Rhinos beat brave Rovers


Leeds Rhinos came from behind to beat Hull KR in their first match at Elland Road since the 2010 World Club Challenge.

It was a sloppy start from the Rhinos with the players not adapting to the slippery conditions straightaway was hindering their progress.

They paid the price for the sloppy start as Ryan Shaw managed to get in in the corner after a great team move. The winger then managed to convert his own try.

It was soon a two try advantage as a great pass put former St Helens Fullback Adam Quinlan through. Shaw just put his conversion wide this time, but the Rovers were in dreamland with a 10 point lead.

The Rhinos needed to click into gear quickly and they did through Adam Cuthbertson as he was able to dive over under the posts. Richie Myler was on target with the conversion attempt to reduce the deficit to four points.

That try seemed to wake the Rhinos from their slumber as Jimmy Keinhorst went through for his first try. Myler missed his conversion attempt but the scores were level going into half time.

In the second half, Hull KR decided to test the nerve of the champions when Chris Atkin put a drop goal over to put the Robins back in front by one point. The tactic seemed to work at first with the defensive efforts of Hull KR being bravely awarded.

But one lapse of concentration allowed Keinhorst to come through for his second try. Despite television replays seeming to show an obstruction in the build up, which is what gave the versatile German a path through. Myler was again unsuccessful with the kick but Leeds hit the front for the first time in the game.

Keinhorst then completed his hat trick to seemingly make the game safe as his strength was too much for a tiring defence. Myler once again missed his conversion attempt for a nine point lead for the Rhinos.

Hull KR were not done, but Shaw’s diving effort was chalked off by the video referee for an obstruction in the build up. Their brave efforts would ultimately go unrewarded.

It means the Rhinos start the new season with two consecutive wins, and what will please Brian McDermott is it was two wins where they really dug in. They now head to Australia to take on NRL Champions Melbourne Storm.

As for the Rovers, it is ultimately a second straight defeat for them on their Super League return. But this is a performance they can be proud of. They are back at Craven Park as they host Catalans Dragons next Thursday.

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