• Leeds Rhinos
  • 34 - 10

  • Bradford Bulls
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 22 - 4
  • Bradford Bulls
12th January 2020 | KO 15:00 | Emerald Headingley | 19,560 | Jamie Jones-Buchanan Testimonial

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Leeds Rhinos 34 Bradford Bulls 10

Leeds Rhinos claimed their first win of 2020, beating Bradford Bulls 34-10 at Emerald Headingley in front of a capacity crowd to celebrate Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s testimonial and support Rob Burrow following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease before Christmas.

It was a welcomed return to the lineup for Rhyse Martin, who scored two tries and kicked five conversions throughout the game, as well as Callum McLelland, who crossed for his first try since the Coral Challenge Cup match between the Bulls last season in the second half. Both sides also boasted a list of returning legends that entered the field towards the end of the game.

Emotions were high from kick off, with Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Rob Burrow receiving a special guard of honour, and both sides rose to the spectacle. Early on, McLelland looked lively, nearly sending Ash Handley through a gap out wide but the winger’s kick ahead was retrieved by Greg Johnson.

Rhyse Martin would open the scoring minutes later. When Cameron Smith looked to be wrapped up, the loose forward found a miracle offload to Brad Dwyer. With space in front of him and support players out wide, Dwyer found Martin, who barraged his way over to score on his first start of the pre season.

The Papua New Guinean back rower was in again after an error from the Bulls. With Rowan Milnes throwing the ball out of play, Leeds were straight on the attack with Seumanufagai and Smith dominating the Bradford defence. On the third tackle, Lui shifted the ball to the right edge, releasing Harry Newman who, tied to his touch line, did well to feed the ball back inside for Martin to crash over again, giving Leeds a 10 point advantage.

The early two tries didn’t seem to faze the visitors, who began to mount pressure by restricting the Rhinos in their own half. John Kear’s side soon came good; Ross Oakes running a good line to take a Jordan Lilley pass and dove over. Lilley missed with the conversion attempt, making the score 10-4.

Bradford continued to look for opportunities to level the game up; Lilley pinning the Rhinos inside their own ten with some accurate kicks.

Coming into the last ten minutes, Liam Sutcliffe put the Rhinos back on track. Another break down the edge from Newman seemed to have come to nothing when his pass inside went to ground but Sutcliffe picked up the loose ball and ran through to score under the posts untouched. Martin converted to make the score 16-0.

Brad Dwyer capped off the half, finishing a great 80 metre play to score Leeds’ fourth of the half. Starting with an offload to Walker, the Leeds full back darted through the Bradford defence into open space and then passed inside for Dwyer to sprint away and score. Martin was successful once again with the boot, sending Leeds into half time with a 22-4 advantage.

The Bulls came out fighting at the start of the second half and had scored their second try four minutes in. Youngster Jack Broadbent nearly ran the length of the field, intercepting a pass from Oakes, but Joe Brown managed to drag him into touch before the Leeds substitute could get away. On the next set, Thomas Doyle took a short pass to drive over and score, doubling Bradford’s lead. Lilley converted to make it a twelve point game.

Tempers began to flair between both sides, exciting the fans and creating an atmosphere reminiscent of derby clashes gone by. McLelland’s try on just shy of the hour mark settled the Leeds side back down; the scrum half taking a short pass from half back partner Lui to reach out and score, taking Leeds’ lead to a 28-10 lead with Martin’s conversion.

The Rhinos legends took to the bench with twenty minutes to go, exciting the crowd to optimum levels. On the field though, substitute Richie Myler extended Leeds’ lead further, picking up a dropped ball by Adam Rooks to dot the ball down over the try line after Ash Handley had failed to gather a grubber kick from a Leeds break.

The man of the moment Jamie Jones-Buchanan was the first legend to take to the field, replacing Martin, before Bradford deployed theirs; Matty Blythe, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Wayne Godwin, Stuart and Jamie Fielden, Nathan McAvoy and Rob Parker running out to the Western Terrace’s delight.

It wasn’t long before Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Danny McGuire came on to rapturous applause, but Rob Burrow got the loudest cheer, tears of emotion running down the number seven’s face as he stepped onto the turf.

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Keith Senior, Brett Delaney and Ryan Bailey completed the Rhinos legends and nearly grabbed a try, thanks to a half break by Senior, but the Bulls worked the clock down, Leeds claiming a 34-10 victory at the final siren.

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Leeds Rhinos claimed their first win of 2020, beating Bradford Bulls 34-10 at Emerald Headingley in front of a capacity crowd to celebrate Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s testimonial and support Rob Burrow following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease before Christmas.

It was a welcomed return to the lineup for Rhyse Martin, who scored two tries and kicked five conversions throughout the game, as well as Callum McLelland, who crossed for his first try since the Coral Challenge Cup match between the Bulls last season in the second half. Both sides also boasted a list of returning legends that entered the field towards the end of the game.

Emotions were high from kick off, with Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Rob Burrow receiving a special guard of honour, and both sides rose to the spectacle. Early on, McLelland looked lively, nearly sending Ash Handley through a gap out wide but the winger’s kick ahead was retrieved by Greg Johnson.

Rhyse Martin would open the scoring minutes later. When Cameron Smith looked to be wrapped up, the loose forward found a miracle offload to Brad Dwyer. With space in front of him and support players out wide, Dwyer found Martin, who barraged his way over to score on his first start of the pre season.

The Papua New Guinean back rower was in again after an error from the Bulls. With Rowan Milnes throwing the ball out of play, Leeds were straight on the attack with Seumanufagai and Smith dominating the Bradford defence. On the third tackle, Lui shifted the ball to the right edge, releasing Harry Newman who, tied to his touch line, did well to feed the ball back inside for Martin to crash over again, giving Leeds a 10 point advantage.

The early two tries didn’t seem to faze the visitors, who began to mount pressure by restricting the Rhinos in their own half. John Kear’s side soon came good; Ross Oakes running a good line to take a Jordan Lilley pass and dove over. Lilley missed with the conversion attempt, making the score 10-4.

Bradford continued to look for opportunities to level the game up; Lilley pinning the Rhinos inside their own ten with some accurate kicks.

Coming into the last ten minutes, Liam Sutcliffe put the Rhinos back on track. Another break down the edge from Newman seemed to have come to nothing when his pass inside went to ground but Sutcliffe picked up the loose ball and ran through to score under the posts untouched. Martin converted to make the score 16-0.

Brad Dwyer capped off the half, finishing a great 80 metre play to score Leeds’ fourth of the half. Starting with an offload to Walker, the Leeds full back darted through the Bradford defence into open space and then passed inside for Dwyer to sprint away and score. Martin was successful once again with the boot, sending Leeds into half time with a 22-4 advantage.

The Bulls came out fighting at the start of the second half and had scored their second try four minutes in. Youngster Jack Broadbent nearly ran the length of the field, intercepting a pass from Oakes, but Joe Brown managed to drag him into touch before the Leeds substitute could get away. On the next set, Thomas Doyle took a short pass to drive over and score, doubling Bradford’s lead. Lilley converted to make it a twelve point game.

Tempers began to flair between both sides, exciting the fans and creating an atmosphere reminiscent of derby clashes gone by. McLelland’s try on just shy of the hour mark settled the Leeds side back down; the scrum half taking a short pass from half back partner Lui to reach out and score, taking Leeds’ lead to a 28-10 lead with Martin’s conversion.

The Rhinos legends took to the bench with twenty minutes to go, exciting the crowd to optimum levels. On the field though, substitute Richie Myler extended Leeds’ lead further, picking up a dropped ball by Adam Rooks to dot the ball down over the try line after Ash Handley had failed to gather a grubber kick from a Leeds break.

The man of the moment Jamie Jones-Buchanan was the first legend to take to the field, replacing Martin, before Bradford deployed theirs; Matty Blythe, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Wayne Godwin, Stuart and Jamie Fielden, Nathan McAvoy and Rob Parker running out to the Western Terrace’s delight.

It wasn’t long before Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Danny McGuire came on to rapturous applause, but Rob Burrow got the loudest cheer, tears of emotion running down the number seven’s face as he stepped onto the turf.

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Keith Senior, Brett Delaney and Ryan Bailey completed the Rhinos legends and nearly grabbed a try, thanks to a half break by Senior, but the Bulls worked the clock down, Leeds claiming a 34-10 victory at the final siren.