RHINOS KEEP UP 100% RECORD
Leeds Rhinos continued their unbeaten start to Super League IX with a 38-6 win over Huddersfield Giants at Headingley on Friday.
Leeds Rhinos continued their unbeaten start to Super League IX with a 38-6 win over Huddersfield Giants at Headingley on Friday. Huddersfield made the short journey to Leeds without six stars ahead of next Sunday’s Challenge Cup Semi-Final against St Helens, but while they lacked in creativity, their effort could never be questioned. Leeds, though, were simply too strong in the final outcome, scoring seven tries to one to grab a seventh win from as many games. They opened the scoring after just six minutes, Andrew Dunemann making a half break and feeding Richie Mathers, who dived in from close range. Kevin Sinfield converted, and the Rhinos created a 10-0 cushion with a thrilling length-of-the-field try seven minutes later. Marcus Bai collected Brandon Costin’s kick on his own line and beat two men before racing to half way, linking with Danny McGuire and then Mathers before Chev Walker finished at the corner. Huddersfield pulled back two points through a Costin penalty, and the Giants added a try of their own on 24 minutes, the stand off working well on the blind side to send Marcus St Hilaire over at the corner. Costin saw his conversion attempt hit the post, while cover tackles from Sinfield, on Julian Bailey, and Rob Burrow, on St Hilaire, kept the Rhinos’ noses in front. Leeds added a third try before the break, with Mathers and Chris McKenna putting Walker in on the right for his second. Rhinos prop Wayne McDonald was placed on report for a high tackle on fellow giant Eorl Crabtree before the break, and the Leeds forward was held up soon after the restart as the hosts pressed. Huddersfield held out well, and came close to scoring through second rower Iain Morrison, who was stopped just short by Mathers and Francis Cummins. Walker completed his hat-trick on 59 minutes, touching down after Cummins had hacked Willie Poching’s kick through inside. Cummins again proved the architect for Leeds ten minutes later, just managing to grubber back infield as he headed towards the touchline to allow Dave Furner to dive in. And the Rhinos sealed the win with two late tries when Danny McGuire supported Keith Senior’s break to touch down for the seventh successive game and Furner dived over for his second score.