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Leeds Rhinos 12 Catalans Dragons 24

The Rhinos suffered last gasp heartbreak against high flying Catalans Dragons at Headingley Carnegie as the visitors scored a late try as Leeds pressed for an equalising score.

The Rhinos were without six players from the team that lost at Warrington the previous week and were dealt another blow within a minute of the kick off when Keith Galloway had to helped from the field following a collision with Catalans Willie Mason.
 
Leeds produced some impressive defence after that to put the pressure on the visitors. Mitch Garbutt tackled Todd Carney in possession on the last tackle inside his own half and from there Leeds were able to mount their attack. The ball was moved across the field and Brett Ferres spun out of the tackle to score his first try for Leeds at Headingley Carnegie. Jordan Lilley added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.
 
The visitors hit back after 16 minutes when Justin Horo managed to get to Todd Carney’s grubber kick first to score. Carney added the conversion to level the score.
 
The Rhinos then had to come up with some incredible goal line defence to keep the Dragons out. They looked like they had succeeded but then conceded a second try after 29 minutes.  The ball was moved wide and winger Fouad Yaha showed great strength to hold off three would be tacklers before stretching out to score. Carney missed the conversion but his side led 10-0.
 
The home side then suffered a bitter blow by conceding just before half time. There appeared to be a knock on at the previous play the ball but referee Ben Thaler was happy to wave play on and loose forward Jason Baitieri took a short pass to crash over beside the post. Carney added the conversion to make it 16-6 at half time.
 
The second half saw Catalans dominated the first quarter. Twice they produced 40:20 kicks on the last tackle to keep the pressure on Leeds but the Rhinos stood firm and eventually the Dragons had to resort to kick at goal from a penalty.
 
The Rhinos then mounted a late assault on the Dragons line and got their reward when Luke Briscoe picked up a grubber kick towards the touchline before passing back inside to Josh Walters, who held off two tacklers before touching down. Lilley added the conversion to cut the gap to 18-12 with eleven minutes to go.
 
Leeds pressed hard in the closing ten minutes, looking to create an equalising score but there was heartbreak in the final minute as Eloi Pelissier intercepted a pass on halfway and raced through to score on the hooter. Carney added the conversion to make the final score 24-12. 
 

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Leeds Rhinos 12 Catalans Dragons 24

The Rhinos suffered last gasp heartbreak against high flying Catalans Dragons at Headingley Carnegie as the visitors scored a late try as Leeds pressed for an equalising score.

The Rhinos were without six players from the team that lost at Warrington the previous week and were dealt another blow within a minute of the kick off when Keith Galloway had to helped from the field following a collision with Catalans Willie Mason.
 
Leeds produced some impressive defence after that to put the pressure on the visitors. Mitch Garbutt tackled Todd Carney in possession on the last tackle inside his own half and from there Leeds were able to mount their attack. The ball was moved across the field and Brett Ferres spun out of the tackle to score his first try for Leeds at Headingley Carnegie. Jordan Lilley added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.
 
The visitors hit back after 16 minutes when Justin Horo managed to get to Todd Carney’s grubber kick first to score. Carney added the conversion to level the score.
 
The Rhinos then had to come up with some incredible goal line defence to keep the Dragons out. They looked like they had succeeded but then conceded a second try after 29 minutes.  The ball was moved wide and winger Fouad Yaha showed great strength to hold off three would be tacklers before stretching out to score. Carney missed the conversion but his side led 10-0.
 
The home side then suffered a bitter blow by conceding just before half time. There appeared to be a knock on at the previous play the ball but referee Ben Thaler was happy to wave play on and loose forward Jason Baitieri took a short pass to crash over beside the post. Carney added the conversion to make it 16-6 at half time.
 
The second half saw Catalans dominated the first quarter. Twice they produced 40:20 kicks on the last tackle to keep the pressure on Leeds but the Rhinos stood firm and eventually the Dragons had to resort to kick at goal from a penalty.
 
The Rhinos then mounted a late assault on the Dragons line and got their reward when Luke Briscoe picked up a grubber kick towards the touchline before passing back inside to Josh Walters, who held off two tacklers before touching down. Lilley added the conversion to cut the gap to 18-12 with eleven minutes to go.
 
Leeds pressed hard in the closing ten minutes, looking to create an equalising score but there was heartbreak in the final minute as Eloi Pelissier intercepted a pass on halfway and raced through to score on the hooter. Carney added the conversion to make the final score 24-12.