Rhinos Down Gutsy Toulouse


The Leeds Rhinos came up with the 2 points on offer despite a brave performance from the underdogs, Leeds running out 48-22 winners to open their Qualifiers account.

Leeds would punish an error made by the visitors inside the first few minutes, Dom Crosby going within inches of the line before Brad Dwyer scooting over from dummy half to give the Rhinos the lead, Sutcliffe adding the extras to make it 6-0.

It would be Toulouse turn to inflict some misery on the Rhinos, Leeds caught offside and conceding the penalty, Toulouse then marching downfield until the ball came to the hands of Bastien Canet who forced his way over to score for the visitors, Kheirallah unable to convert.

Leeds would score on the break to widen their margin, Myler almost set away by Ryan Hall just seconds earlier before Myler would put Joel Moon through a gap, the Rhinos playmaker spinning loose of a try saving attempt by Kheirallah, Leeds out a 10-4 lead after Sutcliffe failed to convert.

Some stern defence would deny Toulouse a try scoring opportunity but trapping Leeds on their own line, the visitors then pulled for offside and giving Leeds some much needed relief, the penalty would see Joel Moon grab his second of the game, Moon stepping through the Toulouse defence from 10 metres out to score, Sutcliffe on hand to add the extras this time, 16-4 Leeds.

Leeds were starting to run away with the game when Ryan Hall's try was given the green light by the video referee after confirming there was no knock on in build up play. The ball coming loose and Richie Myler the fastest to react to the grounded ball, putting Hall in to score down the left, Sutcliffe unable to convert from the touchline.

Toulouse would get a stroke of luck from a deflected kick to get their second try of the game, Bastien Ader alert to the opportunity as the ball as the ball ricocheted into his path, a simple put down for the Frenchman, Kheirallah converting to make it 20-10 with 8 minutes left to play in the first 40.

Toulouse would reduce the gap further on the verge of halftime, Toulouse piling pressure on the Rhinos line before Maxime Puech split the Leeds goal line defence to score between the posts, Kheirallah adding the extras to send the side into the half at 20-16 in favour of the home side.

It would be a slow start to the second half by both sides, each team exchanging set after set in search of a flaw in the oppositions defence, Toulouse buckling first after an error from Macron under the high ball. Leeds moving to within 10 metres of the line before Brad Dwyer found his way over for the second time from close range, Sutcliffe converting to make it 26-16.

Liam Sutcliffe would set the platform for the Rhinos next try, a 60 metre break putting Leeds within 10 metres of the Toulouse line, a swatted down pass refreshing the tackle count, Myler attacking the Toulouse line, reaching out to put the ball down and register more points for the home side, Sutcliffe adding the extras for the Rhinos, 32-16.

Leeds began to open up a huge gap, Adam Cuthbertson the latest name on the scoresheet, the prop coming onto a drop off from Richie Myler, busting the line and reaching out to score, Sutcliffe nudging the Rhinos further ahead, 38-16.

Rhinos skipper Carl Ablett going over and Centrone pulling one back for the visitors before Ashton Golding pushed the Rhinos home with an extra dent on the scoreboard, the Rhinos running out 48-22 winners.

Unfortunately one fan didn't make it to the game, 33 year old Raymond Greenfield collapsed on his way to the stadium, paramedics and members of the public unable to save him, RIP Raymond Greenfield.

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