• Leeds Rhinos
  • 24 - 22

  • London Broncos
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 10 - 06
  • London Broncos
26th May 2019 | KO 15:30 | Anfield, Liverpool | Dacia Magic Weekend

Leeds Rhinos 24 London Broncos 22

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







Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe0000000
Harry Newman1000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Ash Handley1000000
Liam Sutcliffe1200000
Richie Myler1000000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Trent Merrin0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Nathaniel Peteru0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards