• Leeds Rhinos
  • 18 - 16

  • Hull FC
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 12 - 6
  • Hull FC
29th September 2017 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 18 Hull FC 16

A Liam Sutcliffe second half try and an incredible defensive effort took Leeds Rhinos back to the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

As the season entered the knock out stages, the two heavyweight contenders who want to challenge Castleford Tigers for the title went toe to toe at Headingley Carnegie. It was an emotional night already with Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire both making their final appearances in blue and amber at Headingley Carnegie.

A late shot by Liam Watts on Danny McGuire seemed to fire up the home side and they soon came up with a sensational first try when Stevie Ward held off three would be tacklers before stretching out to put the ball down on the line. Referee Phil Bentham revered it to the video referee Robert Hicks as a ‘No Try’ but the replays showed Ward brilliantly kept his ball carrying arm off the floor before touching down. Kallum Watkins added the conversion to give his side the perfect lead.

Leeds were dominating possession and territory but could not find a way through some resolute Hull defence. Eventually it took a piece of magic from McGuire to create a gap as he ran at the line on the last tackle before producing a reverse pass to Anthony Mullally, who came charging onto the ball to score. Watkins was on target again to give his side a 12-0 after 19 minutes.

The Airlie Birds grew into the game after that and began to have more of the ball. McGuire was penalised for a high tackle on Mark Minichiello near half way and from the next set Gareth Ellis took a short pass from Danny Houghton to crash over against his former club. Marc Sneyd added the conversion to cut the hosts lead.

Leeds had to produce some remarkable defence to keep Hull out. A brilliant tackle by Kallum Watkins denied Albert Kelly a try when he held the Man of Steel nominee up over the line and then Joel Moon was alert when Chris Green tried to offload near the Rhinos line towards the end of the first half to keep it 12-6 at the break.

Hull maintained their momentum at the start of the second half and crossed for a second try within five minutes of the restart. Leeds had defended their line manfully but then Jake Connor was able to break clear and offloaded one handed to Mahe Fonua to score out wide. That made the kick difficult for Marc Sneyd and he pushed it wide to leave the Rhinos with a narrow 12-10 advantage.

The game then took a massive twist. The Rhinos thought they had scored following a rampaging run by Brad Singleton. Perhaps crucially referee Phil Bentham referred the decision as a ‘No Try’ and the video official could find no conclusive proof that the former Barrow Island junior had got the ball down and disallowed the score. Hull then went the full length of the field in their next set before Connor superbly knocked down Sneyd’s cross field kick into the hands of Manu for the forward to score. Sneyd added the conversion and Hull had the lead for the first time at 16-12.

The Rhinos came up with a response four minutes later when Liam Sutcliffe took Ryan Hall’s pass and ran at the Hull defence. Little seemed to be on initially but the centre’s ‘never say die’ attitude took him away and he held off the cover to score. Watkins then curled in a superb goal kick from near the touchline to edge his side back in front 18-16.

That set up a tense finale as both teams tried to strike the killer blow and eventually it was just the sheer will and determination of the Rhinos that got them home as they refused to buckle under immense pressure from Hull and booked their place back at Old Trafford.

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A Liam Sutcliffe second half try and an incredible defensive effort took Leeds Rhinos back to the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

As the season entered the knock out stages, the two heavyweight contenders who want to challenge Castleford Tigers for the title went toe to toe at Headingley Carnegie. It was an emotional night already with Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire both making their final appearances in blue and amber at Headingley Carnegie.

A late shot by Liam Watts on Danny McGuire seemed to fire up the home side and they soon came up with a sensational first try when Stevie Ward held off three would be tacklers before stretching out to put the ball down on the line. Referee Phil Bentham revered it to the video referee Robert Hicks as a ‘No Try’ but the replays showed Ward brilliantly kept his ball carrying arm off the floor before touching down. Kallum Watkins added the conversion to give his side the perfect lead.

Leeds were dominating possession and territory but could not find a way through some resolute Hull defence. Eventually it took a piece of magic from McGuire to create a gap as he ran at the line on the last tackle before producing a reverse pass to Anthony Mullally, who came charging onto the ball to score. Watkins was on target again to give his side a 12-0 after 19 minutes.

The Airlie Birds grew into the game after that and began to have more of the ball. McGuire was penalised for a high tackle on Mark Minichiello near half way and from the next set Gareth Ellis took a short pass from Danny Houghton to crash over against his former club. Marc Sneyd added the conversion to cut the hosts lead.

Leeds had to produce some remarkable defence to keep Hull out. A brilliant tackle by Kallum Watkins denied Albert Kelly a try when he held the Man of Steel nominee up over the line and then Joel Moon was alert when Chris Green tried to offload near the Rhinos line towards the end of the first half to keep it 12-6 at the break.

Hull maintained their momentum at the start of the second half and crossed for a second try within five minutes of the restart. Leeds had defended their line manfully but then Jake Connor was able to break clear and offloaded one handed to Mahe Fonua to score out wide. That made the kick difficult for Marc Sneyd and he pushed it wide to leave the Rhinos with a narrow 12-10 advantage.

The game then took a massive twist. The Rhinos thought they had scored following a rampaging run by Brad Singleton. Perhaps crucially referee Phil Bentham referred the decision as a ‘No Try’ and the video official could find no conclusive proof that the former Barrow Island junior had got the ball down and disallowed the score. Hull then went the full length of the field in their next set before Connor superbly knocked down Sneyd’s cross field kick into the hands of Manu for the forward to score. Sneyd added the conversion and Hull had the lead for the first time at 16-12.

The Rhinos came up with a response four minutes later when Liam Sutcliffe took Ryan Hall’s pass and ran at the Hull defence. Little seemed to be on initially but the centre’s ‘never say die’ attitude took him away and he held off the cover to score. Watkins then curled in a superb goal kick from near the touchline to edge his side back in front 18-16.

That set up a tense finale as both teams tried to strike the killer blow and eventually it was just the sheer will and determination of the Rhinos that got them home as they refused to buckle under immense pressure from Hull and booked their place back at Old Trafford.

Team Performance

Goals

3

0

Tries

3

0

Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins0300000
Liam Sutcliffe1000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Mitchell Garbutt0000000
Stevie Ward1000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Interchanges
Anthony Mullally1000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards