WINGER Tom Briscoe scored four of Leeds Rhinos’ 15 tries as they cruised to a 76-0 win over USA Pioneers at the University of North Florida yesterday.
Rhinos led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter through Briscoe’s first two tries and touchdowns for Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins, though Liam Sutcliffe failed to add any conversions.
Briscoe, Mitch Achurch, Robbie Ward and Josh Walters went over, with Danny McGuire adding three conversions and Sutcliffe one to make it 40-0 at half-time and the third quarter brought tries for Jimmy Keinhorst, Sutcliffe, Briscoe and Stevie Ward, plus two goals by Ashton Golding, who started at full-back as a late replacement for Zak Hardaker.
Rhinos gave a run-out in the second half to American players Joe Eichner and Terence Williams, who have been training with them during their pre-season camp in Jacksonvile.
Eichner crossed in the final period and Williams landed a late conversion. Other try scorers were Brad Singleton and Hall and Golding added one more goal.
Castleford Tigers meanwhile recovered from a two-try half-time deficit to overhaul Bradford 22-14 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Bradford gave debuts to no fewer than 11 players which, in part, paved the way for Cas to race into the ascendancy once they’d got their noses in front.
Australian full-back Jake Mullaney had a hand in all three Bulls’ tries, scored by Jay Pitts, Ryan Shaw and Adrian Purtell, only one of which was converted by Harry Siejka.
On the half-hour, Justin Carney responded for Castleford to reduce the arrears. Ashley Gibson and Scott Moore touched down for the Tigers early in the second half. Luke Gale – playing against his former club for the first time – converted all three efforts to make it 18-14. And late on, Mike McMeeken broke clear to settle the contest with a try.
Elsewhere, Dewsbury Rams celebrated Austin Buchanan’s testimonial with victory over visiting Salford Red Devils. It finished 28-12, and it took Iestyn Harris’ Salford a staggering 51 minutes to cross for their first try, while Dewsbury had three first-half scores ruled out.