• Huddersfield Giants
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  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos
25th September 2015 | KO 20:00 | John Smith's Stadium | Super League Super 8s

Huddersfield Giants 16 Leeds Rhinos 20

A last second try from Ryan Hall secured the League Leaders Shield in the most dramatic circumstances at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Rhinos were back by a phenomenal travelling band of supporters at the John Smith’s Stadium and they seemed to draw inspiration from them early on as they took the game to the home side.
 
Leeds produced some pounding defence in the opening exchanges which meant that Huddersfield were unable to get out of their own half on several occasions. However,  as on so many times previously, Danny Brough was able to keep his side in the game with some huge long distance kicks that turned Ryan Hall and Tom Briscoe around and made Leeds come the full length of the field.
 
The Rhinos finally hit the front after eleven minutes when Stevie Ward timed his run well to cut back across the Huddersfield defence and then burst through the gap to score. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.
 
Leeds were unable to build on that score however when a mix up from the re-start saw the ball spilled and Huddersfield were immediately handed a chance to hit back. They kept the ball alive and, despite suspicions of a knock on in the build up, they eventually got the ball wide to Jermaine McGillvary who touched down in the corner. Brough added the conversion to level the game.
 
The Rhinos fans must have felt the trophy slipping from their grasp five minutes into the second half when full-back Zak Hardaker fumbled the ball from Hall's risky pass near his own line and Huddersfield hooker Luke Robinson hacked on to the line and appeared to ground the ball.
 
However, slow-motion replays revealed Robinson lost control of the ball and Leeds breathed a huge sigh of relief.
 
The remainder of the half was a war of attrition as both teams looked to find a way through some brilliant defence from their opposite numbers. Eventually Leeds edged themselves in front when Kevin Sinfield kicked a 40 metre penalty with five minutes to go until half time.
 
The Rhinos pushed hard in the final minutes of the game to snatch a vital second try but with the last play of the half, the Giants held firm.
 
Brough brought his side level with a penalty on 48 minutes and they twice split the visitors defence through Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle without managing to apply the finishing touches.
 
At the other end, Danny McGuire had a try disallowed for an obstruction and Hardaker was held up on his back over the line.
 
At one point Sinfield was shaping for a drop goal but he was quickly shut down and McGillvary got the Giants on a counter-attack which produced what looked to be the pivotal score.
 
Second rower Jack Hughes, who is on loan from Wigan, gathered the ball from Brough's high kick and combined with centre Leroy Cudjoe to get scrum-half Jamie Ellis sprinting over for a try.
 
Brough landed his second conversion and shortly afterwards kicked a second penalty to open up an eight-point lead but the drama continued as Briscoe went over on 74 minutes for his side's second try.
 
Sinfield's touchline conversion cut the gap to just two points and levelled the scores for a third time with a penalty before Hall collected McGuire's kick over the Huddersfield defence to sprint away for the match-winning try.

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Huddersfield Giants 16 Leeds Rhinos 20

A last second try from Ryan Hall secured the League Leaders Shield in the most dramatic circumstances at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Rhinos were back by a phenomenal travelling band of supporters at the John Smith’s Stadium and they seemed to draw inspiration from them early on as they took the game to the home side.
 
Leeds produced some pounding defence in the opening exchanges which meant that Huddersfield were unable to get out of their own half on several occasions. However,  as on so many times previously, Danny Brough was able to keep his side in the game with some huge long distance kicks that turned Ryan Hall and Tom Briscoe around and made Leeds come the full length of the field.
 
The Rhinos finally hit the front after eleven minutes when Stevie Ward timed his run well to cut back across the Huddersfield defence and then burst through the gap to score. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.
 
Leeds were unable to build on that score however when a mix up from the re-start saw the ball spilled and Huddersfield were immediately handed a chance to hit back. They kept the ball alive and, despite suspicions of a knock on in the build up, they eventually got the ball wide to Jermaine McGillvary who touched down in the corner. Brough added the conversion to level the game.
 
The Rhinos fans must have felt the trophy slipping from their grasp five minutes into the second half when full-back Zak Hardaker fumbled the ball from Hall's risky pass near his own line and Huddersfield hooker Luke Robinson hacked on to the line and appeared to ground the ball.
 
However, slow-motion replays revealed Robinson lost control of the ball and Leeds breathed a huge sigh of relief.
 
The remainder of the half was a war of attrition as both teams looked to find a way through some brilliant defence from their opposite numbers. Eventually Leeds edged themselves in front when Kevin Sinfield kicked a 40 metre penalty with five minutes to go until half time.
 
The Rhinos pushed hard in the final minutes of the game to snatch a vital second try but with the last play of the half, the Giants held firm.
 
Brough brought his side level with a penalty on 48 minutes and they twice split the visitors defence through Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle without managing to apply the finishing touches.
 
At the other end, Danny McGuire had a try disallowed for an obstruction and Hardaker was held up on his back over the line.
 
At one point Sinfield was shaping for a drop goal but he was quickly shut down and McGillvary got the Giants on a counter-attack which produced what looked to be the pivotal score.
 
Second rower Jack Hughes, who is on loan from Wigan, gathered the ball from Brough's high kick and combined with centre Leroy Cudjoe to get scrum-half Jamie Ellis sprinting over for a try.
 
Brough landed his second conversion and shortly afterwards kicked a second penalty to open up an eight-point lead but the drama continued as Briscoe went over on 74 minutes for his side's second try.
 
Sinfield's touchline conversion cut the gap to just two points and levelled the scores for a third time with a penalty before Hall collected McGuire's kick over the Huddersfield defence to sprint away for the match-winning try.

Team Performance

Goals

2

2

Tries

2

3

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Zak Hardaker0000000
Tom Briscoe1000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Ryan Hall1000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0200000
Danny McGuire0000000
Mitchell Garbutt0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Stevie Ward1000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Interchanges
Brett Delaney0000000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Jordan Lilley0000000

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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