• Hull FC
  • 22 - 40

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Hull FC
  • HT 10 - 16
  • Leeds Rhinos
8th October 2020 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Hull FC 22 Leeds Rhinos 40

A hat trick from Man of the Match Ash Handley put the Leeds winger top of the Super League try charts for tonight as the Rhinos beat Hull FC 40-22 at Emerald Headingley.

A late change was made to the fixture schedule 24 hours before kick off following the return of three positive Covid-19 tests in the Castleford Tigers’ camp and a further six players being stood down as part of track and trace protocols. Hull FC stepped into fulfil the fixture despite having 12 players unavailable themselves.

After a spirited performance against the Tigers a week ago, Andy Last’s Hull side held their own in the first ten minutes, capitalising on Leeds’ handling errors to score the first try. Jack Walker, who was making back to back League appearances for the first time since February, knocked the ball on 20 metres out from the black and white’s try line and with the help of a set restart, Hull found themselves in Leeds territory. A nice pass left by young half back Ben McNamara found Mahe Fonua running a good line and the centre sliced his way to the tryline.

Following a break by Cameron Scott, Richie Myler was sent to the sin bin, sending Leeds down to twelve men. The black and whites didn’t hesitate to add to their score; Andre Savelio wrestling free from the challenge of Bodene Thompson to dive over and put Hull in a commanding 10-0 lead.

Bureta Faraimo failed to latch onto a Marc Sneyd grubber kick that would have made a comeback for Leeds difficult, and it was a chance that Hull rued as the Rhinos went on to score three unanswered tries. Walker made up for his earlier mistakes to cross for Leeds’ first of the night. A nice kick from Luke Gale was batted back from Handley into the arms of Walker, who evaded Hull’s defenders to score.

Man of the Match Handley wasn’t going to miss his opportunity to get on the scoreboard either. A swift move to the left side by Leeds, orchestrated by Gale, opened up space on the edge for the Leeds winger, who stretched out and touched the ball down. Referee Ben Thaler had no questions with the grounding and pointed to the spot.

A break by Liam Sutcliffe nearly set up Gale for a third Leeds try but the skipper’s kick into the in goal ricocheted off the leg of Hull winger Scott and bobbled over the dead ball line. From the following drop out, Walker scored his second try of the night, taking a brilliant offload from Matt Prior to weave his way over the whitewash. Martin was accurate with the boot, kicking his second of the night to put Leeds up 16-10 at the break.


Back to back sets for the Rhinos at the start of the second half gave Richard Agar’s side the opportunity to add points and James Donaldson couldn’t miss his opportunity. As in previous weeks, the substitute took an inside pass and managed to force his way over the line thanks to his strong running. The decision was handed up to the video referee, who signalled a try. Handley soon put daylight in between the two sides with his second minutes later. Benefitting from a break by Brad Dwyer, the Leeds hooker saw Handley supporting and fed him the ball for the winger to ground the ball in the corner.

Now 28-10 down, the boot of Jake Connor turned the game around for Hull. A 40/20 kick on the fifth tackle moved Hull onto Leeds’ try line and a short pass to Josh Griffin, and weak goal line defending from the Rhinos, gave the second rower the opportunity to get the ‘home’ side back in the match.

Sneyd was on hand to bring the game to within six points; the full back providing another perfect kick to the sidelines for another 40/20. It would be another charge at the line from short distance that caught Leeds out as substitute Jack Brown powered his way under the posts despite Cameron Smith and Walker’s best efforts. The decision went upstairs and the try was given. Sneyd’s following conversion marked a historic moment for the half back as he kicked his 640th goal, tying him with former Rhino Iestyn Harris in the top ten all time leading goal kickers.

The Rhinos needed a quick reaction and Liam Sutcliffe was on hand to pick out Gale’s cross field kick to grab a try of his own. Leeds were eager to extend their lead and finding themselves metres from the line, courtesy of a set restart, captain Gale provided a beautifully weighted kick for Sutcliffe, who beat Faraimo to the ball. After the video referee had taken a look and given the all clear, Martin was accurate with the boot to make the score 34-22.

Despite Gale failing to convert a drop goal attempt from 20 metres out, Handley ended the game with minutes remaining, intercepting a pass from Connor to run 60 metres and touchdown for his hat trick try, taking him to the top of the try scoring charts. Martin kicked his sixth conversion as the Rhinos moved back into the top four with a 40-22 result.

Team Performance







Player Performance

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