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Leeds Rhinos

2017 Super League Champions

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Trio set for Rhinos return.

3rd February 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Scott Donald, Ryan Bailey and Jamie Jones-Buchanan could be set to make a return for the Rhinos after Brian McClennan named the trio in his 19 man squad for the game against Wakefield on Friday night.

Donald has missed the Rhinos’ last two games after picking up a rib injury against Bradford. Bailey has been out of action for the last six games, whilst Jones-Buchanan has been unavailable for the Rhinos since the away trip to Catalans Dragons.

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Ian Kirke has also been added to the squad who defeated Wigan Warriors two weeks ago as the Rhinos aim to finish their regular season on a high in their second visit to Belle Vue this season.

The squad in full is: 

1. Brent Webb
2. Scott Donald
4. Keith Senior
5. Lee Smith
6. Danny McGuire
7. Rob Burrow
8. Kylie Leuluai
9. Matt Diskin
10. Jamie Peacock
11. Jamie Jones Buchanan
12. Gareth Ellis
13. Kevin Sinfield
14. Ali Lauitiiti
16. Ryan Bailey
17. Nick Scruton
18. Ian Kirke
19. Carl Ablett
21. Jordan Tansey
24. Luke Burgess

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12 Leeds Rhinos 30

5th September 2008

By Leeds Rhinos

Despite victory on the final day of the regular season, the Rhinos had to settle for second place in the engage Super League table and will now travel to Knowsley Road in a fortnight looking to book their place at Old Trafford. All credit to Wakefield, who despite having little to play for in terms of the league table, play a full part in a gruelling contest. Both teams made too many errors for their coaches liking however there was also some tremendous defence on display. Hero of the hour for Leeds was Ali Lauitiiti. With the scores locked at 12-12 midway through the second half, the giant Kiwi was quickest to react to a knock on near the Wakefield line to set up Kevin Sinfield for a try and then added two more himself in the final quarter to seal the 30-12 win. Leeds were without Kylie Leuluai and Matt Diskin, who failed fitness tests, however they welcomed back Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Scott Donald and Ryan Bailey from injury. Both teams were met with very wet conditions following heavy rain all day in West Yorkshire.

The Rhinos started brightly, forcing a repeat set inside the opening five minutes but they were unable to find a way through a well marshalled Wakefield defence. Brent Webb found himself in trouble with referee Steve Ganson for a high tackle on Danny Brough after 15 minutes and he was placed on report. The Scottish international dusted himself down and kicked the subsequent penalty to give his side a 2-0 lead. However, four minutes later Webb produced the telling break to open up the home defence. Having broken through, he offloaded to Jordan Tansey, who raced through to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-2. Wakefield were clearly out to finish their season on a high and they came firing back at the Rhinos, who were their own worst enemies with a series of knocks on early in the tackle count. Eventually the pressure told as Wakefield made the most of their chances and Scott Grix forced his way over from close range. Brough could not add the conversion so the scores were locked at 6-6 after 27 minutes. The Rhinos fell behind after 34 minutes when Grix scored his second try, this time down the right hand side, as he held off two would be tacklers to break through and score. Brough did add the conversion this time to make it 12-6. Leeds needed a spark to kick them into life and Scott Donald provided it after 37 minutes. The Rhinos leading try scorer collected the ball on the wing after a pass fell short. He raced round into centre field before delicately chipping over the defence and racing through to touch down between the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score. Brough had the chance to give his side the lead again when he pushed a penalty wide in the final moment of the half.

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Leeds had to defend their own line at the start of the second half when they made two unforced errors ten metres from their try line. Firstly, Webb knocked on the kick off and, having kept the Wildcats out, Ryan Bailey knocked on on the first tackle. However, Leeds managed to keep the home side out and it looked like they were set for a try when Lee Smith snapped up a loose ball and raced clear 20 metres from his own line. Having beat the Wildcats back line on the outside, he was away and clear only for Brad Drew to show incredible pace to come across field and tackle him into touch with the line at his mercy. The two sides then engaged in a gruelling battle with some fantastic hits going in on defence from both teams with Bibey and Ellis the stand outs for each side. Leeds were struggling to get into their stride but they managed to retake the lead with 17 minutes remaining but the score had an element of luck in it. Sinfield put a high kick into centre field which bounced off the shoulder of Grix into the arms of Ali Lauitiiti who offloaded to Sinfield to score. The Leeds captain added the conversion to make it 18-12. The Rhinos had the chance to extend that lead from the kick off when Webb broke through but, with Tansey and Donald in support, he uncharacteristically threw a terrible pass behind both into touch. However, it was not long before Leeds did extend their lead and this time it was Lauitiiti who scored himself. He took the ball from dummy half close to the line and pushed off two would be tacklers to score. Burrow added the conversion this time to make it 24-12. Lauitiiti then crossed for his second try and effectively sealed the win after 74 minutes when he supported a break by McGuire before once again proving too strong for the Wakefield defence. Sinfield was back on to add the conversion to make it 30-12. That was how the score remained and it meant that Leeds go into the play offs on the back of a win but they were made to work hard for the points by a proud Wildcats outfit.

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