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Leeds Rhinos v Widnes Vikings, Friday 14th March, kick off 8pm

7th March 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie for their next First Utility Super League game against an in form Widnes Vikings.

Denis Betts’ side are so far undefeated in the competition, having kicked off with a 64-10 win over London Broncos before staging a dramatic fightback to snatch a 22-20 victory against Huddersfield Giants and then coming twice from behind to secure a 32-18 win over Salford City Reds.

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There have been twelve previous meetings between the Rhinos and the Vikings in Super League and although it was Widnes who claimed a double in their first season in 2002 Leeds have gone on to win nine of the following fixtures. Widnes’ last triumph came in 2003 when they triumphed 29-14.

Before the game the Rhinos will begin the St Patrick's Day celebrations with pre match entertainment including Irish dancers, a live Irish Band and an Irish flag pitch parade as well as many other events on the night.

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Leeds Rhinos 38 Widnes Vikings 4

14th March 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Ben Jones-Bishop scored two tries on his return to the side as the Rhinos ended Widnes’ unbeaten record with a hard earned victory in the wind.

The Rhinos side included Ben Jones-Bishop for the first time this season, who replaced Ryan Hall on the wing, whilst Ryan Bailey was back amongst the replacements in place of Brad Singleton.

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The Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie knowing they would have their work cut out against a much improved Widnes outfit who were unbeaten in their opening three games in Super League.

The opening quarter was as tight as expected especially with a strong wind blowing around Headingley Carnegie. That meant the kicking game for both sides was a lottery and it made life particularly difficult for the full back line.

However, Leeds did eventually make the break through after 19 minutes when Ben Jones-Bishop announced himself for the 2014 season as he finished off spectacularly outwide following a flowing move along the backline.

He soon made it two tries for the season when Kevin Sinfield, Stevie Ward and Zak Hardaker combined to devastating effect to move the ball along the backline with pace and Jones-Bishop cut back inside to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 10-0 at the break.

Widnes had produced a strong showing in the first half but they were blown away by the Rhinos after the break. Leeds crossed for a third try inside the opening two minutes of the half. Kallum Watkins took the ball fifteen metres out and there looked to be little on until he produced some fast feet to wrong foot the Vikings defence and go through to score.

Headingley Carnegie then erupted after 52 minutes when good work by Paul Aiton got the Rhinos going forward before Brett Delaney burst through the defence. He offloaded to Ryan Bailey who raced in from thirty metres out and showed great pace to pull away from the defence to score.

Kevin Sinfield capitalised on a great break by Watkins and Jones-Bishop almost immediately from the kick off as the outside backs cut loose before the winger throw a well judged pass back inside for Sinfield to score.

Leeds made sure of ending Widnes’ 100% record with two further tries just after the hour mark. Rob Burrow was on the end of some great work by Sinfield and McGuire, as so many times before, to finish off well from 25 metres out before Jamie Jones-Buchanan capped his first home game of the season with a try, racing through to touch down McGuire’s grubber.

The Rhinos had further chances but credit to Widnes who continued to battle hard and they got a reward five minutes when time when Rhys Hanbury hacked on a pass before touching down to get his side off the mark but it was scant consolation.

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