• Huddersfield Giants
  • 22 - 16

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • HT 16 - 4
  • Leeds Rhinos
14th March 2021 | KO 14:00 | John Smith's Stadium | Friendly

Season So Far

Top Try Scorer
Brad Dwyer

3

Top Kicker
Rhyse Martin

9

Huddersfield Giants 22 Leeds Rhinos 16

It was a tough afternoon for Leeds Rhinos as they kicked off their preparations for the 2021 Super League season with a 22-18 defeat against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium.

With under two weeks until the new season kicks off at Emerald Headingley, it was a chance for both sides to show off their new signings and young talent. Due to injuries keeping the likes of Luke Gale, Rob Lui and Jack Walker on the sidelines, Rhinos head coach Richard Agar named a relatively young squad for the Giants clash. Jack Broadbent, Corey Hall and Sam Walters started in the pack, with the likes of Liam Tindall, Jarrod O’Connor and Levi Edwards on the bench, while Liam Sutcliffe and Richie Myler were named in the halves. New signing Zane Tetevano was ruled out prior to kick off but there was an appearance from Fijian international King Vuniyaywa.

Leeds started the game strongly, forcing the Giants into a goal line drop out on their first attacking set. After a short break in play due to an injury to Huddersfield’s Olly Ashall-Bott, the Rhinos worked the ball out to the left and great pass by Myler released Broadbent in space but the centre’s pass intended for Luke Briscoe went to ground.

Despite Leeds’ best efforts, the home side took the lead inside of ten minutes. Rolling downfield thanks to strong carries from James Gavet and new signing Josh Jones, on the fifth tackle, Lee Gaskell took advantage of an out of position Ash Handley and kicked back towards the post where he found the onrushing Aidan Sezer, who dotted the ball down by the posts. The half back converted his own try to give Huddersfield an early lead.

Ian Watson’s side kept pushing for points and try scorer Sezer was at the centre of the Giants’ best opportunities, forcing Tom Briscoe to take a chip kick in goal and then kicking cross field for Ricky Leutele, but both times Leeds’ defence held strong.

The Rhinos’ efforts were rewarded on 25 minutes as a handling error from Sezer resulted in a break away try for Jack Broadbent. Huddersfield were trying to pull the Rhinos wide but Sezer fumbled a pass from Michael Lawrence straight into the arms of Myler, who started to peel away. Realising he had Broadbent in support, the half back offloaded the ball to the centre who outpaced Jermaine McGillvary to the try line. Rhyse Martin pulled the conversion just wide.

As the game approached the half hour mark, there was an injury scare for Ash Handley, who was helped from the field after a tackle from Jake Wardle. The Rhinos were forced to restructure and the Giants took advantage, scoring two tries to give Ian Watson’s side a twelve point lead at the break. A wide move caught Corey Hall and Liam Tindall out as Darnell McIntosh finished off a sweeping move in the left corner before Jack Cogger closed out the half by picking off an offload from Cameron Smith to score under the posts. Sezer successfully converted the latter to make the half time score 16-4.

 

The Rhinos reeled the changes at the start of the second half, introducing Bodene Thompson, King Vuniyayawa and Brad Dwyer to the field of play, but the Giants continued where they left off. The home side forced Leeds to defend five sets on their own try line, with the best effort coming from Oliver Wilson but Broadbent, who had moved to cover for the injured Handley, made a great effort to stop the prop. Shortly after, Louis Senior took a cut out pass from Kenny Edwards to walk in the corner for Huddersfield’s fourth try of the afternoon. Oliver Russell took over the kicking duties and slotted his first from out wide to make the score 22-4.

Leeds needed a boost and Rhyse Martin came up trumps, making a one on one strip to turn Leeds’ defence into attack. Myler threaded a neat grubber kick into the in goal area and forced a repeat set but on the next set of six, James Donaldson couldn’t keep hold of a short pass that would have been a certain try.

The last 20 minutes saw the Rhinos dominate, closing the scoreline to within six points. The rain was making the ball hard to keep hold of and the Giants were the ones that paid the price, coughing up the ball before James Gavet was penalised for a late hit on Tom Briscoe. That much needed penalty helped Leeds near to the Giants try line and Leeds produced one of their best passing moves of the game, courtesy of Myler, Sutcliffe and Broadbent, to make sure Luke Briscoe went over in the corner. Minutes later, after the Giants were once again penalised by referee Ben Thaler, Myler connected up with Sutcliffe, who managed to wrestle his way to the try line and cut Huddersfield’s advantage.

The final five minutes were nail biting for both fans watching from home. After losing out twice in the League last season by one point, the Giants looked like they’d thrown their lead again as Vuniyayawa looked all but certain to score, breaking through a gaping hole and just had the full back to beat but he was dragged down agonisingly short of the try line by Aiden McGowan. 17 year old substitute Morgan Gannon tried to go over but the Giants stood strong, holding on to win.

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Huddersfield Giants 22 Leeds Rhinos 16

It was a tough afternoon for Leeds Rhinos as they kicked off their preparations for the 2021 Super League season with a 22-18 defeat against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium.

With under two weeks until the new season kicks off at Emerald Headingley, it was a chance for both sides to show off their new signings and young talent. Due to injuries keeping the likes of Luke Gale, Rob Lui and Jack Walker on the sidelines, Rhinos head coach Richard Agar named a relatively young squad for the Giants clash. Jack Broadbent, Corey Hall and Sam Walters started in the pack, with the likes of Liam Tindall, Jarrod O’Connor and Levi Edwards on the bench, while Liam Sutcliffe and Richie Myler were named in the halves. New signing Zane Tetevano was ruled out prior to kick off but there was an appearance from Fijian international King Vuniyaywa.

Leeds started the game strongly, forcing the Giants into a goal line drop out on their first attacking set. After a short break in play due to an injury to Huddersfield’s Olly Ashall-Bott, the Rhinos worked the ball out to the left and great pass by Myler released Broadbent in space but the centre’s pass intended for Luke Briscoe went to ground.

Despite Leeds’ best efforts, the home side took the lead inside of ten minutes. Rolling downfield thanks to strong carries from James Gavet and new signing Josh Jones, on the fifth tackle, Lee Gaskell took advantage of an out of position Ash Handley and kicked back towards the post where he found the onrushing Aidan Sezer, who dotted the ball down by the posts. The half back converted his own try to give Huddersfield an early lead.

Ian Watson’s side kept pushing for points and try scorer Sezer was at the centre of the Giants’ best opportunities, forcing Tom Briscoe to take a chip kick in goal and then kicking cross field for Ricky Leutele, but both times Leeds’ defence held strong.

The Rhinos’ efforts were rewarded on 25 minutes as a handling error from Sezer resulted in a break away try for Jack Broadbent. Huddersfield were trying to pull the Rhinos wide but Sezer fumbled a pass from Michael Lawrence straight into the arms of Myler, who started to peel away. Realising he had Broadbent in support, the half back offloaded the ball to the centre who outpaced Jermaine McGillvary to the try line. Rhyse Martin pulled the conversion just wide.

As the game approached the half hour mark, there was an injury scare for Ash Handley, who was helped from the field after a tackle from Jake Wardle. The Rhinos were forced to restructure and the Giants took advantage, scoring two tries to give Ian Watson’s side a twelve point lead at the break. A wide move caught Corey Hall and Liam Tindall out as Darnell McIntosh finished off a sweeping move in the left corner before Jack Cogger closed out the half by picking off an offload from Cameron Smith to score under the posts. Sezer successfully converted the latter to make the half time score 16-4.

 

The Rhinos reeled the changes at the start of the second half, introducing Bodene Thompson, King Vuniyayawa and Brad Dwyer to the field of play, but the Giants continued where they left off. The home side forced Leeds to defend five sets on their own try line, with the best effort coming from Oliver Wilson but Broadbent, who had moved to cover for the injured Handley, made a great effort to stop the prop. Shortly after, Louis Senior took a cut out pass from Kenny Edwards to walk in the corner for Huddersfield’s fourth try of the afternoon. Oliver Russell took over the kicking duties and slotted his first from out wide to make the score 22-4.

Leeds needed a boost and Rhyse Martin came up trumps, making a one on one strip to turn Leeds’ defence into attack. Myler threaded a neat grubber kick into the in goal area and forced a repeat set but on the next set of six, James Donaldson couldn’t keep hold of a short pass that would have been a certain try.

The last 20 minutes saw the Rhinos dominate, closing the scoreline to within six points. The rain was making the ball hard to keep hold of and the Giants were the ones that paid the price, coughing up the ball before James Gavet was penalised for a late hit on Tom Briscoe. That much needed penalty helped Leeds near to the Giants try line and Leeds produced one of their best passing moves of the game, courtesy of Myler, Sutcliffe and Broadbent, to make sure Luke Briscoe went over in the corner. Minutes later, after the Giants were once again penalised by referee Ben Thaler, Myler connected up with Sutcliffe, who managed to wrestle his way to the try line and cut Huddersfield’s advantage.

The final five minutes were nail biting for both fans watching from home. After losing out twice in the League last season by one point, the Giants looked like they’d thrown their lead again as Vuniyayawa looked all but certain to score, breaking through a gaping hole and just had the full back to beat but he was dragged down agonisingly short of the try line by Aiden McGowan. 17 year old substitute Morgan Gannon tried to go over but the Giants stood strong, holding on to win.

Team Performance

Goals

3

2

Tries

4

3

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Ash Handley0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Corey Hall0000000
Jack Broadbent1000000
Luke Briscoe1000000
Liam Sutcliffe1000000
Richard Myler0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Rhyse Martin0200000
Sam Walters0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
Liam Tindall0000000
Levi Edwards0000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Oliver Ashall-Bott0000000
Jermaine McGillvary0000000
Jake Wardle0000000
Ricky Leutele0000000
Darnell McIntosh1000000
Lee Gaskell0000000
Aidan Sezer1200000
James Gavet0000000
James Cunningham0000000
Michael Lawrence0000000
Joe Greenwood0000000
Chris McQueen0000000
Josh Jones0000000
Interchanges
Sam Wood0000000
Luke Yates0000000
Jack Cogger1000000
Kenny Edwards0000000
Jack Ashworth0000000
Ronan Michael0000000
Oliver Wilson0000000
Leroy Cudjoe0000000
Oliver Russell0100000
Louis Senior1000000
Owen Trout0000000
Kieran Rush0000000
Aiden McGowen0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards