Leeds Rhinos survived a huge scare against London Broncos to leave the capital club adrift at the bottom of the Super League.
It was a fast start from the Rhinos, and they took the lead within four minutes as Liam Sutcliffe managed to get over, despite the best efforts of the London defence. He then converted his own try to make it a six point lead.
It was then two tries in the first ten minutes for Leeds as Ash Handley managed to get over out wide. Sutcliffe missed the conversion this time, but it was ten points in ten minutes for the Rhinos.
The Broncos worked their way back into the game and got the try they deserved when Ryan Morgan got in after they moved the ball well. Kieran Dixon converted to bring the Broncos back to within one try.
Leeds gave themselves breathing space within just two minutes into the second half when Jack Walker managed to get in. Sutcliffe missed the conversion, meaning their lead was eight points.
But just seven minutes later, the Broncos pulled back to within four points as Jordan Abdull got on the end of his own high kick to touch down. Dixon missed the conversion this time.
It was a nervy time for Leeds but they got the insurance of another try just after the hour mark as Harry Newman managed to cross over. Sutcliffe missed the conversion again, but they were two scores in front again.
The Rhinos then seemed to seal the game as Richie Myler took in Alex Sutcliffe’s scruffy pass to score. Sutcliffe converted to bring the Rhinos 14 points in front.
But with ten minutes to go, the Broncos were not done as Abdull managed to get over his second try of the game. Dixon converted to make it an eight point game with plenty of time left for more.
The capital side threatened to make it a grand stand finish when, with five minutes to go, Alex Walker managed to get on the end of a clever offload to get in and score. Dixon then converted to bring the Broncos back to within two points.
After a few hairy moments, Leeds held on and confirmed a priceless victory. They now have a week off before they travel to West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity on 7th June.
As for London, they are now cut adrift at the bottom of the Super League, and their task doesn’t get any easier as they host league leaders St Helens on 9th June.