Leeds will go into next week’s semi-final against Hull FC with momentum after an impressive 36-12 win against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Captain Danny McGuire was again instrumental scoring two tries, his first of which was a superb individual effort as the Rhinos eased to victory.
Heavy rain came down just before the game and Huddersfield spilled the ball almost instantly to gift the Rhinos possession.
From the resulting set Kallum Watkins opened the scoring, spinning out of the tackle to touch down after just 90 seconds.
The Giants responded well but they squandered several opportunities and they were punished as McGuire scored a brilliant individual try, racing down the flank to extend the visitors lead.
Huddersfield were making too many errors and Jimmy Keinhorst added the next Leeds try after he kicked through a chip from Joel Moon to slide over.
The Giants needed to score next and they did as Leeds failed to clear Danny Brough’s kick and Michael Lawrence pounced to get the hosts on the board.
It was a half dominated by mistake but the Rhinos took a 16-6 lead into the break.
Huddersfield started well after the restart but were denied their second four-pointer thanks to a brilliant try-saving tackle by Ashton Golding on Brough.
The Giants were just unable to build any momentum and the game was pushed further away from them when McGuire grabbed his second try after exchanging passes with Golding.
Another error from the home side gifted Leeds field position and Anthony Mullally continued his recent try-scoring form, using his strength from close range against his former club.
Watkins kicked over a penalty goal before Huddersfield hit back with a consolation, Ryan Hinchcliffe scoring from close range to at least give the home fans something to cheer.
Their joy was short lived though as Rob Burrow went in for a try after a superb break from Ryan Hall. Watkins conversion making it 36-12.
There was still time for one more try-saver from Golding on Hinchcliffe but the full-time hooter sounded and the Rhinos attentions will now turn to next week’s semi-final against Hull FC.
Giants: Rankin, Simpson, Mellor, Turner, McIntosh, Gaskell, Brough, Rapira, Leeming, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Hinchcliffe, Ta’ai. Interchange: O’Brien, Clough, Smith, Mason.
Rhinos: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Keinhorst, Hall, Moon, McGuire, Garbutt, Parcell, Mullally, Ormondroyd, Ablett, Delaney. Interchange: Burrow, Jones-Buchanan, Sutcliffe, Cuthbertson.