Leeds 44-8 Hull KR

Leeds Rhinos progressed to the semi finals of the engage Super League play-offs with a routine 44-8 win over Hull Kingston Rovers.

However, Rovers played just as well as their opponents in the first half; it was a Leeds-dominated second half that led to the one-sided scoreline.
Hull KR will have a second chance to reach the semi finals when they next week face the winner from tomorrow’s Wakefield-Catalans clash.

Leeds opened the scoring after five minutes when a kick from Danny McGuire was knocked down by Scott Donald for Lee Smith to get over the line.

A second try could have followed when the Rhinos broke down the left wing, but Donald’s inside pass was knocked on by McGuire.

Play had to be stopped when Chev Walker suffered a broken leg after a seemingly-innocuous tackle from Keith Senior, but the Robins were still able to pressurise the Rhinos defence.

First Michael Dobson’s kick to the in-goal area had to be deal with by Brent Webb, and Rovers took the lead when Daniel Fitzhenry weaved his way to the line and Dobson converted.

Dobson added a penalty to the total but the Rhinos re-took the lead when an incredible pass from Ali Lauitiiti allowed Webb to score, Sinfield converting from the touchline.

Hull KR could have edged themselves back in front before half time with an excellent run from Peter Fox, but Fox was unable to find any of the players in support.

The Rhinos started the second half in style when Ryan Hall combined with Keith Senior for Ali Lauitiiti to score, and Lauitiiti quickly added a second, Sinfield converting both efforts.

Jamie Peacock used his strength to cross beneath the posts and Hall and followed suit after a lovely pass from Webb, Sinfield’s goals making the score 32-8.

Smith claimed a second try before Senior raced over the line on full time to round off the win, Sinfield converting both without difficulty.

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