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Leeds Rhinos 42 Bradford Bulls 38

6th May 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds and Bradford brought Millennium Magic to a dramatic end with the result decided in the last second of one of the most dramatic games in Super League history.

The game had everything as both teams slugged it out for top spot in engage Super League.  Bradford took an early lead with a penalty from Paul Deacon however worse was to come for Leeds after seven minutes when Michael Platt crossed for the opening try of the game. The Rhinos hit back after four minutes when Leeds moved down field with great offloading skill before Kevin Sinfield, playing at hooker, spotted Scott Donald out wide and threw a low and hard pass out to the winger. He showed incredible skill to catch and offload back the way the pass had come from to Jamie Jones-Buchanan who went over for his third try of the season.

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Then two minutes later the Rhinos were in front when Danny McGuire got away from the attempted tackles of Terry Newton and Jamie Langley to break clear. He had Brent Webb and Rob Burrow in support and chose his fullback, who raced clear to score between the posts. Kevin Sinfield converted both tries to make it 12-8 to Leeds after 14 minutes.

Leeds were denied their third try after 22 minutes when video ref Ashley Klein adjugded Lee Smith had put his heel on the line after he got out of tackle by Lesley Vainikolo.
The Bulls took full advantage to retake the lead a minute later. Iestyn Harris released Terry Newton with an offload, the former Leeds player then put Platt away for his second try. Deacon converted to make it 14-12.

The Bulls extended their lead heading into half time but in controversial circumstances. A kick from Deacon on the last tackle was fielded by Solomona who pushed the ball back one handed, Evans flicked a pass out to Vainikolo and he touched down in the corner. Deacon added the conversion to make it 20-12 with eight minutes remaining in the half.

Leeds replied when Sinfield spotted a gap in the Bulls defence and darted out from dummy half before passing to Webb. The full back managed to push the ball back as he was being tackled and Keith Senior picked up and forced his way over, pushing Evans out of his way. Sinfield converted the try to make it 20-18.

The Rhinos then shot themselves in the foot by conceding a try straight from the re-start. Jamie Thackray charged the ball up but was stripped of possession by Ian Henderson, who scampered through for a try. Deacon converted the try to make it 26-18 at half time.

Leeds hit back straight away at the start of the second half when Clinton Toopi released Donald. He raced down the wing before passing back inside to Webb to score his second try. Sinfield's conversion making it 26-24.

However, two minutes later Webb’s delight was turned to despair when referee Steve Ganson sent him to the sin bin for back chatting after twice penalising him as the Rhinos defended their own line.
Bradford piled on the pressure and eventually it told as Ben Harris crashed through for a try. Deacon converted to make it 32-24 after 50 minutes.

Despite being a man light, the Rhinos hit back after 53 minutes when Burrow spotted a gap in the Bulls line and sprinted through to score a trademark try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 32-30 to the Bulls.

However, the game continued to ebb and flow and the Bulls once again extended their lead with 17 minutes remaining in the game when Andy Lynch powered his way over from short range after Iestyn Harris had intercepted a pass from Sinfield. Deacon once again converted to make it 38-30.

If the luck had not been with the Rhinos so far it certainly came with just over ten minutes to go when Gareth Ellis appeared to knock on trying to force the ball back to Webb. The full back hacked on and brilliantly touched down just before the in goal line. Leeds were given the benefit of the doubt by the video ref and the try was awarded. Sinfield added the conversion to bring Leeds back within two points.

The Bulls were denied two tries by the video referee however the drama did not end there. Leeds were given a penalty 40 metres out on the touchline. Sinfield elected to kick to tie the game in the final second of the match. His attempt struck the post and rebounded away. Tansey was quickest to react and raced through to touch the ball down and win the game as the hooter went. Sinfield's conversion making it 42-38 in the most incredible ending possible.
 

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