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24th September 2020 | KO 14:45 | Halliwell Jones Stadium | Super League

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Hull KR 16 Leeds Rhinos 41

Seven tries and a drop goal from Luke Gale secured back to back wins for Leeds Rhinos over Hull KR; Ash Handley a two time try scorer in a 41-16 result at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Having defeated Rovers 48-18 in the Coral Challenge Cup six days before, Richard Agar made only one change to his squad with Adam Cuthbertson replacing Callum McLelland on the bench. In the starting lineup, only Mikolaj Oledzki and Matt Prior were rotated; Oledzki moving prop and Prior to loose forward.

In a similar fashion to the previous week, the Rhinos opened Hull KR up inside of five minutes. Kruise Leeming had a great opportunity to add to his two tries from the Cup match, supporting a break from Oledzki to go over under the posts but referee Jack Smith judged him to be held up. Leeds didn’t panic and moments later, Robert Lui’s cut out pass sent Rhyse Martin through to score. The Papua New Guinea international had no trouble with the conversion, giving the Rhinos a 6-0 lead.

A second set restart of the game put Rovers on the backfoot soon after the Robins had got the game back underway and the men in blue and amber punished Tony Smith’s side. A nice movement from the right to the left of the field saw Lui, Luke Gale and Richie Myler combine to open up space on the left hand side for Ash Handley to turn on the afterburners and score in the corner, despite debutant Will Tate’s best efforts.

The Rhinos kept on coming; Myler streaming through the Rovers defence to put Gale over the whitewash but the move was brought back for an obstruction on Ryan Brierley by Martin. That move kickstarted Hull KR, who looked as though they had started to get into the match after but Rovers couldn’t convert their field position into points.

Like with Gale’s no try, the Robins’ defence close to their own line looked fragile and substitute James Donaldson took full advantage, taking a drop off from Lui to cut his way through and score against his former side. Martin successfully converted his third of the afternoon as Leeds marched into a 18-0 lead.

Although the wind was in Leeds’ sails, a nasty leg injury to Harry Newman brought the game to a halt with under ten minutes left in the half. After receiving lengthy treatment on the field, the centre was stretched from the field, showing a thumbs up in the process, as Luke Briscoe came on to replace him. It was later confirmed that Newman had suffered a double leg break and was taken to hospital.

Leeds’ reshuffle saw Handley move over to join Tom Briscoe on the right side and Rovers tried to use it their advantage; Tate kicking the ball into the in goal area for Harvey Livett who forced Briscoe to concede a goal line drop out. The Robins dropped the ball from the restart, gifting the ball back for Leeds, and with the Rhinos on the half way line, Liam Sutcliffe cleanly broke through before passing inside for Myler to score Leeds’ fourth with five minutes remaining.

Former Rhino Jimmy Keinhorst made sure the Robins went into half time with points on board with a try on the hooter. After referee Smith deemed Leeds to have knocked the ball on inside Hull KR territory, Rovers went on the attack and forced their way to Leeds’ try line. A cross field kick from Jez Litten was batted back by Nick Rawsthorne for Keinhorst, who was making his first Super League appearance of the season, to get over the line. Brierley converted as the Rhinos took a 24-6 lead into the break.

 

Leeds didn’t miss a beat at the start of the second half as Handley scored his second try of the afternoon quickly after the restart. The Leeds winger had moved over to right centre and having missed the pass that fell kindly into the arms of Tom Briscoe, Handley was on hand to take an offload from Myler to beat two defenders and plant the ball down.

Rovers applied the pressure following the try, completing four consecutive sets on the Leeds line but incredible defence from the Rhinos had kept Hull KR from getting over. A grubber kick from Elliot Minchella looked as though it was going over the dead ball line but Brierley had other ideas, grounding the ball inches before it went out of play. The half back converted to close the gap to 30-12.

The Rhinos crushed any chance of a response only minutes after Brierley’s try. A break by Ash Handley and subsequent set restart turned the pressure on Rovers and after Donaldson was held up short of the line following a powerful charge, a nice short pass from Gale found Alex Mellor in space for the second rower, who celebrated his birthday on the day, to score his first try in Leeds colours.

Rovers turned the tables once again from kick off, electing for the short kick off which took Leeds off guard and the Robins reclaimed. Pushing for the try, the ball was moved over to Shaun Kenny-Dowall on the edge but Tom Briscoe stripped the ball one on one to turn possession back in the Rhinos’ favour. Rolling towards the Rovers try line, Gale once again connected nicely with Myler, who picked out Luke Briscoe with a perfect pass for the winger to get over in the corner. Martin missed his first of the game, breaking a run of fourteen successful conversions against Hull KR over the two weeks, to leave the score line at 40-12.

Kenny-Dowall got a third try for Hull KR, finishing acrobatically in the corner following a knock on from Tom Briscoe while the winger was playing the ball but with minutes remaining, Gale stepped up to kick a drop goal and solidify the league points for the Rhinos ahead of their clash with Catalans Dragons next Wednesday.

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Seven tries and a drop goal from Luke Gale secured back to back wins for Leeds Rhinos over Hull KR; Ash Handley a two time try scorer in a 41-16 result at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Having defeated Rovers 48-18 in the Coral Challenge Cup six days before, Richard Agar made only one change to his squad with Adam Cuthbertson replacing Callum McLelland on the bench. In the starting lineup, only Mikolaj Oledzki and Matt Prior were rotated; Oledzki moving prop and Prior to loose forward.

In a similar fashion to the previous week, the Rhinos opened Hull KR up inside of five minutes. Kruise Leeming had a great opportunity to add to his two tries from the Cup match, supporting a break from Oledzki to go over under the posts but referee Jack Smith judged him to be held up. Leeds didn’t panic and moments later, Robert Lui’s cut out pass sent Rhyse Martin through to score. The Papua New Guinea international had no trouble with the conversion, giving the Rhinos a 6-0 lead.

A second set restart of the game put Rovers on the backfoot soon after the Robins had got the game back underway and the men in blue and amber punished Tony Smith’s side. A nice movement from the right to the left of the field saw Lui, Luke Gale and Richie Myler combine to open up space on the left hand side for Ash Handley to turn on the afterburners and score in the corner, despite debutant Will Tate’s best efforts.

The Rhinos kept on coming; Myler streaming through the Rovers defence to put Gale over the whitewash but the move was brought back for an obstruction on Ryan Brierley by Martin. That move kickstarted Hull KR, who looked as though they had started to get into the match after but Rovers couldn’t convert their field position into points.

Like with Gale’s no try, the Robins’ defence close to their own line looked fragile and substitute James Donaldson took full advantage, taking a drop off from Lui to cut his way through and score against his former side. Martin successfully converted his third of the afternoon as Leeds marched into a 18-0 lead.

Although the wind was in Leeds’ sails, a nasty leg injury to Harry Newman brought the game to a halt with under ten minutes left in the half. After receiving lengthy treatment on the field, the centre was stretched from the field, showing a thumbs up in the process, as Luke Briscoe came on to replace him. It was later confirmed that Newman had suffered a double leg break and was taken to hospital.

Leeds’ reshuffle saw Handley move over to join Tom Briscoe on the right side and Rovers tried to use it their advantage; Tate kicking the ball into the in goal area for Harvey Livett who forced Briscoe to concede a goal line drop out. The Robins dropped the ball from the restart, gifting the ball back for Leeds, and with the Rhinos on the half way line, Liam Sutcliffe cleanly broke through before passing inside for Myler to score Leeds’ fourth with five minutes remaining.

Former Rhino Jimmy Keinhorst made sure the Robins went into half time with points on board with a try on the hooter. After referee Smith deemed Leeds to have knocked the ball on inside Hull KR territory, Rovers went on the attack and forced their way to Leeds’ try line. A cross field kick from Jez Litten was batted back by Nick Rawsthorne for Keinhorst, who was making his first Super League appearance of the season, to get over the line. Brierley converted as the Rhinos took a 24-6 lead into the break.

 

Leeds didn’t miss a beat at the start of the second half as Handley scored his second try of the afternoon quickly after the restart. The Leeds winger had moved over to right centre and having missed the pass that fell kindly into the arms of Tom Briscoe, Handley was on hand to take an offload from Myler to beat two defenders and plant the ball down.

Rovers applied the pressure following the try, completing four consecutive sets on the Leeds line but incredible defence from the Rhinos had kept Hull KR from getting over. A grubber kick from Elliot Minchella looked as though it was going over the dead ball line but Brierley had other ideas, grounding the ball inches before it went out of play. The half back converted to close the gap to 30-12.

The Rhinos crushed any chance of a response only minutes after Brierley’s try. A break by Ash Handley and subsequent set restart turned the pressure on Rovers and after Donaldson was held up short of the line following a powerful charge, a nice short pass from Gale found Alex Mellor in space for the second rower, who celebrated his birthday on the day, to score his first try in Leeds colours.

Rovers turned the tables once again from kick off, electing for the short kick off which took Leeds off guard and the Robins reclaimed. Pushing for the try, the ball was moved over to Shaun Kenny-Dowall on the edge but Tom Briscoe stripped the ball one on one to turn possession back in the Rhinos’ favour. Rolling towards the Rovers try line, Gale once again connected nicely with Myler, who picked out Luke Briscoe with a perfect pass for the winger to get over in the corner. Martin missed his first of the game, breaking a run of fourteen successful conversions against Hull KR over the two weeks, to leave the score line at 40-12.

Kenny-Dowall got a third try for Hull KR, finishing acrobatically in the corner following a knock on from Tom Briscoe while the winger was playing the ball but with minutes remaining, Gale stepped up to kick a drop goal and solidify the league points for the Rhinos ahead of their clash with Catalans Dragons next Wednesday.