Leeds win emotional pre-season derby in front of packed Headingley

Leeds claimed an emotional 34-10 pre-season victory over Bradford in a joint fundraiser for Jamie Jones Buchanan and Rob Burrow. 

In front of a sold-out Headingley, the Rhinos claimed victory in a game which featured a number of legends for both sides in the closing minutes.

The official attendance was 19,700, with over 3,000 Bradford fans making the short trip across Yorkshire, helping to raise over £30,000.

The likes of Robbie Hunter-Paul, Stuart Fielden, Nathan McAvoy, Matty Blythe and Wayne Godwin appeared for the Bulls, while Kevin Sinfield, Danny McGuire, Keith Senior, Kylie Leuluai, Jamie Peacock, Ryan Bailey, Brett Delaney and Jones-Buchanan all featured for the Rhinos.

With five minutes remaining, Burrow entered the field to a standing ovation from all corners of the ground, the emotion clearly visible on his face.

The game itself was a hotly contested affair for the most parts, with Rhyse Martin crossing for an early double, before Ross Oakes replied on the half hour mark.

Liam Sutcliffe and Brad Dwyer scored for the hosts before the break, but Thomas Doyle reduced the deficit with a scampering effort moments after half-time.

Nevertheless, half-back’s Callum McLelland and Richie Myler crossed in the space of nine second half minutes to help the Rhinos ease clear in the closing stages.


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3 Comments

  1. wonderful match So emotional for players and fans. what wonderful dedicated players JJB and Rob Burrows have been for the Rhinos. Great to see all the old players coming out to support them both
    Good to see the support of fans from many other teams at the match and so good to see most of the Bradford fans staying on at the end of the match to watch the interviews with the Leeds players. Rugby League at it’s very best

  2. wonderful match So emotional for players and fans. what wonderful dedicated players JJB and Rob Burrows have been for the Rhinos. Great to see all the old players coming out to support them both
    Good to see the support of fans from many other teams at the match and so good to see most of the Bradford fans staying on at the end of the match to watch the interviews with the Leeds players. Rugby League at it’s very best

  3. Is there any chance the BBC will show JJB’s & Rob Burrow’s testimonial. Haven’t got Sky and couldn’t get to the game. Saw Rob on Breakfast television this morning, what a great man.

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