Saturday 20th August 2011, 15:00 - Round:25
|Luke Dorn 3, Jamie O'Callaghan, Mark Calderwood,||T||Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Jay Pitts,|
Luke Gale 6,
Kevin Sinfield 3,
Attendance: 3,241 Official: R Hicks Venue: Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Luke Dorn grabbed a hat-trick as Harlequins RL inflicted a shock defeat on Leeds a week away from the Rhinos’ Carnegie Challenge Cup Final date with Wigan Warriors.
Quins, who had won just once in their last 19 matches, dominated throughout as Leeds coach Brian McDermott endured a dreadful first return to the club he coached for four years.
McDermott left out key forwards Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Bailey and the Rhinos were lightweight throughout as the struggling Quins claimed a famous double following their 36-26 win at Headingley in February.
The sides came into the contest in contrasting form, Leeds having won their last five encounters to raise hopes of a top-four finish, while the Quins had lost six on the spin.
Despite the woeful form of Rob Powell’s men it was the hosts who began the brighter, and took a deserved lead in the 12th minute.
Smart work by Chad Randall 10 yards out saw him dart through the Leeds rearguard, before offloading to Dorn who touched down in the right-hand corner.
Leeds appeared to have one eye on next weekend’s showpiece and less than five minutes later they fell further behind.
Chris Bailey offloaded to Dorn, who gratefully accepted before charging through unopposed to touchdown under the posts.
Luke Gale had added the extras on both occasions, and further extended the hosts’ lead just before the half-hour with a penalty.
Leeds’ woes increased six minutes from the break when skipper Kevin Sinfield was sin-binned for a professional foul as Quins piled on the pressure.
And Leeds’ nightmare half was compounded moments later when the ball was quickly spread across the line and, taking advantage of the extra man, Rob Purdham teed up Jamie O’Callaghan to score in the left-hand corner for a 20-0 lead at the break.
When Dorn completed his treble with his 15th try of the season five minutes after the break – again under the posts and with Gale again adding the extras - the points were in the bag.
Ryan Hall finally got the Rhinos on the board in the 53rd minute when he benefitted from good work by Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow to go over in the corner to make it 26-4.
Dorn then impressed in defence as he put former Quins loanee Ben Jones-Bishop in touch with the try line in sight as Leeds sniffed a comeback.
But former Manly stand-off Dorn was at it again in attack when he linked up with Luke Gale to send over former Rhinos winger Mark Calderwood 15 minutes from time for the clinching score.
Gale’s sixth goal made it 32-4 and to make matters worse for the woeful visitors, exciting centre Kallum Watkins limped off with a leg problem.
Seven minutes from time McGuire crashed over and Sinfield’s first conversion put Leeds into double figures.
And they finished with a flourish as Burrow danced past Calderwood and Jay Pitts crashed over, but it was too little too late.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals
Clean Breaks: 3