Super League: Tom Briscoe stars in Leeds Rhinos' win at Hull KR
Last Updated: 16/02/14 9:57pm
Leeds Rhinos extended their excellent opening-day record in Super League to 14 straight wins with a 34-6 victory over Hull KR at the newly-named KC Lightstream Stadium.
The Rhinos scored seven tries in total, including a 14-minute hat-trick from new signing Tom Briscoe in the second half.
Leeds took the lead after just four minutes. Rovers full-back Greg Eden spilled the ball over his try line when trying to gather Rob Burrow's kick through and centre Joel Moon was on hand to easily ground the ball.
Kevin Sinfield started his season with his first successful conversion to give Leeds a 6-0 lead.
Ben Cockayne should have scored on his return to Rovers but he was unable to hold on to Kris Welham's quick pass just three metres from the Leeds try line.
Rovers were back on level terms in the 21st minute when Kris Keating dived over to score on his debut. The scrum-half, who was signed to replace Michael Dobson, took advantage of a large gap that opened up in the heart of Leeds' defence. Craig Hall converted to make it 6-6.
Leeds restored their lead in the 48th minute when Leeds' own debutant Briscoe scored from 45 metres in the right-hand corner. Sinfield missed the touchline conversion but the visitors led 10-6.
Briscoe was celebrating his second try nine minutes later. Welham jumped out of the Rovers defensive line, missed the ball and made the try a formality for Briscoe. Sinfield again was off target with the conversion attempt, but the lead was now eight points.
Briscoe's day got even better in the 62nd minute when the former Hull winger completed his hat-trick after a superb break by Kallum Watkins. Sinfield's kicking game was still out of sorts as he missed his third kick, but Leeds led 18-6.
Two minutes later, Danny McGuire's try sealed the win. Picking up a loose pass near the halfway line, and sprinted clear of the Rovers defence to score. With a straightforward conversion, Sinfield struck the upright and missed his fourth goal.
The game was over for Rovers trailing 22-6 with 15 minutes to play.
And it got worse for the home side when Burrow broke clear and sent his full-back Zac Hardaker over near the posts. Sinfield converted to the biggest cheer of the day as Leeds extended their lead to 28-6.
With plenty of success down their right hand side, Leeds continued to probe that side and were rewarded with another try when Kallum Watkins scored. It was a deserving try for the centre who did so much to help Briscoe score his hat-trick.
Rovers were denied a consolation try when Hall was hauled down by Carl Ablett on the halfway line just as he looked set to score.
First Utility Super League
Thu 21st May
Castleford Tigers16 - 24Huddersfield 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
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Warrington WolvesvsCatalans Dragons
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
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
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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
Thu 9th Jul
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Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield 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
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Fri 17th Jul
Hull K R0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Super League 2014, round one
Kirk Dixon passed the one thousand point mark for Castleford who got their campaign off to a winning start with victory at Bradford.
Tom Briscoe scored a debut hat-trick as Leeds beat Hull KR 34-6 in front of a record crowd at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Salford won their first game of the new season after handing debuts to all 13 of their starting line up against Wakefield.
- Dixon 'the ultimate pro'
- Noble happy with opening win
- Betts: Tougher tasks ahead
- McDermott praise for Briscoe
- Vikings on the rampage
- Salford start with victory
- Tigers rally to beat Bulls
- Cummins allays turmoil fears
- Radford relieved at narrow win
- Hull cling on for victory
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- Red Devils v Wildcats: Teams
- Bulls v Tigers: Teams
- Hull KR v Rhinos: Teams
- Walsh: Good start for Saints
- Saints storm past Wolves
- Hull v Catalan Dragons: Teams
- Wolves v Saints: Teams
- Rovers to set crowd record
- Wellens: new boys boost Saints
- Forward thinking from Wolves