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Leigh Centurions 4 Leeds Rhinos 60

13th May 2005

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos passed the half century mark for the second week running when they defeated Super League new boys Leigh 60-4 at the Coliseum.

Mark Calderwood opened the scoring with an 80 metre try after ten minutes however Leigh then gave the home fans something to shout about when Phil Jones scored in the corner and converted it himself.

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However, the fight back was short lived when the Rhinos finished off the half in determined form. Firstly, Lee Smith claimed his first try in Super League touching down after a brilliant cut out pass found Walker, who put the young winger away on the outside and then Rob Burrow bamboozled the home defence with an arcing run when nothing seemed on, having broken the cover he raced through to score.

Four minutes later Calderwood scored his second try, remarkably just as Leigh were looking strong, stand off John Wiltshire attempted an offload close to the Leeds line but Poching picked up the loose ball and fed Calderwood who scored from 90 metres out.

The onslaught wasn’t over yet for the Centurions, when on 36 minutes Barrie McDermott charged his way over the line following good work by Lauitiiti. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos led 28-4 at half time.

The teams had barely settled after half time when the Rhinos had further extended their lead through Lee Smith, who touched down in the corner following good hands by Lauitiiti again and Mathers.

Ten minutes later Sinfield touched down as he showed good support skill to back up a break by Mathers.   Leeds had now slipped into top gear and Calderwood completed his hat trick two minutes later. Once again, Leigh were the masters of their own downfall, an attempted off load under the Rhinos posts was snatched by Liam Botham who fed Sinfield, who broke through the cover and passed to Calderwood 40 metres out to finish the move off.

There was a lull in the scoring then for ten minutes before Burrow popped up for his second try before the Rhinos produced the try of the night. The skill and precision shown by the Leeds team was breathtaking to watch as at least ten pairs of hands moved the ball from one side to another and finally Chev Walker touched down in the corner.

The scoring was wrapped up in the 75th minute and fittingly it went to the captain as he made amends for a ball dropped backwards by reacting quickly to the error and catching the Leigh defence knapping.
 

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