• Super 8s: Leeds Rhinos 38-26 Hull FC
• Hull’s brave effort after Wembley final not enough
Leeds moved to within touching distance of a home semi-final in the Super League play-offs following this victory in a bad-tempered contest.
Hull were lifting the Challenge Cup at Wembley five days ago – the scheduling of this fixture so soon after the final attracted much criticism – and they knew two points here were crucial to their hopes of usurping Leeds in second place.
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• Leeds 10-7 Hull FC
• Ryan Hall scores 250th career try in Rhinos victory
Leeds secured second place in Super League ahead of the split for the Super 8s with a hard-earned victory against fellow title contenders Hull FC. Both these sides meet in the Challenge Cup semi-finals in a fortnight’s time, and while this dress rehearsal for their next meeting later this month was certainly not the highest-quality game of the weekend, for Leeds, it was a vital victory in their ongoing quest to keep the pace with the runaway league leaders, Castleford.
Hull were without their talismanic half-back, Albert Kelly, and his absence was sorely felt on an evening where the Black and Whites fell out of the play-off places at the expense of Wakefield Trinity. Hull, who started the evening three points shy of the second-placed Rhinos, began well. It took them only six minutes to take the lead and it came via an unlikely source, as the prop, Scott Taylor, showed remarkable agility to squeeze over from dummy-half and put the visitors ahead.
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• Leeds Rhinos 24-22 St Helens
• Rhinos move up to second with full-back Jack Walker outstanding
This may not go down as one of Leeds’ most eye-catching displays of 2017 but it could certainly turn out to be one of the more important. The emergence of exciting talent has been commonplace in the Rhinos’ recent history and, in the absence of so much experience here, how thankful Leeds were to two promising prospects as they strengthened their position in Super League’s top four with the final weeks of the regular season approaching.
The rigours of last season and Leeds’ unlikely battle against relegation seem a good while ago with the Rhinos sitting second in Super League this year. But the class of 2016 may not have been able to overcome the loss of such senior players to grind out a victory which, come the end of the season, could be priceless.
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• Leeds 12-23 Castleford
• Hull FC 40-18 Wakefield; St Helens 25-24 Salford; Huddersfield 19-19 Wigan
Victories for Castleford against Leeds have become second nature in recent years but if this is to be the season they finally end their 91-year wait for the championship, this will surely go down as a defining evening.
Questions have been asked of the Tigers, the sport’s enterprising showmen, in regards to whether they can handle unfavourable conditions. Their defeat at Salford this season in driving rain at first suggested they could not – but here, in un-Castleford-like conditions to say the least, the Tigers showed the latest display of their burgeoning title credentials in all their glory.
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• Leeds 40-0 Warrington
• Wolves attacking frailties brutally exposed
There have been many moments already this season to suggest Leeds and Warrington are on different paths – this was perhaps the most conclusive of them all. A year ago, it was Leeds toiling at the wrong end of Super League while Warrington pressed ahead for major honours, finishing with the League Leaders’ Shield and appearances in both major finals.
There is a way to go yet before Leeds can reach any of those milestones, but the annus horribilis that was 2016 is slowly being cast further into the back of everyone’s minds at the Rhinos. This year has been much more like the Leeds of old – and how fitting it was that in their biggest ever Super League victory against Warrington, some of their old guard stole the show.
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• Leeds 12-31 Huddersfield
This will not rank among the contenders for the end‑of‑season highlights DVD but for Huddersfield it will not matter one bit.
Five days before this surprise win the Giants, without a win in nine games, were beaten by a part-time side, Swinton, in the Challenge Cup. They were visiting a Leeds side who would have gone top of Super League with a fourth successive victory.
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