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Leeds Rhinos v Crusaders Monday 25th April, kick off 3pm

22nd April 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie on Monday to take on Iestyn Harris’ Crusaders side as they look to make it two out of two over Easter.

The two sides met in pre-season at Wrexham when the Rhinos ran out 32-0 in game that was much more competitive than the final scoreline suggested.

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The Welsh side started the season on minus four points after going into administration but they have fought hard since then and will prove a real challenge for the Rhinos.

The Crusaders won on their last visit to Headingley Carnegie last season when they ran out 32-26 winners with Weller Hauraki scoring two of the tries. You can book your ticket now for Monday's game at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets or you will be able to pay on the day at the turnstiles.  

Family entertainment this Easter Monday at Rhinos V Crusaders

The original Take That tribute act Fake That will be warming up the crowd at Headingley Carnegie prior to kick off with gates opening at 12 noon with plenty of family entertainement around the ground.

The RFL and engage are providing inflatable games to test your rugby skills against including a Kicking Cage, Hit & Spin, Side Stepping & Agility game and a Try Line Tussle. Younger children will be entertained by an Easter Bunny walk about entertainer and Truffles the magician will be making ballons for all the children.

Tickets are available from £20 for adults, £13 for concessions and £12 for juniors with discounts available for Bronze Members. To buy or find out more call 0871 4231315 (10p per min) or click here to buy now online.

Bronze members get £2 off adult tickets and £3 off juniors. Bronze Membership is just £15 for the season and includes a free copy of the official club handbook, 5% discount on away travel and priority on tickets for major games. Ask about Bronze Membership at the ticket office.

Click here to order your copy of Blue & Amber, the official matchday programme, for Monday's game. It includes a giant poster of Rob Burrow along with articles with Jamie Peacock and Wales Assistant Coach Damian Gibson plus Harry Jepson selects his latest team for the Greatest Ever Leeds team.

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Leeds Rhinos 34 Crusaders 16

25th April 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos ran in six tries to secure only their second home win of the season and complete a double of victories over the Easter weekend.

The Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie looking to make it two wins over the Easter period but they faced a Crusaders side who were buoyed by a remarkable win over Huddersfield Giants on Good Friday.

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The homeside enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening exchanges and build up pressure well on the Crusaders line.  Debutant George Elliott was unlucky not to get over when he failed to take Kevin Sinfield’s short pass near the line and then Jamie Jones-Buchanan was stopped a metre short on the last tackle.

The visitors were lucky to keep their full compliment of players on the field after 15 minutes when former Leeds Academy prop Richard Moore launched a volley of punches at Brent Webb. However, both players were given a talking to by referee James Child and the Rhinos were awarded the penalty.

Despite their dominance in terms of possession, the Rhinos were nearly in danger of conceding a try on the Crusaders first visit to the Leeds line. Ryan Hall produced a thundering challenge on Tony Martin that both men bravely got up from before Elliott kept his cool to tackle Reardon into touch when he took a cross field kick ahead of him. The Crusaders though sensed a chance and earned a drop out when Elliott misjudged the next kick and was fortunate to see it run dead.  However, the chance came to nothing when Jarrod Sammut was tackled just short and then complained to referee James Child and was penalised.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came when Danny McGuire made his return to action midway through the half and the Rhinos visibly moved up a gear. From a scrum on their own 30 metre line, Sinfield produced a great wide pass to Delaney who glided through the Crusaders defence before going the length to score. Sinfield converted to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos were gifted the ball back when Sammut put the kick off out on the full and the home side pushed home their advantage. A perfectly weighted pass from Sinfield put Carl Ablett through a gap ten metres out and he went over for his third try of the season, which the skipper converted.

Crusaders tried to get back into the game but their discipline was beginning to let them down. In contrast, the Rhinos finished the half in style with McGuire flicking on a pass to Ablett, who put Senior away for his team’s third try just before the break. Sinfield converted to make it 18-0 at half time.

It did not take long for the Rhinos to extend their lead after the re-start. Ian Kirke produced a great offload to Burrow who released Hall down the South Stand wing. The England international was stopped ten metres short but Burrow came in at dummy half, dummied to throw in field and then shot down the blindside to score untouched. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 24-0.

Leeds went close again when Luke Burgess nearly finished off a great flowing move but the last pass went down as a try seemed certain.

The Crusaders did get a score back just before the hour mark but it came in a controversial manner. Gareth Thomas set Michael Witt away down the touchline but he was hauled down by Webb and replays showed his ball carrying arm hit the ground. With Webb still clinging onto him, he regained his feet and was told to play on so popped a pass to Jordan Tansey, who scored against his former club. Clinton Schifcofske missed the conversion.

Leeds created more chances, the best of which fell to Elliott, who knocked on Clarkson’s looping offload with the line at his mercy. However, it seemed the pressure would eventually bring a score only for Witt to intercept Buderus pass from dummy half and go 90 metres to score despite great efforts by Paul McShane and Brent Webb to chase him down.
The Crusaders then got a third try back and once again it was an interception. This time Rhys Hanbury picked off Sinfield’s attempted pass to Webb and went 80 metres to score between the posts. Schifcofske converted both to make it 24-16 after 74 minutes.

However, the Rhinos finished strongly with two tries in the closing stages. The first came from Keith Senior, who showed great strength to hold off two defenders before reaching out one handed to score. Then, with the final play of the game, Kylie Leuluai came storming through to take a pass from Webb to score. Sinfield converted the latter to make the final score 34-16.

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