Leeds Rhinos 12 – 18 Hull FC
The fans return to Headingly was spoiled by the visiting Hull FC. It was dismal weather as the rain teemed down, making a potentially difficult game for both sides even harder. Hull had an excellent start to the season but looked off the boil second half against Catalans meaning they slipped to just one win in four. Leeds have been in poor form most of the season, it took until the golden point to beat a struggling Wakefield side, last time out.
The hosts scored the first points of the game after 10 minutes, despite early FC pressure. Liam Sutcliffe powering his way over from centre. The Airlie Birds were back on level terms after an expansive pass from Jake Connor found Adam Swift in space for an easy try. Rhys Martin kicked an easy penalty to put the Rhinos back into a lead. A Josh Griffin break from inside his own half found the supporting Adam Swift for his second try of the game. Hodgson’s men added another try just before halftime, Josh Griffin with some excellent individual skill, a clever step inside his man to slide over for his 100th career try. The Black and Whites lead at the hooter, 18-8.
Hull would not score a single point during the second half and at times lacked flair. Defensively on the other hand, fantastic. Tuimavave made a superb try-saving tackle against former teammate Tom Briscoe. For more than one instance the referee had to go to the big screen to check if the hosts scored, on all occasions, negative. Leeds eventually got themselves a try. Gale and Dwyer combined to send Tom Briscoe over, too late to influence the game any further. Hull’s defensive efforts worthy of a victory.
Report by: Simon Bromwich
Leeds Rhinos (8) 12
Tries: Sutcliffe, T.Briscoe. Goals: Martin 2
Hull FC (18) 18
Tries: Swift 2, Griffin. Goals: Sneyd 3
Published – 24th May 2021