• Hull FC
  • 43 - 24

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Hull FC
  • HT 18 - 12
  • Leeds Rhinos
29th July 2017 | KO 14:30 | Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster | Challenge Cup

Leeds Rhinos 24 Hull FC 43

Kallum Watkins scored the third Rhinos third try of the game

Leeds Rhinos missed out on the chance of returning to Wembley after succumbing 43-24 to Hull FC at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi finalThe clash between the last two holders of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup was always going to be a mouth watering affair and both teams played their part in setting up a game that lived up to the pre-match billing.

The early exchanges were a tight affair with Hull enjoying the better of the earlier territory and they thought they had scored after eight minutes. Marc Sneyd’s kick to the corner was spilled by Tom Briscoe but Mark Minichiello was denied the try when replays showed obstruction in the build up.

Eventually it was the Rhinos who took the lead after 19 minutes. The winger chased a high kick from Joel Moon towards the in goal and jumped highest to collect the ball and ground it before the line. Kallum Watkins added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The Rhinos only held the lead for five minutes however as Hull hit back through Albert Kelly. Briscoe had been challenged in the air by Talanoa as the ball came free, Hull were quickest to react and Kelly cut through  a gap to score between the posts. Sneyd added the conversion to level the score.

Leeds a great chance after that when Stevie Ward and Watkins combined to put Briscoe away down the touchline. Briscoe returned the ball to Watkins but the England man could not find his support and the chance fizzled out.

However, the Rhinos did retake the lead after 32 minutes and it was Hall again with another spectacular effort. Leeds kept the ball alive and Moon slides a kick in behind the Hull defence which Hall grounded with   millimetres to spare. Watkins added the conversion from the touchline to put his side 12-6 in front.

Once again Hull hit back as Carlos Tuimavave took Sneyd’s inside pass before going over. Sneyd levelling matters once again.

Hull then took the lead for the first time on the stroke of half time with a try out of nothing. They seemed to be going no where on the last play but Sneyd’s kick popped up in midfield and Kelly was on hand to catch it and offload to Chris Green to score. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 18-12 at half time.

The Airlie Birds looked certain to increase that lead at the start of the second half when they kept the ball alive with a series of offloads. Talanoa was wide open in the corner but Sneyd’s pass ended up in touch and the chance went begging.

However they did score a fourth try after 47 minutes when Talanoa this time turned provider, out jumping Briscoe before passing down to Tuimavave for his second try of the game. Sneyd added the conversion and crucially Hull had become the first team to take a two score lead.

They extended their advantage with 26 minutes to go when Sneyd slotted over a drop goal and the fans from the KCOM Stadium were already making their plans for Wembley.

The Rhinos gave themselves a lifeline with twenty minutes to go with a fine piece of inventive play by McGuire, the skipper threading a kick through for Watkins to chase onto. The centre collected, dummied in side and then powered his way to the line. He converted his own try to make it 25-18.

However, Hull FC still had the scoreboard in their favour and they regained their 13 point advantage with 14 minutes to go when Liam Watts proved too strong near the line for Watkins to stop. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 31-18.

The Airlie Birds sealed their place at Wembley when Jamie Shaul went 80 metres after gathering a through kick by Watkins as he desperately tried to create something for his side in the final minutes. Sneyd added the conversion from wide out to make it 37-18.

Prop Scott Taylor finished off the game as he forced his way over from close range in the closing minute. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 43-18 win to Lee Radford’s men.

The Rhinos did finally managed to cross for a fourth try when Ashton Golding darted over from close range. Jordan Lilley added the conversion to make the final score 43-24.

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Kallum Watkins scored the third Rhinos third try of the game

Leeds Rhinos missed out on the chance of returning to Wembley after succumbing 43-24 to Hull FC at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi finalThe clash between the last two holders of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup was always going to be a mouth watering affair and both teams played their part in setting up a game that lived up to the pre-match billing.

The early exchanges were a tight affair with Hull enjoying the better of the earlier territory and they thought they had scored after eight minutes. Marc Sneyd’s kick to the corner was spilled by Tom Briscoe but Mark Minichiello was denied the try when replays showed obstruction in the build up.

Eventually it was the Rhinos who took the lead after 19 minutes. The winger chased a high kick from Joel Moon towards the in goal and jumped highest to collect the ball and ground it before the line. Kallum Watkins added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The Rhinos only held the lead for five minutes however as Hull hit back through Albert Kelly. Briscoe had been challenged in the air by Talanoa as the ball came free, Hull were quickest to react and Kelly cut through  a gap to score between the posts. Sneyd added the conversion to level the score.

Leeds a great chance after that when Stevie Ward and Watkins combined to put Briscoe away down the touchline. Briscoe returned the ball to Watkins but the England man could not find his support and the chance fizzled out.

However, the Rhinos did retake the lead after 32 minutes and it was Hall again with another spectacular effort. Leeds kept the ball alive and Moon slides a kick in behind the Hull defence which Hall grounded with   millimetres to spare. Watkins added the conversion from the touchline to put his side 12-6 in front.

Once again Hull hit back as Carlos Tuimavave took Sneyd’s inside pass before going over. Sneyd levelling matters once again.

Hull then took the lead for the first time on the stroke of half time with a try out of nothing. They seemed to be going no where on the last play but Sneyd’s kick popped up in midfield and Kelly was on hand to catch it and offload to Chris Green to score. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 18-12 at half time.

The Airlie Birds looked certain to increase that lead at the start of the second half when they kept the ball alive with a series of offloads. Talanoa was wide open in the corner but Sneyd’s pass ended up in touch and the chance went begging.

However they did score a fourth try after 47 minutes when Talanoa this time turned provider, out jumping Briscoe before passing down to Tuimavave for his second try of the game. Sneyd added the conversion and crucially Hull had become the first team to take a two score lead.

They extended their advantage with 26 minutes to go when Sneyd slotted over a drop goal and the fans from the KCOM Stadium were already making their plans for Wembley.

The Rhinos gave themselves a lifeline with twenty minutes to go with a fine piece of inventive play by McGuire, the skipper threading a kick through for Watkins to chase onto. The centre collected, dummied in side and then powered his way to the line. He converted his own try to make it 25-18.

However, Hull FC still had the scoreboard in their favour and they regained their 13 point advantage with 14 minutes to go when Liam Watts proved too strong near the line for Watkins to stop. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 31-18.

The Airlie Birds sealed their place at Wembley when Jamie Shaul went 80 metres after gathering a through kick by Watkins as he desperately tried to create something for his side in the final minutes. Sneyd added the conversion from wide out to make it 37-18.

Prop Scott Taylor finished off the game as he forced his way over from close range in the closing minute. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 43-18 win to Lee Radford’s men.

The Rhinos did finally managed to cross for a fourth try when Ashton Golding darted over from close range. Jordan Lilley added the conversion to make the final score 43-24.

Team Performance

Goals

0

4

Tries

0

4

Player Performance

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Ashton Golding1000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins1300000
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Ryan Hall2000000
Joel Moon0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Interchanges
Mitchell Garbutt0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Jordan Lilley0100000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards