• Leeds Rhinos
  • 12 - 31

  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 12 - 12
  • Huddersfield Giants
27th April 2017 | KO 20:00 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 12 Huddersfield Giants 31

A disappointing loss for the Rhinos against Huddersfield at Headingley Carnegie prevented Leeds from going top of the Betfred Super League.

Both teams were met by wet and slippery conditions at Headingley Carnegie and it was the visitors who had the better of the opening exchanges without asking too many questions of the Rhinos defence.

When Leeds did get the ball, they were clinical with it as Matt Parcell threw the dummy before racing through a gap to score between the posts. Kallum Watkins kicked the conversion to put his side 6-0 in front after five minutes.

Huddersfield hit back after 21 minutes when Sam Wood timed his kick to perfection for Jake Mamo to race through, juggle the ball and then get it down behind the posts. Danny Brough levelled the score with the conversion.

The Giants then took the lead after 27 minutes when Kruise Leeming took full advantage of his own 40:20 kick. Two tackles later he spotted a gap and raced through to score. Brough was on target again with the conversion.

The Rhinos managed to level the score with less than ten minutes to go until half when Stevie Ward ran the ball on the last tackle. He skipped through the attempted tackle before passing to Jack Walker, who impressed again at full back. Walker then attempted to return the pass to Ward but the pass was knocked down by Huddersfield only for Joel Moon to pop up and take the ball to score his eighth try in six games. Watkins added the conversion to level the game at 12-12 at the interval.

Leeds thought they had taken the lead after 53 minutes when McGuire showed great strength to get through under pressure and ground the ball. But referee Chris Kendall handed the decision to the video referee Robert Hicks who determined a Leeds player obstructed the Huddersfield defence and the try was chalked off.

Giants rubbed salt into the wound soon after when they were awarded a try by the video referee for Dale Ferguson. The prop raced through to score after Adam O’Brien had been held up over the line in the previous tackle.

The visitors then crossed for the crucial next score. Leeds looked to be on the attack when Walker came away from his line brilliantly but when Hall’s offload to Cuthbertson went down, Huddersfield used the free play to put McIntosh over for a try in the corner. Brough added the conversion to give his side a 24-12 advantage

A Brough drop-goal and a Roberts try added gloss to a scoreline which can give the Giants a morale boosting win, the Rhinos first loss at home this season.

Team Performance

Goals

2

0

Tries

2

0

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jack Walker0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins0200000
Ash Handley0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Joel Moon1000000
Keith Galloway0000000
Matt Parcell1000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Interchanges
Brad Singleton0000000
Mitchell Garbutt0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards