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Leeds Rhinos v Widnes Vikings, Friday 13th February, kick off 8pm.

8th February 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos kick off their First Utility Super League home campaign next Friday when they welcome Widnes Vikings to Headingley Carnegie.

The Vikings kicked off the new season with a dramatic draw with Wigan on the opening night of the season whilst the Rhinos were victorious at Hull KR. 

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The Widnes team includes Rhinos Chris Clarkson who is on loan for the season from Headingley Carnegie. Tickets are on sale now and if you buy in advance before Friday you can save £2 on the match day admission price. Fans will be able to pay on the night, click here for a full list of admission prices. 

Don't forget it is not too late to book your 2015 Leeds Rhinos memberships, which start from £216 for adults and just £45 for children. For more details visit to www.rhinosmemberships.com
 

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Leeds Rhinos 38 Widnes Vikings 6

13th February 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

A second half onslaught saw the Rhinos make it two wins from two at the start of the season as they saw off a determined Widnes outfit.

There was a return to Headingley Carnegie for Chris Clarkson after his loan move to the Vikings during the close season whilst Liam Sutcliffe made a first appearance of the season on the bench for the home side.

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Both teams endured a battle in the opening round with Leeds winning at Hull KR and Widnes overcoming the loss of Patrick Ah Van early to snatch a draw from Wigan.
 
The Rhinos had to deal with  late change after the warm up when Kylie Leuluai was ruled out through illness which meant that Andy Yates was set to make his debut for the club having been drafted in.
 
As a week earlier, Danny McGuire was at the heart of all that was good from Leeds as he asked questions of the Vikings defence. The Rhinos battled hard but in the end they needed a slice of good fortune to unlock the visitors line. Paul Aiton had the ball reefed from his possession but it went back towards the Rhinos line. Sinfield was alert to the loose ball and found Stevie Ward, he lost the ball backwards before Tom Briscoe burst onto the loose ball and broke through the line. He drew the last man and put Zak Hardaker in for the try between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 17 minutes.
 
Widnes responded almost immediately. Giant prop Manase Manuokafoa took the ball up with his first touch after coming on and barged his way over the line. The Rhinos appeared to have dealt with the threat before he rolled over and put the ball down. Tickle added the conversion to level the score after 20 minutes.
 
The remainder of the half was a frustrating affair for both teams as they produced too many errors in a passage however the game burst into life after the break.

The Rhinos ran in 32 unanswered points in the second half but they had to work hard to finally break the Vikings down. Ryan Hall got the scoring going as he finished off out wide before Adam Cuthbertson benefitted from a great  piece of dummy half play by Paul Aiton to stretch out and score on his home debut. Sinfield missed both conversion attempts but he was soon back on target when Tom Briscoe scored a sensational try as he took a pass on half way, held off a would be tackler and sprinted through to score. 

McGuire was then gifted a well deserved try when Marsh dropped the ball over the line before Kallum Watkins got in on the scoring act as he took Briscoe's pass following a cross field kick from Sinfield was collected by the winger. 

Sinfield added the conversion and then crossed for his second try in as many weeks when he supported the break by Briscoe. He converted his own try for good measure to make the final score 38-6. 
 

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