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Leeds Rhinos v North Queensland Cowboys, Sunday 21st February, kick off 7pm

14th February 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

There are less than 2,000 tickets left for the Dacia World Club Challenge against North Queensland Cowboys at Headingley Carnegie with fans quick to snap up their ticket to see the clash.

Johnathan Thurston will lead the Cowboys as they arrive at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday 21st February and the game is heading for a sell out yet again after the previous World Club Challenges at the stadium did in 2012 against Manly and the visit of Melbourne in 2013. 

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All seats are now sold out as are the Carnegie Stand and South Stand terraces. There are now less than 3,000 tickets left for the Western Terrace with fans urged to buy now to avoid disappointment. 

Tickets can be bought in person from the Headingley Carnegie club store, over the phone by calling 0371 423 1315 or 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets 2016 members can save £2 when purchasing their tickets for this game. 

All orders that had been placed for tickets have now been processed however we are aware of an issue some members have experienced. If you feel there is an issue with your order please email tickets@leedsrugby.com with your name, contact number and your customer number and our customer experience team can look into the issue and let you know how it can be resolved.

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Leeds Rhinos 4 North Queensland Cowboys 38

21st February 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos lost out to NRL Premiers North Queensland Cowboys in the Dacia World Club Challenge after suffering a second half blitz from the Johnathan Thurston-inspired visitors.

The Rhinos came into the game with the hopes of the First Utility Super League resting on their shoulders. With internationals Danny McGuire, Tom Briscoe and Carl Ablett joining the likes of Stevie Ward, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Beau Falloon and Ashton Golding on the sidelines it was always going to be a huge challenge for the Super League Champions.
 
However, the side that Brian McDermott did field produced heroics in the first half to turn the form book upside down. The Rhinos, backed by a vocal capacity home crowd, took the game to the Cowboys and were not afraid to play their trademark offload game.  They enjoyed a long spell of pressure on the visitors line however the NRL Premiers produced some impressive goal line defence to keep them out.
 
When the Cowboys did get a chance to attack they were clinical. From a penalty in midfield, they had a platform to attack and Johnathan Thurston attracted two defenders before putting Michael Morgan through the gap to score. The Golden Boot winner hooked his conversion attempt wide so it remained 4-0 after 21 minutes.
 
Leeds did not go into their shell after suffering that set back and Headingley was alight when the Rhinos made their pressure count as Adam Cuthbertson offloaded near the line to Rob Burrow. The skipper ducked under the tackle and forced his way over. Jordan Lilley pushed his conversion attempt wide to leave the scores level.
 
The Cowboys rallied in the final minutes of the first half and looked certain to retake the lead before the break only for the Rhinos to produce some breath taking defence to keep them out and keep the game in the balance at half time.

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The home side needed a big start to the second half but instead they suffered at the hands of the Cowboys. The visitors were gifted a try inside the opening two minutes of the half when Ash Handley spilled a high kick and Gavin Cooper picked up the loose ball to put centre Kane Linnett over. Thurston added the conversion to make it 10-4.
 
The Cowboys extended their lead when Kyle Feldt held off the challenge of Ryan Hall to score in the corner.  Thurston missed the conversion but the Cowboys now had a two score lead and they made sure of the result around the hour mark.
 
The Cowboys continued to pepper Handley with high kicks but he kept his nerve and the Rhinos almost got themselves back into the contest when the impressive Lilley was literally thrown back from the try-line.
 
Any hope of a fightback, however, was finally snuffed out when the NRL champions scored two further tries in a five-minute spell.
 
Full-back Lachlan Coote picked up a loose ball to touch down in fortuitous fashion after Thurston's grubber kick rebounded off the boot of Sutcliffe and then the world's best player went over for a solo score.
 
Leeds' earlier tremendous efforts then began to take their toll as centre Justin O'Neill strolled past some tired tackling to score two tries in the last 12 minutes and Thurston took his goal tally to five from seven attempts.
 
Both teams finished with 12 men after North Queensland's James Tamou was sin-binned for taking a swing at prop
Keith Galloway and Leeds had Mitch Garbutt sent off for a more blatant punch on Tamou.

"It was a bitterly disappointing result in the end but I am proud of our players, especially the young guys who will learn immeasurably from this."

Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos

"We knew Leeds were a proud club and they would be very physical in the first half regardless of the people they had missing and it was important that we stood up to that."

Paul Green, North Queensland Cowboys

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