Match Report – Leeds 18 – 17 Huddersfield
Tries from Ash Handley, James McDonnell, Rhyse Martin and Cameron Smith, plus a Martin conversion gave Leeds Rhinos the one-point Tremendous League victory; Huddersfield Giants obtained factors on the board by Jermaine McGillvary, and Chris McQueen, plus a drop aim from Jake Connor
Final Up to date: 09/04/23 8:16pm
Three tries from the Leeds Rhinos within the second half, plus a Rhyse Martin conversion, noticed them seal a dramatic 18-17 victory over Huddersfield Giants at Headingley Stadium.
It was the Giants who obtained the faster begin within the encounter as they scored two tries within the opening eight minutes, Jermaine McGillvary and Chris McQueen going over to attain.
After dropping Richie Myler to a sin-binning for a excessive shot, Leeds regrouped and hit again by Ash Handley with eight minutes remaining, however a Fortieth-minute drop aim by Jake Connor gave the Giants a 13-4 lead on the break.
The Rhinos got here out for the second half firing and made it rely, tries from James McDonnell, Rhyse Martin and Cameron Smith, plus a conversion from Martin, placing them in entrance, they usually held on to seal a decent 18-17 win, Connor and Tuimoala Lolohea unable to seek out the purpose for the Giants to deliver the scores degree.
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The Giants got here out firing, McGillvary diving over within the nook for his or her first attempt as Connor’s kick rebounded again for Lolohea to place the winger in.
The second attempt got here as Will Pryce earned a penalty off the excessive shot, Chris Hill sending McQueen over the road with a pleasant quick cross and Connor changing to make it 10-0.
The afternoon obtained worse for Leeds when Myler was despatched to the sin-bin within the fifteenth minute for a excessive shot on McGillvary, with Connor then kicking a penalty to extend Huddersfield’s result in two transformed tries within the twenty third minute after Leeds have been caught offside.
Leeds had back-to-back penalties to try to construct some stress and eventually made it rely within the thirty second minute as they despatched it by palms on the final sort out to Handley, who dived over within the nook to deliver the rating to 12-4.
With seconds remaining of the primary half as Huddersfield searched proper on the Rhinos line, Connor added the drop aim to present the Giants a 13-4 benefit on the break.
Leeds got here out within the second half with intent and made it rely after seven minutes of the second half as they looked for a spot by palms, which McDonnell discovered to deliver the rating to 13-8.
Leeds Rhinos: Tries: Ash Handley (32), James McDonnell (47), Rhyse Martin (54), Cameron Smith (59) Conversions: Rhyse Martin (60)
Huddersfield Giants: Tries: Jermaine McGillvary (4), Chris McQueen (8) Conversions: Jake Connor (9, 23) Dropgoal: Jake Connor (40)
Simply 10 minutes later they obtained themselves again inside a degree as Newman discovered a stupendous break downfield, earlier than Martin was set as much as go over within the nook.
With the stress mounting on Huddersfield, the hosts made it rely as Austin’s excessive kick defied everybody, permitting Smith to pounce on it within the 59th minute to place the Rhinos in entrance, Martin including his first extras of the evening to deliver the rating to 18-13.
Nevertheless, Huddersfield weren’t performed but as Lolohea broke downfield and Leeds have been unable to reset, Connor sending the grubber by on the final for McQueen to pounce on with simply over 10 minutes remaining. Nevertheless, Connor couldn’t add the conversion and Huddersfield remained a degree adrift.
Regardless of bringing themselves again into the sport, the Giants have been unable to discover a medical end to deliver the scores degree, a poor Connor kick plus a missed drop aim try from Lolohea ending Huddersfield’s probabilities of gaining the win and gifting Leeds the 18-17 victory.
Leeds Rhinos welcome struggling Hull FC on Friday April 14, with kick-off at 8pm. For the Huddersfield Giants, they welcome the in-form Catalans Dragons, additionally on Friday April 14, with kick-off at 7.45pm.