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Leeds Rhinos 64 Doncaster 28

A hat trick for 17-year-old Jack Walker on his debut was the highlight as Leeds Rhinos booked their place in the next round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup against a spirited Doncaster outfit.

The game was always likely to be a high scoring affair given the gulf between the two squads but Leeds gave signal of their intent with four tries in the opening sixteen minutes.

The first was created by Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire and debutant Jack Walker combined to put Ash Handley in space and the winger stretched out one handed to score in the corner. Kallum Watkins was unable to add the conversion but it was a good start for Leeds after just two minutes.
 
The lead was increased soon after when Leeds got their offload game going and Rob Burrow finished off between the posts. Then Mitch Garbutt marked his birthday this week with a try as Lilley cut through before offloading to the prop who ran over the full back to score. Watkins converted both tries to put his side 16-0 in front.
 
The gap was increased when Garbutt went close again before McGuire cut back across the sliding defence and forced his way over. Watkins’ conversion made it 22-0 after 16 minutes.
 
Doncaster had defended manfully despite the heavy early scoreline and they got their reward from a short kick off. They managed to get the ball back and eventually scrum half Kieran Cross found a way through to score. The conversion attempt was missed and the visitors had a spring in their step.
 
Former Oulton Raiders youngster Jack Walker then marked his debut with a richly deserved hat trick. The first came from some smart play supporting Handley on the inside to take the pass and hold off the defenders and scored.
 
Burrow and McGuire then combined to put Walker in space for his second before he completed his hat trick with a strong carry near the line. Watkins converted all three tries to give his side a 38-4 lead.
 
There was still time for another try in the first half and it was another powerful drive from Garbutt to get over. Watkins’ conversion made it 44-4 at the break.
 
Doncaster came out fired up at the start of the second half and if Leeds had thought their job was done for the night the men from Keepmoat soon reminded them they had not gone anywhere. From a short kick off, they regained the ball again and went close.
 
Leeds withstood the early pressure and then hit back. Burrow went close before Moon and Hall combined to put Lilley in space and he the dummied before diving out one handed to score. Watkins missed the touchline conversion but his side were in control at 48-4.
 
However, Doncaster then had their best spell of the game and got their reward with three tries to cheer their travelling band of supporters. Former Rhinos junior Ryan Wright crossed first before Louis Sheriff scored his side’s third try and Charlie Martin then got a deserved try for the visitors.
 
In the midst of the Doncaster tries, Burrow had gone over for Leeds after a good break by Watkins, supported by Walters and finished by the scrum half.
 
Gdansk-born prop Mikolaj Oledzki marked his debut with a try after 64 minutes when he supported the run of Adam Cuthbertson, Lilley adding the conversion.
 
Doncaster got one last try with a break away after a wide pass was spilled and the visitors were quickest to react. Handley chased back but Kesik was in support and just evaded Hallas to score.
 
The Rhinos crossed for the last try of the game when Joel Moon scored for the fifth successive game. Lilley added the conversion to make the final score 64-28. 
 

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Leeds Rhinos 64 Doncaster 28

A hat trick for 17-year-old Jack Walker on his debut was the highlight as Leeds Rhinos booked their place in the next round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup against a spirited Doncaster outfit.

The game was always likely to be a high scoring affair given the gulf between the two squads but Leeds gave signal of their intent with four tries in the opening sixteen minutes.

The first was created by Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire and debutant Jack Walker combined to put Ash Handley in space and the winger stretched out one handed to score in the corner. Kallum Watkins was unable to add the conversion but it was a good start for Leeds after just two minutes.
 
The lead was increased soon after when Leeds got their offload game going and Rob Burrow finished off between the posts. Then Mitch Garbutt marked his birthday this week with a try as Lilley cut through before offloading to the prop who ran over the full back to score. Watkins converted both tries to put his side 16-0 in front.
 
The gap was increased when Garbutt went close again before McGuire cut back across the sliding defence and forced his way over. Watkins’ conversion made it 22-0 after 16 minutes.
 
Doncaster had defended manfully despite the heavy early scoreline and they got their reward from a short kick off. They managed to get the ball back and eventually scrum half Kieran Cross found a way through to score. The conversion attempt was missed and the visitors had a spring in their step.
 
Former Oulton Raiders youngster Jack Walker then marked his debut with a richly deserved hat trick. The first came from some smart play supporting Handley on the inside to take the pass and hold off the defenders and scored.
 
Burrow and McGuire then combined to put Walker in space for his second before he completed his hat trick with a strong carry near the line. Watkins converted all three tries to give his side a 38-4 lead.
 
There was still time for another try in the first half and it was another powerful drive from Garbutt to get over. Watkins’ conversion made it 44-4 at the break.
 
Doncaster came out fired up at the start of the second half and if Leeds had thought their job was done for the night the men from Keepmoat soon reminded them they had not gone anywhere. From a short kick off, they regained the ball again and went close.
 
Leeds withstood the early pressure and then hit back. Burrow went close before Moon and Hall combined to put Lilley in space and he the dummied before diving out one handed to score. Watkins missed the touchline conversion but his side were in control at 48-4.
 
However, Doncaster then had their best spell of the game and got their reward with three tries to cheer their travelling band of supporters. Former Rhinos junior Ryan Wright crossed first before Louis Sheriff scored his side’s third try and Charlie Martin then got a deserved try for the visitors.
 
In the midst of the Doncaster tries, Burrow had gone over for Leeds after a good break by Watkins, supported by Walters and finished by the scrum half.
 
Gdansk-born prop Mikolaj Oledzki marked his debut with a try after 64 minutes when he supported the run of Adam Cuthbertson, Lilley adding the conversion.
 
Doncaster got one last try with a break away after a wide pass was spilled and the visitors were quickest to react. Handley chased back but Kesik was in support and just evaded Hallas to score.
 
The Rhinos crossed for the last try of the game when Joel Moon scored for the fifth successive game. Lilley added the conversion to make the final score 64-28.