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Leeds Rhinos and Leigh Leopards served up a classic. Leeds Rhinos took the spoils in an archetypal game of two halves, overcoming a 16-0 half-time deficit with four unopposed second half tries at the Leigh Leopards Den.

The Leigh Leopards made a confident start and made the initial breakthrough thanks to Gareth O’Brien, who took Lachlan Lam’s pass on the last tackle at speed and dummied through for a splendid try on the left.

The Leopards’ second try just after the midway point of the first half was fashioned by the halfback pair, Lam supplying the assist for Kai O’Donnell to burst over down the left channel and reach out over the whitewash. Moylan converted for the Leopards’ first successful goal kick of the season, at the fifth attempt.

Umyla Hanley  scored his side’s third try of the evening with an acrobatic finish in the right corner after juggling O’Brien’s brilliant cut-out pass.

Moylan was unable to convert from out wide but was able to add a 28-metre penalty after Jarrod O’Connor was pulled up for a high tackle on Mulhern.

But the game changed when Rhyse Martin fastened onto Croft’s pass to stretch over and score the Rhinos’ first try, adding the conversion to reduce the deficit to ten points.

O’Brien was then sin binned after being adjudged to have held down Croft after another Leeds attack. He was just about to return from the bin when Matt Fawley dummied his way over, Martin again on target.

Leigh Leopards suffer major blow

Two minutes later the Rhinos were level, Ash Handley scoring his first try after a Martin kick on halfway, combining with Paul Momirovski down the left. Though the conversion attempt failed, Rhinos had the initiative and momentum.

They took advantage with just ten minutes remaining as Croft was twice involved in a fast-flowing move finished by Handley for his second try, Martin converting.

During this period of the game, Leigh Leopards lost Lachlan Lam to injury with an awful cut down his leg.

Should Leigh turn to the transfer market?

This raises another question over whether Leigh Leopards should turn to the transfer market. They have already drafted in Brad Dwyer on loan from Warrington Wolves and other clubs have taken on loan signings and sent players out on loan.

It seems Jake Bibby is available on loan from Huddersfield Giants which is a move that could benefit Leigh.

It would help cover Tom Briscoe’s injury and allow Gareth O’Brien to move to the halves, Zak Hardaker to fullback and Bibby to centre to cover the injury to Lam.

Adrian Lam did say they were keeping an eye out on the market with injuries.

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