Leeds come from behind to move into playoffs

Leeds Rhinos came from behind to defeat a spirited Hull FC 40-22 at Headingley.

Hull took the lead after just nine minutes, as Mahe Fonua went through a gap to score. Marc Sneyd missed the conversion, meaning the Black and Whites had a four point advantage.

Leeds were then dealt a blow after Richie Myler was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.

Hull soon took advantage of that, as Andre Savelio bumped off a tackle to go over. Sneyd was on target to put Hull into double figures.

Leeds needed to hit back, and they did soon after as Jack Walker collected a kick and went through to score. Rhyse Martin added the conversion to bring the Rhinos back within four points.

Just three minutes later, Leeds levelled as Ash Handley got over in the corner. Martin missed the chance to kick Leeds in front.

However, that wouldn’t matter, as Walker spun over to get his second try of the night. Martin converted to put Leeds ahead by six points for the first time.

The Rhinos struck again just after half time, as James Donaldson powered over with three defenders on his back. Martin added the conversion as Leeds doubled their advantage.

It was soon back-to-back tries for the Rhinos, as Brad Dwyer broke free, and gave the ball Handley, who stepped around the defender to score. Martin was on target once again with the conversion.

A 40/20 from Jake Connor then gave the Black and Whites the field position, and Josh Griffin bumped off a tackle and went over to get Hull back in it. Sneyd kicked the conversion.

Another 40/20, this time from Sneyd set Hull up for another try a few minutes later. This time it was Jack Brown who powered over. Sneyd converted to bring the Black and Whites back to within six points.

Any hope of a comeback was then extinguished when Liam Sutcliffe took in a high kick from Luke Gale to go over and score. Martin added the conversion as the Rhinos went back ahead by 12.

Handley then sealed the game after intercepting a pass, and running 60m to score. Martin converted to bring Leeds up to 40 points.

That result puts Leeds into the playoff places, with Catalans still yet to play. They face Warrington Wolves next Tuesday.

As for Hull, they put in a very good effort, seeing as they were given less than 24 hours to prepare for the game. They return to action on Tuesday against Huddersfield Giants.

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