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Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons, Friday 2nd October 8pm

27th September 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Tickets are on sale now for the Rhinos engage Super League Grand Final Qualification semi final against Catalans Dragons, kick off 8pm.

Having defeated Hull KR in the Qualifying Play Off Leeds Rhinos became the first team to book their place in the Qualifying Semi Final on Friday 2nd October at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 8pm.

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Leeds had the historic Club Call so they could pick who they played and they selected the Dragons.

Catalans will come to Headingley Carnegie full of confidence having won their last three away games starting with a first ever win at Knowsley Road against St Helens in the final game of the season to snatch eighth spot from Bradford Bulls. They have since won at Wakefield and Huddersfield in the play offs to go within 80 minutes of the Grand Final.

Catalans also beat Leeds in their last meeting in Perpignan when a last minute try snatched victory for the home side however the Rhinos won at Headingley Carnegie and at Murrayfield in the Magic Weekend.

The game will be all pay and is not included in your season ticket package however we have been able to agree a range of discounted prices for season ticket holders, members, Rhinos 2000 members and Leedsline agents which can save you £3 on the matchday admission price for adults. Junior entry will start from £5 for all areas of the ground if pre-purchased. *Junior discounted prices will be applicable to all juniors (season ticket holders, members and general public) in advance of match day.

We are also offering for this game a Paddock Family Ticket, which is available for both sets of supporters. The Family package includes 2 Adults and 2 Children for £50.00 but is subject to availability – numbers will be limited – and this is only available in advance of match day only. 

For more details on ticket prices go to www.therhinos.co.uk/playoffs for full details for the game and opening hours for the club shop.

Don’t forget to show your colours on Friday night with replica shirts now reduced to just £15 in the club shop, visit www.therhinos.co.uk/shop to order yours now.

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Rhinos 27 Catalans 20

2nd October 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos booked their return to Old Trafford with a hard fought 27-20 win over Catalans Dragons.

Before kick off Headingley Carnegie was brought to a stand still when the club mourned the loss of a true great in John Holmes, with over 100 of his former team mates joining both teams on the pitch for a minutes silence.

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The game started in frantic fashion with both teams showing nerves early on in the most important game of the season. The visitors had the best early chances but knocked on needlessly when they got near the Leeds line.

The Rhinos were in ruthless mood though and scored with their first real chance. Having been awarded a penalty when Brent Webb was held down after breaking up field, Leeds took the tap and worked their way towards the line. That created a three man overlap which McGuire used by dummying to pass before going over himself. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 15 minutes.

However, it was Leeds’ turn to make the error next as they allowed the kick off to run into touch. From the scrum, Catalans moved the ball quickly along the line and Adam Mogg released Vincent Duport to score in the corner. Thomas Bosc missed the touchline conversion from the South Stand side to maintain the home side’s slim lead.

The Rhinos were denied a try for Lee Smith after 22 minutes when video replays showed that he lost control of the ball trying to ground it after spinning in a tackle.

However, that was the calm before the storm from the Rhinos. The first try of three inside four minutes came when Rob Burrow took the ball to the line and spotted Duport rushing in from his wing to tackle Keith Senior. Burrow floated the ball over the top to Ryan Hall to score in the corner. Sinfield was off target with the conversion but Leeds led 10-4 after 33 minutes.

Two minutes later, Burrow and Sinfield combined to send Jamie Jones-Buchanan away on half way, he had Hall and Senior either side of him but went for the line and was only stopped by a brave tap tackle by Clint Greenshields. However, he had the presence of mind to get back to his feet and offload to Hall to score his second try. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 16-4.

It got even better with three minutes remaining in the half when Donald broke through 30 metres from his own line. With covering defenders converging on him, he looked up and picked out Danny McGuire with an incredible cross field kick without breaking his stride. The kick was matched by McGuire’s timing and catch and he raced through for the try. Sinfield converted from in front of the posts to make it 22-4 at half time.

The Rhinos made the perfect start to the second half when Sinfield produced a long, floated pass that bounced once and straight into the arms of Donald to score in the corner. Sinfield was off target but the Rhinos led 26-4 after 42 minutes.

However, if the Champions thought the game was won they were given a rude awakening with two tries inside nine minutes with Duport completing his hat trick. His second try came from a powerful run from close range whilst his second was created by a break from Mogg, after Leeds had knocked on 20 metres from their own line. Bosc converted the second try to make it 26-14 after 55 minutes.

The Rhinos needed the calming influence of their skipper and Sinfield, one of a number of Leeds players forced to wear bandages around their heads due to high shots from Catalans, popped over a drop goal to extend the Rhinos lead to three scores after 62 minutes.

Referee Richard Silverwood appeared to be losing control of the game as the visitors continued to fly in with high tackles. The Rhinos had to control their frustration with the fear of a disciplinary hearing between this game and the Grand Final.

Catalans got the next score when Adam Mogg wrong footed the defence and went over between the posts to give Bosc a simple conversion to make it 27-20 with five minutes to go.

However, it was too little too late for the Dragons and the Champions were going back to Old Trafford.

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