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Friday 29th September 2017
KO: 19:45 - Round: Semi Final

18-16 FT

( 12-6 HT )

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Stevie Ward, Anthony Mullally, Liam Sutcliffe,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Hull FC

  • Tries
    Gareth Ellis, Mahe Fonua, Sika Manu,

  • Goals
    Marc Sneyd 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Leeds Rhinos claimed a thrilling 18-16 semi-final victory over Hull to ensure that long-serving half-backs Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow will get an Old Trafford farewell.

The Rhinos prevailed in a tense clash at Headingley to secure a 10th Grand Final appearance and set up a showdown with Castleford Tigers.

That will provide a fitting farewell for McGuire and Burrow but Friday's defeat signalled the end for retiring Hull captain Gareth Ellis and there was no fairytale ending for Mahe Fonua, who is returning to the NRL.

Leeds raced into a 12-0 lead, Stevie Ward powering his way to the line in the first play.

Kallum Watkins added the conversion and he was also on target after hooker Matt Parcell had got substitute prop Anthony Mullally romping through.

The shell-shocked Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners gradually worked their way into the game and Ellis proved unstoppable after charging onto Danny Houghton's pass.

Marc Sneyd added the goal to make it 12-6 at half-time and centre Jake Connor created a try for Fonua after the break.

Connor palmed the ball back from Sneyd's kick for second rower Sika Manu to score a try that put Hull in front for the first time , but Leeds picked themselves up and struck back when Liam Sutcliffe created a try from nothing with a weaving run to the line.

Watkins kept his nerve with the conversion to restore his side's advantage and the Rhinos clung on.

The Rhinos were forced to battle for their top-flight status after finishing in the bottom four in 2016 but their turnaround in fortunes was complete and coach Brian McDermott said: "The job is not done and, if we don't win next week it will hurt, but I think that's a huge achievement from the players who endured all sorts of ridicule."

"Things were written and said about them. We only added one bloke to the squad and for them to first off finish second and secure top-four with two games to go in itself shows what a character they've got, and to get through to the Grand Final is big."

McDermott almost brought ridicule on himself when he claimed his side could win the Grand Final shortly after they suffered a 66-10 hammering at Castleford in March.

"I believed it at the time," he said. "It wasn't a Hollywood moment, I believed we could do it.

"Because of what's gone on over the last 18 months, I reckon my group has had more honest chats than any other team in Super League. We nearly got relegated and that level of honesty now far outweighs the quality that we come up with on game day."

Hull coach Lee Radford added: "We're obviously hugely disappointed not to be going to a Grand Final. We just fell short unfortunately.

"I can't knock the effort, it was phenomenal. Leeds started like an absolute house of fire - it was like a smack between the eyes in that first 30 minutes - so to show the grit that we did and still be in the game when lot of teams would have folded was outstanding."

 

  • 63: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 63: TRY! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 56: GOAL! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 56: TRY! scored for Hull by Sika Manu
  • 45: TRY! scored for Hull by Mahe Fonua
  • 27: TRY! scored for Hull by Gareth Ellis
  • 27: GOAL! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 18: TRY! scored for Leeds by Anthony Mullally
  • 4: TRY! scored for Leeds by Stevie Ward
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • Key Performers

    Danny Houghton

    Tackles 51
    2 2

    Mark Minichiello

    Offloads 5
    2 2

    Mahe Fonua

    Metres 168
    2 2
    Clean Breaks 3

    Mitchell Garbutt

    Metres 166
    2 2

    Adam Cuthbertson

    Metres 157
    2 2
    Offloads 8

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Hull FC 3

    Goals:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Hull FC 2

    METRES:

    Leeds Rhinos 1420
    Hull FC 1330

    CARRIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 194
    Hull FC 179

    TACKLES:

    Leeds Rhinos 360
    Hull FC 361

    OFFLOADS:

    Leeds Rhinos 21
    Hull FC 16

    PENALTIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 5
    Hull FC 4

    BREAKS:

    Leeds Rhinos 4
    Hull FC 7

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Anthony Mullally 1 0 27 6 2 1 0 5 36 7.20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Stevie Ward 1 0 40 10 9 3 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 1 0 21 1 1 6 0 9 95 10.56 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 16 6 0 0 0 6 38 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Carl Ablett 0 0 12 1 3 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Rob Burrow 0 0 6 1 2 1 0 14 113 8.07 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 31 2 6 2 1 24 157 6.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 36 6 2 0 0 15 89 5.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 23 4 0 3 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matt Parcell 0 0 34 4 0 1 0 6 57 9.50 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 30 5 1 1 0 16 166 10.38 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny McGuire 0 1 24 1 3 1 10 5 27 5.40 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Joel Moon 0 0 15 0 3 1 3 6 22 3.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hall 0 1 2 0 3 4 0 16 139 8.69 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 34 5 1 2 0 15 96 6.40 0 1 2 0 3 0 2 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 15 100 6.67 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Walker 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 19 138 7.26 0 4 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mahe Fonua 1 0 8 0 1 9 0 17 168 9.88 3 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
    Sika Manu 1 0 49 13 2 1 0 16 100 6.25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Ellis 1 0 48 12 3 2 0 13 79 6.08 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Carlos Tuimavave 0 0 15 1 2 1 0 13 104 8.00 0 6 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Connor 0 2 11 4 4 1 0 6 51 8.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Jamie Shaul 0 0 7 0 1 2 0 13 87 6.69 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Fetuli Talanoa 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 10 59 5.90 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Albert Kelly 0 0 26 3 5 4 1 14 93 6.64 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Marc Sneyd 0 0 11 1 0 1 8 3 4 1.33 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
    Scott Taylor 0 0 26 7 2 0 0 8 71 8.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Houghton 0 1 51 11 3 2 0 4 49 12.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Watts 0 0 31 7 2 1 0 9 78 8.67 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Mark Minichiello 0 0 21 6 3 3 0 19 129 6.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Josh Griffin 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 10 83 8.30 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Green 0 0 17 2 0 2 0 10 72 7.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Bowden 0 0 31 6 2 1 0 12 97 8.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Brad Fash 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 2 6 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties