Super League: Leeds Rhinos too strong for London Broncos at Headingley
Last Updated: 12/04/13 9:59pm
Leeds Rhinos continued their fine form at Headingley on Friday night with a comfortable 30-6 success over Super League strugglers London Broncos.
Joel Moon crossed twice for the champions with Zak Hardaker, Danny McGuire and Kallum Watkins also scoring while Alex Hurst bagged a late consolation for the visitors.
The damp conditions would work in their favour for the opening score, though, with McGuire's sliding kick sitting up nicely for Moon in the eighth minute. Captain Kevin Sinfield added the extras from wide out.
Despite conditions Leeds were doing their best to be expansive and Watkins had joy down the right, skinning opposite number Kieran Dixon but, with support lacking as he broke clear, his hack ahead was mopped up by full-back Hurst.
With chances at a premium Sinfield took the opportunity to split the posts with a 21st-minute penalty, but McGuire was not as ruthless shortly after when he broke through but chose to go alone instead of passing and was quickly scragged down.
It took London - who lost hooker Chad Randall to a first-minute leg injury - until the 36th minute to even look like scoring - Chris Melling's kick ahead too heavy for Tommy Lee - but they still went into the half-time interval well in the game.
That would change three minutes after the resumption, however, as Moon snapped up a short Sinfield pass to drag himself over, with the provider slotting the extras from close to the touchline.
A 14-point cushion looked sufficient against London's non-existent attack and when Hardaker dotted down a Paul McShane kick for his first try since breaking a thumb in February, the game was up, Sinfield's conversion taking the lead out to 20.
Leeds had the luxury of sending on young forward Brad Singleton for some valuable experience and he was soon making an impact too as he broke through to send McGuire in under the posts, with Sinfield converting his half-back partner's fourth of the season.
Only some smart work from Hurst stopped Rob Burrow turning a jet-heeled break into another score, before the full-back took in Craig Gower's pass for London's try.
The last word would go to Leeds, though, with Watkins on the spot to tidy up after London made a hash of gathering a loose ball, with Sinfield's first miss of the night following.
First Utility Super League
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round twelve
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was furious with match officials following the 50-30 defeat by Huddersfield.
Tony Smith remained calm after Warrington held off a late rally by Wakefield for a 41-34 victory in West Yorkshire
Shaun Wane felt Wigan let themselves down in the second-half of their 36-6 victory over Bradford at Odsal.
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- Hunte backs Noble acquisition
- Hull hold off Salford
- Catalan coach praises Pryce
- Park life perfect for Dragons
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