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
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
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 Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes 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 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.
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- 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