Leeds Rhinos showed their grit and determination to claim a precious 10-7 win over Hull FC that strengthens their position in the top two of Betfred Super League.
The Rhinos overcame a string of crushing injury blows to overturn a 7-0 half-time deficit and strike a psychological blow ahead of their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final meeting with the Black and Whites in a fortnight's time.
Hull looked on course for their first win at Headingley for almost 10 years after making a fine start. Prop Scott Taylor forced his way over from close range in the seventh minute, with Marc Sneyd adding the conversion and then a drop goal just before the break.
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Leeds, who lost prop Keith Galloway and makeshift centre Stevie Ward to injury inside 12 minutes, while Ryan Hall also went off before the end, registered on the scoreboard within eight minutes of the restart. Neat passing from Joel Moon and Carl Ablett gave England winger Hall an opportunity at the corner and he produced an acrobatic dive and one-handed put-down.
Full-back Ashton Golding was wide with the conversion attempt but Leeds went in front for the first time in the 57th minute when the industrious Moon kicked off the side of his foot and teenager Jack Walker read it perfectly to score his second Super League try.
Replacement Jordan Lilley added the goal before the hosts held on for a slender success.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott revealed forward Galloway had damaged an Achilles tendon for the second time in 12 months.
"Keith has snapped his Achilles in his other leg, which is devastating news for him," McDermott said.
"We really missed him tonight and we're going to miss the ultimate soldier for the rest of the season.
"We all feel for Keith, it was a very sombre dressing room at half-time."
Speaking about the performance, McDermott added: "It was dogged. There was a lot of fight, I don't think there was much finesse about it.
"It was not pretty but sometimes it doesn't have to be."
Hull coach Lee Radford was frustrated with his side's handling errors.
"It's a theme of conversation we're having every week and it can't continue," Radford said. "It's fair to say it's the same people doing it over the last month.
"We'll have to strip everything back to put it right, as a coach there's plenty to go at. We're second in the comp for errors and it's not pretty.
"It jumps out at you, the basic schoolboy handling errors that, for whatever reason, have really crept in."