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  • Leeds Rhinos
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24th February 2022 | KO 20:00 | Headingley Stadium | Betfred Super League

Catalans Dragons Match Ticket Information

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Don’t miss the visit of the reigning Betfred Super League Leaders’ Shield holders Catalans Dragons to Headingley Stadium on Thursday 24th February, kick off 8pm. To buy tickets, go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.30am-3.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Ticket prices in the famous Tetley’s South Stand terrace start from:
£24 for adults
£12 for juniors*
£16 for concessions*
*Concessions = Seniors aged 65 and over, students and Under 21s (Valid ID required), Disabled (ambulant and wheelchair)
*Juniors aged 16 and under (ID required)
*Disabled fans are entitled to a free companion ticket upon proof of companion allowance

Advance ticket prices are valid until midnight the day before the match.

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Leeds Rhinos 4 Catalans Dragons 10

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It was a tough evening at Headingley Stadium as Leeds Rhinos suffered a tight 10-4 defeat to Catalans Dragons; man of the match Blake Austin scoring the home side’s only try.

The problems started early for the Rhinos as they lost Alex Mellor for the match with a suspected neck injury. The second rower was stretchered from the field but it didn’t stop Leeds’ attack; Leeming teeing up Gannon who tried to send the ball wide for Liam Sutcliffe or Ash Handley but the pass was too long and went straight into touch.

Catalans came biting back as Benjamin Jullien broke free of Aidan Sezer’s tackle to streak into the backfield but instead of passing to Josh Drinkwater, the second rower kept hold of the ball and was eventually brought down by Jack Walker. After another Leeds set, Sam Tomkins released Tom Davies down the sideline, only for the winger to try and go the distance himself without noticing he had players in support. Walker was there to defend again but the Dragons continued the attack with Mitchell Pearce, who tried to a wide pass for Fouad Yaha, but the winger dropped the ball over the sidelines.

Leeds retaliated as captain Kruise Leeming kicked a 40/20 to turn the tables in the Rhinos’ favour. The pressure started to mount on the Dragons’ defence as Davies was forced to take the ball in his own in goal area on two occasions, thanks to good kicks from Sezer, but finally the seal broke as Sezer and Austin combined to put Leeds’ number six through the Dragons’ defence. Despite juggling the ball in the air, Austin did really well to recover and wriggle his way to the try line to open the scoring.

Minutes later, the visitors were back on level terms as Yaha got his third try of the season. Back to back penalties against Leeds didn’t help the home sides’ cause and after Briscoe was pulled up for a high shot on Tomkins, the full back threaded a clinical pass for his winger Yaha to bulldoze his way to the try line. Although there was shouts for a penalty try to be given, referee Jack Smith agreed that there was no dangerous tackle from a Rhinos player.

Leeds attempted to close the half with a try as Leeming picked out Walker with a grubber kick through the line but Tomkins was up to the challenge to prevent his opposite number from scoring. That was the final play of the half as the teams went into the changing room locked together at 4-4.

 

A lacklustre second half followed as the wind and snow continued to come down on the Headingley turf.

Leeds tried to start the half strongly as a high kick from Sezer wasn’t contested by Tomkins, and as Dean Whare tried to get the ball into touch, Morgan Gannon batted the ball back into play but the referee judged the second rower was in touch.

An error from Liam Tindall led Catalans to score their second try on 50 minutes. The winger couldn’t take in Pearce’s kick along the floor and Catalans reclaimed before, two plays later, Joe Chan was put through a gap by Sam Kasiano to score. Josh Drinkwater converted to make the score 10-4.

Tindall was almost at fault again as he was unable to clear a kick by Pearce in the in goal area –  Yaha subsequently touching down – but the video referee spotted that the Leeds winger had been held backl by Langi in the process of chasing the ball down.

The Rhinos commanded most the game’s remaining minutes but couldn’t break down the Dragons’ defence. After he was introduced to the field, Brad Dwyer played a flat pass for Bodene Thompson, but the prop couldn’t hold on. Shortly after, a knock on from Chan invited Leeds forwards again and as Leeds tried to get to the try line with Ash Handley, Sezer’s kick on the fifth tackle was subsequently taken by Yaha.

Sezer was also intercepted by Yaha when the Rhinos looked to be on a roll but the home side were shown a glimmer of hope as Pearce was shown a yellow card for a dangerous head high tackle on Tindall. A great move wide by Walker and Sezer saw Liam Sutcliffe drop the ball at an inopportune moment before a similar scenario saw Sezer try and open up the Dragons’ left edge but the half back’s pass for Gannon was too strong and he lost the ball forward.

To their credit, the Rhinos never gave in and kept trying to roll the ball forward but in the end time ran out, consigning them to a third consecutive defeat of the new season.

Team Performance

Goals

0

1

Tries

1

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jack Walker0000000
Liam Tindall0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Blake Austin1000000
Aidan Sezer0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Matt Prior0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Sam Tomkins0000000
Tom Davies0000000
Dean Whare0000000
Samisoni Langi0000000
Fouad Yaha1000000
Mitchell Pearce0001000
Josh Drinkwater0100000
Jordan Dezaria0000000
Michael McIlorum0000000
Mike McMeeken0000000
Matt Whitley0000000
Benjamin Jullien0000000
Benjamin Garcia0000000
Interchanges
Paul Seguier0000000
Tyrone May0000000
Joe Chan1000000
Sam Kasiano0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards