• Huddersfield Giants
  • 26 - 27

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • HT 14 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
2nd August 2020 | KO 18:30 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 27 Huddersfield Giants 26

Leeds's Luke Gale kicks the game-winning drop goal during the Golden Point against Huddersfield.

Leeds Rhinos produced a dramatic fightback to defeat Huddersfield Giants in the first game back after the coronavirus lockdown as they rallied from 26-6 down with 15 minutes to go to send the match into Golden Point extra time before skipper Luke Gale stepped up to hit the winning drop goal.

The Giants were well in command for an hour as the Rhinos made uncharacteristic errors in possession after the four month lay off. Huddersfield hit the front after four minutes on the back of the first ‘six again’ decision of the game and they made the most of being on the front foot when winger Louis Senior, who was a late replacement for Jermaine McGillvary, touched down a low kick.

Leeds thought they had hit back through Richie Myler when he dived for the line but the video referee spotted he was stopped just short of the line and the chance went begging.

The Rhinos did go in front after 13 minutes when Alex Mellor broke up field before the ball eventually found Konrad Hurrell and the centre powered his way over. Rhyse Martin added the conversion to make it 6-4.

The rest of the first half was dominated by Huddersfield. Darnell McIntosh went over for his first try of a hat trick in the corner as the Giants moved the ball wide quickly and then he was in for his second after 22 minutes on the back of a penalty in midfield. Thankfully for Leeds Aiden Sezer was having an off night with his kicking boots and failed to convert any of their opening three tries so the score was just 12-6.

Sezer did manage to extend the lead with a penalty before half time.

Leeds started the second half in determined fashion but then fell further behind when a loose pass was picked up by McIntosh who raced 75 metres to score between the posts and complete his hat trick. Sezer had the simple conversion attempt and put his side 20-6 in front.

The Rhinos were dealt a blow after 51 minutes when James Donaldson had to be stretched from the field with a back injury that ruled him out for the remainder of the game.

Leeds were then reduced to 12 men when Ash Handley was sin binned when he intercepted on his own line from an offside position. It was the latest in a string of penalties against the Rhinos and referee Robert Hicks had no hesitation in showing Handley the yellow card.

The scoreline then even better for Simon Woolford’s side as they made their pressure count for Senior went over for his second try of the game. Sezer was able to add the conversion from wide out this time and gave his side a 26-6 lead after 63 minutes and the Rhinos were left with a mountain to climb with just 12 men.

Luke Gale began the fightback as he went over from close range before Luke Briscoe dramatically reached out one handed to score in the corner in front of the North Stand. Rhyse Martin was unable to convert either try but the Rhinos had cut the gap to 26-14 with just under 10 minutes to go.

However, the comeback was very much on with seven minutes to go when Mellor rampaged through three would be tacklers to force the ball down against his former club. Martin added the conversion and the game was set up for a final show down.

Leeds were very much on the front foot now with penalties against Huddersfield for a high tackle on Mellor and tackling Richie Myler in the air. The Rhinos used that momentum and eventually the pressure proved too much and Hurrell went over for his second try of the game. That left Martin with a crucial kick to level the game with 90 seconds to go and he slotted it over.

Neither team could score in the remaining seconds so the game headed to Golden Point extra time. Huddersfield had the first shot at a drop goal by Gaskell, which fell short and wide before Gale stepped up to kick the winner.

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Leeds's Luke Gale kicks the game-winning drop goal during the Golden Point against Huddersfield.

Leeds Rhinos produced a dramatic fightback to defeat Huddersfield Giants in the first game back after the coronavirus lockdown as they rallied from 26-6 down with 15 minutes to go to send the match into Golden Point extra time before skipper Luke Gale stepped up to hit the winning drop goal.

The Giants were well in command for an hour as the Rhinos made uncharacteristic errors in possession after the four month lay off. Huddersfield hit the front after four minutes on the back of the first ‘six again’ decision of the game and they made the most of being on the front foot when winger Louis Senior, who was a late replacement for Jermaine McGillvary, touched down a low kick.

Leeds thought they had hit back through Richie Myler when he dived for the line but the video referee spotted he was stopped just short of the line and the chance went begging.

The Rhinos did go in front after 13 minutes when Alex Mellor broke up field before the ball eventually found Konrad Hurrell and the centre powered his way over. Rhyse Martin added the conversion to make it 6-4.

The rest of the first half was dominated by Huddersfield. Darnell McIntosh went over for his first try of a hat trick in the corner as the Giants moved the ball wide quickly and then he was in for his second after 22 minutes on the back of a penalty in midfield. Thankfully for Leeds Aiden Sezer was having an off night with his kicking boots and failed to convert any of their opening three tries so the score was just 12-6.

Sezer did manage to extend the lead with a penalty before half time.

Leeds started the second half in determined fashion but then fell further behind when a loose pass was picked up by McIntosh who raced 75 metres to score between the posts and complete his hat trick. Sezer had the simple conversion attempt and put his side 20-6 in front.

The Rhinos were dealt a blow after 51 minutes when James Donaldson had to be stretched from the field with a back injury that ruled him out for the remainder of the game.

Leeds were then reduced to 12 men when Ash Handley was sin binned when he intercepted on his own line from an offside position. It was the latest in a string of penalties against the Rhinos and referee Robert Hicks had no hesitation in showing Handley the yellow card.

The scoreline then even better for Simon Woolford’s side as they made their pressure count for Senior went over for his second try of the game. Sezer was able to add the conversion from wide out this time and gave his side a 26-6 lead after 63 minutes and the Rhinos were left with a mountain to climb with just 12 men.

Luke Gale began the fightback as he went over from close range before Luke Briscoe dramatically reached out one handed to score in the corner in front of the North Stand. Rhyse Martin was unable to convert either try but the Rhinos had cut the gap to 26-14 with just under 10 minutes to go.

However, the comeback was very much on with seven minutes to go when Mellor rampaged through three would be tacklers to force the ball down against his former club. Martin added the conversion and the game was set up for a final show down.

Leeds were very much on the front foot now with penalties against Huddersfield for a high tackle on Mellor and tackling Richie Myler in the air. The Rhinos used that momentum and eventually the pressure proved too much and Hurrell went over for his second try of the game. That left Martin with a crucial kick to level the game with 90 seconds to go and he slotted it over.

Neither team could score in the remaining seconds so the game headed to Golden Point extra time. Huddersfield had the first shot at a drop goal by Gaskell, which fell short and wide before Gale stepped up to kick the winner.

Team Performance

Goals

0

3

Tries

0

5

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Luke Briscoe1000000
Harry Newman0000000
Konrad Hurrell2000000
Ash Handley0000000
Robert Lui0000000
Luke Gale1010000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Alex Mellor1000000
Rhyse Martin0300000
Matt Prior0000000
Interchanges
Cameron Smith0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards