Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts

Ryan Hall celebrates his match-winning try against Huddersfield.
Ryan Hall celebrates his match-winning try against Huddersfield.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on the dramatic victory at Huddersfield and the challenge ahead against St Helens.

JAMIE SMITH

The moto for this Super League season has been “every minute matters” and last Friday’s game at Huddersfield certainly proved that, as the destination of the League Leaders’ shield went down to the very last moment, literally.

The game was always going to be close and the half-time score line reflected that as we went in 8-6 up thanks to a converted Stevie Ward try and a Kevin Sinfield penalty.

Huddersfield battled their way in front thanks to Danny Brough penalties either side of a converted Jamie Ellis try, which had us on the edge of our seats hoping that our recent poor form wouldn’t come back to haunt us once again. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted the drama which was about to unfold right in front of us.

As time ticked away, a converted Tom Briscoe try with five minutes remaining had us back in the game with just enough time to turn things around and keep the treble dream alive. Huddersfield gifted us a penalty thanks to a needless shoulder charge, which a lot of fans behind the sticks wanted to see being run rather than a kick at goal being taken.

Sir Kev slotted the penalty between the sticks with a minute left on the clock to level the scores and put home advantage back in our hands.

After the kick-off, everything seemed to go into slow motion and then with 10 seconds remaining, Danny McGuire chipped over the Huddersfield defence and Ryan Hall capitalised on Scott Grix’s hesitation to bring in the ball for a clear run to the try line and seal the League Leaders’ crown.

Cue the crazy scenes in the away end as the Blue and Amber faithful erupted with delight and the rest as they say, is history. We may not have played the perfect 80 minutes last Friday, but over the course of the season the best team rightly finished top of the table.

It’s home advantage this week, as we take on St Helens tomorrow for a place in next week’s Grand Final at Old Trafford. This team plays its best rugby when it’s knockout time and last week’s result has given us a massive confidence boost. An Old Trafford return is our reward for a hard-fought four- point victory.

CRAIG TARBOTTON

Two down One to go! We finally got our hands on the league leaders’ shield after a dramatic Friday night at the John Smith’s Stadium.

What a game it was, a fantastic advertisement for rugby league.

Huddersfield have been in great form and as we know the Rhino’s haven’t, but as we’ve shown time and time again, we know how to win when it really matters.

The Leeds defence tightened up and we defended with our lives from continued Huddersfield pressure. The returning Rob Burrow was inspirational as he took the game to the Giants with his trademark scampering runs. Ryan Hall hasn’t been in the best of form of late and made a couple of errors that almost proved costly, but as we know he’s capable of turning any game on its head.

As the scores were set at 16-16 with 10 seconds left and the league leaders’ shield was heading to Wigan, I was pretty happy with our performance and looking forward to playing the Giants at home next week when Danny McGuire put in a perfect chip kick right into the path of Ryan Hall who went over to send us Rhinos fans into raptures.

We play Saints at home in the semi-final at Headingley tomorrow night, can we beat them and make it to Old Trafford? Of course we can. The treble is on!!

ANNE BOSANQUET

Well after the disappointment of the last few weeks, I had everything crossed for a better performance.

The first half we put points on the board first. But Huddersfield were relentless in their attack and credit to our defence that the score remained close.

Throughout we made errors and gave silly penalties away. The game had all the drama which you couldn’t dream of making up.

It came down to the wire and Sinfield’s last kick was testament to his nerve.

The last few seconds were incredible and Ryan Hall redeemed himself with an epic try.

We are league leaders and now face St Helens. Tomorrow night will be another intense game.

GRAHAM POULTER

Congratulations to Leeds Rhinos on winning the hub cap after one of the most dramatic finishes to a game that I’ve ever seen.

Now we really must be strong and perform tomorrow night against St Helens.

Win and the Grand Final is in sight!

JON WINTER

The last three defeats have been hard to take but were more than made up for by the last minute try by Hall! What a way to win the league leaders’ shield, it’s rugby league’s very own Aguerooooooooo moment! It booked a A home semi-final and the treble is still on. Saints will be tough to beat!

DIANNE HALL

Wow, what a game. This was more like the Rhinos we know. Our defence was back up to scratch and our attack was nearly there apart from some silly offloads.

Our reward is a home tie for our departing players against St Helens tomorrow. The treble is still on.

Matt Parcell.

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