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Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants, Friday 8th March, 8pm

2nd March 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie next Friday to take on league leaders Huddersfield Giants in another massive Super League clash.

Paul Anderson's side have made an impressive start to the season and will be looking to replicate their double over the Rhinos last season. 

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The game will also see Shaun Lunt return to Headingley Carnegie having helped the Rhinos to Grand Final glory last season. 

You can book your ticket now by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

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Leeds Rhinos 8 Huddersfield Giants 32

8th March 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost out to Danny Brough-inspired Huddersfield Giants at Headingley Carnegie as they slumped a 32-8 defeat to the league leaders.

Head Coach Brian McDermott made two changes to his starting line from the side that won seven days earlier at St Helens with Jamie Peacock and Stevie Ward starting off the bench and Ian Kirke and Chris Clarkson on from the off. 

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Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson made five changes in reaction to his side's first defeat of the season at Bradford plus a further two positional switches. Former Great Britiain international Stuart Fielden came straight into the front row whilst youngster Matt Dawson was named on the wing when Jermaine McGillvary was ruled out earlier in the day. 

The Rhinos were hoping to build on their win at St Helens but instead were confronted by a determined Giants outfit on a wet night at Headingley Carnegie.

The home side were masters in their own downfall in the first half as they came up with too many errors with ball in hand to build any sort of pressure in the Giants half. On defence, Leeds were strong and Huddersfield rarely looked like breaking the home line however an error from Joe Vickery, as he tried to dive to control a skidding ball near his own line, gifted a score to Joe Wardle. Brough was off target with the conversion attempt.

The visitors doubled the lead after 30 minutes. Huddersfield had enjoyed a long spell of pressure on the Leeds line, with the Rhinos coming up with successive errors as they tried to get away from their territory, but it looked as if they had held them out only for Brough to produce a pin point accurate kick to dissect the defence and give Aaron Murphy the simple job of racing through to score. The Scottish international was off target again with his kick but his side were good value for their 8-0 lead.

The Rhinos finally got off the mark on the stroke of half time when Kevin Sinfield elected to kick for goal following a high tackle 35 metres from the Giants line.

The next score, given the conditions, was going to be crucial and it was the visitors who came up with it through Murphy after another sensational kick by Brough. Leeds had lost possession when Clarkson spilled a high pass and from the scrum, Brough and Robinson worked a run around move before the former put in a kick to the corner which Murphy chased to score. Brough was off target but his side had stretched their lead to ten points.

Brough took them further in front with a penalty after 52 minutes and then the visitors strike the decisive blow when Scott Grix finished off a move after Watkins was beaten to the ball as he dived to collect it and it was toe poked passed him. Brough now had his range set and took his side into a seeming unassailable lead at 20-2 with 27 minutes to go.

Leeds battled hard and had two tries disallowed by the officials. Watkins looked unfortunate not to be given a score when he stretched out to touch down after a strong break, it would certainly have been a decision for the video referee in a televised game and even the limited angles for the big screen at the stadium seemed to suggest he got downward pressure before the ball shot out on the greasy surface. Ablett was then denied when he chased up a clever stabbed grubber kick by McShane from close range, that looked more dubious but would again have no doubt gone upstairs in a broadcasted fixture.

Danny Brough was not hanging around to argue about the rights or wrongs of those decisions and took control of the game once more. He kicked two 40:20s to relieve pressure on his own line and then, in between the two disallowed Leeds scores, he popped up to start and finish a 60 metre more to take his side out of sight. He converted his own try to make it 26-2 to the visitors.

Leeds did managed to get across the Giants whitewash after 68 minutes when McShane spotted a gap and went over from close range. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 26-8.

The final word however went to the league leaders as they added the Rhinos to the scalp of Wigan earlier this season as Eorl Crabtree supported a break close to the line and took an offload before spinning to put the ball down. Brough completed his inspirational night for Paul Anderson’s side to complete a third consecutive win for the Giants at Headingley Carnegie.

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