• Leeds Rhinos
  • 48 - 22

  • Toulouse Olympique
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT -
  • Toulouse Olympique
10th August 2018 | KO 00:00 | Headingley | Super League Qualifiers

Leeds Rhinos 48 Toulouse Olympique 22

Leeds Rhinos got their Super 8s Qualifiers off to a winning start with a hard earned 48-22 win over Toulouse Olympique from the Betfred Championship after being given a real scare by the French side for an hour at Emerald Headingley.

Despite missing nine first team players, Kevin Sinfield’s side were confident of getting their Super 8s qualifiers off to a strong start and they began in perfect fashion with a try after after five minutes from Brad Dwyer. The hooker crossed for his fifth try of the season as he darted over from dummy half. Liam Sutcliffe, who started the game at full back, kicked the conversion.

However, Toulouse, who finished third in the Betfred Championship on points difference, hit back almost immediately on the back of a penalty 20 metres from their own line. They moved the ball wide and Bastien Canet forced his way over. Mark Kheirallah missed the conversion but it was a warning for the Rhinos.

Leeds seemed to have heeded that warning with three unanswered tries. The first came after a good spell on pressure on the Toulouse line before Richie Myler put Joel Moon in space and he stepped his way through the defence to score.

Moon crossed for a second try after 23 minutes when he was too strong for his opposite number Chris Centrone to stop near the line. Sutcliffe converted the latter to give his side a 16-4 lead.

The advantage was extended when Myler was fastest to react to a spilled ball by the visitors as they came away from their own line. He flicked up a pass to Ryan Hall and there was no stopping the England man from 20 metres out. Sutcliffe narrowly missed the conversion attempt from wide out but Leeds were good value for their 20-4 lead with ten minutes to go until the interval.

However, the Rhinos were then caught by two late sucker punches from the Championship side. There seemed to be little on when Johnathon Ford looked to drill a kick into touch on the last tackle however it rebounded off the back of Tom Briscoe and Toulouse hacked ahead before the ball rebounded off the foot of the posts into the arms of Bastien Ader, who was sliding through.

The visitors then scored a third try when Maxime Puech powered onto a short pass to score between the posts. Kheirallah added both conversions to set up a nervous second half for the Rhinos as Toulouse only now trailed 20-14.

It stayed that way for a long time in the second half as both teams went set for set. Eventually Leeds managed to get on the scoreboard and, just like in the first half, it was Dwyer who got them going with a try from dummy half. Dwyer then created the next try for Richie Myler with a short pass near the line and the half back stretched out to score.

Myler then turned provider as he put Adam Cuthbertson in space and the prop got through the gap before reaching out to plant the ball down. Liam Sutcliffe converted all three tries to give his side a 38-16 lead with 11 minutes to go.

Skipper Carl Ablett then finished off a well worked move to score in the corner, with Sutcliffe’s best kick of the day to make it 44-16.

Toulouse showed that they will still have a say in the Qualifiers with their performance and they managed to get a try for their efforts when Chris Centrone broke through in midfield.

However, the final word went to the Rhinos as Ashton Golding finished off a break by Brett Ferres to score with the final play of the game.

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Leeds Rhinos 48 Toulouse Olympique 22

Leeds Rhinos got their Super 8s Qualifiers off to a winning start with a hard earned 48-22 win over Toulouse Olympique from the Betfred Championship after being given a real scare by the French side for an hour at Emerald Headingley.

Despite missing nine first team players, Kevin Sinfield’s side were confident of getting their Super 8s qualifiers off to a strong start and they began in perfect fashion with a try after after five minutes from Brad Dwyer. The hooker crossed for his fifth try of the season as he darted over from dummy half. Liam Sutcliffe, who started the game at full back, kicked the conversion.

However, Toulouse, who finished third in the Betfred Championship on points difference, hit back almost immediately on the back of a penalty 20 metres from their own line. They moved the ball wide and Bastien Canet forced his way over. Mark Kheirallah missed the conversion but it was a warning for the Rhinos.

Leeds seemed to have heeded that warning with three unanswered tries. The first came after a good spell on pressure on the Toulouse line before Richie Myler put Joel Moon in space and he stepped his way through the defence to score.

Moon crossed for a second try after 23 minutes when he was too strong for his opposite number Chris Centrone to stop near the line. Sutcliffe converted the latter to give his side a 16-4 lead.

The advantage was extended when Myler was fastest to react to a spilled ball by the visitors as they came away from their own line. He flicked up a pass to Ryan Hall and there was no stopping the England man from 20 metres out. Sutcliffe narrowly missed the conversion attempt from wide out but Leeds were good value for their 20-4 lead with ten minutes to go until the interval.

However, the Rhinos were then caught by two late sucker punches from the Championship side. There seemed to be little on when Johnathon Ford looked to drill a kick into touch on the last tackle however it rebounded off the back of Tom Briscoe and Toulouse hacked ahead before the ball rebounded off the foot of the posts into the arms of Bastien Ader, who was sliding through.

The visitors then scored a third try when Maxime Puech powered onto a short pass to score between the posts. Kheirallah added both conversions to set up a nervous second half for the Rhinos as Toulouse only now trailed 20-14.

It stayed that way for a long time in the second half as both teams went set for set. Eventually Leeds managed to get on the scoreboard and, just like in the first half, it was Dwyer who got them going with a try from dummy half. Dwyer then created the next try for Richie Myler with a short pass near the line and the half back stretched out to score.

Myler then turned provider as he put Adam Cuthbertson in space and the prop got through the gap before reaching out to plant the ball down. Liam Sutcliffe converted all three tries to give his side a 38-16 lead with 11 minutes to go.

Skipper Carl Ablett then finished off a well worked move to score in the corner, with Sutcliffe’s best kick of the day to make it 44-16.

Toulouse showed that they will still have a say in the Qualifiers with their performance and they managed to get a try for their efforts when Chris Centrone broke through in midfield.

However, the final word went to the Rhinos as Ashton Golding finished off a break by Brett Ferres to score with the final play of the game.

Team Performance

Goals

7

0

Tries

8

0

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Liam Sutcliffe0600000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Joel Moon2000000
Ryan Hall1000000
Carl Ablett1000000
Richie Myler1000000
Dominic Crosby0000000
Brad Dwyer1100000
Brad Singleton0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Adam Cuthbertson1000000
Interchanges
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Nathaniel Peteru0000000
Ashton Golding1000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards