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Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons, Friday 20th April, 8pm

15th April 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos take on one of the form teams in Super League on Friday night as Catalan Dragons arrive at Headingley Carnegie.

The Dragons are currently third in the Stobart Super League with a game in hand having lost just twice so far this season. On Sunday afternoon two tries from Leon Pryce helped Catalan Dragons to a thrilling 20-18 win at Hull KR in the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

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The Dragons, who led 20-0 at one stage, held off a stirring second-half comeback from the Robins, who actually outscored their opponents four tries to three only for three missed conversions by Michael Dobson to prove costly.

Pryce opening the scoring on seven minutes, doubled his tally on 34 and Ian Henderson's effort put the visitors 20 points up at the interval.

The Dragons are on fire at present having beat Warrington at home on Easter Monday 44-16 and have already amassed 346 points this season with the arrival of Leon Pryce from St Helens adding to an already potent backline.

Catalan lost 30-6 at Headingley Carnegie last season but inflicted one of the worst defeats of the season on the Rhinos in Perpignan later in the season.

You can book your ticket now by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets plus you can pay on the night at the turnstile for all areas of the ground for this mouth watering clash.

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Leeds Rhinos 34 Catalan Dragons 18

20th April 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have defeated Catalan Dragons 34-18 at Headingley Carnegie with Shaun Lunt marking his debut with a try.

The Rhinos were without Rob Burrow, who was ruled out before kick off with a fracture to his cheekbone that will mean he misses the next four games. His injury meant that Shaun Lunt, who joined the Rhinos this week on loan from Huddersfield Giants for the season, was included in the starting line up for his debut.

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Catalan, who had spent the week in Leeds following their Cup win at Hull the previous weekend, were without Thomas Bosc and David Ferriol but they still presented a sizeable challenge.

The Rhinos made the best possible start with two tries inside the opening eleven minutes. Leeds had gone close through Lunt and Danny McGuire from runs from dummy  half however Kevin Sinfield cleverly spread the ball wide with one of his trademark kicks and Ben Jones-Bishop lept highest to catch the ball and then did well to get it down before the dead ball line. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 after four minutes.

Leeds were grateful to Carl Ablett for a fine piece of defence as he dragged Damien Cardace into touch after Lunt had the ball stripped from him in midfield.

The Rhinos increased their lead after 11 minutes and once again the danger was caused by a kick. Sinfield's kick was knocked on by Cardace and from the scrum, Webb and McGuire combined to put Ryan Hall in at the corner.

Catalan, who could have gone joint top of Super League with a win, soon came back at Leeds and they were helped by a number of penalties conceded by the Rhinos. On two occasions Leeds looked to have withstood the pressure and defused last tackle bombs only for both touch judges to come on and signal for blocking by the Leeds defenders.  Eventually the pressure had to tell and Louis Anderson took the short pass to power his way over. Scott Dureau added the conversion to make it 10-6.

The Rhinos though hit back six minutes later when Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett combined well to put Jones-Bishop away in the corner and the winger showed great awareness to get over for the try. Sinfield missed his first kick of the night but the Rhinos now led 16-6, which was how it remained until the interval.

Leeds needed to put the game to bed after the break and they were gifted a try after just six minutes when Cyril Stacul lost the ball attempted to catch a dipping kick and Hardaker had the simplest of tasks to pick and score for the eighth consecutive game in league and cup. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 22-12.

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for debutant Lunt when he spotted a gap from dummy half and darted over for a typical hooker's score after 59 minutes. Sinfield on target again to make it 26-12 and put the Rhinos out of sight.

The result was confirmed with 17 minutes to go when Ryan Bailey took a pass close to the line and rampaged his way over for a second consecutive game. The prop-come-loose forward also produced a kick late in the game to add to his newly found attacking skill set. Sinfield's conversion rebounded off the post and over to put his side 34-12 in front.

There had a been a sense of niggle in the game throughout and that boiled over when Sa came running in after taking exception to Bailey refusing to let his team mate go in the tackle. Referee Thaler dealt with the incident with a stern word with both teams and the game went on. However, Leeds found themselves on the end of a string of penalties for a number of offences and once again the sheer weight of pressure from the penalties eventually led to a try for Leon Pryce. The video referee adjudged that SInfield had ripped the ball out rather than a knock on by the visitors and Pryce picked up the loose ball to score a consolation try. Dureau converted but it was too little too late for the Dragons as Leeds ran out 34-18 winners.

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