Leeds Rhinos 18-4 Hull FC

Leeds overcame a stern Hull side at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium in treacherous conditions.

Both sides of the field had standing water, that caused mayhem for both sides. The star of the show was Ali Lauitiiti who came up with two pieces of skill, to give Leeds the superior advantage.

The game was locked in an even stalemate, until Lee Smith clung onto a pass from Brent Webb in the corner. Captain Kevin Sinfield added the extras.

The score remained the same, until Kevin Sinfield. The ball was ran down centre field, picked up by Lauitiiti, who released the ball to the ever-present Brent Webb, who fired a pass to the supporting Sinfield to score, and then duly converted to make it 12-0.

However, the standing water in front of the newly built East Stand, at the side of the goal posts, was the main focal point all match. Firstly, Hull in the first half, missed the chance to score when scrum half Tommy Lee chipped the ball over towards the in-goal area, the ball skidding into the post, and rebouncing into an oppostion players arms.

After Sinfield's score, Leeds had a fantastic chance to make the game done and dusted. Rob Burrow's darting run, after a fantastic break and chip by Danny McGuire, skidded in the wrong direction to out fox Burrow.

Hull were given a lifeline with 15 minutes to go. Tommy Lee placed a neat kick into the corner, with no Leeds defence in sight, Matt Sing raced over, and managed to "slap" the ball down, narrowly risking his foot touching the whitewash. Horne missed the kick.

Leeds ended all hope of a Hull fightback when Ryan Bailey scored from close range. Lauitiiti offloaded to Bailey who powered over, and showed great strength to turn and put downward pressure on the ball to touch the ground. Video replays however confirmed that the decision could be taken either way with the ball seemingly squeezing out of Bailey's grasp.

Full time score from the Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Leeds Rhinos 14, Hull FC 4.

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