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21st July 2002 | KO 15:30 | The Shay | Super League

Halifax 10 Leeds Rhinos 38

Leeds Rhinos eased the pressure on under-fire coach Daryl Powell with a convincing victory over Halifax at The Shay.

It was the perfect birthday present for Powell, 37 on match day, whose job was rumoured to be on the line after a dramatic slump had seen Leeds lose four of their last five games.

The Rhinos were already without injured stars Rob Burrow and Barrie McDermott and Powell also gambled, dropping out-of-sorts Ben Walker and restoring skipper Francis Cummins at full-back.  But the players on duty responded in style for the coach, cutting lose after the break, scoring four converted tries without reply to wrap up a stylish victory.

Halifax, without a win against a top five side this season, competed well for the first hour, but was blown away in the final 20 by a Leeds side that grew in confidence as the game went on.  The Blue Sox still face a nervous couple of weeks on the fringes of the relegation zone, but this win all but guarantees Leeds a top-six finish.

The visitors took an early lead through Kevin Sinfield's penalty and Mark Calderwood's try, but Halifax responded when centre Stuart Donlan exploited a huge gap in the visitors' defence.  Leeds winger Karl Pratt restored their lead with a try in the corner, moments after having an identical effort ruled out for a knock-on, but gutsy Halifax again responded in style, as Dave Woods gathered Gavin Clinch's chip and sent Donlan racing over for his second try. Clinch's conversion ensured it was all square at the break.

Four minutes after the restart, Sinfield's penalty restored Leeds' lead and after Calderwood stepped through several tackles for his second try, there was no looking back for Leeds.  Sinfield added a conversion and then a penalty before the stand-off then dived over for a try of his own after Robbie Beckett had dropped a high kick.

From the kick-off, Leeds rubbed salt in the wounds as Ryan Bailey and Pratt combined to create a score for Keith Senior and then in the final minute, Pratt's crossfield kick created a try under the posts for his captain Cummins.

Sinfield landed the conversion to take his tally to seven goals out of 10 on a personal haul of 18 points as Leeds wrapped up a well-deserved win.

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Halifax 10 Leeds Rhinos 38

Leeds Rhinos eased the pressure on under-fire coach Daryl Powell with a convincing victory over Halifax at The Shay.

It was the perfect birthday present for Powell, 37 on match day, whose job was rumoured to be on the line after a dramatic slump had seen Leeds lose four of their last five games.

The Rhinos were already without injured stars Rob Burrow and Barrie McDermott and Powell also gambled, dropping out-of-sorts Ben Walker and restoring skipper Francis Cummins at full-back.  But the players on duty responded in style for the coach, cutting lose after the break, scoring four converted tries without reply to wrap up a stylish victory.

Halifax, without a win against a top five side this season, competed well for the first hour, but was blown away in the final 20 by a Leeds side that grew in confidence as the game went on.  The Blue Sox still face a nervous couple of weeks on the fringes of the relegation zone, but this win all but guarantees Leeds a top-six finish.

The visitors took an early lead through Kevin Sinfield's penalty and Mark Calderwood's try, but Halifax responded when centre Stuart Donlan exploited a huge gap in the visitors' defence.  Leeds winger Karl Pratt restored their lead with a try in the corner, moments after having an identical effort ruled out for a knock-on, but gutsy Halifax again responded in style, as Dave Woods gathered Gavin Clinch's chip and sent Donlan racing over for his second try. Clinch's conversion ensured it was all square at the break.

Four minutes after the restart, Sinfield's penalty restored Leeds' lead and after Calderwood stepped through several tackles for his second try, there was no looking back for Leeds.  Sinfield added a conversion and then a penalty before the stand-off then dived over for a try of his own after Robbie Beckett had dropped a high kick.

From the kick-off, Leeds rubbed salt in the wounds as Ryan Bailey and Pratt combined to create a score for Keith Senior and then in the final minute, Pratt's crossfield kick created a try under the posts for his captain Cummins.

Sinfield landed the conversion to take his tally to seven goals out of 10 on a personal haul of 18 points as Leeds wrapped up a well-deserved win.

Team Performance

Goals

1

4

Tries

2

6

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Francis Cummins1000000
Mark Calderwood2000000
Chev Walker0000000
Keith Senior1000000
Karl Pratt1000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE1400000
Ryan Sheridan0000000
Danny Ward0000000
Matt Diskin0000000
Matt Adamson0000000
Tonie Carroll0000000
Andy Hay0000000
Adrian Vowles0000000
Interchanges
Willie Poching0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Ryan Bailey0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards