avoid disappointment for our next home game when local rivals Bradford Bulls roll into town for the massive West Yorkshire derby.

Bradford took the spoils at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal earlier this season with a narrow win so the Rhinos will be out for revenge.

With no repeat fixtures this season, this will be the only opportunity to see the Bulls at Headingley Carnegie this year so make sure you do not miss out. Tickets are still available for all sections of the ground but fans wanting seats or South Stand tickets are urged to book these as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. There a limited seats left available so those supporters wanted large groups together should book straight away.

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The game will see former Rhino Nick Scruton return to Headingley Carnegie for the first time since leaving the Champions following last season’s Grand Final victory. The Bulls have had mixed fortunes this season and find themselves battling to secure their place in the new look top eight play offs. 

Don’t forget the game is not live on Sky Sports so the only way you can watch this classic derby encounter is by being here yourself.  

The Bulls match will also see the return of the ever popular John Innes, better known as Operaman, who will perform with a female soprano. There will also be a Family Funzone to enjoy before the game, with a variety of activities including an inflatable tackle game underneath the West Stand of the cricket stand so get here early and enjoy everything that is on offer.

The Rhinos Reserve Academy will also be in action against their opposite numbers from the Bulls, kickiing off at 5.45pm.

To book your ticket call the ticket hotline on 0871 423 1315 or simply click here to book your tickets 24 hours a day and have them sent direct to your door.

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Leeds Rhinos 33 Bradford Bulls 20

26th June 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos once again produced an incredible finish to seal a 33-20 win over Bradford Bulls at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds led for most of the game only to see Bradford fightback with tries from Paul Deacon and Steve Menzies to lead 20-18 with less than 20 minutes to go. However, tries from Rob Burrow and Scott Donald along with three goals from Kevin Sinfield and a drop goal from Lee Smith sealed a remarkable win.

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The Champions returned to form with a comprehensive win at Harlequins six days earlier whilst Bradford suffered a heavy defeat against top placed St Helens a day later.

Leeds welcomed back Ryan Bailey to their squad whilst Paul Sykes returned for the visitors however Matt Diskin was ruled out by a late fitness test.

The home side made a poor start when they allowed the kick off to run into touch and the Bulls made them pay with points in their first set of six. The Rhinos were penalised for stealing the ball under the shadow of the posts and Paul Deacon stepped up to make it 2-0 to the visitors after as many minutes.

The Rhinos responded in fine form with a number of good breaks organised by Brent Webb and Rob Burrow. Having probed their way along the defensive line, the ball was moved to the left and a sublime one handed offload by Keith Senior gave Ryan Hall the smallest of gaps to get through and he tip toed his way down the line before putting the ball down one handed. Sinfield’s touchline conversion bounced off the post and over to make it 6-2 after six minutes.

Hall then made it 19 tries in 19 games this season for the Rhinos when he crossed in the corner three minutes later. Once again it was Burrow and Webb combining that caused the Bulls to panic in defence and then Senior powered over the top of Paul Sykes before passing to Hall to score. Sinfield was off target with the touchline conversion attempt but the Rhinos now led 10-2.

The lead was further extended on the 20 minute mark when Jamie Jones-Buchanan timed his run to perfection to burst onto a short pass from Burrow, to break through the defence and score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 18-2 to the home side. 

Bradford, who were benefitting from a favourable penalty count, manage to get some time in the Leeds half after that and they got their first try on the back of it. The Rhinos will have been disappointed with their defending as Semi Tadulala was allowed to go across the width of the pitch before breaking through a tackle to score. Deacon added the conversion to make it 18-8 after 24 minutes.

Leeds were grateful to a good piece of defence by Danny McGuire soon after when he took man and ball after Chris Nero had latched onto Tadulala’s knocked down of a cross field kick. Nero would almost certainly have scored but for the efforts of McGuire.

As it was the Rhinos were able to extend their lead before half time when Sinfield kicked a penalty from in front of the posts to make it 18-8 at the break.

The Rhinos dominated player from the kick off as they gained possession when Bradford, just like Leeds, allowed the re-start to run into touch. Indeed the home side spent nearly the entire first ten minutes of the second half camped on the Bradford line but they could not come up with a score and were left to rue those missed opportunities soon after.

Paul Deacon showed great strength to get over after 50 minutes before Steve Menzies took Nick Scruton’s pass to score in the corner. Deacon converted both tries to give his side a remarkable 20-18 lead after 57 minutes.

Sinfield was able to level the scores soon after when Terry Newton was penalised for a high tackle on Jamie Peacock. However, it appeared Deacon would edge his side back in front with 16 minutes left but his penalty attempt from 36 metres out drifted across the posts and wide.

It was a test of nerves and the Rhinos looked like they had sealed it when Burrow found a way through after 66 minutes, ducking under a would be tackle before sprinting clear to score between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to give the Rhinos the advantage once again.

Sinfield missed two drop goal chances to put the game beyond doubt before Rikki Sherriffe thought he had snatched the game back for Bradford. Whilst the winger was hopping around in celebration teh Rhinos were getting ready to take the tap restart after the winger had smashed the corner post diving for the line.

Leeds then did put the game to bed in the closing minutes. Sinfield’s drop goal attempt was blocked but rebounded into the arms of Lee Smith who coolly slotted the ball over to give his side a seven point lead.

Then, with the last play of the game, Ali Lauitiiti broke through inside his own half to set up an incredible 80 metre try which was finished off by Scott Donald between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to seal a memorable 33-20 win for the Champions.

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