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Leeds Rhinos 52 Hull FC 10

16th August 2002

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos bounced back into form with a 52-10 defeat of Hull at Headingley, ending their nine-match slump in style with a comprehensive win.

After going ahead through Mark Calderwood inside two minutes, Keith Senior, Tonie Carroll, Matt Adamson, Karl Pratt and Francis Cummins touched down to open up a 32-0 lead at the break.

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Calderwood added a second before Paul Cooke and Lee Jackson replied, but Leeds were too strong, adding further tries through Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ben Walker to move back above their visitors and into fourth place.

The Rhinos have won only three of their nine matches since a 38-16 defeat of Hull to round off their perfect May, and lost their fourth place to the Airlie Birds after a defeat to Wigan last week.  However, they moved back above their visitors on point’s difference and gained a crucial confidence boost going into the final five matches with a fine display.

They blew Hull, who were without Richard Horne, away in a fantastic opening 40 minutes, and went ahead in only the second minute, when Mark Calderwood finished off a good move, Ben Walker converting.  Francis Cummins sent Keith Senior striding in on nine minutes and opposite centre Tonie Carroll powered his way in before the quarter mark to create a 16-0 lead.

Matt Adamson then crashed in to put Leeds further ahead, Walker adding a third goal and make the scoreline 22-0 after 21 minutes.  Karl Pratt added the fifth try when he touched down Ryan Sheridan's kick after the half hour, and Cummins rounded off the half by racing in from distance on 35 minutes, Walker's goal opening up a 32-0 interval lead.

Hull used the break to regather themselves, and former Leeds winger Garreth Raynor had a try ruled out for double movement after the restart as they looked to get off the mark.  But, as Hull pressed, Leeds hit back with a breakaway try, Kevin Sinfield taking a Lee Jackson kick and sending long-striding winger Calderwood the length of the field, Walker's goal creating a 38-point advantage.

Substitute Paul Cooke scored in the corner to finally get Hull off the mark on 51 minutes, and Jackson added a try against his former club soon afterwards, Graham Mackay goaling, but the reply was already too late.  Walker kicked a penalty before Jamie Jones-Buchanan dived in to open up a 46-10 lead.

Fellow substitute Rob Burrow created a deserved try for Walker with seven minutes remaining, and the stand off added the goal to reach 20 points for the game and push Leeds past the half century.

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