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Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC Tuesday 26th May, kick off 8pm

3rd May 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos are next in action at home on Tuesday 26th May when they take on Hull FC at Headingley Carnegie live in front of the Sky TV cameras, kick off 8pm.

The game was originally scheduled for Friday 22nd May but was moved after a request from Sky Sports.

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All tickets purchased for the original fixture are still valid for this new date and there is no need to contact the ticket office if you still wish to come to the revised date. We have contact everyone who had purchased a match ticket for the original date separately. 

With neither side in action in the Fifth Round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup both sets of fans will be eagerly anticipating their teams return to action.

The Airlie Birds include a number of former Rhinos in their ranks including Mark Calderwood and Jamie Thackray whilst loanee Jodie Broughton could feature against his own club. 

You can purchase tickets now by calling the ticket hotline on 0871 423 1315 during normal office hours or you can order 24 hours a day online by clicking here

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Leeds Rhinos 46 Hull FC 16.

26th May 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos ran out comfortable 46-16 winners at Headingley Carnegie over Hull FC with Keith Senior marking his 300th appearance with a man of the match winning performance.

The Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie after a month away from home looking to end a run of three consecutive home defeats. Leeds have not lost more than three consecutive home games since the 1985-86 season and were hoping to build on their wins over Catalans and Castleford on the road in the past fortnight. 

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The Champions were without Rob Burrow, who failed to overcome a dead leg he suffered against the Tigers, however Scott Donald was cleared to return after suffering concussion at The Jungle. Keith Senior made his 300th appearance for the club whilst Ryan Bailey returned to first team action with a spot on the bench.

Hull welcomed back the injured quartet of Motu Tony, Shaun Berrigan, Gareth Raynor and captain Lee Radford as they looked to bounce back from a home defeat to Warrington a week earlier.

The Rhinos made the perfect start after just five minutes with a try from Lee Smith, Leeds gained ground deep in Hull territory with a penalty for laying on just inside the Leeds half.  Then two long passes from McGuire and Sinfield released Lee Smith and he showed all the skill of an experienced centre by stepping back inside passed the despairing tackle of Gareth Raynor before handing off Chris Thorman to touch down.. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt to leave the score 4-0. 

Hull FC hit back five minutes later but there was an element of good fortune from a high kick by Lee Radford, Keith Senior and Ryan Hall both went up for the ball but Richard Whiting beat both to the ball but looked like he knocked on only for the ball to bounce off his head and into his arms for him to score. Danny Tickle added the conversion to make it 6-4 to the visitors. 

The game entered a strange passage after that as referee Thierry Alibert became the centre of attention. Initially he missed a clear knock on by Hall on his own line before awarding Hull a 20 metre restart when Motu Tony failed to control SInfield’s kick. He then changed his mind and ordered a drop out before signalling the last tackle as Leeds completed their sixth tackle and telling Leeds to hand over possession much to their bewilderment.

However, the game came to life just after the quarter way mark with a breath taking break by Scott Donald from his own line. He skipped passed three would be tacklers before eventually being pulled down on half way. Ali Lauitiiti maintained the momentum and earned his side a penalty with anothe quick break and from the ensuing set Senior was put through a gap to mark his 300th appearance with a try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 10-6 after 23 minutes.

Senior could have doubled his account two minutes later but video referee Thaler adjudged that he knocked on attempting to touch judge a grubber kick that Tony had tried to knock dead.
However, the Rhinos did get their reward from their next attack and it was a brilliantly worked move between McGuire and Brent Webb. McGuire weighted his chip kick towards the post perfectly which was matched by the timing of the run by Webb who flew through the air to beat Chris Thorman to the catch and score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 16-6 after 36 minutes.

Hull replied almost straight away with a well worked kick move of their own when Richard Horne stabbed through a grubber kick for Kirk Yeaman to dive on and score a minute later. Tickle was off target and it looked like the teams would go in at half time with just a converted try between them. 

Carl Ablett had other ideas though and as the half time hooter sounded he handed off the attempted tackle of Thorman and stretched out to score in the corner. SInfield brought the half to the perfect ending with the conversion to make it 22-10 at the break. 

There was no let up from the Champions after the break as they increased their lead after 43 minutes. Leeds were forced to drop out after Webb was trapped in goal however Sam Moa knocked on from the drop out and from the ensuing scrum Sinfield and Smith combined for the latter to go through from 40 metres out and score straight from the scrum. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 28-10.

The Rhinos increased their lead after 58 minutes with a controversial long range effort from Ryan Hall. From the base of a scrum, the home side moved the ball to the left hand side and Senior broke through the first line of defence. He offloaded to Hall before carrying on his run however Mark Calderwood complained that the centre had blocked his way from being able to tackle Hall. Thierry Alibert waved away his demands to refer the decision to the video referee and awarded the try. Sinfield added the conversion for good measure. 

Hull got a consolation try through Lee Radford after 64 minutes which Tickle converted however the Rhinos soon hit back and it was a second try from Senior on his big night. A long pass from McGuire created the space and Senior had a simple run in.

The Rhinos were denied another try with eight minutes to go when Senior was penalised for obstruction by the video referee after Webb ran behind him as he came through on a dummy run.

However, Leeds did have the last word when Sinfield stripped the ball off former team mate Jamie Thackray 30 metres out in a one on one tackle and scampered over for his second try of the season. He added the conversion to wrap up a convincing 46-16 win for his side.

Leeds Rhinos: Webb, Donald, Smith, Senior, Hall, Sinfield, McGuire, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Kirke, Ablett
Subs: Bailey, Lauitiiti, Diskin, Burgess
Hull FC: Tony, Calderwood, Whiting, Yeaman, Raynor, R Horne, Thorman, Dowes, Berrigan, Thackray, Burnett, Tickle, Radford
Subs: King, Houghton, Lee, Moa
Referee: Thierry Alibert
Video Referee: Ben Thaler

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