• Leeds Rhinos
  • 18 - 26

  • Catalans Dragons
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 18 - 08
  • Catalans Dragons
9th July 2021 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 18 Catalans Dragons 26

Leeds Rhinos’ winning streak came to an end as Richard Agar’s side were defeated 26-18 by the league leaders’ Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley.

Ex-Catalans half back Richie Myler was one of four returning players for Richard Agar; captain Luke Gale, King Vuniyayawa and Cam Smith also coming back into the Rhinos squad. Mikolaj Oledzki and Ash Handley were both ruled out as they were isolating, but Myler’s inclusion meant Liam Sutcliffe moved into the centres, partnering Tom Briscoe.

On a four game winning streak, Leeds made a bright start to the game and led by ten points after the first forty minutes. Breaks by Konrad Hurrell and Tom Briscoe were promising (Briscoe almost getting the opening try had it not been for a late tackle by Sam Tomkins), but Leeds’ ill discipline invited Catalans to score the game’s first points; Maloney kicking a penalty goal after Bodene Thompson hit the half back late.

Arthur Mourgue then extended the Dragons’ lead, beating two Leeds defenders and then dragging Kruise Leeming over the try line with him, although the grounding was questionable. Leeds responded immediately though through Rhyse Martin. Following a dangerous tackle on Luke Briscoe, the Rhinos went the length of the field before Luke Gale produced a nice kick to the corner, which was batted back by Davies for Martin to score. Converting his own try, the Rhinos edged themselves to back within two points.

After Liam Sutcliffe and Gale traded kicks on the break to try and extend Leeds’ lead, Bodene Thompson gave the home side the lead with his second try for the club. An error by Maloney saw the half back kick the ball out on the full on the fifth tackle and the Rhinos, urged by the Headingley crowd, pushed downfield through Hurrell. The centre also produced a good offload to keep the play running but Briscoe was cut down. Moving back towards the posts, Brad Dwyer took advantage of a slow Catalans defence to put Thompson over on a flat pass.

Leeds continued to dominate in attack and frustrated the Dragons. Sutcliffe opened up the Dragons’ edge and passed back inside for Gale but the half back dropped the ball. After Catalans tried to put Davies over in the corner with a looping ball, a head high tackle from Sam Kasiano on Luke Briscoe hurt the visitors even more as the forward was sent to the sin bin. Hurrell had an opportunity as he cut back inside, only to be denied by the cover defence, but after Catalans were caught offside, Leeds had the perfect opportunity to score. A sweeping move saw Myler almost poke himself through the line off a Gale pass but with the man advantage, Liam Sutcliffe took the opportunity and ran out of dummy half to score. Martin converted to make the half time score 18-8.

 

The second half saw the Dragons come into their own and ultimately win the game. Leeds attempted to start the half as they ended the first, Luke Briscoe offloading to put Martin away. As Hurrell reclaimed, Mellor finished the set with a drive at the line but the Catalans defence was strong.

Over the next 12 minutes, three tries from Steve McNamara’s side gave them the points. Catalans were piling pressure on Leeds, forcing Myler to take the ball in the in goal area to earn a repeat set and as the Dragons spread the ball, Matt Whitley exploited Hurrell charging out of the line to break through and score untouched. Mourgue took over kicking duties from Maloney to give the Dragons the lead once more.

It was soon back to back tries as Maloney, who had led the Dragons around the field all evening, sliced through a tired Leeds defence and before he took on Myler, he offloaded for Mike McMeeken to stroll in. Soon it was three consecutive tries; Fouad Yaha this time beating Briscoe to score in the corner following a Maloney forty- twenty kick.

Sutcliffe had Leeds’ best chance of the half as he wrestled out of two tackles and got the ball away for Briscoe, but the winger had over-ran the ball and it went over the sideline. Samisoni Langi looked to have put the game to bed with his strong run through the line but as the decision was handed up to the video referee, it was evident that Myler had produced an outstanding defensive effort to deny the centre. As the game came to a close, Leeds couldn’t muster another attack to get themselves back in the clash, meaning that when the final hooter sounded, the Dragons had claimed back to back wins at Emerald Headingley and continued their winning run in the league.

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Leeds Rhinos’ winning streak came to an end as Richard Agar’s side were defeated 26-18 by the league leaders’ Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley.

