• Leeds Rhinos
  • 48 - 18

  • Leigh Centurions
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 24 - 6
  • Leigh Centurions
1st July 2021 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 48 Leigh Centurions 18

SL.Rd12.Rhinos v Leigh.Thurs 1st July2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos ran in nine tries on their return to Emerald Headingley against Leigh Centurions; young winger Jack Broadbent scoring four tries in a man of the match performance as the home side won 48-18.

Rob Lui made his first appearance of the year for Leeds following an injury in pre season and was joined by Kruise Leeming, who had an outstanding game against Salford, in the halves. After coming from the bench last time out, Tom Holroyd and Morgan Gannon both moved into the starting thirteen; Gannon for the first time. Youngsters Jarrod O’Connor, Sam Walters and Liam Tindall came onto the bench. For the Centurions, captain Liam Hood, Jordan Thompson and Nate Peteru all returned to Emerald Headingley.

The Centurions shocked the Headingley crowd by scoring within their first set. A penalty against Brad Dwyer for offside gave the Centurions possession in the home side’s half and after trying to catch Jack Broadbent out on the left side, the visitors swung the ball back to the opposite side and found Matty Russell in plenty of space to score in the corner. Ryan Brierley converted to make the score 6-0.

Brad Dwyer almost got the Rhinos on the scoreboard after Matt Prior pinched the ball from Brierley, but the hooker was dragged down short. Leigh followed the attempt up with a chance of their own as Jordan Thompson broke through the line and offloaded to Joe Mellor, but Kruise Leeming made a great last ditch tackle to deny the half back.

Consecutive high tackles earned Leigh’s James Bell ten minutes in the sin bin and Leeds took their opportunity, scoring three tries while the loose forward was off the pitch. First, Rhyse Martin made a great break upfield and was unlucky not to score himself. On his return, Lui tried his luck before feeding Dwyer but the hooker was dragged down. Quick thinking from Leeming though saw James Donaldson get Leeds on the scoreboard; the second rower beating two Leigh tacklers to score.

A dangerous tackle on Dwyer paved the way for Leeds second of the night. As Leeds found themselves on Leigh’s line, and with an extra man, Leeming connected up nicely with Morgan Gannon, who produced a great final pass to put Jack Broadbent in for his first of the evening. The winger was in again shortly after, finishing another swift lateral move to the left side, even though he had to wriggle out of the tackle of Keenan Brand to ground the ball.

Having played a vital role in Leeds’ first tries, Leeming grabbed his fourth try in three matches, benefitting from a break by Briscoe down the short side to finish untouched. Before half time, Liam Sutcliffe all but put the game to bed with Leeds’ fifth try of the half. From a Leigh knock on, the Rhinos were back on the front foot and instead of using the men outside him, Sutcliffe sensed an opportunity and drove at the line and twisted out of two tacklers. Martin converted to make the score 24-6 at the break.

 

Leigh got over the whitewash early in the second half, but it was in vain as the Rhinos added a further 24 points. Following Mark Ioane’s try within ten minutes of the restart, a break by Dwyer almost saw Broadbent get his third try of the night but the ball was too low and the winger dropped it. Another opportunity arose though as following a set restart for holding down Tom Briscoe, Lui and Martin almost combined to score. Instead, the Rhinos swung the ball out to the edge and Broadbent was in for his hat trick.

Leeds continued to dominate and Sam Walters managed to get himself over for his first try of the season. A shoulder charge against Leigh proved their downfall once again and as the Rhinos pushed towards the try line, a short pass from Leeming put substitute Walters through the attempted tackle of Mellor to get the ball down on the hour mark.

Although Brierley scored a consolation try with ten minutes to go, Leeds’ young stars continued to shine. A penalty for a high shot of Jarrod O’Connor meant the Centurions had to defend their line again and Leeming was there to pick out Briscoe, who fed Broadbent in for his fourth try on a special night.

Leeds weren’t done yet as Tom Holroyd capped off an all round great performance for the team with his first professional try. Following a head high tackle on Luke Briscoe, O’Connor and Holroyd connected to put the prop through the line and he produced a nice step to offset the Leigh full back and score under the posts. Martin converted to round off a resounding win for the Rhinos on their return to Emerald Headingley.

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SL.Rd12.Rhinos v Leigh.Thurs 1st July2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos ran in nine tries on their return to Emerald Headingley against Leigh Centurions; young winger Jack Broadbent scoring four tries in a man of the match performance as the home side won 48-18.

Rob Lui made his first appearance of the year for Leeds following an injury in pre season and was joined by Kruise Leeming, who had an outstanding game against Salford, in the halves. After coming from the bench last time out, Tom Holroyd and Morgan Gannon both moved into the starting thirteen; Gannon for the first time. Youngsters Jarrod O’Connor, Sam Walters and Liam Tindall came onto the bench. For the Centurions, captain Liam Hood, Jordan Thompson and Nate Peteru all returned to Emerald Headingley.

The Centurions shocked the Headingley crowd by scoring within their first set. A penalty against Brad Dwyer for offside gave the Centurions possession in the home side’s half and after trying to catch Jack Broadbent out on the left side, the visitors swung the ball back to the opposite side and found Matty Russell in plenty of space to score in the corner. Ryan Brierley converted to make the score 6-0.

Brad Dwyer almost got the Rhinos on the scoreboard after Matt Prior pinched the ball from Brierley, but the hooker was dragged down short. Leigh followed the attempt up with a chance of their own as Jordan Thompson broke through the line and offloaded to Joe Mellor, but Kruise Leeming made a great last ditch tackle to deny the half back.

Consecutive high tackles earned Leigh’s James Bell ten minutes in the sin bin and Leeds took their opportunity, scoring three tries while the loose forward was off the pitch. First, Rhyse Martin made a great break upfield and was unlucky not to score himself. On his return, Lui tried his luck before feeding Dwyer but the hooker was dragged down. Quick thinking from Leeming though saw James Donaldson get Leeds on the scoreboard; the second rower beating two Leigh tacklers to score.

A dangerous tackle on Dwyer paved the way for Leeds second of the night. As Leeds found themselves on Leigh’s line, and with an extra man, Leeming connected up nicely with Morgan Gannon, who produced a great final pass to put Jack Broadbent in for his first of the evening. The winger was in again shortly after, finishing another swift lateral move to the left side, even though he had to wriggle out of the tackle of Keenan Brand to ground the ball.

Having played a vital role in Leeds’ first tries, Leeming grabbed his fourth try in three matches, benefitting from a break by Briscoe down the short side to finish untouched. Before half time, Liam Sutcliffe all but put the game to bed with Leeds’ fifth try of the half. From a Leigh knock on, the Rhinos were back on the front foot and instead of using the men outside him, Sutcliffe sensed an opportunity and drove at the line and twisted out of two tacklers. Martin converted to make the score 24-6 at the break.

 

Leigh got over the whitewash early in the second half, but it was in vain as the Rhinos added a further 24 points. Following Mark Ioane’s try within ten minutes of the restart, a break by Dwyer almost saw Broadbent get his third try of the night but the ball was too low and the winger dropped it. Another opportunity arose though as following a set restart for holding down Tom Briscoe, Lui and Martin almost combined to score. Instead, the Rhinos swung the ball out to the edge and Broadbent was in for his hat trick.

Leeds continued to dominate and Sam Walters managed to get himself over for his first try of the season. A shoulder charge against Leigh proved their downfall once again and as the Rhinos pushed towards the try line, a short pass from Leeming put substitute Walters through the attempted tackle of Mellor to get the ball down on the hour mark.

Although Brierley scored a consolation try with ten minutes to go, Leeds’ young stars continued to shine. A penalty for a high shot of Jarrod O’Connor meant the Centurions had to defend their line again and Leeming was there to pick out Briscoe, who fed Broadbent in for his fourth try on a special night.

Leeds weren’t done yet as Tom Holroyd capped off an all round great performance for the team with his first professional try. Following a head high tackle on Luke Briscoe, O’Connor and Holroyd connected to put the prop through the line and he produced a nice step to offset the Leigh full back and score under the posts. Martin converted to round off a resounding win for the Rhinos on their return to Emerald Headingley.

Team Performance

Goals

6

3

Tries

9

3

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe0000000
Rhyse Martin0600000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Jack Broadbent4000000
Robert Lui0000000
Kruise Leeming1000000
Tom Holroyd1000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
James Donaldson1000000
Matt Prior0000000
Interchanges
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Sam Walters1000000
Liam Tindall0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Craig Mullen0000000
Matty Russell1000000
Iain Thornley0000000
Junior Sa'u0000000
Keenan Brand0000000
Ryan Brierley1300000
Joe Mellor0000000
Jordan Thompson0000000
Liam Hood0000000
Nate Peteru0000000
Ben Hellewell0000000
Matty Gee0000000
James Bell0001000
Interchanges
Mark Ioane1000000
Matt Wildie0000000
Alex Gerrard0000000
Nathan Peats0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards