Leeds Rhinos took another huge step towards survival in the Betfred Super League after recording a 48-8 win over Catalans Dragons at Headingley Stadium.
It took just 10 minutes for the hosts to open the scoring as Ash Handley gathered the ball well before grounding under pressure. Rhyse Martin converted to make it a six point advantage. He then added a penalty just five minutes later to make it eight.
Martin then got a try of his own and it was a spectacular 40m dash where he broke the line and went in under the posts. He then converted his own try and then added another penalty to make it an early 16 point lead for the Rhinos.
But then the Dragons came back into it and grabbed a try through Mickael Goudemand. Tony Gigot converted to make it six points on the board for the French side.
Right on half time, the game could have swung on one moment as Konrad Hurrell was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous lift. Gigot scored the consequent penalty to make it an eight point game at the break.
Just when the Rhinos got back to full strength, they were faced with another issue as Brad Singleton was sent off for a high tackle, which was right in the face of Sam Kasiano.
If they were feeling the heat, they didn’t show it as they racked up five tries in half an hour to wrap up the game.
Richie Myler scored twice, Handley grabbed his second and there were other efforts from Robert Lui and Luke Briscoe to seal the game and another 40 plus point win for the Rhinos.
It leaves Leeds in a good position, but they face a tricky test next week as they welcome leaders St Helens to Headingley.
As for Catalans, it could be a crucial blow in the race to finish in the final playoff spot. They host London Broncos in Perpignan next Saturday.