|Huddersfield Giants (14) 26|
|Tries: Senior 2, McIntosh 3 Goals: Sezer 3|
|Leeds Rhinos (6) 27|
|Tries: Hurrell 2, Gale, Briscoe, Mellor Goals: Martin 3 Drop-goal: Gale|
Luke Gale landed a golden-point extra-time drop-goal to finish Leeds Rhinos’ beautiful comeback victory over Huddersfield Giants.
Louis Senior and a Darnell McIntosh double put Giants 14-6 up regardless of Konrad Hurrell’s reply for Leeds.
McIntosh added his third and Senior his second after half-time to ascertain a 26-6 lead with 18 minutes to go.
Leeds one way or the other clawed it again with Gale, Luke Briscoe, Alex Mellor and Hurrell tries taking the sport to extra-time.
Huddersfield’s Lee Gaskell, in any other case excellent all through the sport, missed a drop-goal try and that proved expensive for a dejected Giants aspect.
One concern for Leeds after the reduction of their dramatic end was the situation of James Donaldson, who was withdrawn on a stretcher after a sort out with Adam O’Brien with a decrease again damage which isn’t considered severe.
Leeds ship drama on Super League return
Super League’s means to ship such drama within the sanitised – in additional methods than one – environment of the coronavirus pandemic could possibly be an enormous fillip within the push for recognition.
Clubs have struggled financially within the four-and-a-half months with out reside sport and have gambled by bringing the sport again with out crowds and crucially with out earnings – and storylines like this one could possibly be huge by way of publicising the sport past its conventional spheres.
In the bio-secure bubble of Emerald Headingley – the ‘impartial’ venue which simply occurs to be Leeds’ floor – it was the Giants who made it appear like house for a lot of the sport.
For an hour they seemed again to their 2013 pomp once they gained the League Leaders’ Shield.
In former Canberra half-back Aidan Sezer they’ve a playmaking normal, who has launched the stress and introduced the very best out of stand-off Gaskell in flip – significantly his excellent cut-out ball help for McIntosh’s second rating.
Their forwards had been additionally dominant, however as their lead stretched out to 26-6, Leeds discovered the need and depth that had been missing within the first three-quarters to show the sport on its head.
Previously outmuscled and out-thought at occasions, the Rhinos had been all of the sudden revitalised, and within the artful Gale and powerhouse Hurrell that they had the instruments for the job.
They discovered a approach to get Harry Newman, whose centre play had been a aspect of Leeds’ finest performances this season, concerned within the recreation and his surge helped create Briscoe’s rating.
Huddersfield’s nerves grew when Mellor crashed over in opposition to his outdated membership and Tonga centre Hurrell’s second, one other highly effective effort near the road, got here within the closing moments of the sport.
Rhyse Martin’s conversion on an evening the place he was not notice excellent proved key, and so was the boot of Gale, whose means to ship these clutch kicks – as he did so typically for his former membership Castleford in large video games – was as soon as once more in proof.
Huddersfield: Golding; L Senior, Wardle, Turner, McIntosh; Gaskell, Sezer; Gavet, O’Brien, English, Edwards, Wood, Lawrence.
Interchanges: Holmes, Wilson, Matagi, Murphy.
Leeds: Myler; L Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley; Gale, Lui; Seumanufagai, Dwyer, Oledzki, Mellor, Martin, Prior.
Interchanges: Smith, Donaldson, Cuthbertson, Leeming.
Referee: Robert Hicks