• Leeds Rhinos
  • 28 - 24

  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 22 - 00
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
28th April 2019 | KO 15:00 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 28 Hull KR 24

Leeds Rhinos had to endure a light fightback from Hull KR to secure a 28-24 win at Emerald Headingley when it looked like they were set for a more comfortable afternoon midway through the second half.

The Rhinos got off to the perfect start with a try after just three minutes. The game coincided with Brad Dwyer’s birthday but it was the hooker who was handing out gifts as he broke from inside his own half before passing to Ash Handley who raced in from 35 metres out. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Hull KR thought they had hit back when Shaun Lunt regathered his own kick near the line but referee James Child spotted Joel Tomkins in an offside position and the effort was chalked off.

The Rhinos were producing their strongest defensive showing of the season with some smart work on their own try line and eventually they got their reward with a chance to extend the lead. Cameron Smith, who had a strong game on his return to the side, was tackled high by Robbie Mulhern and Sutcliffe kicked the penalty.

It was not long before the lead was extended and it was Handley again who crossed. The chance was created by a fine run from Trent Merrin before a cut out pass from Smith put the winger away to score. Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion but Leeds now led 12-0 after 23 minutes.

Despite dominating possession, the Rhinos were unable to add to their score. Merrin was adjudged to have knocked on as he stretched out for the line before Tui Lolohea produced a fantastic break to go close. It looked like Hull KR would hold on however a late brace from the Rhinos gave them a telling advantage.

Lolohea spun out of a tackle in the South Stand corner and then threw a cut out pass to Tom Briscoe to score. Liam Sutcliffe’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded away. Then with the final play of the half, Matt Parcell broke away from dummy half 15 metres from his own line before passing to Jack Walker to run in for the try. Sutcliffe kicked the conversion to give his side a well deserved 22-0 lead at the break.

Leeds showed no let off after the break when Parcell got the better of the visitors defence again. He got through the attempted tackle and then raced clear from 40 metres out to score. Sutcliffe added the conversion to give the home side a commanding 28-0 lead after 48 minutes.

Even when Hull crossed through Ben Crooks for two tries it did not appear that there was much hope of a comeback for the travelling Rovers fans to cheer. However, Leeds were losing troops as the game wore on with Kallum Watkins, Brad Dwyer and Jack Walker all suffering blows.

The Rhinos had two fantastic chances to seal the game. Both fell to Harry Newman and the young centre backed himself to get to the try line with support inside him. However, the Rovers defence had the measure of him and he was bundled into touch on both occasions.

Hull KR crossed for a third try, which was eventually finished by Linnett but the clock was against them at 28-18 with less than five minutes to play.

However, when Weller Hauraki got to the low kick on the last tackle to score his side’s fourth try, McGuire’s conversion got the Robins back to within a score of levelling the game with 70 seconds remaining in the game.

Rovers had one last set to try and win the game with Jack Walker limping on the wing after the Rhinos had used up all their interchanges. Leeds dug deep and managed to turn over possession in the final seconds to seal a hard earned victory.


Team Performance







Player Performance

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Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
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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