• Huddersfield Giants
  • 12 - 12

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos
7th March 2014 | KO 20:00 | John Smith's Stadium | Super League

Huddersfield Giants 12 Leeds Rhinos 12

A dramatic finale, in which both teams missed two drop goal attempts each, meant Leeds and Huddersfield shared the points at John Smith’s Stadium.

The Rhinos had not beaten Huddersfield since the 2011 play off game at John Smith’s Stadium but Huddersfield came into the game on the back of a shock loss at Widnes five days earlier.

Brian McDermott shuffled his pack for this game with Jamie Jones-Buchanan making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a calf muscle tear and Mitch Achurch returning to the matchday squad. Ryan Bailey and Chris Clarkson made way whilst Stevie Ward started in the second row.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the early chances. Former Rhino Jodie Broughton knocked on on half way after Leeds had spilled the ball and the visitors were then able to mount an attack in the home half. Jamie Peacock went close before Huddersfield were penalised on their own line and eventually the pressure caused the defence to crack and Kevin Sinfield’s offload released Stevie Ward to score his first try since February 2013. Sinfield kicked the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after as many minutes.

After that, the home side grew into the ascendency. They were denied a try by video referee Ian Smith when he adjudged an obstruction on Kylie Leuluai in midfield as the move began that eventually saw Scot Grix touch down. Referee James Child then pulled them back for a forward last pass 15 minutes later before Smith once again chalked off try on replay. Joe Wardle challenged Kallum Watkins in the air in the Rhinos in goal, once he was satisfied there had not been a knock on, further replays showed Wardle put his foot out of play as he put the ball down.

However, Huddersfield made sure on their next visit as quick hands along the line gave space for Jodie Broughton to mark his Giants debut with a try in the corner. Brough pushed his conversion attempt wide so the visitors maintained their slender advantage.

Huddersfield were able to keep up the pressure when referee Child then awarded the rarely seen penalty of offside at the kick off even though Sinfield had kicked deep into Giants territory. Leeds had to defend stoutly and Brough went closest when he was tackled on the line. The 2013 Man of Steel winner then missed the chance to level the game at half time when he hooked his penalty attempt wide from 40m out.

The second half was a more even affair with both teams producing some pounding defence to keep their opponents at bay. Unlike the previous three games, Leeds were unable to find room to break from deep but the back three continued to work incredibly hard to take their side up field. Huddersfield were denied for a third time by the video referee when Leroy Cudjoe was adjudged to have knocked on as he challenged Hall in the air.

Huddersfield did equalise when Brough converted a penalty from 25 metres out however Leeds soon went back in front when Sinfield kicked a penalty when Peacock was held in the tackle 18 metres from the Giants line.
The home side then looked to have struck a vital blow as they crossed for their second try of the game. The decision once again went to the video referee but this time Joe Wardle was awarded the try. Crucially Brough kicked the touchline conversion to give his side a four point lead.

After that the Rhinos were finally able to cut loose a great piece of interplay between Danny McGuire and Joel Moon unlocked the Giants defence. Paul Aiton produced great support and he kept the move alive with McGuire. The ball was then fed wide and Kallum Watkins touched down in the corner. Sinfield’s attempted conversion went wide and, with six minutes to go the game was set for a grandstand finish.

McGuire was first to attempt a drop goal, which drifted wide, before Sinfield’s effort looked certain to go over only to veer left and hit the upright and bounce away. The Rhinos then had a test of nerve as Brough twice went for goal to win the match, his first effort was wide and the Rhinos blocked his second effort on the hooter to mean the side’s shared the points.

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A dramatic finale, in which both teams missed two drop goal attempts each, meant Leeds and Huddersfield shared the points at John Smith’s Stadium.

The Rhinos had not beaten Huddersfield since the 2011 play off game at John Smith’s Stadium but Huddersfield came into the game on the back of a shock loss at Widnes five days earlier.

Brian McDermott shuffled his pack for this game with Jamie Jones-Buchanan making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a calf muscle tear and Mitch Achurch returning to the matchday squad. Ryan Bailey and Chris Clarkson made way whilst Stevie Ward started in the second row.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the early chances. Former Rhino Jodie Broughton knocked on on half way after Leeds had spilled the ball and the visitors were then able to mount an attack in the home half. Jamie Peacock went close before Huddersfield were penalised on their own line and eventually the pressure caused the defence to crack and Kevin Sinfield’s offload released Stevie Ward to score his first try since February 2013. Sinfield kicked the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after as many minutes.

After that, the home side grew into the ascendency. They were denied a try by video referee Ian Smith when he adjudged an obstruction on Kylie Leuluai in midfield as the move began that eventually saw Scot Grix touch down. Referee James Child then pulled them back for a forward last pass 15 minutes later before Smith once again chalked off try on replay. Joe Wardle challenged Kallum Watkins in the air in the Rhinos in goal, once he was satisfied there had not been a knock on, further replays showed Wardle put his foot out of play as he put the ball down.

However, Huddersfield made sure on their next visit as quick hands along the line gave space for Jodie Broughton to mark his Giants debut with a try in the corner. Brough pushed his conversion attempt wide so the visitors maintained their slender advantage.

Huddersfield were able to keep up the pressure when referee Child then awarded the rarely seen penalty of offside at the kick off even though Sinfield had kicked deep into Giants territory. Leeds had to defend stoutly and Brough went closest when he was tackled on the line. The 2013 Man of Steel winner then missed the chance to level the game at half time when he hooked his penalty attempt wide from 40m out.

The second half was a more even affair with both teams producing some pounding defence to keep their opponents at bay. Unlike the previous three games, Leeds were unable to find room to break from deep but the back three continued to work incredibly hard to take their side up field. Huddersfield were denied for a third time by the video referee when Leroy Cudjoe was adjudged to have knocked on as he challenged Hall in the air.

Huddersfield did equalise when Brough converted a penalty from 25 metres out however Leeds soon went back in front when Sinfield kicked a penalty when Peacock was held in the tackle 18 metres from the Giants line.
The home side then looked to have struck a vital blow as they crossed for their second try of the game. The decision once again went to the video referee but this time Joe Wardle was awarded the try. Crucially Brough kicked the touchline conversion to give his side a four point lead.

After that the Rhinos were finally able to cut loose a great piece of interplay between Danny McGuire and Joel Moon unlocked the Giants defence. Paul Aiton produced great support and he kept the move alive with McGuire. The ball was then fed wide and Kallum Watkins touched down in the corner. Sinfield’s attempted conversion went wide and, with six minutes to go the game was set for a grandstand finish.

McGuire was first to attempt a drop goal, which drifted wide, before Sinfield’s effort looked certain to go over only to veer left and hit the upright and bounce away. The Rhinos then had a test of nerve as Brough twice went for goal to win the match, his first effort was wide and the Rhinos blocked his second effort on the hooter to mean the side’s shared the points.

Team Performance

Goals

1

1

Tries

2

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Zak Hardaker0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins1000000
Joel Moon0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0100000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Paul Aiton0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Stevie Ward1000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Interchanges
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Mitch Achurch0000000
Brad Singleton0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards