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Huddersfield Giants 22 Leeds Rhinos 22

The Rhinos had to settle for a share of the points at the John Smith’s Stadium after they fought back from 12-0 down to lead 16-14 midway through the second half before Adam O’Brien crossed for the home side give Huddersfield Giants the win. However, with four minutes to go Ash Handley scored his second try of the game to level the score.

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach brought in Jack Walker and Brad Dwyer to the starting line up with Matt Parcell not being risked with two games over the Easter weekend and Ashton Golding amongst the replacements. Brett Ferres returned for his first game of the season following knee surgery after the Grand Final win the previous October.

The home side, who had parted with Head Coach Rick Stone in the build up to the game, took the lead after just two minutes following an error by Walker. He had dealt well with Brough’s high kick but then lost the ball in contact and Huddersfield reacted quickly to move the ball wide and put winger Jared Simpson over. Brough added the conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos had a great chance to hit back soon after with a fine piece of play from Ash Handley unlocked the Giants defence before he offloaded to Walker. The full back drew the last man before passing to Richie Myler in support but the ball rebounded off the half backs shoulder and ran away.

Huddersfield punished the Rhinos after 18 minutes when they kept the ball alive on the last tackle. The move seemed to have broken down when a pass dropped short but Huddersfield kept alert and moved the ball wide quickly after Leeds had leapt out looking for an intercept. Brough added the conversion from the touchline to give his side a 12-0 lead.

Leeds finally found a way back into the game after Tom Briscoe took Darnell McIntosh into touch near his own line. From the scrum, Brad Dwyer went close before the ball was moved back along the line and Myler’s drop off pass to Kallum Watkins put the centre through a gap before he stretched out to score. The skipper converted his own try to cut the deficit to 12-6.

The Giants extended their lead with two minutes to go in the first half when Brough kicked a penalty to make it 14-6 at the interval.

Having finished the first half on the front foot, the Rhinos soon crossed for their second try of the game after the re-start. The possession was earned by a trademark powerful run by Ryan Hall from inside his own half. The Giants managed to eventually stop him but they could not avoid conceding the penalty as they tried to slow the visitors down. On the next set, Leeds moved the ball wide as Walker tipped on his pass to Handley, who drew the defender before passing to Hall who was never going to be stopped from close range. Watkins narrowly missed the conversion attempt from wide out.

Leeds then took the lead for the first time after 53 minutes when Myler spread the ball quickly to Handley. The young centre showed great skill to dummy the pass wide before stepping back inside and walking over the try line. Watkins added the conversion and the visitors now led 16-14.

The Rhinos had plenty of pressure after that but were frustrated by some desperate defence by the home side. The Giants then managed to retake the lead on a rare attack in the second half when Adam O’Brien spotted a gap at marker and darted over from dummy half between the posts. Brough added the simple conversion to give his side a 20-16 lead with 16 minutes left to play.

Chasing the game, the Rhinos chanced their arm but Huddersfield were a determined bunch under stand in coach Chris Thorman. Watkins spilled the ball in midfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for holding on which allowed Brough the chance to extend the lead. He was on target again and the home side now led 22-16 with nine minutes to go.

Leeds kept their composure and got their reward with four minutes to go when Joel Moon timed his pass to perfection for Handley run on it and cut inside the defence to score. Watkins added the conversion to level the game with four minutes to go.

Jordan Rankin and Myler both had drop goal attempts, Rankin’s was the better chance after Giants set up the position but both were wide and the points were shared.

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Huddersfield Giants 22 Leeds Rhinos 22

The Rhinos had to settle for a share of the points at the John Smith’s Stadium after they fought back from 12-0 down to lead 16-14 midway through the second half before Adam O’Brien crossed for the home side give Huddersfield Giants the win. However, with four minutes to go Ash Handley scored his second try of the game to level the score.

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach brought in Jack Walker and Brad Dwyer to the starting line up with Matt Parcell not being risked with two games over the Easter weekend and Ashton Golding amongst the replacements. Brett Ferres returned for his first game of the season following knee surgery after the Grand Final win the previous October.

The home side, who had parted with Head Coach Rick Stone in the build up to the game, took the lead after just two minutes following an error by Walker. He had dealt well with Brough’s high kick but then lost the ball in contact and Huddersfield reacted quickly to move the ball wide and put winger Jared Simpson over. Brough added the conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos had a great chance to hit back soon after with a fine piece of play from Ash Handley unlocked the Giants defence before he offloaded to Walker. The full back drew the last man before passing to Richie Myler in support but the ball rebounded off the half backs shoulder and ran away.

Huddersfield punished the Rhinos after 18 minutes when they kept the ball alive on the last tackle. The move seemed to have broken down when a pass dropped short but Huddersfield kept alert and moved the ball wide quickly after Leeds had leapt out looking for an intercept. Brough added the conversion from the touchline to give his side a 12-0 lead.

Leeds finally found a way back into the game after Tom Briscoe took Darnell McIntosh into touch near his own line. From the scrum, Brad Dwyer went close before the ball was moved back along the line and Myler’s drop off pass to Kallum Watkins put the centre through a gap before he stretched out to score. The skipper converted his own try to cut the deficit to 12-6.

The Giants extended their lead with two minutes to go in the first half when Brough kicked a penalty to make it 14-6 at the interval.

Having finished the first half on the front foot, the Rhinos soon crossed for their second try of the game after the re-start. The possession was earned by a trademark powerful run by Ryan Hall from inside his own half. The Giants managed to eventually stop him but they could not avoid conceding the penalty as they tried to slow the visitors down. On the next set, Leeds moved the ball wide as Walker tipped on his pass to Handley, who drew the defender before passing to Hall who was never going to be stopped from close range. Watkins narrowly missed the conversion attempt from wide out.

Leeds then took the lead for the first time after 53 minutes when Myler spread the ball quickly to Handley. The young centre showed great skill to dummy the pass wide before stepping back inside and walking over the try line. Watkins added the conversion and the visitors now led 16-14.

The Rhinos had plenty of pressure after that but were frustrated by some desperate defence by the home side. The Giants then managed to retake the lead on a rare attack in the second half when Adam O’Brien spotted a gap at marker and darted over from dummy half between the posts. Brough added the simple conversion to give his side a 20-16 lead with 16 minutes left to play.

Chasing the game, the Rhinos chanced their arm but Huddersfield were a determined bunch under stand in coach Chris Thorman. Watkins spilled the ball in midfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for holding on which allowed Brough the chance to extend the lead. He was on target again and the home side now led 22-16 with nine minutes to go.

Leeds kept their composure and got their reward with four minutes to go when Joel Moon timed his pass to perfection for Handley run on it and cut inside the defence to score. Watkins added the conversion to level the game with four minutes to go.

Jordan Rankin and Myler both had drop goal attempts, Rankin’s was the better chance after Giants set up the position but both were wide and the points were shared.