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Leeds Rhinos 62 Harlequins RL 4

5th March 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos treated their fans to a try feast at Headingley Carnegie as they scored 12 tries including one for debutant to Tom Bush.

The Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie looking to bounce back from the defeat to Melbourne Storm in the Gillette World Club Challenge.

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Leeds included 20-year-old Tom Bush in the starting line up alongside Keith Senior on the left wing whilst Ryan Hall switched to the opposite flank. Jay Pitts started in the second row for his home debut for the Rhinos.

Harlequins had their own injury concerns with Max Edwards drafted into the squad to start at scrum half in place of Danny Orr whilst on loan full back Ben Jones-Bishop lined up against the Rhinos for the first time.

The home side came out in determined mood and forced Harlequins to drop out at the end of their first set when McGuire chipped ahead for Ryan Hall to chase and Will Sharp had no option but to knock the ball dead. The Rhinos could not find a way through and turned over possession however just as Quins seemed to have weathered the storm and looked to clear their lines a brilliant block by Jay Pitts kept the pressure on.

The Rhinos sensed the chance to turn the screw and promptly came up with their first try when Burrow and Pitts combined, with the latter producing a great one handed offload, to release Brent Webb who crossed for the opening try. Burrow’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded out but the Rhinos led 4-0 after as many minutes.

There was a cruel blow for debutant Bush four minutes later when a high bomb to the corner had him back peddling and he was left isolated as Jamie O’Callaghan jumped above him and then wrestled the ball from his grasp as the pair came down to the ground to level the score for the visitors. Chris Melling was off target with the conversion attempt though.

Leeds had a great chance to hit back after 15 minutes when McGuire once again broke through and kicked to the corner for Hall to chase. The winger, anxious of keeping the ball in, raced up field but could not regather the ball as he tried to catch and score in the same movement.

The Rhinos seemed to have scored a certain try after 19 minutes when McGuire broke through from 15 metres out. The stand off stretched for the line and appeared to ground the ball on the line but referee Thierry Alibert was on the spot and said he was short.

Leeds did not let their frustrations get the better of them and finally worked a try scoring position after 28 minutes. Burrow burst through 35 metres out and drew the last man before passing to Webb to score his second try of the night. The scrum half converted the try this time to make it 10-4.

The Rhinos rounded off the half in good fashion with Ryan Hall opening his account for the season as the Rhinos created an extra man out wide and the winger finished well in the corner. Burrow as off target with the conversion attempt but the Rhinos now led 14-4 at the break.

For all their opportunities, Leeds did not have total command on the scoreboard and they needed to pull clear of the visitors. They did just that with two quick fire tries from Danny Buderus. The first, after 47 minutes, came after a rampaging run from Luke Burgess, the second was down to Buderus own determination and skill as he powered through three would be tacklers before spinning and stretching out to score. Burrow converted both to make it 26-4 to the home side after 50 minutes.

Ali Lauitiiti went over for the Rhinos sixth try just short of the hour mark. The giant Samoan international had been a live wire all game and cut back across the defence to go over after taking a short pass from Webb. Burrow added the conversion to make it 32-4.

However the best try of the night was saved for next. McGuire took the ball on just inside his own half before chipping over the top. He raced through, supported by at least four team mates, before catching the ball on the first bounce and chipping ahead again. The stand off continued his run and caught the ball before touching down between the posts to bring Headingley Carnegie to its feet. Burrow added the simple conversion to make it 38-4.

The Rhinos were in free flow now and looked like scoring every time they touched the ball. Kallum Watkins crossed for the next try after 66 minutes, then two minutes later two incredible offloads by Jay Pitts and then Jamie Jones-Buchanan, around his back, to Ryan Hall sent the winger over for his second try of the game. Burrow converted the latter to make it 48-4.

Leeds then went through the half century of points when Ali Lauitiiti powered his way over from close range much to the delight of the South Stand. Burrow added the conversion to make it 54-4 with eight minutes remaining.

WIth two minutes left Keith Senior became the Rhinos latest try scorer but the biggest cheer of the night was saved for the last second of the game. Rob Burrow kicked to the corner and Quins failed to clear their lines giving Tom Bush the chance to seal his debut with a try which he duly took to  make the final score 62-4 to the Champions.

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