Celtic 0-68 Leeds

Leeds Rhinos moved to the top of the engage Super League table with a 68-0 demolition of Celtic Crusaders at Rodney Parade in Newport.

Brent Webb scored four tries for the champions, Keith Senior scored two, and Kevin Sinfield added eight goals to the total.

St Helens – now in second place – will be disappointed that the Crusaders’ weak team proved much weaker than Huddersfield Giants’ weak team.

Senior’s first try came after just four minutes, at which point it was obvious that Celtic would pay the embarrassing price for their well-publicised visa mistakes.

The Rhinos had arrived late to Rodney Parade but the lack of preparation time did not daunt them: Senior added a second try after 25 minutes, Sinfield adding the extras.

That second score gave Leeds a 24-0 advantage: touch downs had already been posted by Ryan Hall, Lee Smith and Webb, of which Sinfield could only convert one.

The visitors went on to hold a 28-0 lead at the half-time interval when Jamie Peacock crashed over, Sinfield converting, and Webb added a second.

The demoralised Crusaders were able to keep the Rhinos at bay for almost twenty minutes after the restart but Luke Burgess barged over, quickly followed by Rob Burrow, Sinfield converting both.

Webb’s third quickly followed, Sinfield kicking the goal, before Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Matt Diskin also got on the scoresheet, Sinfield improving Diskin’s four-pointer.

Webb had the final say with his fourth try, Sinfield’s final conversion rounding off a miserable night for the Wales-based side.  

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