• Leeds Rhinos
  • 04 - 30

  • Hull FC
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 00 - 16
  • Hull FC
2nd February 2020 | KO 16:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 4 Hull FC 30

Leeds Rhinos endured a frustrating opening night of the new Betfred Super League season as they conceded five tries from Hull FC with only a second half try from Ash Handley to show for their efforts.

Leeds had a fantastic opportunity to score in the opening minutes when the ball was moved wide to Ash Handley but Jake Connor managed to get under the ball in the tackle and hold the winger up over the line.

The home side had the better of the early territory in the early exchanges but it was Hull who opened the scoring with a penalty from Marc Sneyd after 15 minutes when Matt Prior was penalised for a high tackle.

The visitors then crossed for the opening try of the game after 20 minutes when Ratu Naulago managed to get away from the attempted tackle by Konrad Hurrell before racing down field and passing inside to Carlos Tuimavave to score. Sneyd was unable to add the conversion.

Both teams had chances to score in the next passage of play as last ditch defender saw attackers bundle into touch on the North Stand side on the last tackle.

It was Hull who increased their lead next with an element of controversy in the build up. Jordan Johnston appeared to knock the ball on as he picked it up from dummy half but both referee Ben Thaler and video ref Robert Hicks were happy that the ball had come off his foot before Jake Connor broke free to put Ratu Naulago over for the try. Sneyd hit the post with his conversion attempt but his side now led 10-0.

The visitors then took control of the game with a third try of the game as replacements Andre Savelio and Josh Bowden combined for the prop to go over between the posts. Sneyd’s penalty made it 16-0.

The Rhinos were denied a try in the closing stages of the first half when video referee Robert Hicks ruled out and effort by Brad Dwyer after the hooker went for the line from dummy half on the last tackle.

Leeds Rhinos changed into the teams away shirt for the second half after a request from the broadcasters because Hull FC’s kit was too similar to the Rhinos. However, as the team’s returned the heaven’s opened and heavy rain fell throughout the second half.

In command on the scoreboard, Hull were smart when they got their chances and Sneyd added two more penalties to give his side a 20-0 lead.

They extended that lead when they opted to run a third penalty and Naulago touched down in the corner. Sneyd was unable to add the conversion but his side were in a commanding position at 24-0 up.

Leeds were twice denied tries in the second half by the video referee. Firstly Luke Gale thought he was over but was judged short of the line and then Ash Handley was ruled to have put his knee in touch when he dived in at the corner. Handley’s effort came after the winger had earlier opened his account for the season, finishing off a flowing move. Rhyse Martin was unable to add the conversion from wide out so it remained 24-4.

Hull thought that Ma’u had scored a fifth try for them but replays showed he was well short of the line. However, they did seal the win with a minute to go when Jamie Shaul took an offload from Savelio near the line before holding off the last defender to score. Sneyd added the conversion to make the final score 30-4.

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Leeds Rhinos 4 Hull FC 30

Leeds Rhinos endured a frustrating opening night of the new Betfred Super League season as they conceded five tries from Hull FC with only a second half try from Ash Handley to show for their efforts.

Leeds had a fantastic opportunity to score in the opening minutes when the ball was moved wide to Ash Handley but Jake Connor managed to get under the ball in the tackle and hold the winger up over the line.

The home side had the better of the early territory in the early exchanges but it was Hull who opened the scoring with a penalty from Marc Sneyd after 15 minutes when Matt Prior was penalised for a high tackle.

The visitors then crossed for the opening try of the game after 20 minutes when Ratu Naulago managed to get away from the attempted tackle by Konrad Hurrell before racing down field and passing inside to Carlos Tuimavave to score. Sneyd was unable to add the conversion.

Both teams had chances to score in the next passage of play as last ditch defender saw attackers bundle into touch on the North Stand side on the last tackle.

It was Hull who increased their lead next with an element of controversy in the build up. Jordan Johnston appeared to knock the ball on as he picked it up from dummy half but both referee Ben Thaler and video ref Robert Hicks were happy that the ball had come off his foot before Jake Connor broke free to put Ratu Naulago over for the try. Sneyd hit the post with his conversion attempt but his side now led 10-0.

The visitors then took control of the game with a third try of the game as replacements Andre Savelio and Josh Bowden combined for the prop to go over between the posts. Sneyd’s penalty made it 16-0.

The Rhinos were denied a try in the closing stages of the first half when video referee Robert Hicks ruled out and effort by Brad Dwyer after the hooker went for the line from dummy half on the last tackle.

Leeds Rhinos changed into the teams away shirt for the second half after a request from the broadcasters because Hull FC’s kit was too similar to the Rhinos. However, as the team’s returned the heaven’s opened and heavy rain fell throughout the second half.

In command on the scoreboard, Hull were smart when they got their chances and Sneyd added two more penalties to give his side a 20-0 lead.

They extended that lead when they opted to run a third penalty and Naulago touched down in the corner. Sneyd was unable to add the conversion but his side were in a commanding position at 24-0 up.

Leeds were twice denied tries in the second half by the video referee. Firstly Luke Gale thought he was over but was judged short of the line and then Ash Handley was ruled to have put his knee in touch when he dived in at the corner. Handley’s effort came after the winger had earlier opened his account for the season, finishing off a flowing move. Rhyse Martin was unable to add the conversion from wide out so it remained 24-4.

Hull thought that Ma’u had scored a fifth try for them but replays showed he was well short of the line. However, they did seal the win with a minute to go when Jamie Shaul took an offload from Savelio near the line before holding off the last defender to score. Sneyd added the conversion to make the final score 30-4.

Team Performance

Tries

1

0

Player Performance

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Harry Newman0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Ash Handley1000000
Robert Lui0000000
Luke Gale0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Matt Prior0000000
Rhyse Martin0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Richie Myler0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards