• Huddersfield Giants
  • 28 - 34

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos
23rd September 2011 | KO 20:00 | John Smith's Stadium | Super League

Huddersfield Giants 28 Leeds Rhinos 34

A hat trick from Zak Hardaker helped propel Leeds Rhinos in to a Play Off Semi Final next week as Brian McDermott’s side defeated the Giants.

The Rhinos overcame the challenge of Hull FC five days previous whilst Nathan Brown's side were coming into the game on the back of defeat to Leeds on the final day of the regular season and a 47-0 hammering at the hands of league leaders Warrington seven days earlier.

The visitors were without Carl Ablett and Kallum Watkins so Brett Delaney was alongside Zak Hardaker in the centres whilst Ryan Bailey was amongst the replacements having had his one game suspension overturned in midweek.

The Rhinos took an early advantage on their last visit to the Galpharm and lightening struck twice as they raced to a 10-0 lead inside the first ten minutes of the game.

The first score came after a penalty thirty metres from the Leeds line. The forwards took the ball up well finding metres with every drive. Leeds then moved up a gear when they got near the Giants line and Weller Hauraki bumped off the attempted tackle of Danny Brough before offloading to Ben Jones-Bishop to score his 13th try of the season. Sinfield was off target but the Rhinos led after seven minutes.

The Rhinos increased their lead straight from the re-start. Brett Delaney took the initial drive before Chris Clarkson produced a finely timed pass to Brent Webb. The full back cut a great line to break the Giants defence before passing to the supporting run of McGuire. The half back had the presence of mind to look for space as Huddersfield converged on him and he threw a wide hanging pass to Zak Hardaker, for the youngster to score. Sinfield was on target and the Rhinos now led 10-0.

Leeds were in total dominance at this stage and perhaps should have gone over for further tries as they forced the Giants into errors and repeat sets. Jamie Jones-Buchanan was once again in fine form whilst Hauraki was also causing the home side problems. They were denied tries for Ryan Hall and Kylie Leuluai after referee Phil Bentham called play back for a forward last pass.

It took until the 25th minute for the visitors to extend their lead. A high bomb from Sinfield caught Simon Grix and Jermaine McGillvary on the hop and Hardaker nipped into between the pair to pick up the ball and go over untouched. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 16-0.

Huddersfield did finally get themselves into the game after that and it took some breath taking defence from the Rhinos to keep them out. They had a long period of pressure on the Leeds line when several players came within inches of scoring only to be repelled on the line. However, eventually the pressure had to tell and when it came it was a simple score.

Brough broke down field and although Jones-Bishop did well to knock the final pass down, it only delayed the inevitable. The Giants had the weight of numbers and Grix stepped back across Sinfield before going over between the posts. Brough converted to make it 16-6 at the break.

The first score in the second half looked as if it would be crucial and Rob Burrow nearly got it for the visitors with a fine break before he was hauled down short of the line. As it was the tension was ratcheted up five minutes into the half when Dale Ferguson took a short pass of Luke Robinson to go over untouched. Brough converted to put his side within a converted try of the lead.

Leeds then produced a dazzling spell of rugby to put them in a winning position with Zak Hardaker at the heart of it for the Rhinos. The youngster combined with Danny McGuire to set Brent Webb away after 54 minutes and then completed his own hard trick with a fantastic show of pace to burn off the home defence after a great break by Buderus. The blitz was completed when Webb took Jones-Buchanan’s pass to go over for his second try of the night. Sinfield converted all three tries and at that stage the Rhinos led 34-12.

However, a dramatic final ten minutes set up a tense finale. When David Fa’alogo went over with nine minutes to go it appeared little more than a consolation however when Webb was dragged into touch in the next set, the Giants sensed a glimmer of hope. They scored again through Grix and Fa’alogo then went over again a minute later to put his side within a converted score of levelling the game.

However, despite some tense moments, the Rhinos held on and the dream of going back to Old Trafford remains very much alive.

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Huddersfield Giants 28 Leeds Rhinos 34

A hat trick from Zak Hardaker helped propel Leeds Rhinos in to a Play Off Semi Final next week as Brian McDermott’s side defeated the Giants.

The Rhinos overcame the challenge of Hull FC five days previous whilst Nathan Brown's side were coming into the game on the back of defeat to Leeds on the final day of the regular season and a 47-0 hammering at the hands of league leaders Warrington seven days earlier.

The visitors were without Carl Ablett and Kallum Watkins so Brett Delaney was alongside Zak Hardaker in the centres whilst Ryan Bailey was amongst the replacements having had his one game suspension overturned in midweek.

The Rhinos took an early advantage on their last visit to the Galpharm and lightening struck twice as they raced to a 10-0 lead inside the first ten minutes of the game.

The first score came after a penalty thirty metres from the Leeds line. The forwards took the ball up well finding metres with every drive. Leeds then moved up a gear when they got near the Giants line and Weller Hauraki bumped off the attempted tackle of Danny Brough before offloading to Ben Jones-Bishop to score his 13th try of the season. Sinfield was off target but the Rhinos led after seven minutes.

The Rhinos increased their lead straight from the re-start. Brett Delaney took the initial drive before Chris Clarkson produced a finely timed pass to Brent Webb. The full back cut a great line to break the Giants defence before passing to the supporting run of McGuire. The half back had the presence of mind to look for space as Huddersfield converged on him and he threw a wide hanging pass to Zak Hardaker, for the youngster to score. Sinfield was on target and the Rhinos now led 10-0.

Leeds were in total dominance at this stage and perhaps should have gone over for further tries as they forced the Giants into errors and repeat sets. Jamie Jones-Buchanan was once again in fine form whilst Hauraki was also causing the home side problems. They were denied tries for Ryan Hall and Kylie Leuluai after referee Phil Bentham called play back for a forward last pass.

It took until the 25th minute for the visitors to extend their lead. A high bomb from Sinfield caught Simon Grix and Jermaine McGillvary on the hop and Hardaker nipped into between the pair to pick up the ball and go over untouched. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 16-0.

Huddersfield did finally get themselves into the game after that and it took some breath taking defence from the Rhinos to keep them out. They had a long period of pressure on the Leeds line when several players came within inches of scoring only to be repelled on the line. However, eventually the pressure had to tell and when it came it was a simple score.

Brough broke down field and although Jones-Bishop did well to knock the final pass down, it only delayed the inevitable. The Giants had the weight of numbers and Grix stepped back across Sinfield before going over between the posts. Brough converted to make it 16-6 at the break.

The first score in the second half looked as if it would be crucial and Rob Burrow nearly got it for the visitors with a fine break before he was hauled down short of the line. As it was the tension was ratcheted up five minutes into the half when Dale Ferguson took a short pass of Luke Robinson to go over untouched. Brough converted to put his side within a converted try of the lead.

Leeds then produced a dazzling spell of rugby to put them in a winning position with Zak Hardaker at the heart of it for the Rhinos. The youngster combined with Danny McGuire to set Brent Webb away after 54 minutes and then completed his own hard trick with a fantastic show of pace to burn off the home defence after a great break by Buderus. The blitz was completed when Webb took Jones-Buchanan’s pass to go over for his second try of the night. Sinfield converted all three tries and at that stage the Rhinos led 34-12.

However, a dramatic final ten minutes set up a tense finale. When David Fa’alogo went over with nine minutes to go it appeared little more than a consolation however when Webb was dragged into touch in the next set, the Giants sensed a glimmer of hope. They scored again through Grix and Fa’alogo then went over again a minute later to put his side within a converted score of levelling the game.

However, despite some tense moments, the Rhinos held on and the dream of going back to Old Trafford remains very much alive.

Team Performance

Goals

4

5

Tries

5

6

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Brent Webb2000000
Ben Jones-Bishop1000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Zak Hardaker3000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0500000
Danny McGuire0000000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Danny Buderus0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Weller Hauraki0000000
Chris Clarkson0000000
Interchanges
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Ryan Bailey0000000
Ali Lauitiiti0000000
Ian Kirke0000000

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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