• Leeds Rhinos
  • 13 - 12

  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 00 - 10
  • Huddersfield Giants
11th September 2020 | KO 20:15 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 13 Huddersfield Giants 12

Six weeks after the two sides helped kick off the restart of the Betfred Super League, it was another drop goal from Luke Gale that made the difference as Leeds Rhinos claimed a 13-12 result over Huddersfield Giants at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Prior to the match, Leeds stood down seven players as part of COVID-19 track and trace protocol, with one player awaiting antigen test results. Adam Cuthbertson and Alex Sutcliffe were both brought into the starting lineup while Brett Ferres, who joined the Rhinos on a month’s loan from Featherstone Rovers, made his first appearance of the season.

The Giants, who came into the match having not won since the season restarted in August, made sure they were on the front foot early on. With referee Scott Mikalauskas penalising the Rhinos’ defence, Huddersfield found themselves on the Leeds try line and a dart out of dummy half from Adam O’Brien on the fifth tackle proved fatal as the hooker found Matty English, who bulldozed his way over for his first try of the season. The decision was handed up to the video referee Liam Moore, who gave the green light. Ollie Russell slotted his first of the night as the Giants took a 6-0 lead.

Back to back penalties followed for the Rhinos, but the men in blue and amber couldn’t convert their chances into points; Luke Gale being pulled up for a forward pass to Liam Sutcliffe. Three set restarts and a further penalty followed for Leeds on their next possession and the Giants inevitably went down to twelve men; try scorer English going to the sin bin with only fifteen minutes on the clock. Leeds looked to take advantage of the extra man but James Donaldson was held up over the try line and Ash Handley thought he had scored in the corner, only for the pass from Myler to be called forward.

Huddersfield took a blow when hooker Adam O’Brien was stretchered from the field and was later taken to hospital as a precaution. The Giants chose to keep the scoreboard ticking over rather than push for tries, despite being near the Leeds try line. Firstly, Brad Dwyer was penalised for a late hit on Aiden Sezer and, as the rain began to come down, the Rhinos were deemed to have broken the shot clock countdown after Richie Myler took the ball into touch. Young half back Russell was on target with both attempts to take his side into half time as 10-0 leaders.

 

The Rhinos needed a lift to start the second half and James Donaldson provided, breaking from the Leeds 20 to run 40 metres and put the Rhinos to within striking range. Gale’s cross field kick was deemed to have come off Harry Newman and the attack was over.

Minutes later, the Rhinos got their first points of the game; Konrad Hurrell finishing off a fifth tackle play from the Man of the Match Brad Dwyer to get Leeds back in the game. A grubber kick from Dwyer ricocheted off the legs of James Gavet and back towards the Leeds hooker, who picked the ball off his bootlaces and spun it out for Hurrell to touch down. With no Rhyse Martin, Luke Gale took over kicking duties and was successful from out wide, cutting the scoreline to four points.

Dwyer should have turned from provider to scorer, combining well with Gale and Lui, but the inside pass from the latter was once again called forward. There were no mistakes though to put Tom Briscoe over in the corner; Lui drawing a number of Giants defenders before releasing the ball for Myler, who played the ball sweetly over the top for Briscoe to stride into the corner untouched. Gale’s touchline conversion was perfect as Leeds took the lead for the first time.

It was short lived though as Lui was penalised for a high tackle, allowing Russell to call on the kicking tee and converting his fourth kick of the night to lock the scores up.

The last twenty minutes proved nail biting, just like at Emerald Headingley. With the rain still pounding down, the Giants dropped the ball from kick off, thanks to a a great tackle from Alex Sutcliffe and Adam Cuthbertson. With the Rhinos in possession, Harry Newman looked to take advantage of a short side play, powering his way over the line. Given as a try on the field, the decision was handed up to Moore once again and it was clear that Darnell McIntosh had stolen the ball as Newman attempted to ground it. Although the try was disallowed, substitute referee James Child awarded Leeds the penalty, which Gale chose to kick. The Leeds skipper’s attempt was close but he couldn’t bend the ball towards the posts, leaving the score at 12 a piece.

The Rhinos captain and Sezer exchanged drop goal attempts with as the game reached it’s climax before Gale’s second shot, which looked sure to go between the uprights, took a wicked deflection off Michael Lawrence and bounced into the arms of Ashton Golding.

It would be third time lucky for Gale following a knock on from the Giants near their own try line. The Leeds number seven only needed one look at the posts and the ball was away and through, just like five weeks before.

Richie Myler had a great chance to seal the result with minutes to spare; the Leeds full back going over by the posts only for the replay’s to show that the wet ball had come free before the full back could ground it.

Even with seconds remaining the Giants still looked dangerous as Sezer chipped and chased through the Leeds line but lost the ball to turn possession over. When the final hooter sounded, Jake Wardle tried to kick and collect from close to his own line but Myler was there to clean the ball up and take it over the sideline to seal a Leeds win.

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Six weeks after the two sides helped kick off the restart of the Betfred Super League, it was another drop goal from Luke Gale that made the difference as Leeds Rhinos claimed a 13-12 result over Huddersfield Giants at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Prior to the match, Leeds stood down seven players as part of COVID-19 track and trace protocol, with one player awaiting antigen test results. Adam Cuthbertson and Alex Sutcliffe were both brought into the starting lineup while Brett Ferres, who joined the Rhinos on a month’s loan from Featherstone Rovers, made his first appearance of the season.

The Giants, who came into the match having not won since the season restarted in August, made sure they were on the front foot early on. With referee Scott Mikalauskas penalising the Rhinos’ defence, Huddersfield found themselves on the Leeds try line and a dart out of dummy half from Adam O’Brien on the fifth tackle proved fatal as the hooker found Matty English, who bulldozed his way over for his first try of the season. The decision was handed up to the video referee Liam Moore, who gave the green light. Ollie Russell slotted his first of the night as the Giants took a 6-0 lead.

Back to back penalties followed for the Rhinos, but the men in blue and amber couldn’t convert their chances into points; Luke Gale being pulled up for a forward pass to Liam Sutcliffe. Three set restarts and a further penalty followed for Leeds on their next possession and the Giants inevitably went down to twelve men; try scorer English going to the sin bin with only fifteen minutes on the clock. Leeds looked to take advantage of the extra man but James Donaldson was held up over the try line and Ash Handley thought he had scored in the corner, only for the pass from Myler to be called forward.

Huddersfield took a blow when hooker Adam O’Brien was stretchered from the field and was later taken to hospital as a precaution. The Giants chose to keep the scoreboard ticking over rather than push for tries, despite being near the Leeds try line. Firstly, Brad Dwyer was penalised for a late hit on Aiden Sezer and, as the rain began to come down, the Rhinos were deemed to have broken the shot clock countdown after Richie Myler took the ball into touch. Young half back Russell was on target with both attempts to take his side into half time as 10-0 leaders.

 

The Rhinos needed a lift to start the second half and James Donaldson provided, breaking from the Leeds 20 to run 40 metres and put the Rhinos to within striking range. Gale’s cross field kick was deemed to have come off Harry Newman and the attack was over.

Minutes later, the Rhinos got their first points of the game; Konrad Hurrell finishing off a fifth tackle play from the Man of the Match Brad Dwyer to get Leeds back in the game. A grubber kick from Dwyer ricocheted off the legs of James Gavet and back towards the Leeds hooker, who picked the ball off his bootlaces and spun it out for Hurrell to touch down. With no Rhyse Martin, Luke Gale took over kicking duties and was successful from out wide, cutting the scoreline to four points.

Dwyer should have turned from provider to scorer, combining well with Gale and Lui, but the inside pass from the latter was once again called forward. There were no mistakes though to put Tom Briscoe over in the corner; Lui drawing a number of Giants defenders before releasing the ball for Myler, who played the ball sweetly over the top for Briscoe to stride into the corner untouched. Gale’s touchline conversion was perfect as Leeds took the lead for the first time.

It was short lived though as Lui was penalised for a high tackle, allowing Russell to call on the kicking tee and converting his fourth kick of the night to lock the scores up.

The last twenty minutes proved nail biting, just like at Emerald Headingley. With the rain still pounding down, the Giants dropped the ball from kick off, thanks to a a great tackle from Alex Sutcliffe and Adam Cuthbertson. With the Rhinos in possession, Harry Newman looked to take advantage of a short side play, powering his way over the line. Given as a try on the field, the decision was handed up to Moore once again and it was clear that Darnell McIntosh had stolen the ball as Newman attempted to ground it. Although the try was disallowed, substitute referee James Child awarded Leeds the penalty, which Gale chose to kick. The Leeds skipper’s attempt was close but he couldn’t bend the ball towards the posts, leaving the score at 12 a piece.

The Rhinos captain and Sezer exchanged drop goal attempts with as the game reached it’s climax before Gale’s second shot, which looked sure to go between the uprights, took a wicked deflection off Michael Lawrence and bounced into the arms of Ashton Golding.

It would be third time lucky for Gale following a knock on from the Giants near their own try line. The Leeds number seven only needed one look at the posts and the ball was away and through, just like five weeks before.

Richie Myler had a great chance to seal the result with minutes to spare; the Leeds full back going over by the posts only for the replay’s to show that the wet ball had come free before the full back could ground it.

Even with seconds remaining the Giants still looked dangerous as Sezer chipped and chased through the Leeds line but lost the ball to turn possession over. When the final hooter sounded, Jake Wardle tried to kick and collect from close to his own line but Myler was there to clean the ball up and take it over the sideline to seal a Leeds win.

Team Performance

Goals

2

0

Tries

2

0

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Tom Briscoe1000000
Harry Newman0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Robert Lui0000000
Luke Gale0210000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
Konrad Hurrell1000000
Brett Ferres0000000
James Donaldson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards