Super League: Defending champions Leeds Rhinos beat London Broncos 30-18
Last Updated: 01/08/13 11:21pm
Paul McShane climbed off the bench to notch a brace of tries as defending champions Leeds Rhinos beat London Broncos 30-18 in Super League.
But at least the rock-bottom hosts restored some pride - running in three tries in the defeat - after their 70-0 mauling by Wigan in the Challenge Cup semi-final last time out.
Fourth-placed Leeds' third win on the bounce sees Brian McDermott's side move to within three points of leaders Huddersfield.
For the hosts, coach Tony Rea made a number of changes as his side looked to recover from their demolition against the Warriors, installing Ryan Shaw at centre, Chris Melling on the left wing and Mike McMeeken in the second row.
Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield was making his 500th appearance in the game, while the Rhinos welcomed Kallum Watkins back into the starting ranks, with McShane slotting in among the replacements.
There was a sombre mood before kick-off as both sides observed a minute's silence in tribute to former Leeds coach Graham Murray, who passed away last weekend.
And Leeds seemed determined to pay their own tribute on the field, Jamie Peacock muscling over on five minutes after Ryan Hall had gathered Rob Burrow's kick.
Inside 15 minutes the Rhinos had their second score, former London loanee Ben Jones-Bishop sneaking in at the corner after Watkins had shown great hands to release the winger.
But at least London were showing some fight this time around, Luke Dorn putting the Broncos on the board three minutes later when he stepped inside to dart over.
A third Leeds try was not too long in the offing though, Jones-Bishop turning provider when he created the space for youngster Alex Foster to stroll over.
The Broncos cut the gap three minutes after the break, Dan Sarginson powering over after Jamie Soward injected some pace into the London attack.
There was then a lengthy delay after Foster collided with a post trying to tackle Dorn, the Leeds player forced to leave the field.
Both sides were still trying to chance their arm with the ball in hand, Leeds moving back to two scores ahead on 55 minutes when McShane burrowed over from dummy half.
London heads dropped after that, McShane adding his second five minutes later as Leeds eased clear.
To their credit though the Broncos were still giving it their all, Ben Fisher tacking on a third London try when he wriggled over on 65 minutes.
Hall then had a try for Leeds chalked off by the video referee for obstruction but the visitors still eased to victory.
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Fri 1st May
Hull FC24 - 20Salford Red Devils
St Helens44 - 4Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors60 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves22 - 20Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers36 - 28Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red DevilsvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Super League 2013, round 23
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- Bulls boost play-off hopes
- Giants leap back to summit
- Brown irate at O'Brien injury
- In-form Saints slay Dragons
- Higham: Castleford dangerous
- Wane admits half-time rant
- Gentle hails his cup finalists
- Warriors battle back to summit
- Hull put Vikings to the sword
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- McDermott: It wasn't easy
- Sandercock: Sam is big threat
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- Smith keen to regain top spot
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