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Leeds Rhinos v Widnes Vikings, Monday 17th June, kick off 7.45pm

7th June 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos are back in action at Headingley Carnegie on Monday 17th June when they take on Denis Betts Widnes Vikings side for the first time this season, kick off 7.45pm.

This fixture was due to be played on the weekend of the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm and is the first of the Rhinos two games in hand on most of Super League. 

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Widnes are a much improved outfit this season having spent big in the close season to sign internationals Kevin Brown and Gareth Hock amongst others. Leeds have won the last six meetings between the side's in Super League including last season's 68-24 win at Headingley Carnegie. 

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Leeds Rhinos 38 Widnes Vikings 28

17th June 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos secured a famous win over Widnes Vikings at Headingley Carnegie with a side that at one staged had an average age of 22 including Ben Jones-Bishop on his return to action.

The Rhinos would have been keen to get off to a good start with so many changes to the line up and they did just that when Rob Burrow made the most of some slow defence from the Vikings and scampered passed Rhys Hanbury to score the opening try. Zak Hardaker had taken over the kicking duties from Kevin Sinfield and coolly slotted over the conversion to make it 6-0.

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The biggest cheer of the night came two minutes later when Ben Jones-Bishop put six months of injury frustration behind him with a try on his return to the side. He jumped for a cross field kick before knocking it back down, Jimmy Keinhorst was fastest to react, collected the ball before offloading in the tackle for Jones-Bishop to collect and cut his way through the gap and score. Hardaker was on target again and the Champions led 12-0 inside ten minutes.

Widnes were clearly keen to try and drain the Rhinos of energy after so many players were involved in the International Origin game on Friday night and were looking to offload at every opportunity. Eventually they got their reward when Joe Mellor touched down after Hanbury and Patrick Ah Van combined to create the gap. Jack Owens added the conversion to make it 12-6 after 18 minutes.

Leeds did not go into their shell after that however and responded with a sensational try. Burrow put Liam Sutcliffe in space and he dummied before gliding through a gap and passing back inside to Burrow, who finished off well. Hardaker continued his good night with the boot to make it 18-6.

Widnes needed to find a response to keep the pressure on Leeds and they did that with a spectacular try from Mellor. He reacted quickest to a spilled offload from Ian Kirke to Burrow and raced 85 metres to get to the line just before the converging tackle of Hall and Jones-Bishop.

Two minutes later the Vikings were level when MacGrath Leuluai broke through in centre field, drew Hardaker and put Kevin Brown in for a simple try. Owens added both conversions to level the score.

The Rhinos appeared to be unfortunate to be denied a fourth tackle when video referee Steve Ganson, in his first game in the chair since the Magic Weekend incident, denied Paul McShane a try from dummy half and instead awarded Widnes a penalty.

The second half was evenly poised and the Vikings turned up the pressure on the young Rhinos but scoring their 22nd unanswered point when Gareth Hock and Kevin Brown combined to create the space for Hanbury to touch down outwide. The kick was missed by Owens but his side now led for the first time in the game.

This was a major test of the resolve of the Rhinos and they came up with a fantastic reaction as they turned the game decisively in their favour with three tries on the bounce. The first came from Jamie Jones-Buchanan who picked up from dummy half and powered his way over with a great second effort in the tackle. Hardaker added the conversion to nudge his side back in front.

Headingley Carnegie then rose to its feet as Ryan Hall ended his try scoring drought with a double. The first came from a cross field kick which Moon brilliantly caught and offloaded one handed over his head and the ball was moved wide for Hall to score. The next was created by Moon again as he offloaded one handed to Hall to scoot down the touchline. Hardaker was unlucky with both tricky conversion attempts but his side now led 32-22.

Widnes hit back with a sensational try from Hanbury as he raced down the South Stand touchline and Owens set up a grandstand finish with an excellent conversion.

However, fittingly on a night that the Rhinos young stars shone brightly it was Liam Sutcliffe who sealed the win when the 18-year-old scored his first Rhinos try, showing great vision and strength to get over from close range. Hardaker added the conversion to give the Rhinos a well deserved 38-28 win.

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