Leeds Rhinos 46-10 Catalans Dragons

Leeds Rhinos 46-10 Catalans Dragons


After last week’s 66-10 thrashing at the hands of Castleford, Brian McDermott was looking for some kind of response from his side. And they certainly didn’t disappoint, running in seven tries with Liam Sutcliffe grabbing 22 points on a mild night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The early signs were positive from the Rhinos, as they broke the deadlock on eight minutes. On the back of a penalty, livewire hooker Matt Parcell ran at the Dragons’ line and was able to keep the ball alive, offloading to Adam Cuthbertson before the sizeable prop stretched out to score next to the posts. Liam Sutcliffe was on kicking duty and slotted this one over with ease to give his side a 6-0 lead.

He extended that lead just ten minutes later, after the Rhinos were given a penalty on the back of some good work to keep the ball alive, Matt Parcell being the key influence. Captain Danny McGuire chose to take the two, to which Sutcliffe obliged.

After the early pressure, the visitors were given some breathing space when Cuthbertson was sin-binned midway through the half for trying to slow down the 20m restart. This gifted the Dragons some good field position, after spending the majority of the half defending their own try line.

Things then got worse for the Rhinos as they were reduced to 11 men, James Child sin binning Jimmy Keinhorst after previously putting Leeds on a team warning for persistent offences.

And it didn’t take long for Catalans to capitalise on the extra numbers, as Brayden Wiliame scored almost immediately after. But with the Rhinos crowd whistling in his ear, Luke Walsh was unable to add the extras, leaving the scores at 8-4.

With just 5 minutes left in the first half, Cuthbertson was back on and made an instant impact, combining with Matt Parcell who sidestepped past 4 defenders to go over for his first Super League try. Sutcliffe was again successful with the boot, giving Leeds a 14-4 cushion going in at halftime.

The Rhinos came out quicker in the second half, gaining some good field position on the back of a penalty for messing about at the ruck. And after building pressure on the Catalan line, it was Keinhorst, now back on the field, who nicked the first points of the half. Filling in at dummy half, the German international threw an outrageous dummy to his right, before powering over in the corner himself.

However their joy was short lived, as an error from Tom Briscoe on the following set invited the Dragons to attack the Leeds line. And it soon paid dividends as Julian Bousquet touched down from what looked like a very suspect pass from Richie Myler. Luke Walsh converted to cut the gap to 20-10.

Cuthbertson and Keinhorst were looking like the Rhinos’ most potent threats, and were both involved as the Rhinos managed to hit back with just under 20 to go. Keinhorst’s interception against the run of play gave his side field position inside the Catalan 20m, before some good handling from Rob Burrow put Cuthbertson in for his second just a couple of plays later.

And after assisting with the previous score, Burrow was able to get on the scoresheet himself as the home side ran riot in the final quarter. The maverick halfback was able to break from 60m out, before outpacing the entire Catalan team to score under the posts.

And on the following set, they were able to go in for a third unanswered try. Keinhorst was again pivotal, making a great break down the left wing before finding the ever reliable Danny McGuire backing up on the inside, with the standoff going over for his first try since the 2015 Grand Final. Sutcliffe was on target with the boot yet again, keeping up his 100% record for the night and increasing the lead to 38-10.

Sutcliffe increased his points haul further just three minutes from time, collecting Burrow’s grubber close to the line to score before converting his own try. This looked to be the final points of the game, before the Rhinos were given a penalty close to the line on the hooter. Sutcliffe stepped up again and made no mistake from the kicking tee.

This was more than enough to wrap up the game for Leeds, who looked a class above the side that turned out against Castleford last week.

Referee: James Child

Attendance: 13, 208

Scoring Sequence: 6-0, 8-0, 8-4, 14-4, 20-4, 20-10, 26-10, 32-10, 38-10, 44-10, 46-10

Written by Jack Conlon.

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ashton GoldingFull Back000000
2Tom BriscoeWing000000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre000000
4Joel MoonCentre000000
5Ryan HallWing000000
6Danny McGuireStand Off100000
9Matt Parcell 7Hooker100000
10Adam CuthbertsonProp200101
12Carl Ablett 15Second Row000000
14Liam SutcliffeScrum Half190000
16Brad Singleton 21Prop000000
18Jimmy KeinhorstSecond Row100100
24Jordan Baldwinson 20Prop000000
7Rob Burrow 9Interchange100000
15Brett Delaney 12Interchange000000
20Anthony Mullally 24Interchange000000
21Josh Walters 16Interchange000000
 Total 790201

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Jodie BroughtonWing000000
4Brayden WiliameCentre100000
6Luke WalshStand Off010000
7Richie MylerScrum Half000000
9Paul Aiton 23Hooker000000
10Remi Casty 14Prop000000
12Justin Horo 17Second Row000000
13Greg BirdLoose Forward000000
15Benjamin Garcia 11Second Row000000
16Thomas BoscFull Back100000
18Vincent DuportCentre000000
20Luke BurgessProp000000
21Iain ThornleyWing000000
11Louis Anderson 15Interchange000000
14Julian Bousquet 10Interchange000000
17Jason Baitieri 12Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 9Interchange000000
 Total 210000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 10, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leeds Rhinos143246
Catalans Dragons4610

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