• Leeds Rhinos
  • 36 - 12

  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 24 - 06
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
17th September 2021 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 36 Hull KR 12

SL.Rd25.Rhinos v Hull KR. Fri17thSept2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos secured fifth place in the Betfred Super League and booked a play off place with a 36-12 win over Hull KR at Emerald Headingley.

The match marked Konrad Hurrell, King Vuniyayawa, Alex Sutcliffe and Rob Lui’s final game at Emerald Headingley and there was a warm reception from the home crowd. Richard Agar included Hurrell in the matchday squad for the first time since August too, while Cam Smith made his first start. Lui also returned after missing the trip to St Helens but the team was largely unchanged heading into the match.

Leeds opened the scoring on fifteen minutes when the departing Lui crowned his final game in front of a home crowd with a try. Both sides had made a steady start to the match but the half back lit up the Headingley crowd as he stepped back inside from a Leeming pass to break free and race Will Dagger to the try line. The half back made it comfortably and Leeds took a six point lead.

As soon as the Rhinos had scored, the Robins bounced back through their half back Mikey Lewis. A play wide by Leeds went astray as Handley tried to offload out of the back, and the Robins’ youngster was there to swallow up the loose ball and race Jack Broadbent for 40 metres to score in the corner. Abdull locked the score up with his conversion.

Penalties and errors by the visitors proved their downfall as a strip on Morgan Gannon in particular helped the home side downfield. Broadbent had a great opportunity trying to poke his nose through the line before a wide passing movement involving Lui, Leeming and Myler was batted down by Brad Takairangi. On the attack again, although Martin came close, it was captain Matt Prior who got Leeds on the scoreboard again; the prop  driving for the posts before wriggling free to get the ball down on the half hour mark.

Fellow prop Tom Holroyd then added his name to the scoresheet. A great one-two play between Leeming and Ash Handley opened space up down the left edge and Leeming raced free. Dagger was there to cover but couldn’t prevent what was to come; Holroyd receiving the ball after quick passes from Lui and Cam Smith found the prop in space. Martin converted to make the score 18-6.

The Robins missed a chance to close the scoreline after Crooks fumbled the ball when sliding to score in the corner and Leeds punished Hull for their mistakes again. Leeming and Morgan Gannon combined to move Leeds towards the centre of the field before Smith and Lui combined again to put Martin through a gaping hole in the Robins’ defence. With pressure coming from the chasing defence, Martin offloaded for Richie Myler to race free to add Leeds’ fourth; taking the score to 24-0 at half time.

 

The Rhinos began the second 40 as they finished the first. A forward pass from Abdull to Linnett started Leeds on their attack and a further penalty on Handley aided Leeds further. In front of the uprights after a rampant Hurrell run, substitute Brad Dwyer fed James Donaldson, who barrelled his way over from short range. The decision was handed up to the video referee but there was no doubting the loose forward had scored.

Hull KR couldn’t break down Leeds’ defence and that invited Leeds to attack ruthlessly. Having played a part in a couple of Leeds’ first half tries, Handley finally got over for a try of his own; finishing spectacularly in the corner to finish the game for Leeds with 15 minutes remaining.

Dagger got a try back in the dying moments for the Robins but as the full time whistle sounded, Leeds had secured fifth place and a tie with Wigan Warriors in the play offs.

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SL.Rd25.Rhinos v Hull KR. Fri17thSept2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos secured fifth place in the Betfred Super League and booked a play off place with a 36-12 win over Hull KR at Emerald Headingley.

The match marked Konrad Hurrell, King Vuniyayawa, Alex Sutcliffe and Rob Lui’s final game at Emerald Headingley and there was a warm reception from the home crowd. Richard Agar included Hurrell in the matchday squad for the first time since August too, while Cam Smith made his first start. Lui also returned after missing the trip to St Helens but the team was largely unchanged heading into the match.

Leeds opened the scoring on fifteen minutes when the departing Lui crowned his final game in front of a home crowd with a try. Both sides had made a steady start to the match but the half back lit up the Headingley crowd as he stepped back inside from a Leeming pass to break free and race Will Dagger to the try line. The half back made it comfortably and Leeds took a six point lead.

As soon as the Rhinos had scored, the Robins bounced back through their half back Mikey Lewis. A play wide by Leeds went astray as Handley tried to offload out of the back, and the Robins’ youngster was there to swallow up the loose ball and race Jack Broadbent for 40 metres to score in the corner. Abdull locked the score up with his conversion.

Penalties and errors by the visitors proved their downfall as a strip on Morgan Gannon in particular helped the home side downfield. Broadbent had a great opportunity trying to poke his nose through the line before a wide passing movement involving Lui, Leeming and Myler was batted down by Brad Takairangi. On the attack again, although Martin came close, it was captain Matt Prior who got Leeds on the scoreboard again; the prop  driving for the posts before wriggling free to get the ball down on the half hour mark.

Fellow prop Tom Holroyd then added his name to the scoresheet. A great one-two play between Leeming and Ash Handley opened space up down the left edge and Leeming raced free. Dagger was there to cover but couldn’t prevent what was to come; Holroyd receiving the ball after quick passes from Lui and Cam Smith found the prop in space. Martin converted to make the score 18-6.

The Robins missed a chance to close the scoreline after Crooks fumbled the ball when sliding to score in the corner and Leeds punished Hull for their mistakes again. Leeming and Morgan Gannon combined to move Leeds towards the centre of the field before Smith and Lui combined again to put Martin through a gaping hole in the Robins’ defence. With pressure coming from the chasing defence, Martin offloaded for Richie Myler to race free to add Leeds’ fourth; taking the score to 24-0 at half time.

 

The Rhinos began the second 40 as they finished the first. A forward pass from Abdull to Linnett started Leeds on their attack and a further penalty on Handley aided Leeds further. In front of the uprights after a rampant Hurrell run, substitute Brad Dwyer fed James Donaldson, who barrelled his way over from short range. The decision was handed up to the video referee but there was no doubting the loose forward had scored.

Hull KR couldn’t break down Leeds’ defence and that invited Leeds to attack ruthlessly. Having played a part in a couple of Leeds’ first half tries, Handley finally got over for a try of his own; finishing spectacularly in the corner to finish the game for Leeds with 15 minutes remaining.

Dagger got a try back in the dying moments for the Robins but as the full time whistle sounded, Leeds had secured fifth place and a tie with Wigan Warriors in the play offs.

Team Performance

Goals

6

2

Tries

6

2

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe0000000
Harry Newman0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Ash Handley1000000
Robert Lui1000000
Richie Myler1000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Matt Prior1000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Rhyse Martin0600000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Tom Holroyd1000000
James Donaldson1000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Will Dagger1000000
Ben Crooks0000000
Brad Takairangi0000000
Shaun Kenny-Dowall0000000
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Mikey Lewis1000000
Jordan Abdull0200000
George King0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Will Maher0000000
Kane Linnett0000000
Luis Johnson0000000
Matty Storton0000000
Interchanges
Korbin Sims0000000
Jez Litten0000000
Muizz Mustapha0000000
Will Tate0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards