• Leeds Rhinos
  • 36 - 38

  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT -
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
1st September 2018 | KO 00:00 | Headingley | Super League Qualifiers

Leeds Rhinos 36 Hull KR 38

Leeds Rhinos suffered a 38-36 defeat to Hull KR at Emerald Headingley having led 36-26 midway through the second half and now must face up to a huge challenge in the Qualifiers this season.

The Rhinos got off to a great start with a try inside the opening five minutes through Joel Moon. The ball was moved wide and Moon straightened up at the last minute to squeeze in at the corner for his sixth try in three games in the Qualifiers. Liam Sutcliffe was unable to add the touchline conversion.

Leeds then handed Rovers a way back into the game after 12 minutes. Having been given a let off due to a forward pass to Chris Clarkson near the line, from the ensuing scrum Luke Briscoe’s pass went to the ground and Craig Hall collected it before scampering over in the corner.

The conversion attempt was missed by Danny Tickle however Rovers then took the lead for the first time in the next set. Chris Atkin attacked the short side before chipping over the Leeds defence before Adam Quinlan collected and evaded the attempted tackle by Stevie Ward to score. The conversion attempt was missed but Rovers had their tails up now.

Leeds nearly found a way back in to the game with a superb offload from Brad Singleton to Carl Ablett and the skipper broke clear only to be hauled down by Quinlan. Ablett then had to helped from the field with a knee injury suffered in the tackle.

To add insult to injury, Hull KR then went the length of the field to score their third try. Former Rhino Shaun Lunt was the creator as he opened up the home defence and the move was finished by another ex-Leeds man as Robbie Mulhern held off the chasing defenders to score. Craig Hall took over the kicking and added the conversion to give his side a deserved 14-4 lead.

Leeds needed to find a response and it came from Tom Briscoe as the winger produced a sublime piece of opportunistic finishing, picking up a loose pass before stepping inside the sliding defence and racing over. Sutcliffe added the conversion to cut the gap to 14-10.

Hall extended Rovers lead with a penalty before the Rhinos levelled the match in the closing stages of the half. Liam Sutcliffe intercepted a Danny McGuire pass and broke 70 metres up field before being tackled. Leeds flooded through in attack and the ball found its way to Myler, who cut back across two defenders to score beside the posts. Sutcliffe added the conversion to level the game at 16-16.

The Rhinos then took the lead on the half time hooter with a rampaging run by Nathaniel Peteru finishing off a flowing move by the home side. Sutcliffe was on target again to give his side a 22-16 lead at the interval.

Sutcliffe extended the lead with a penalty four minutes into the second half however Craig Hall then completed his hat trick out wide to cut the gap to just two points.

Once again Leeds needed to get the momentum back with them and it came from prop Jordan Thompson, who bumped off the initial tackle before powering through and offloading to Matt Parcell to score.

Leeds made it back to back tries with Tom Briscoe claiming his second try following a fine break by Stevie Ward. Sutcliffe’s conversion gave his side a 36-26 lead with 24 minutes to go but that would prove to be the home side’s last points of the game.

Chris Clarkson opened up the Leeds defence 20 metres from his own line to set up a move for Chris Atkin to score and then Junior Vaivai managed to get free of four would be tacklers to get the ball down in the corner. Hall converted both tries to make it 36-38 with eleven minutes to go.

Leeds battled hard to try and create a winning score but they could find no way through and slipped to their first defeat in the Qualifiers this season.

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Leeds Rhinos suffered a 38-36 defeat to Hull KR at Emerald Headingley having led 36-26 midway through the second half and now must face up to a huge challenge in the Qualifiers this season.

The Rhinos got off to a great start with a try inside the opening five minutes through Joel Moon. The ball was moved wide and Moon straightened up at the last minute to squeeze in at the corner for his sixth try in three games in the Qualifiers. Liam Sutcliffe was unable to add the touchline conversion.

Leeds then handed Rovers a way back into the game after 12 minutes. Having been given a let off due to a forward pass to Chris Clarkson near the line, from the ensuing scrum Luke Briscoe’s pass went to the ground and Craig Hall collected it before scampering over in the corner.

The conversion attempt was missed by Danny Tickle however Rovers then took the lead for the first time in the next set. Chris Atkin attacked the short side before chipping over the Leeds defence before Adam Quinlan collected and evaded the attempted tackle by Stevie Ward to score. The conversion attempt was missed but Rovers had their tails up now.

Leeds nearly found a way back in to the game with a superb offload from Brad Singleton to Carl Ablett and the skipper broke clear only to be hauled down by Quinlan. Ablett then had to helped from the field with a knee injury suffered in the tackle.

To add insult to injury, Hull KR then went the length of the field to score their third try. Former Rhino Shaun Lunt was the creator as he opened up the home defence and the move was finished by another ex-Leeds man as Robbie Mulhern held off the chasing defenders to score. Craig Hall took over the kicking and added the conversion to give his side a deserved 14-4 lead.

Leeds needed to find a response and it came from Tom Briscoe as the winger produced a sublime piece of opportunistic finishing, picking up a loose pass before stepping inside the sliding defence and racing over. Sutcliffe added the conversion to cut the gap to 14-10.

Hall extended Rovers lead with a penalty before the Rhinos levelled the match in the closing stages of the half. Liam Sutcliffe intercepted a Danny McGuire pass and broke 70 metres up field before being tackled. Leeds flooded through in attack and the ball found its way to Myler, who cut back across two defenders to score beside the posts. Sutcliffe added the conversion to level the game at 16-16.

The Rhinos then took the lead on the half time hooter with a rampaging run by Nathaniel Peteru finishing off a flowing move by the home side. Sutcliffe was on target again to give his side a 22-16 lead at the interval.

Sutcliffe extended the lead with a penalty four minutes into the second half however Craig Hall then completed his hat trick out wide to cut the gap to just two points.

Once again Leeds needed to get the momentum back with them and it came from prop Jordan Thompson, who bumped off the initial tackle before powering through and offloading to Matt Parcell to score.

Leeds made it back to back tries with Tom Briscoe claiming his second try following a fine break by Stevie Ward. Sutcliffe’s conversion gave his side a 36-26 lead with 24 minutes to go but that would prove to be the home side’s last points of the game.

Chris Clarkson opened up the Leeds defence 20 metres from his own line to set up a move for Chris Atkin to score and then Junior Vaivai managed to get free of four would be tacklers to get the ball down in the corner. Hall converted both tries to make it 36-38 with eleven minutes to go.

Leeds battled hard to try and create a winning score but they could find no way through and slipped to their first defeat in the Qualifiers this season.

Team Performance

Goals

6

0

Tries

6

0

Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe2000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Joel Moon1000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0600000
Richie Myler1000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Interchanges
Jordan Thompson0000000
Nathaniel Peteru1000000
Matt Parcell1000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards