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Leeds Rhinos concede “an absolute rugby league disaster” of a try on brink of half-time

Sam Tomkins

Leeds Rhinos hosted Catalans Dragons live on Channel 4 and during a high-scoring and action-packed first half they managed to concede a shocker of a try.

Down 16-8 the Rhinos attempted to run the ball out of their in goal but the runner was met by a trio of Dragons forcing them back towards their own goal line.

What followed was comical with an attempted offload being spilled out and resulting in Nene Macdonald and Manu Mau scrambling on the ground for the ball.

The Catalans man got to it first and scooped it back towards Paul Seguier who had the simplest of tasks of scooping and scoring from a yard out among a bemused set of Leeds players.

The sequence of events prompted some hugely critical commentary from Mark Wilson.

“That is an absolute rugby league disaster,” Wilson reacted.

“Leeds have shot themselves firmly in the foot here, Paul Seguier will not score an easier try than this.

“Leeds under pressure on their own line and they look shell-shocked right before the break.”

Kyle Amor added that Rhyse Martin shouldn’t have made the offload attempt.

“Sometimes you just have to take your medicine, I’m not sure the 25-year-old Frenchman will score an easier try than that.”

Wilson continued his criticism and likened the calamity to that of a football player putting one in their own net.

“It’s not like football where you score an own goal but this is as close to an own try as you can have.”

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