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Sunday 22nd June 2014, 15:00 - Round:17
|Chris Dean, Rhys Hanbury, Patrick Ah Van, Grant Gore, Joe Mellor,||T||Kallum Watkins, Danny McGuire 2, Kevin Sinfield, Liam Sutcliffe, Tom Briscoe, Josh Walters,|
Patrick Ah Van 4,
Kevin Sinfield 5,
Attendance: 5,543 Official: B Thaler Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton
Leeds stand-off Danny McGuire bagged a brace of tries as the Rhinos fought off a valiant Widnes Vikings charge to take the points at the Select Security Stadium.
McGuire was at his creative, poaching best for the Rhinos and his efforts either side of half-time proved to be the difference between the teams.
The Vikings had no less than seven players missing from their starting line-up from the side that faced Hull FC and Wigan Warriors last week and a resounding Leeds win would not have been a surprise.
No Kevin Brown, Jon Clarke, Danny Tickle or Jack Owens, amongst others, meant it was always going to be a tough afternoon for the home side facing a Leeds side keen to put right their loss to Huddersfield Giants last week.
Conceding more than 100 points in their last two games was not the ideal preparation for the Vikings either but they led 16-10 at the break against a full-strength Leeds line-up that welcomed back star hooker Paul Aiton after his recovery from illness.
Kallum Watkins got Leeds ticking over after only three minutes as he got the better of the Vikings' left-edge defence. Kevin Sinfield could not add the extras from the touchline but he made amends minutes later with an easy conversion from in front after Ben Jones-Bishop cut through to give McGuire an easy score.
Widnes got back into it on 20 minutes as the impressive Rhys Hanbury sent in Chris Dean, who finished off a sweeping Vikings move.
Patrick Ah Van knocked over an excellent conversion from the sideline and Widnes were in again 10 minutes later as Ryan Hall failed to deal with Danny Craven's towering kick after good pressure from Paddy Flynn and Hanbury touched down.
Ah Van converted and he got in on the try-scoring act himself right on the hooter from Danny Craven's kick.
Widnes deserved their 16-10 interval lead but that was about the best it got as the Rhinos surged ahead with two tries in three minutes from Sinfield and Liam Sutcliffe.
Hall then set up Tom Briscoe after a powerful run on 62 minutes to put Leeds in the driving seat before McGuire stretched their lead further.
Widnes got one back through substitute hooker Grant Gore but Leeds hit back through substitute Josh Walters. Sinfield added the extras to wrap the game up with four minutes left.
There was still time for returning scrum-half Joe Mellor to race the full length for the Vikings, to cap off a decent personal effort after 14 weeks out, but it was merely a consolation.
|Patrick Ah Van||1||0||6||1||3||2||0||11||107||9.73||1||1||2||0||4||1||1||0|
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