Leeds Rhinos 20-16 Hull FC

Thursday 8th March 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 5

20-16 FT

HT: 10 6

Attendance: 11,158

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Kallum Watkins 2, Tom Briscoe 2,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Hull FC

  • Tries
    Dean Hadley, Jordan Abdull, Fetuli Talanoa,

  • Goals
    Marc Sneyd 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Kallum Watkins and Tom Briscoe scored their first tries of the season to ensure a happy homecoming for Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos in a thrilling encounter with Hull FC.

Both sides had two tries disallowed as the Rhinos edged to a 20-16 victory on their first appearance at a partially-reconstructed Headingley since September.

Leeds led 20-6 after an hour, thanks to a pair of tries apiece from Watkins and Briscoe, but were forced to withstand a tremendous fightback before securing a 14th successive home win over Hull stretching back to September 2007.

Lacking five first-choice players through injury or suspension, Hull had threequarter Jack Logan making his first appearance for almost two years, gave a debut to 20-year-old back rower Jordan Lane and a first start to Zimbabwe-born prop Masi Matongo.

Dean Hadley touched down in the first half for Hull to trail 10-6 at the break and despite tries from Jordan Abdull and Fetuli Talanoa to move the visitors to within four points with 12 minutes remaining, Leeds managed to hold on.

Hull head coach Lee Radford said: "I’m devastated with the loss but really pleased with the effort and endeavour. They were fine margins and unfortunately we just fell short. 

"We showed them the semi-final from last season to illustrate how quick they get out of the blocks but we just didn’t have the answer for it. We did well to be only 10-0 down.

"We chased it and went down swinging so I’m pleased with that."

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: "After the time off, I wasn’t quite sure what we would be like but I thought we were good value for the win.

"It was a good contest. Even though Hull lacked some strike payers, they challenged us. Ultimately, our defence got us the win and I didn’t think we were too far off in attack either."

  • 68: TRY! scored for Hull by Fetuli Talanoa
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 62: TRY! scored for Hull by Jordan Abdull
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 58: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • 54: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 31: GOAL! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 30: TRY! scored for Hull by Dean Hadley
  • 16: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 6: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • Key Performers

    Ryan Hall

    Metres: 162

    Tom Briscoe

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Rhinos 4
    Hull 3

    Goals:

    Rhinos 2
    Hull 2

    METRES:

    Rhinos 1526
    Hull 1468

    CARRIES:

    Rhinos 185
    Hull 199

    TACKLES:

    Rhinos 355
    Hull 347

    OFFLOADS:

    Rhinos 9
    Hull 12

    PENALTIES:

    Rhinos 8
    Hull 8

    BREAKS:

    Rhinos 5
    Hull 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 26 4 3 3 0 18 194 10.78 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Ryan Hall 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 15 162 10.80 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ashton Golding 0 0 18 0 0 5 0 16 153 9.56 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 2 0 1 0 1 5 0 19 134 7.05 3 4 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Kallum Watkins 2 1 27 2 0 5 0 16 128 8.00 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 0
    Carl Ablett 0 0 32 5 0 0 0 13 115 8.85 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Brett Delaney 0 0 26 3 0 0 0 11 99 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 36 6 2 1 0 16 96 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ash Handley 0 0 6 0 3 1 1 12 94 7.83 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 44 6 3 1 1 10 79 7.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Matt Parcell 0 0 33 3 1 0 0 9 72 8.00 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Moon 0 0 14 1 1 2 2 12 65 5.42 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Richard Myler 0 3 14 0 3 1 5 6 49 8.17 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 30 3 1 0 0 4 32 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Walters 0 0 38 8 3 0 0 5 30 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Ormondroyd 0 0 9 1 4 0 0 3 24 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Walker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Josh Griffin 0 0 16 3 2 4 0 13 149 11.46 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamie Shaul 0 1 5 0 0 5 1 17 133 7.82 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Abdull 1 0 24 5 0 2 0 21 131 6.24 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Minichiello 0 0 24 7 2 0 0 13 121 9.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Taylor 0 0 39 9 2 1 0 16 107 6.69 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brad Fash 0 0 23 3 1 1 1 13 100 7.69 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Lane 0 0 22 4 1 1 0 13 99 7.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Green 0 0 16 5 1 2 0 11 83 7.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Fetuli Talanoa 1 0 4 0 2 4 0 9 80 8.89 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dean Hadley 1 0 40 9 2 1 0 11 80 7.27 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
    Masimbaashe Matongo 0 0 25 5 3 2 0 9 74 8.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Logan 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Carlos Tuimavave 0 0 23 3 1 1 0 12 67 5.58 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Marc Sneyd 0 1 10 1 6 0 10 9 57 6.33 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 1
    Jake Connor 0 0 19 0 1 1 7 10 46 4.60 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Sika Manu 0 0 16 1 0 1 0 7 39 5.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Washbrook 0 1 38 3 2 0 0 6 33 5.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties