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Leeds Rhinos 68 Widnes Vikings 24

10th August 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos produced an emphatic 68-24 win to beat Widnes Vikings at Headingley Carnegie and keep up the pressure on the top four.

Leeds Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie after back to back away games looking to build on the momentum of the previous weeks win at Hull KR.

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The Rhinos were without Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Rob Burrow, as all three had minor injuries that were not risked. Burrow was ruled out by a calf strain the day before the match that resulted in Jimmy Keinhorst being drafted into the squad.

Earlier in the season, the Rhinos had put Widnes to the sword at the Stobart Stadium with a 44-16 win and they started this game looking in the type of form that would see them surpass that figure.

The home side opened the scoring after four minutes when Ryan Bailey showed great strength to hold off three defenders and touch down next to the posts. It was his fourth of the season and a new career high for the prop for tries in a season.

Six minutes later Ryan Hall crossed for his 27th try of the season with a trademark one handed stretch and put down after being released down the wing by Carl Ablett. Leeds then crossed for their third try inside the opening quarter through Shaun Lunt. The try was made by a fantastic 70 metre break by Danny McGuire, who was tackled just short of the line. Lunt spotted a flat footed defence though and charged over from dummy half. Sinfield converted all three tries to make it 18-0 after 14 minutes.

Widnes did get themselves a foothold in the game after 21 minutes when Stefan Marsh cut through a gap and stepped around the despairing dive of Zak Hardaker to score, which Patrick Ah Van converted. However, it was just a brief stoppage in the one way traffic as Leeds were soon back on the score sheet.

The next try was created by Kallum Watkins and Ben Jones-Bishop down the right, with latter timing his pass to perfection to release the on rushing Zak Hardaker to score.

Whilst that was Hardaker’s 19th try of the season, the next try scorer was at the other end of the scale. Over a decade before Richard Moore joined the Rhinos Academy but it took until this game for him to cross for his first try for the club. There was no way he was going to be stopped as he powered towards the line. Sinfield added both conversions to make it 30-6.

Leeds scored the try of the game next. Sinfield produced a sublime one handed offload behind his back to McGuire who then put in a perfectly weighted kick to allow Hall to race onto the ball and touch down. Sinfield was off target but the Rhinos were in control.

The Vikings gave their supporters something to cheer about when Frank Winterstein broke the line and went over for a try. Ah Van added the conversion to lift his side.

Leeds finished with a flourish to score a seventh try of the half with Brett Delaney showing a great turn of pace to race through a gap and away from the defenders. Sinfield added the conversion on the hooter to make the half time score 40-12 to the Champions.

With an emphatic scoreline like that at half time, the second half was always going to be a fragmented one. Widnes, to their credit, threw the ball around in the opening ten minutes and had Leeds second guessing them on defence. They made the most of that hesitancy to cross for two quick tries. The first came from Cameron Phelps when he bumped off an attempted tackle by Carl Ablett close to the line then Willie Isa broke down the touchline before passing back inside for Marsh to score his second try of the game. Ah Van converted both to make it 40-24 after 56 minutes.

Leeds had to withstand back to back sets on their line but when the Vikings gained no further reward you sensed their chance to cause the Rhinos more problems had gone. That feeling was intensified when Widnes were reduced to 12 men when Kurt Haggerty was sin binned for an off the ball challenge.

The Rhinos crossed almost immediately after gaining the numerical advantage as Darrell Griffin could not be stopped near the line. Just as Widnes were about to return to their full quota, the Rhinos ran in two more tries. The first came from Kylie Leuluai from close range and then there was a huge cheer when Stevie Ward scored his first try for the club. Sinfield converted all three tries and the Rhinos had pulled clear at 58-24.

The Cup finalists then finished with a flurry with two late tries. Hardaker crossed for a second try after he supported the break by Watkins and then showed great strength to shrug off a tackle and go over for the try, converted by his captain.

And then with the final play of the half, young centre Jimmy Keinhorst capped his home debut with a try in the corner. Sinfield was off target with his tenth kick of the night but Leeds had recorded their biggest win for nearly three years.

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