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Leeds Rhinos 48 Harlequins 0

14th March 2008

By Leeds Rhinos

The World Champions roared back to form at Headingley Carnegie with a 48-0 drubbing of Quins in a top of the table clash. No fewer than six players scored their first tries of the season with Luke Burgess scoring on his home debut and Ben Kaye crossing in the last minute to mark his debut in fine style. The Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie for the first time since becoming World Champions but they knew they were in for a tough battle against Super League's second placed side. Leeds handed debuts to Ben Kaye and Simon Worrall whilst there was a home debut for Luke Burgess.

The Rhinos started in fine form with the half back pairing of Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield combining well early on. The home side were putting Quins under pressure with some tough defence and eventually an error cost them. Having turned over possession on half way, Leeds attacked with purpose. A great cut out pass by debutant Kaye gifted Jamie Jones-Buchanan a try after he had cut a good line. Sinfield added the simple conversion to make it 6-0 after seven minutes. The Rhinos extended their lead three minutes later when Kylie Leuluai gave a great offload 20 metres out and Jamie Peacock then matched that effort with a brilliant break to score outwide. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 12-0. Both teams were producing some solid defence and it took a special piece of play from Keith Senior to break through the Quins line. He produced a sublime offload 60 metres out to Scott Donald, who raced clear. The leading try scorer in Super League unselfishly drew the last man and passed back inside to Jordan Tansey to score with his first touch. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 18-0 after 27 minutes. Two of the Rhinos young stars were the stars of the show for their next try. Firstly, Ryan Hall did well to deal with a high bomb and then supported a break from Gareth Ellis to get the Rhinos down field. One tackle later, Luke Burgess showed real composure to snap up a bouncing ball before powering through the Quins cover and passing back inside for Brent Webb to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 24-0 at half time.

WP – Home MPU

However it was not long before the Rhinos had extended that lead further when Nick Scruton crossed after just four minutes of the second half. The young prop showed fantastic pace to burst through 20 metres out but appeared to be stopped just short by a tapped tackle. However, he realised he had not been held and had the presence of mind to drag himself over the line. Seven minutes later, the crowd at Headingley Carnegie were brought to their feet as Rob Burrow crossed for his 100th try for the Rhinos following a break by Donald down the touchline. Sinfield converted both to make it 36-0. With eight minutes to go Luke Burgess became the fifth Rhino on the night to score their first try of the season when he supported the break of Sinfield to power his way over the line. The Leeds skipper made it a 100% night with the boot to extend the lead to 42-0. The night ended on a real high as Ben Kaye crossed for a try on his debut to top off a great night for the Rhinos as they remained top of the engage Super League.

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