• Leeds Rhinos
  • 24 - 22

  • London Broncos
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 10 - 6
  • London Broncos
26th May 2019 | KO 15:30 | Anfield | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

31,548

Tackles Made
8,125
Missed Tackles
823
Penalties Conceded

188

Total Carries

4,208

Total Passes

4,741

Clean Breaks

172

Errors

285

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

20

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

1,224

Top Metre Maker

2,673

Konrad Hurrell
Top Tackler

813

Trent Merrin

Leeds Rhinos 24 London Broncos 22

Leeds's Liam Sutcliffe is congratulated by Cameron Smith and Ash Handley on scoring a try against London.

Leeds and London produced another heart stopping contest as the Rhinos let a 24-10 lead be eroded in the final minutes before holding on for the all important two league points with a 24-22 win.

Leeds fielded a side with an average age of just 24 and no player over thirty and they showed glimpses of their potential best but were left frustrated by a determined and hard working Broncos side.

The Rhinos gave London an early scare when they thought they had scored inside the opening couple of minutes only for play to be pulled back for obstruction in the build up.

However, Leeds did open the scoring after seven minutes when Jack Walker marked his return to the side with a clever break in midfield to set up the position for Liam Sutcliffe to power his way through the defence to score. He converted his own try and Leeds led 6-0.

The Rhinos were playing a high tempo game with Harry Newman nearly getting through from the restart with a lovely pick up at dummy half and it was not long before Richard Agar’s side extended their lead. Brad Dwyer kept the ball alive with an offload in midfield that Trent Merrin was alert to. He moved the ball along the line and Ash Handley touched down in the corner. Sutcliffe narrowly missed his conversion attempt from the touchline but Leeds were good value for their 10-0 lead after as many minutes.

However, Danny Ward’s side grew into the contest and began to build pressure in the Leeds half. The Rhinos defended well and forced two repeat sets however they could not find a third score and eventually London did cross through centre Ryan Morgan when he skipped out of challenge to go over. Kieran Dixon added the conversion to cut the Rhinos lead to 10-6 after 27 minutes.

London had the better of the possession in the remainder of the first half and Leeds had to manfully defend their line to keep men from the capital out however tension continued to grow as the game drew on and the game was evenly poised at 10-6 at the interval.

The tension continued at the start of the second half as both teams traded tries in the opening ten minutes. Once again Leeds came out fired up and crossed for the opening try of the half when Walker cut a lovely line to glide through the Broncos defence and score. Liam Sutcliffe pushed his conversion attempt wide so it remained 14-6.

However, just five minutes later London crossed for their second try when Jordan Abdull darted for the line before stretching out one handed to score in front of The Kop. Dixon missed the conversion but London were right back in the game at 14-10.

Leeds had to produce some heroic defence on their own line to keep the Broncos out. Eventually Leeds managed to get some possession in the London half and they made it count. Handley was held up on the line initially and then Harry Newman showed some quick thinking to barge over from dummy half. Liam Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion but Leeds now led 18-10.

They extended their lead when Alex Sutcliffe showed why he had been called up from the Academy for the first time this season with a sensational break down the touchline. He could have gone for the line himself but looked to pass back inside to the support. Watkins and Myler converged on the loose ball before the scrum half picked up and raced over to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion to give his side a 24-10 lead.

However just as at Emerald Headingley earlier in the season, London fought back in the closing ten minutes with two quick tries from Abdull and Alex Walker with Dixon converting both to set up a tense finale at 24-22.

Leeds dug deep and secured a huge result in the context of the Betfred Super League table.

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Leeds's Liam Sutcliffe is congratulated by Cameron Smith and Ash Handley on scoring a try against London.

Leeds and London produced another heart stopping contest as the Rhinos let a 24-10 lead be eroded in the final minutes before holding on for the all important two league points with a 24-22 win.

Leeds fielded a side with an average age of just 24 and no player over thirty and they showed glimpses of their potential best but were left frustrated by a determined and hard working Broncos side.

The Rhinos gave London an early scare when they thought they had scored inside the opening couple of minutes only for play to be pulled back for obstruction in the build up.

However, Leeds did open the scoring after seven minutes when Jack Walker marked his return to the side with a clever break in midfield to set up the position for Liam Sutcliffe to power his way through the defence to score. He converted his own try and Leeds led 6-0.

The Rhinos were playing a high tempo game with Harry Newman nearly getting through from the restart with a lovely pick up at dummy half and it was not long before Richard Agar’s side extended their lead. Brad Dwyer kept the ball alive with an offload in midfield that Trent Merrin was alert to. He moved the ball along the line and Ash Handley touched down in the corner. Sutcliffe narrowly missed his conversion attempt from the touchline but Leeds were good value for their 10-0 lead after as many minutes.

However, Danny Ward’s side grew into the contest and began to build pressure in the Leeds half. The Rhinos defended well and forced two repeat sets however they could not find a third score and eventually London did cross through centre Ryan Morgan when he skipped out of challenge to go over. Kieran Dixon added the conversion to cut the Rhinos lead to 10-6 after 27 minutes.

London had the better of the possession in the remainder of the first half and Leeds had to manfully defend their line to keep men from the capital out however tension continued to grow as the game drew on and the game was evenly poised at 10-6 at the interval.

The tension continued at the start of the second half as both teams traded tries in the opening ten minutes. Once again Leeds came out fired up and crossed for the opening try of the half when Walker cut a lovely line to glide through the Broncos defence and score. Liam Sutcliffe pushed his conversion attempt wide so it remained 14-6.

However, just five minutes later London crossed for their second try when Jordan Abdull darted for the line before stretching out one handed to score in front of The Kop. Dixon missed the conversion but London were right back in the game at 14-10.

Leeds had to produce some heroic defence on their own line to keep the Broncos out. Eventually Leeds managed to get some possession in the London half and they made it count. Handley was held up on the line initially and then Harry Newman showed some quick thinking to barge over from dummy half. Liam Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion but Leeds now led 18-10.

They extended their lead when Alex Sutcliffe showed why he had been called up from the Academy for the first time this season with a sensational break down the touchline. He could have gone for the line himself but looked to pass back inside to the support. Watkins and Myler converged on the loose ball before the scrum half picked up and raced over to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion to give his side a 24-10 lead.

However just as at Emerald Headingley earlier in the season, London fought back in the closing ten minutes with two quick tries from Abdull and Alex Walker with Dixon converting both to set up a tense finale at 24-22.

Leeds dug deep and secured a huge result in the context of the Betfred Super League table.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
Leeds Rhinos

1301

London Broncos

1190

Carries
Leeds Rhinos

177

London Broncos

192

Passes
Leeds Rhinos London Broncos

191

223

Tackles
Leeds Rhinos London Broncos

364

348

Missed Tackles

Leeds Rhinos

35

London Broncos

52

Clean Breaks

Leeds Rhinos

5

London Broncos

6

Attacking Kicks

15

16

Dummy Half Metres

241

201

Forty Twenty

0

0

Goals

2

3

Penalties Conceded

8

3

Tries

5

4

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Jack Walker1010171131158.813100000
Tom Briscoe0061270141168.300000000
Kallum Watkins002366008546.801000010
Harry Newman10165270171438.417000020
Ash Handley1080220171207.104000000
Liam Sutcliffe101964238374.602002302
Richard Myler111400388506.201000001
Ava Seumanufagai0024420012927.700000000
Brad Dwyer001933127426.005200020
Brad Singleton0023242012695.800000021
Cameron Smith0044512112816.800100010
James Donaldson003221606518.511200011
Trent Merrin014410250191216.400100031
Interchanges
Matt Parcell00431003067111.804000000
Mikolaj Oledzki002954009566.200100002
Nathaniel Peteru001410306498.210000000
Alex Sutcliffe015212033411.310000000
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Alex Walker116021016573.600400030
Kieran Dixon0030380171327.812203110
Ryan Morgan1016362013866.620100000
Elliott Kear0071460221557.0111200030
Rhys Williams0010240191618.505000010
Jordan Abdull20140441012705.811200010
Morgan Smith0011010510222.200000000
Eddie Battye00318311251385.500100011
James Cunningham013561002126.002000002
Rob Butler003244208546.800000000
Jay Pitts0225126015996.611100010
Interchanges
Will Lovell004695007456.400100000
Luke Yates0050113105397.800000000
Greg Richards001822009495.400000000
Matthew Gee002553006355.800000000
Sadiq Adebiyi001103003206.700000000
Matty Fozard001764003165.302000010
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card