Leeds Rhinos 20-16 Huddersfield Giants

Friday 4th March 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 4

20-16 FT

HT: 6 12

Attendance: 14,962

Official: R Silverwood

Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Joel Moon, Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Keinhorst,

  • Goals
    Jordan Lilley 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Danny Brough, Jermaine McGillvary, Michael Lawrence,

  • Goals
    Jamie Foster 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Defending champions Leeds Rhinos beat fellow strugglers Huddersfield 20-16 to earn their first victory of the new First Utility Super League season and keep the Giants pointless.

The injury-hit sides went into the Headingley meeting occupying the bottom two places in the table and the game was true to the form book.

The Rhinos lacked direction in the continued absence of Danny McGuire and following the retirement of Kevin Sinfield, while Huddersfield were grateful for the return from injury of inspirational captain Danny Brough.

But Leeds dug deep to get their campaign up and running with the help of a nerveless goal-kicking display by young half-back Jordan Lilley.

Joel Moon gave Leeds a 10th-minute lead after good work by Ryan Hall but the winger's mistake gifted Jermaine McGillvary a try after Brough had pulled the Giants level. 

Liam Sutcliffe scored following a period of Leeds pressure only for another error by Hall to give Michael Lawrence the opportunity to put Huddersfield back ahead.

Jimmy Keinhorst, a half-time replacement for the injured Moon, scored the decisive try eight minutes from time and a Lilley penalty made sure of the points for the Rhinos.

Brian McDermott could not hide his disappointment despite watching his Leeds side struggle to their first win.

"That was disappointing - the performance wasn't good," said the Rhinos head coach.

"I didn't think the half-backs did anything special although ultimately Jordan Lilley's kicking and Liam Sutcliffe's try probably got us the game.

"But it shouldn't have been that hard. It was two committed teams who were almost trying too hard at times. 

"I think it's too early in the season for me to be saying, 'A win's a win'. I don't think it's about that. We need to string some passages of play together that we're working on but it isn't happening on game day.

"I don't think we're lacking confidence or are overanxious, I just think we're desperate. I thought we worked our rocks off defensively but were disjointed in attack."

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson was also displeased with what he saw.

"I think we gifted it away," he said.

"We talked at half-time about completing some sets - you complete to compete.

"But we gave a sheer weight of possession away to Leeds who have got some good players.”

  • 75: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 73: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 72: TRY! scored for Leeds by Jimmy Keinhorst
  • 67: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Michael Lawrence
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 62: TRY! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 36: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Foster
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Foster
  • 16: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 10: TRY! scored for Leeds by Joel Moon
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • Key Performers

    Zak Hardaker

    Metres: 156

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Tackles: 53

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Huddersfield Giants 3

    Goals:

    Leeds Rhinos 4
    Huddersfield Giants 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 25 7 2 3 0 22 194 8.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Zak Hardaker 0 1 6 0 0 3 2 18 156 8.67 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Brad Singleton 0 0 34 7 2 4 0 19 143 7.53 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 27 2 1 0 0 15 122 8.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Keith Galloway 0 0 24 2 0 3 0 15 90 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 14 2 0 4 0 11 78 7.09 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rob Burrow 0 0 6 0 2 3 0 13 74 5.69 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 20 6 0 1 0 11 71 6.45 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Ryan Hall 0 1 4 0 2 1 0 10 69 6.90 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Ash Handley 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 42 8 4 2 0 10 60 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Walters 0 0 26 10 1 0 0 7 56 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 1 0 18 1 1 2 4 7 38 5.43 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Lilley 0 1 19 2 3 0 1 5 36 7.20 1 1 1 0 4 0 1 2
    Jimmy Keinhorst 1 0 13 2 0 0 2 4 8 2.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Moon 1 0 19 3 2 0 0 1 2 2.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Jordan Baldwinson 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
    Jermaine McGillvary 1 0 3 0 1 5 0 19 157 8.26 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 53 10 2 3 0 17 100 5.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Rapira 0 0 32 5 2 1 0 17 99 5.82 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 2
    Leroy Cudjoe 0 0 44 13 2 2 0 11 91 8.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamie Foster 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 10 64 6.40 0 2 1 0 2 1 1 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 45 8 1 0 0 13 64 4.92 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jake Connor 0 1 6 0 0 1 3 9 59 6.56 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Josh Johnson 0 0 35 9 0 0 0 11 59 5.36 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 25 1 3 0 0 7 57 8.14 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Brough 1 0 19 3 2 4 5 11 55 5.00 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 7 0 1 2 0 11 52 4.73 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike Lawrence 1 0 15 3 1 0 0 9 45 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Larne Patrick 0 0 30 6 5 1 0 5 35 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
    Nathan Mason 0 0 21 2 1 1 0 5 25 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 0 1 22 3 6 0 0 3 22 7.33 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tyler Dickinson 0 0 13 7 0 0 0 1 6 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 2.00 0 0 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