Ex-Catalans half back Richie Myler was one of four returning players for Richard Agar; captain Luke Gale, King Vuniyayawa and Cam Smith also coming back into the Rhinos squad. Mikolaj Oledzki and Ash Handley were both ruled out as they were isolating, but Myler’s inclusion meant Liam Sutcliffe moved into the centres, partnering Tom Briscoe.

On a four game winning streak, Leeds made a bright start to the game and led by ten points after the first forty minutes. Breaks by Konrad Hurrell and Tom Briscoe were promising (Briscoe almost getting the opening try had it not been for a late tackle by Sam Tomkins), but Leeds’ ill discipline invited Catalans to score the game’s first points; Maloney kicking a penalty goal after Bodene Thompson hit the half back late.

Arthur Mourgue then extended the Dragons’ lead, beating two Leeds defenders and then dragging Kruise Leeming over the try line with him, although the grounding was questionable. Leeds responded immediately though through Rhyse Martin. Following a dangerous tackle on Luke Briscoe, the Rhinos went the length of the field before Luke Gale produced a nice kick to the corner, which was batted back by Davies for Martin to score. Converting his own try, the Rhinos edged themselves to back within two points.

After Liam Sutcliffe and Gale traded kicks on the break to try and extend Leeds’ lead, Bodene Thompson gave the home side the lead with his second try for the club. An error by Maloney saw the half back kick the ball out on the full on the fifth tackle and the Rhinos, urged by the Headingley crowd, pushed downfield through Hurrell. The centre also produced a good offload to keep the play running but Briscoe was cut down. Moving back towards the posts, Brad Dwyer took advantage of a slow Catalans defence to put Thompson over on a flat pass.

Leeds continued to dominate in attack and frustrated the Dragons. Sutcliffe opened up the Dragons’ edge and passed back inside for Gale but the half back dropped the ball. After Catalans tried to put Davies over in the corner with a looping ball, a head high tackle from Sam Kasiano on Luke Briscoe hurt the visitors even more as the forward was sent to the sin bin. Hurrell had an opportunity as he cut back inside, only to be denied by the cover defence, but after Catalans were caught offside, Leeds had the perfect opportunity to score. A sweeping move saw Myler almost poke himself through the line off a Gale pass but with the man advantage, Liam Sutcliffe took the opportunity and ran out of dummy half to score. Martin converted to make the half time score 18-8.

 

The second half saw the Dragons come into their own and ultimately win the game. Leeds attempted to start the half as they ended the first, Luke Briscoe offloading to put Martin away. As Hurrell reclaimed, Mellor finished the set with a drive at the line but the Catalans defence was strong.

Over the next 12 minutes, three tries from Steve McNamara’s side gave them the points. Catalans were piling pressure on Leeds, forcing Myler to take the ball in the in goal area to earn a repeat set and as the Dragons spread the ball, Matt Whitley exploited Hurrell charging out of the line to break through and score untouched. Mourgue took over kicking duties from Maloney to give the Dragons the lead once more.

It was soon back to back tries as Maloney, who had led the Dragons around the field all evening, sliced through a tired Leeds defence and before he took on Myler, he offloaded for Mike McMeeken to stroll in. Soon it was three consecutive tries; Fouad Yaha this time beating Briscoe to score in the corner following a Maloney forty- twenty kick.

Sutcliffe had Leeds’ best chance of the half as he wrestled out of two tackles and got the ball away for Briscoe, but the winger had over-ran the ball and it went over the sideline. Samisoni Langi looked to have put the game to bed with his strong run through the line but as the decision was handed up to the video referee, it was evident that Myler had produced an outstanding defensive effort to deny the centre. As the game came to a close, Leeds couldn’t muster another attack to get themselves back in the clash, meaning that when the final hooter sounded, the Dragons had claimed back to back wins at Emerald Headingley and continued their winning run in the league.

Team Performance

Goals

3

5

Tries

3

4

Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe1000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Luke Gale0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Matt Prior0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Rhyse Martin1300000
Bodene Thompson1000000
Interchanges
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Sam Tomkins0000000
Tom Davies0000000
Samisoni Langi0000000
Dean Whare0000000
Fouad Yaha1000000
James Maloney0200000
Arthur Mourgue1300000
Julian Busquet0000000
Benjamin Garcia0000000
Joel Tomkins0000000
Matt Whitley1000000
Mike McMeeken1000000
Mickael Goudemand0000000
Interchanges
Paul Seguier0000000
Alrix Da Costa0000000
Jason Baitieri0000000
Sam Kasiano0001000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards