Toronto Edge Leeds In Ugly Affair

Toronto would run out 17-16 winners in a less than easy on the eye game, riddled with penalties and errors, a Gareth O'Brien drop goal the difference between the two sides on the day.

Leeds would knock on in the second tackle of one of their opening sets and giving Toronto their first clear cut chance of the game, the ball going through the hands and Mason Caton-Brown going into the corner with an acrobatic effort, the flying winger unable to maintain control and Leeds getting a let off.

Dom Crosby would opt to try and power over from 5 metres out instead of trying to force a repeat set, the Rhinos poor decision  making would cost them, Corey Patterson going over in the corner after Blake Wallace split Leeds' right edge, Patterson backing up on the inside to score, O'Brien converting.

Leeds would soon find a counter-punch, disjointed play on the last tackle and the ball eventually finding it's way to Liam Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe sliding the kick into the in goal area and Tom Briscoe the fastest to the ball out on the right, Sutcliffe unable to add the extras from the touchline.

Leeds would be punished for their ill discipline on the 23 minute mark, Nathaniel Peteru penalised for lifting and costing his side 2 more points, Gareth O'Brien's conversion on target once more for the visitors to give them an 8-4 lead.

Leeds would go close once more through Ferres but the try would instead come from another kick, Richie Myler hoisting the chip towards the sticks, Liam Sutcliffe with an incredible one handed take to gather the ball above the Toronto fullback's head, grounding underneath the posts, Sutcliffe converting his own try to give Leeds a 10-8 advantage.

Toronto would hold a surprise lead at the halfway point when Josh McCrone forced a repeat set, the Wolfpack turning field position into points when they moved the ball down their right edge and Nick Rawsthorne squeezing into the corner to the sound of the hooter, O'Brien unable to convert from the touchline to give Toronto a 12-10 lead.

Toronto looked to have made a quick start to the second 40, a kick by Ackers dribbled in behind the defence as Blake Wallace raced through to claim he had grounded the ball, the decision going up as a try and coming back down with the decision reversed, the replays showing Myler had grounded the ball in his own in goal area to save a certain try.

It would be the Rhinos who would register first points, Buchanan penalised for a head slam on Cuthbertson and the Rhinos kicking to touch. Jimmy Keinhorst bursting through a gap close to the line to mark his farewell appearance with a try to give the Rhinos the lead with 20 minutes to play, Sutcliffe's conversion successful via the post, 16-12.

Toronto's short kicking game had given Leeds headaches all night long, the kick finally paying dividends when Wallace slid a kick through for Matty Russell after he spotted Briscoe out of position, Russell grounding with ease to put Toronto level, O'Brien unable to sink the kick from the touchline and the score remaining at 16-16 with 10 minutes to play.

Leeds would give themselves an uphill battle when Dom Crosby was sin binned for a crusher tackle on Darcy Lussick, Leeds now a man down and off the ball. Less than a minute later there were more unsavory scenes, Thompson putting a big shot on Lussick, Lussick then rising to his feet and slapping Matt Parcell, Leeds given the penalty but Lussick given no card.

 McCrone would have the first attempt at the 1 pointer, the kick less than a yard wide of the left post from 35 metres out, Myler then trying one of his own and way off the mark.Step up Gareth O'Brien, the Toronto Wolfpack with potentially his second historic drop goal as he fired over the posts from 40 metres out. Moon with one last attmept, the effort for the posts sliced and Toronto claiming a historic victory at Headingley at a score of 17-16.


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