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30th June 2012 | KO 15:00 | Twickenham Stoop | Super League

London Broncos 12 Leeds Rhinos 58

Leeds ran out 58-12 winners over London Broncos with a strong defensive display allied to a clinical performance on attack.

The Rhinos were looking to make it three wins a row as they travelled to the capital to take on London Broncos at the Twickenham Stoop.

Leeds were without second row Brett Delaney after his suffered a groin strain in the win over Castleford. His place in the starting line up was taken by Weller Hauraki whilst Ian Kirke was drafted onto the bench.

The Rhinos were looking for their third consecutive win whilst London had only won three games all season.
However, it was the home side who had the better of the opening quarter. Leeds were denied a try with a rare attack on the Broncos line when Weller Hauraki had his effort cancelled out because of a forward last pass from Danny McGuire.

London had half chances that they could not capitalise on because of some brave last ditch defence from the Rhinos with Craig Gower dictated play for the home side. They eventually got over for a well deserved try when Chris Bailey bumped off an attempted tackle by Hauraki to score. Michael Witt added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 21 minutes.

The Rhinos hit back instantly with a well worked try for Shaun Lunt. The position was created by a fine break by Kallum Watkins before the ball was moved in field and Lunt spotted a gap to go from dummy half.

The visitors had a let off soon after when Chris Clarkson did well to block Michael Witts kick only to see the ball bounce straight into the arms of Will Lovell who raced down field. He fed Gower who looked to have beaten Ben Jones-Bishop only to come back inside and allow the winger to get him at the second attempt.

Leeds then took the lead five minutes later when Lunt went over again, this time having to work a little bit harder for the score. Sinfield converted both to make it 12-6 after 31 minutes.

Lunt’s double was soon matched by a brace from Danny McGuire who extended the Rhinos lead even further before the break. The first score came off another good break by Watkins and McGuire was on hand to finish off and then, just before half time, he took a sublime offload by Chris Clarkson to score between the posts. Sinfield converted both to make it 24-6 at the break.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first at the start with London dominating possession and the Rhinos conceding territory with a number of errors early in the tackle count. However, as frustrating as those mistakes were they were more than made up for by some incredible goal line defence as the Champions dug deep to keep their lead intact. It was disappointing then when a loose pass from Hardaker gifted a try to Dixon. Witt converted to make it 24-12.

The Broncos continued to press hard and had they scored next the pressure would have been right back on the Rhinos. However, Leeds continued to defend manfully and after the hour mark they once again turned on the try scoring style.
McGuire completed his hat trick and created the chance himself with a well timed pass to Carl Ablett. He in turn released Ryan Hall, who popped a pass inside to McGuire to score. Sinfield added the conversion and the Rhinos were back in command.

Ablett then took advantage of a one handed offload from Ryan Bailey to cross for the next try before McGuire crossed for his 17th try of the season when Sinfield release Jamie Jones-Buchanan inside his own half. The England forward burst upfield and put McGuire in for the try with 20 metres to go. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 40-12 after 68 minutes.

Zak Hardaker showed great strength to hold off two defenders to stretch out and score the next try which Sinfield converted.

The Rhinos were now nearing the half century and quickly passed it with Rob Burrow supporting the break by Ablett to score.

The scoring was wrapped up in the final minutes when Kylie Leuluai barrelled team mate Darrell Griffin out of the way to score the final try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it a hard earned 58-12 win.

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London Broncos 12 Leeds Rhinos 58

Leeds ran out 58-12 winners over London Broncos with a strong defensive display allied to a clinical performance on attack.

The Rhinos were looking to make it three wins a row as they travelled to the capital to take on London Broncos at the Twickenham Stoop.

Leeds were without second row Brett Delaney after his suffered a groin strain in the win over Castleford. His place in the starting line up was taken by Weller Hauraki whilst Ian Kirke was drafted onto the bench.

The Rhinos were looking for their third consecutive win whilst London had only won three games all season.
However, it was the home side who had the better of the opening quarter. Leeds were denied a try with a rare attack on the Broncos line when Weller Hauraki had his effort cancelled out because of a forward last pass from Danny McGuire.

London had half chances that they could not capitalise on because of some brave last ditch defence from the Rhinos with Craig Gower dictated play for the home side. They eventually got over for a well deserved try when Chris Bailey bumped off an attempted tackle by Hauraki to score. Michael Witt added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 21 minutes.

The Rhinos hit back instantly with a well worked try for Shaun Lunt. The position was created by a fine break by Kallum Watkins before the ball was moved in field and Lunt spotted a gap to go from dummy half.

The visitors had a let off soon after when Chris Clarkson did well to block Michael Witts kick only to see the ball bounce straight into the arms of Will Lovell who raced down field. He fed Gower who looked to have beaten Ben Jones-Bishop only to come back inside and allow the winger to get him at the second attempt.

Leeds then took the lead five minutes later when Lunt went over again, this time having to work a little bit harder for the score. Sinfield converted both to make it 12-6 after 31 minutes.

Lunt’s double was soon matched by a brace from Danny McGuire who extended the Rhinos lead even further before the break. The first score came off another good break by Watkins and McGuire was on hand to finish off and then, just before half time, he took a sublime offload by Chris Clarkson to score between the posts. Sinfield converted both to make it 24-6 at the break.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first at the start with London dominating possession and the Rhinos conceding territory with a number of errors early in the tackle count. However, as frustrating as those mistakes were they were more than made up for by some incredible goal line defence as the Champions dug deep to keep their lead intact. It was disappointing then when a loose pass from Hardaker gifted a try to Dixon. Witt converted to make it 24-12.

The Broncos continued to press hard and had they scored next the pressure would have been right back on the Rhinos. However, Leeds continued to defend manfully and after the hour mark they once again turned on the try scoring style.
McGuire completed his hat trick and created the chance himself with a well timed pass to Carl Ablett. He in turn released Ryan Hall, who popped a pass inside to McGuire to score. Sinfield added the conversion and the Rhinos were back in command.

Ablett then took advantage of a one handed offload from Ryan Bailey to cross for the next try before McGuire crossed for his 17th try of the season when Sinfield release Jamie Jones-Buchanan inside his own half. The England forward burst upfield and put McGuire in for the try with 20 metres to go. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 40-12 after 68 minutes.

Zak Hardaker showed great strength to hold off two defenders to stretch out and score the next try which Sinfield converted.

The Rhinos were now nearing the half century and quickly passed it with Rob Burrow supporting the break by Ablett to score.

The scoring was wrapped up in the final minutes when Kylie Leuluai barrelled team mate Darrell Griffin out of the way to score the final try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it a hard earned 58-12 win.

Team Performance

Goals

2

9

Tries

2

10

Player Performance

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Zak Hardaker1000000
Ben Jones-Bishop0000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Carl Ablett1000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0900000
Danny McGuire4000000
Kylie Leuluai1000000
Rob Burrow MBE1000000
Darrell Griffin0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Weller Hauraki0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Interchanges
Shaun Lunt2000000
Ian Kirke0000000
Ryan Bailey0000000
Chris Clarkson0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards