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Leeds Rhinos v Harlequins RL, Friday 24th April, kick off 8pm

22nd April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

This Friday Leeds Rhinos take on Harlequins RL in Round 11 of the engage Super League season.

Four players with Leeds connection joined Harlequins this season with Luke Gale, Mat Gardner, Jason Golden and Ben Kaye all making the move to the Stoop. All were products of the Leeds Academy system although only Kaye went onto make an appearance for the first team. In total, Kaye played four times for the first team, which included a try scoring debut against Harlequins in 2008. They join another former Leeds player in the Quins squad in Grand Final winner Danny Ward who has been with the side since last season.

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In the last meeting between these sides it was Harlequins who secured a 28-24 victory, their first over the Rhinos in six games. The only time Friday’s visitors have won each of the games over Leeds in a Super League season was back in 1996. The last time Harlequins were successful at Headingley Carnegie was in 2000 when they won 18-6 in the final game of the regular season.

Overall in the 36 league games Leeds have played against the team from the capital they have won 28 of these, only two of the games have ended in a draw. The first time was in 1981, when Harlequins were playing under the name Fulham and Kevin Dick and David Ward scored tries in a 12-12 draw and the second time was a 2004 in a high scoring fixture that ended 36-36.

The Rhinos have scored over 40 points against Harlequins in Super League on ten occasions, the highest winning score coming in 2005 when a Marcus Bai hat trick put the team on their way to a 64-6 win. Harlequins’ 40-16 home win in 1997 remains their biggest win over the Rhinos.

Harlequins come into Friday’s game in seventh place, following a defeat in their last game against Hull KR. Their heaviest defeat of the season to date was a 46-6 loss away against Huddersfield, whilst their most convincing win was a 60-8 win over Warrington.

Luke Dorn is the leading try scorer for Quins, having scored 6 tries so far, Ryan Hall is the joint top try scorer in the competition with 9 tries. Kevin Sinfield is 2 goals away from the league’s top goal scorers Brett Hodgson and Michael Dobson with 33 and Quins’ Danny Orr is eighth with 24 goals.

Keith Senior will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Friday. Senior is the oldest member of the Rhinos squad with only front rowers Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Danny Buderus also in their thirties.

The game will be Danny McGuire’s 200th for the Rhinos and his try last weekend at the Galpharm Stadium saw him pass another significant milestone in his career. McGuire is now 9th in the all time list of try scorers for the Rhinos having overtaken the legendary John Holmes, who scored 153 tries in his record 625 appearances. Danny now has Syd Hynes on 158, Stan Smith on 187 and current Assistant Coach Francis Cummins on 188 in his sights as he looks to climb up the chart.

On this Day this Friday
• On this day in 1915 Leeds played Huddersfield in the Championship Play Off final and lost 35-2
• On this day in 1943 Leeds lost out to Dewsbury 16-9 in the first leg of the Rugby League Challenge Cup final
• On this day in 1976 Keith Senior was born
• On this day in 1977 Leeds player Chris Sanderson passed away following a fatal injury in a game at Salford
• On this day in 1988 Leeds lost 32-18 away against Bradford Northern in first round of the Premiership Trophy
• On this day in 1998 the Rhinos played Salford at home in Super League and won 31-12 

The 19 man squads (as announced at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd April)
Leeds Rhinos:
Webb, Donald, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauitiiti, Sinfield (c), Diskin, Bailey, Kirke, Ablett, Burgess, Gibson, Watkins
Harlequins RL: Melling, Wells, Gafa, Howell, Sharp, Dorn, Orr, Temata, Randall, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Williamson, Robinson, Purdham (c), Clubb, Kaye, Haggerty, Ward, Golden, Gardner
Referee: Steve Ganson
Touch Judges: Dave Griffiths & Robert Hicks
In Goal: Craig Halloran & Greg Dolan 

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Leeds Rhinos 4 Harlequins RL 21

24th April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

A last minute try from Rob Burrow spared the Rhinos the misery of a first home nilling since March 1992 however it could not hide the disappointment in a 21-4 defeat at Headingley Carnegie.

Kylie Leuluai returned for the Champions with Kallum Watkins taking over from Ashley Gibson at centre. For the visitors Brian McDermott was without Danny Orr and Jon Wells whilst former Rhinos Danny Ward, Mat Gardner, Jason Golden and Ben Kaye were looking to take on their old club.

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Both team started in an aggressive manner on defence with plenty of big hits in the opening encounters. With defenses set tight it looked like it would take something special to unlock either line and Luke Dorn came up with it after nine minutes when he chipped over the top before collecting his own kick and putting David Howell in for the try. Rob Purdham was unable to add the conversion so it remained 4-0. 

The Rhinos had an opportunity soon afterwards when Danny McGuire, making his 200th appearance for the Rhinos, hacked on a loose ball 40 metres out and regathered. However, he had the ball taken off him in a one on one tackle by Will Sharp who broke clear. From the ensuing set, Chad Randall broke through some loose defending to score between the posts. Purdham added the conversion to make it 10-0 after 13 minutes.

The home side then had to produce a great piece of last ditch defence to keep Quins out when Golden latched onto a high bomb to the corner and only quick thinking by Brent Webb and Kevin Sinfield prevented the try as they held the loose forward up over the line.

The Rhinos needed a spark of inspiration and it nearly came when McGuire burst through after 26 minutes and found Danny Buderus with a reverse pass. The hooker raced through the gap before kicking ahead for Burrow to chase and it needed Melling to knock the ball dead to prevent the try.

Leeds were getting more of the possession but they could not make the most of their opportunities. A great break by Kallum Watkins and Scott Donald came to nothing when McGuire could not take in the last pass and then when Burrow had regained the ball 25 metres from the Quins line, Carl Ablett spilled the ball five metres from the try line. The frustration in the Rhinos side was clear as they went in at half time 10-0 down.

The Rhinos came out fired up after the break and took the game to the visitors. They looked certain to get a penalty near half way after 47 minutes when Buderus broke free only to have the ball stripped from him in a two man tackle. However, referee Steve Ganson adjudged he had lost control and awarded head and feed to Quins.

Quins got a further break just after the hour mark when a clever kick from Dorn earned them a 40:20 scrum 18 metres from the Leeds line however they gain away possession when they were penalised five metres from the Leeds line.

The game then turned on a crucial decision after 68 minutes from referee Ganson. Scott Donald raced on to a pass before sprinting through and going the length of the field to score an interception try chased all the way by Melling. However, just as the crowd were applauding their try scoring hero, their cheers turned to disbelief as the referee called play back to ten metres from the Leeds line for offside. Rob Purdham kicked the penalty to make it 12-0.

With seven minutes to go, Purdham slotted over a drop goal to make it 13-0 and it got worse for the Rhinos a minute later when Melling collected a through kick down the touchline before throwing the ball back inside for Howell to score his second try. Purdham added the conversion to make it 19-0 and it looked as if the Rhinos were heading for their first nilling at home in the Super League era.

Purdham further increased the Rhinos misery with another penalty with three minutes to go however Rob Burrow spared his side the indignity of going scoreless for the first time since March 1992 at home with a try with a minute to go in the corner. SInfield was off target with the touchline conversion leaving the final score 21-4 to the side from the capital.

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