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Match Report – Huddersfield 14 – 13 Leeds

Gaskell’s pointer to the final game of the match won Huddersfield’s first Super League win of the season; The Giants also had three possible tries turned down by referee Liam Moore

Last updated: 02/05/21 19:27 pm

Match Report – Huddersfield 14 – 13 Leeds


Highlights from the Betfred Super League fifth round clash between Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos.

Highlights of Betfred Super League Game 5 between Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos.

A drop goal from Lee Gaskell in the last action of the match saw the Huddersfield Giants play Rhinos Leeds 14-13 and claim their first Betfred Super League win of the season at John Smith’s Stadium.

Leeds clash Liam Sutcliffe missed three scoring attempts in the final 16 minutes of a tense second half as the injured Rhinos bowed for a fifth straight loss in all competitions.

The Giants have lived perilously after losing a 12-4 lead, built on two tries from skipper Aidan Sezer, but will feel they deserved the win after three downs denied by referee Liam Moore.

Match Report – Huddersfield 14 – 13 Leeds

Tom Briscoe is tackled by James Cunningham and Joe Greenwood

The Rhinos were without 10 players due to injuries and suspension, including Kyle Eastmond, their recent cross-code rookie who was ruled out with a hamstring issue but still had chances of winning the game.

Hooker Kruise Leeming proved to be a useful makeshift half-back and Sutcliffe was a constant threat as he returned to the side.

The game started in a lingering drizzle and was disrupted by a series of minor injuries that kept either party from picking up a pace.

Sezer was denied an early try due to an offside and it was Leeds who hit first, second rower Bodene Thompson, forcing his way out of the way after enjoying back-to-back penalties.

Match Report – Huddersfield 14 – 13 Leeds

Aidan Sezer got Huddersfield game’s first try

Sutcliffe was wide with the conversion attempt, but Leeds kept their lead until 11 minutes before the break when the concerted pressure in their 20-yard zone was revealed when Sezer pushed his way through for an equalizer try .

The Australian half-back added the conversion to give his side the advantage and extended it 50 seconds into the second half with his second try.

Full-back Gaskell turned defense into attack with a break in his own 20-yard zone and Sezer had enough pace to finish from the halfway line.

The captain was wide with the conversion, but made amends with a penalty four minutes later to stretch his team’s lead to 12-4.

Match Report – Huddersfield 14 – 13 Leeds

Ash Handley crossed for Leeds second try against Huddersfield

The Giants believed they scored again when replacement hooker Adam O’Brien went from the dummy half, but the try was denied for an obstruction by second rower Kenny Edwards.

Leeds had another release after 54 minutes when center Ricky Leutele, in his home debut, broke through the first line of defense for Luke Yates to charge for the line, but the Aussie prop lost control of the ball over the line.

The misfires started to look costly when the Rhinos hit back by winger Ash Handley, who ended a break with Sutcliffe and the try was converted by substitute Rhyse Martin, who tied the scores five minutes later with a penalty of 40 meters.

Sutcliffe was wide with two drop-goal attempts and Sezer also failed with a pointer, while Huddersfield had another try denied, this time Josh Jones denied with an offside appeal from Gaskell’s high kick.

Match Report – Huddersfield 14 – 13 Leeds

Lee Gaskell throws drop goal to win game for Huddersfield

The frenzied action continued as Sutcliffe’s third downed goal attempt hit the crossbar and rebounded over six minutes to go to break the deadlock, but Sezer quickly equalized with an instant pointer after that Leutele regained possession of the restart.

Leeds had another chance to win in normal times after O’Brien lost possession in his own 20-yard zone, but Sutcliffe was wide with another drop-goal attempt.

The game looked set to go into extra time when Leeds conceded a penalty for stealing the ball and it gave Gaskell the chance to clinch the winning point from 40 yards away.


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