Richard Agar bowed out at Hull on a losing note after in-form Leeds powered to victory in tonight’s engage Super League play-off eliminator at Headingley.
Hull coach Agar is to join Wakefield next season but will depart the KC Stadium having failed to taste victory over Leeds, who improved their run to 11 successive victories against their Yorkshire rivals.
The Rhinos, who now face a trip to Huddersfield on Friday in the next stage of the play-offs, simply had too much class for Agar’s side as they ran in seven tries to underline their pedigree.
First-half scores from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ben Jones-Bishop and Brent Webb put them in control and Weller Hauraki, Kevin Sinfield, Danny McGuire and Ryan Bailey added further tries after the restart.
Hull had made an initially encouraging start but struggled to make their field position pay.
Leeds punished them by taking the lead in the eighth minute when Ryan Hall caught a high ball and ushered Jones-Buchanan over from close range for a try which Sinfield converted.
That put the Rhinos in the ascendancy and they began to move through the gears, extending their lead with a penalty from Sinfield before claiming their second try in the 32nd minute.
Leeds moved the ball from left to right in a superb move which culminated in rookie wing Jones-Bishop grounding the ball in the corner.
Sinfield failed to convert but Leeds were dominant and scored again two minutes before the break when Webb collected a fine pass from Bailey and crashed over the line.
Sinfield added an easy conversion but Hull hit back two minutes after the restart when wing Richard Whiting finished well in the right corner.
Danny Tickle added the conversion but Whiting injured his arm in the process of scoring and was forced off.
And the pendulum soon swung back in Leeds’ favour again as Hauraki collected a pass from Jones-Buchanan to power through the Hull defence in the 46th minute.
Sinfield added the extras once more before getting on the scoresheet himself soon after as the Rhinos skipper raced under the posts for a try he converted.
McGuire added a sixth score in the 72nd minute when he raced past several Hull defenders for a fine individual effort which Sinfield converted.
Hull hit back in the closing stages when Tom Briscoe touched down in the left corner for a try which Tickle failed to convert, but Bailey went over for Leeds’ seventh and Sinfield added the extras.