Leeds Rhinos Women 60 Huddersfield Giants Women 4: Courtney Winfield-Hill shines in milestone match

Captain Courtney-Winfield-Hill celebrated her 50th appearance for the club by scoring  20 points - from two tries and six goal goals as Leeds Rhinos got their Women’s Super League campaign off to a flying start with a 60-4 demolition of Huddersfield Giants in Friday's Headingley curtain-raiser.
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Rhinos ran in 12 tries, scoring 38 points in a blistering second-half, including a hat-trick from full-back Fran Goldthorpe.

The hosts struggled with the wet conditions in the opening 40, but adapted much better after the break, when Winfield-Hill also got her kicking radar working.

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Rhinos were 10-0 up inside as many minutes, Keara Bennett going over from close range and then Zoe Hornby stepping into a gap inside Leeds’ half, in the set from the restart and racing away for a spectacular solo try

Fran Goldthorp scored three of Rhinos' 12 tries against Giants. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.Fran Goldthorp scored three of Rhinos' 12 tries against Giants. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Fran Goldthorp scored three of Rhinos' 12 tries against Giants. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Amelia Brown, Giants’ pacy right-winger, matched that with a brilliant long-range touchdown at the end of the opening quarter.

Winfield-Hill sent Caitlin Beevers in for a try to restore the 10-point gap; touched down herself, running through to gather her own kick and then provided a fine long pass to Sam Hulme for the hosts’ fifth try which made it 22-4 at the break.

Two tries in four minutes straight afterwards - following an error by the visitors from the kick-off - both from Goldthorp, set the tone for the second half which was played out almost entirely in Giants’ 20.

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Winfield-Hill scored her second and then put Elycha Watson over; Georgia Roche crossed before her pass set-up Goldthorpe’s hat-trick touchdown and Hulme went in for her second, off a long ball from the captain.

Jasmine Earnshaw-Cudjoe on the attack for Rhinos against Giants. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.Jasmine Earnshaw-Cudjoe on the attack for Rhinos against Giants. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Jasmine Earnshaw-Cudjoe on the attack for Rhinos against Giants. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Leeds Rhinos Women: Goldthorp, Gaines, Butcher, Beevers, Hulme, Roche, Winfield-Hill, Anderson, Bewnnett, Lumley, Frain, Watson, Hornby. Subs Eatrnshaw-Cudjoe, Lacey, Lockwood, Barnes.

Huddersfield Giants Women: Curkey, Coates, Howey, Stott, Brown, Townend, Grady, Davis. Oates, Hawkins, Rowe, Thompson, Naidole. Subs Davidson, Goddard, McCarthy, Burwood.

Refere: Adam Johnson (St Helens).