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Leeds Rhinos 46 Hull FC 30

11th April 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos ran in eight second half tries to see off the challenge from Hull FC but both coaches will have plenty of work to do ahead of next Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup clash between the sides.

Leeds Rhinos returned to a sun kissed Headingley Carnegie Stadium looking to build on their win in France six days earlier.

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Danny Buderus returned to the starting line up for the Rhinos whilst Kevin Sinfield slotted back in at loose forward to allow Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire to be reunited in the half back pairing. Luke Ambler was the man to miss out with Carl Ablett starting on the bench.

Hull were without five first team players, in contrast to four missing for the home side, with Sean Long, Craig Fitzgibbon, Mark Calderwood, Richard Horne and Danny Tickle.

Leeds started with Burrow, McGuire and Sinfield combining well in the early exchanges. Those skills proved too hot for Hull to handle after five minutes when all three were involved in setting up the first try. A cross field kick by Sinfield was batted down by Lee Smith before a Hull hand knocked it back into the path of Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Burrow and McGuire spread the ball quickly across the width of the pitch with long passes before Brent Webb popped a pass over the top to Keith Senior. The centre powered his way through three would be tacklers before touching down for his 17th try against the Airlie Birds.

The game was proving to be an entertaining affair with both teams more interested in playing rugby than practising their wrestling. The game ebbed and flowed but eventually it was the Rhinos who got the second try of the game. It came from a no look pass by Buderus to Sinfield on his own 20 metre line. The created a gap for the skipper and he broke clear. With McGuire and Webb to his right, he dummied the defence by passing back inside to Burrow. He headed for the corner before throwing a wide pass to Ryan Hall, who bumped off the tackle before stretching out to score. Sinfield added a touchline conversion to make it 12-0 after 18 minutes.

Leeds were making the most of the dry and warm conditions to get back to their fluent style of play. Brett Delaney was looking particularly dangerous down the right and he created the position for his side’s third try. He offloaded to Smith after a 20 metre break. Smith fed Jones-Buchanan who in turn offloaded to Buderus. Hull were back pedalling quickly but a fast play the ball create a gap out wide and Senior put Hall in for his second try of the game. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but the Rhinos led 16-0 after 29 minutes.

However, two minutes later Hull hit back when Yeaman got between Delaney and Smith before passing to Tom Briscoe to score and silence most of Headingley Carnegie. Richard Whiting added the conversion to make it 16-6 which was how it remained until the break.

Leeds looked to start the second half in explosive form but it was their Achilles heel from the first half that proved their undoing again. The right hand side defence was being caught on a number of occasions and eventually Yeaman got through again and sent Briscoe in for his hat trick. Whiting missed the conversion so the narrow lead was maintained but at 16-14 after 45 minutes, things were getting too close for comfort for the Champions.

The Rhinos needed to stem the flow of points and they did that when Ali Lauitiiti scored a try only the giant Samoan international would be expected to score, go over the line with three men trying to tackle him and stretching out one handed to score. Sinfield added a brilliant touchline conversion to make it 22-14 after 48 minutes.

Having re-established their lead, Leeds put their foot on the gas around the hour mark and put the result beyond doubt. The first score came Keith Senior after he broke through on half way, he fed Brent Webb and then took an immediate return pass to go over after 56 minutes.

Three minutes later good fortune favoured the Rhinos when Hull attempted an intercept only to find the ball rebounding into the arms of Ryan Hall. He burst up field and fed Senior, who in turn passed to Burrow to score.

Finally, Jamie Jones-Buchanan ended a ten minute blitz when he took Sinfield’s pass at pace to go through the defence. Sinfield converted all three to make it 40-14 after 65 minutes.

Four minutes later Delaney made a break around the outside and fed McGuire to score between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 46-14.

The confidence was flowing in the Rhinos camp but that was their undoing soon afterwards as they looked to attack from deep and gifted a try to Craig Hall. Whiting added the conversion to make it 46-20 after 71 minutes.

With the two sides meeting in the Carnegie Challenge Cup in six days time, there will be plenty for both coaches to work on in the week ahead. The Rhinos allowed Tom Briscoe to cross for his fourth try after 77 minutes and the right hand side defence will be something that Leeds will be looking to tighten up before they travel to the KC Stadium.

The Airlie Birds had the last word when Jordan Turner scored down the right hand side after the Rhinos had knocked on in midfield looking to offload with the final play of the game. Craig Hall added the conversion to make the final score 46-30 and give the fans plenty of entertainment from their Sunday afternoon out.

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