Hull FC 24-25 Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC suffered golden-point heartbreak at St James’ Park on Saturday evening as Kruise Leeming’s drop-goal proved the difference in a thrilling Dacia Magic Weekend contest. The encounter was end-to-end throughout the full eighty minutes, but it was Leeds who claimed the spoils in Newcastle.
Hull were boosted by the return of both Jamie Shaul and Carlos Tuimavave to the starting line-up. Both Jordan Lane and Adam Swift dropped out of the side through injury.
It took the Rhinos just four minutes to get the opening score of the game, courtesy of Rhyse Martin. The powerful back-rower charged at the Hull line, and despite efforts from several Hull defenders, managed to touch down. He converted his own try. He converted their lead further just minutes later with a penalty goal.
Hull though found themselves back in the game on the ten-minute mark with their first real attack of the game. A Marc Sneyd grubber into the Leeds in-goal was fumbled by Richie Myler, allowing Danny Houghton to make the most of the error and touch down. Sneyd added the goal. And the scores were level on the 15-minute mark as Sneyd added his own penalty goal.
Hull had the lead midway through the half courtesy of yet another outstanding assist from Jake Connor – replicating his effort to set up Carlos Tuimavave in the Hull Derby, he patted the ball over his head from a Sneyd chip into the corner, allowing Tuimavave to touch with ease. Sneyd made it three from three with the boot.
But the end to end nature of the half continued, with Newman scoring a replica try to Martin’s, powering through the Hull line to score. Martin was on target once again. It looked as if the Black & Whites would have the lead going into half-time, but Jake Connor was deemed to have knocked on by the video referee in the process of assisting Andre Savelio.
Hull would lead at the break, through adding another penalty goal before the hooter.
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Leeds Rhinos 25 (14)
Tries: Martin, Newman, Leeming, Broadbent. Goals: Martin 4. Drop-goal: Leeming.
Hull FC 24 (16)
Tries: Houghton, Tuimavave, Connor. Goals: Sneyd 6.