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Leeds Rhinos 36 Hull KR 16

22nd May 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Two tries from Ryan Hall and a masterclass from Danny McGuire helped the Rhinos overcome a very spirited Hull KR outfit at Headingley Carnegie to remain top of the First Utility Super League.

Leeds started the game brightly and enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening exchanges. Having gone close to a try, they did open the scoring after four minutes when Stevie Ward proved too strong near the line for the Rovers defence and was able to take the would be tacklers over the line with him to score. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a well deserved early lead.
 
Hull KR had suffered a well publicised injury crisis in the build up to the game but those who did take the field did their side proud as they hit the front with two long range tries. The first came after former London winger Kieran Dixon raced down the Main Stand touchline. He looked to have the pace to go all the way but looked for his supporting runner, who was tackled by McGuire. However, Hull KR did not panic and, having moved the ball across the field, they then came back towards the Main Stand and Dixon touched down in the corner.
 
Josh Mantellato missed the conversion attempt from wide out but soon put his side in a position to hit the front. Leeds looked certain to score after great work by Adam Cuthbertson and Paul Aiton but a wayward pass on the last tackle was picked up by Mantellato, who broke clear. Ash Handley and Zak Hardaker managed to bring him down 40m from the Leeds line but quick hands put Dixon in space for his second try. With Mantellato receiving treatment, Dixon attempted to convert his own try but put it wide.
 
The Rhinos responded almost immediately to that set back and took a quick fire ten point lead. The first score came from a smart offload by Sinfield to Mitch Achurch near the line and he was never going to be stopped from five metres out.
 
The lead was extended when Ryan Hall got the ball 15 metres out with space in front of him. Dixon and Ken Sio came flying across to try and take Hall into touch however the pair were scattered by Hall, who then just had to put the ball down with Rovers defenders lying around his feet. Sinfield converted both tries to put himself clear in third place in the all time list of points scorers in the game’s history.
 
However, Hull KR were not overawed by that set back and came firing back at the Rhinos in the closing stages of the half. They scored their third try when Ben Cockayne got on the outside of Kallum Watkins to score.
 
Then with the final play of the first half, Mantellato made the extra man out wide to score in the corner. He missed both conversions to allow the Rhinos to maintain their slender 18-16 lead at the break.
 
The third quarter of the game was always going to be telling on how the result panned out and so it proved. Both teams had plenty of attacking chances but it was the Rhinos who were more clinical to extend their narrow interval lead.
 
They crossed for their fourth try when Paul Aiton brilliantly threaded a grubbed kick through the legs of the Hull KR defenders from dummy half and Brad Singleton timed his run to perfection to burst through and stretch out and score.
Then on the hour mark Danny McGuire had the Rovers defence back peddling before passing to Hall, who cut back across the flow of play and straight through a gap to score his second try of the game. Sinfield converted the latter to give his side a 28-16 lead.
 
The Rhinos made sure of the points when Sinfield kicked a penalty with eight minutes to go to put his side three scores in front.

WP – Home MPU

There was still time for Sinfield to mark another historic evening and he crossed for the final try of the night in the last minute, which he converted himself to give his side a 36-16 victory. 

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