• Leeds Rhinos
  • 24 - 26

  • Hull FC
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 06 - 12
  • Hull FC
21st July 2019 | KO 15:00 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 24 Hull FC 26

Leeds Rhinos fell to a 26-24 defeat to Hull FC in a thrilling back and forth Betfred Super League contest.

Three early errors from Leeds gifted Hull great field position and despite some solid defending, Sika Manu was able to make that early pressure count for the visitors as they scored at the third time of asking. Marc Sneyd’s conversion attempt floated through the uprights and gave Hull a 6-0 lead.

The Rhinos were made to do a lot of defending inside their own half in the opening twenty minutes and the away side punished them by doubling their advantage through a Bureta Faraimo try and a Sneyd conversion.

Leeds pushed the tempo in order to try and respond with a try of their own but they couldn’t quite find a way through the Hull defensive line. However, momentum began to swing in the favour of the men wearing blue and amber as they forced the visitors to concede consecutive penalties inside their own half.

The Hull defence was finally broken through by Konrad Hurrell who scored a superb try in the left corner. It was Hurrell who set up the position for the try with a rampaging run forward and he was there three tackles later to reap the rewards of his effort.  Despite being covered by two Hull players, he was somehow able to avoid the sideline and acrobatically touch the ball down to score his twelfth try of the season. Rhyse Martin had a tough job on his hands to convert the try but his kick from out wide sailed through the sticks to cut the deficit in half.

Brad Dwyer caused Hull all kinds of problems when he came off the bench. His speed was too much to handle as he forced the visitors into conceding more penalties inside their own half. Unfortunately for Leeds, they were unable to level the score before halftime and went back to the changing rooms trailing 12-6.

It was Hull who struck first in the second half with a try from Jamie Shaul. The pass out wide to Josh Griffin opened up the home defence and he was able to break clear and find the full back Shaul on the inside. Sneyd’s conversion and then a penalty were both successful to push the score out to 20-6.

Despite his points with the boot, Sneyd’s kicking game was far from perfect as his kick on the last tackle ran dead in goal and Leeds stormed their way down the field to score. The ball was worked out to the right wing were Tom Briscoe gratefully collected the pass and reached out to score in the corner. Rhyse Martin once again successfully converted the try and cut the lead to eight points.

The away side threatened to respond but Ash Handley brilliantly intercepted Carlos Tuimavave’s pass and ran 90 metres to touch down between the sticks. The momentum was firmly in Leeds’ favour and Rhyse Martin’s successful conversion lifted the crowd to an almost deafening level.

Now only trailing by two points, the confidence was flowing through the home side and they were throwing the ball about with freedom. A short pass from Robert Lui to Rhyse Martin dissected the Hull defence and he ran twenty metres before offloading the ball to Cameron Smith. From the resulting tackle, Leeds worked the ball out to the right wing where Tom Briscoe dove over the line for his second try of the game. Martin was in impressive form and he made yet another tough conversion from out wide look easy to give The Rhinos a 24-20 lead.

That advantage was short lived as a mistake from the restart put Leeds under tremendous pressure and Hull were able to level score through Ratu Naulogo. Sneyd’s conversion put the visitors back in front with less than ten minutes to play and unfortunately for the Rhinos, that’s the way things stayed.

By Will Hopper

Team Performance







Player Performance

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Harry Newman0000000
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Ash Handley1000000
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Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Shaun Lunt0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
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Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards