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Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos, Monday 9th April, 3pm

7th April 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie on Easter Monday to take on London Broncos with an afternoon kick off.

The Broncos lost out to Catalan Dragons at home in their first game over Easter but they did the double over Leeds Rhinos last season.

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Leeds Rhinos 52 London Broncos 10

9th April 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Ryan Hall scored four tries for the Rhinos as they got back to winning ways with an impressive display against London Broncos.

The Rhinos included Jamie Peacock in their starting line up after he overcame the neck injury he suffered in the defeat to Bradford Bulls on Good Friday.

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Rob Burrow made his awaited return for the Rhinos at hooker whilst Lee Smith was named in the half backs however he and Brent Webb would share the duties in the game. Ryan Bailey started at loose forward with Brian McDermott employing the tactic of playing another big forward as the Under 20s side have done this season to good effect with Brad Singleton.

Kallum Watkins was ruled out of the clash with a medial ligament strain suffered at Bradford three days earlier whilst Stevie Ward was unlucky to miss out at 18th man.

The Rhinos found themselves camped on their own line for most of the opening quarter as a combination of errors on the first tackle, penalties and a smart kicking game from London meant that the Rhinos faced virtually seven repeat sets on their own line.

However, Leeds produced some outstanding defence with Zak Hardaker and Rob Burrow working hard down the left and Brett Delaney securing the middle. The closest the Broncos came to scoring was when Dan Sarginson was held up over the line and then shortly afterwards Chris Bailey lost control of the ball as he stretched out to score.

Leeds were finally able to relieve the pressure when Kevin Sinfield kicked a 40:20 kick for the second consecutive game to put the Rhinos deep in Broncos territory. Unfortunately Leeds did not make the most of the chance when Smith’s pass to Jones-Bishop was fractionally miss timed but the tide was turning in favour of the home team. Carl Ablett provided further proof of that with a barn storming run and the centre then grabbed a deserved try when he stepped around one defender and then powered his way over. Sinfield missed the conversion but Leeds were 4-0 up after 26 minutes.

Ablett then turned provider as he spun in the tackle before offloading to Ben Jones-Bishop to score against his former club. Sinfield was on target this time to make it 10-0.

The Rhinos then ended the half with a flourish as they crossed for two more unconverted tries out wide. The first came from Ryan Hall after a great break by Rob Burrow. The hooker had passed to Sinfield who was tackled less than a metre short of the line but Leeds the ball wide through Smith and Hall did well to finish.

Ablett then set up the next try just before the break when he burst through for a 35 metre break, he passed to Smith who in turn put Jones-Bishop in for his second try to make it 18-0 at the break.

London came out fired up looking to make the most of any chances they got in the second half and they gave Leeds a fright with two quick tries. The first came from Kieran Dixon when the winger was put through a gap out wide by a high looping pass from Craig Gower.

They then made it 18-10 soon afterwards when Luke Dorn went through some disappointing defence from the Champions to get his side right back in the game, as Michael Witt added the conversion.

However, Leeds responded to that early set back in style. Sinfield get the ball rolling with a great chip kick to the corner as Hall timed his run to perfection to collect and touch down. The pair repeated the act with 16 minutes to go to increase the lead to 30-10 as the skipper converted both tries.

Having benefitted from the kicking of Sinfield to complete his hat trick, Hall then showed all his power and pace for his fourth as he bumped off some soft defence on the fringes and went over for the try.

He could have had a fifth soon after but Smith took the right option to pass back inside to unmarked Brent Webb and the Kiwi went over for a well deserved try, which Sinfield converted.

Zak Hardaker then completed the rout with two late scores to make it six consecutive games with a try for the centre. The first was a great solo effort as he powered 40 metres up field and bumped off several attempted tackles. He then benefitted from a great piece of skill by Webb, the full back took a bouncing ball from a Sinfield kick and then passed one handed behind his back to Hardaker to go over for the score. Sinfield converted both to make the final score 52-10.

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