Leeds Rhinos: Two-try Hall turns the attention on team-mates

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TWO-TRY hero Ryan Hall shrugged off the personal accolades after Leeds Rhinos booked a fourth trip to Wembley in five seasons.

Hall scored both Leeds’ first half touchdowns in Saturday’s 24-16 Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final win over Warrington.

But the England winger insisted: “I just do what I am told to do. The team needed some points on the board and it was nice to get over the line. It was pleasing because my try tally at the moment isn’t too flattering. I hadn’t scored for a while, so it was good to break that run.”

Hall’s second try came just four minutes before the interval and – with Kevin Sinfield converting from the touchline, via an upright – helped Leeds into a 14-0 interval lead.

That cushion proved crucial as Warrington fought back after half-time and Hall said: “It was a good time to score.

“But something that sticks in my mind is the tackle Brett Delaney did (on Wolves full-back Matty Russell) right before the hooter sounded.

“He pulled off a great covering tackle, right at the death. It looked a certain try, but that’s what this team does – it covers for each other when we need to.”

Despite the result, Hall felt Rhinos can play much better.

“It was good enough to get the job done,” he said of their semi-final performance. There were some bits we can improve on, certainly, but in big games like that it is the result that counts and we were on the right side of that.”

Rhinos had won only four of their eight Super League fixtures since the Cup quarter-final victory against Leigh Centurions, but Hall stressed: “I don’t think we have to answer any critics, at any point. We are just happy to get to the final. If people on the outside want to criticise what we do, let them do that. We will just get on with what we do.

“We were confident. We have been together a while and we are a team who know each other inside out. We knew it was in our armoury to get the job done.”

Leeds led from the third minute, when Sinfield landed a penalty goal and Hall said they had focused on getting off to a good start.

“That was the plan and it came off,” he said. “Hopefully in two weeks’ time we can do the same again. It was nerve-racking in the second half, the nerves were there right until the hooter went because Warrington can score as many tries in as many minutes, so we knew we had to keep playing and keep playing.”

Liam Sutcliffe.

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