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Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls, Friday 20th July, 8pm

15th July 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos face local rivals Bradford Bulls next up at Headingley Carnegie in the big West Yorkshire derby next Friday night.

The Bulls are going through some tough times off the field at present however on the field they are pushing hard for the play offs and defying all the odds. The defeated Leeds at Odsal on Good Friday although the Rhinos gained revenge at the Magic Weekend.

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However, with the results all square so far this season, something has to give at Headingley Carnegie. Whilst this is unlikely to be the last West Yorkshire derby, the Bulls are still battling for survival and it would be a fantastic message of solidarity to have a bumper crowd inside Headingley Carnegie for this game that defined Super League just a few years ago.

The game is not live on Sky Sports to the only way to see the action is to be here. You can purchase tickets by calling 0871 423 1315 but please remember we are also selling Wembley tickets now so your patience is appreciated. Alternatively you can purchase online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets or you be able to pay on the day, subject to availability.  

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Leeds Rhinos 34 Bradford Bulls 16

20th July 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos continued their winning run with a well earned 34-16 win over Bradford Bulls at Headingley Carnegie including two tries from Kallum Watkins.

Watkins scored tries either side of half time before Zak Hardaker, Shaun Lunt and Danny McGuire took the game beyond the Bulls. The win was wrapped up in the final minute when Kevin Sinfield, who had earlier been sin binned, crosssed for the Rhinos sixth try of the night.

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Carnegie Challenge Cup finalists Leeds Rhinos returned to action in the Stobart Super League with a big West Yorkshire derby clash against Bradford Bulls.

Brian McDermott made just one personel change to his 17 man squad with Richard Moore replacing the injured Carl Ablett but there were two positional chances. Brett Delaney reverted to centre in place of Ablett whilst Stevie Ward started in the second row.

Derby games are always one of the highlights of any season at Headingley Carnegie but the perilous plight of Bradford Bulls gave this an extra significance as it could have been the last ever meeting of the two sides in the current guise.

Leeds made a solid start in the opening exchanges but were hit with a sucker punch on the counter attack as the Bulls promoted the ball 70 metres out and broke clear with Elliott Whitehead rounding Zak Hardaker to finish off the move. Luke Gale added the conversion to make it 6-0 after five minutes.

The Rhinos hit back after 21 minutes when Stevie Ward opened up the Bulls defence with a great angle of running. He passed to Danny McGuire who looked set to score only to be hauled down two metres short of the line. However, the visitors were back peddling and a well timed pass from Zak Hardaker put Kallum Watkins in for his tenth try of the season. Sinfield added the conversion to level the game.

Both teams were denied a try by referee Steve Ganson for forward passes. First up was Jamie Jones-Buchanan for the Rhinos before Jarrod Sammut had his diving effort chalked off after Karl Pryce’s return pass drifted forward.

The Bulls were clearly playing with no fear and were looking to keep the ball alive at every opportunity. That seemed to make the Rhinos hesitant in the tackle and Bradford were able gain some extra metres at the tackle area.

However, Leeds settled into their stride as the half drew on and created a number of half chances but were unable to make the most of them. That was well demonstrated with the final play of the half as McGuire chipped over the top for Ben Jones-Bishop to chase but the ball bounced away from him and Brett Kearney dived on the loose ball to end the half.

Already without Carl Ablett through injury, Leeds lost his centre replacement Brett Delaney with a thumb problem six minutes before half-time which necessitated a re-shuffle, but Bradford experienced an even bigger blow when full-back Kearney failed to re-appear for the second half after taking a heavy knock beforethe break.

The Bulls continued to play with a carefree spirit but they were undone by a purple patch from the Rhinos early in the second half.

Watkins took Hardaker's defence-splitting pass to round Sammut for his second try and, after the makeshift full-back had collided with Pryce in trying to collect Hardaker's high kick, swooped on the loose ball to get Shaun Lunt over for his 100th career try.

Sinfield added both conversions to give his side an 18-6 lead but he was sin-binned on 67 minutes for tackling a Bradford player off the ball.

The 12-man Rhinos had to defend desperately to keep their 12-point lead intact, with Jamie Langley and Pryce both going within inches of the line before prop Manase Manuokafoa got over without being able to ground the ball.

Leeds then showed their champion qualities to score on the counter-punch, Danny McGuire getting prop Kylie Leuluai through a hole in the Bradford defence for Hardaker to finish off.

Hardaker kicked the goal in the absence of Sinfield while Bradford gained some reward for their perseverance when second rower Olivier Elima and Pryce scored late consolation tries.

The Rhinos had the final say, however, when McGuire and Sinfield both pounced on handling errors to add further tries and Sinfield took his goal tally to four from five attempts.

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