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Friday 28th February 2014, 20:00 - Round:3
|Michael Oldfield, Jean-Philippe Baile,||T||Joel Moon, Brett Delaney, Tom Briscoe, Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall 2, Kevin Sinfield,|
William Barthau 2,
Kevin Sinfield 6,
Attendance: 6,300 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Kevin Sinfield scored a personal tally of 16 points as Leeds Rhinos ran away with the game, finishing 40-12 winners in the south of France against Catalan Dragons.
England captain Sinfield, who earlier in the week had been ruled out of the game with an ankle injury by his coach, turned in a man-of-the-match performance with a try and six conversions from as many attempts.
The home side started the brighter and opened the scoring through Michael Oldfield following a set play from a scrum. William Barthau converted, but the toll of having eight regulars missing eventually told for the Dragons.
Leeds fought back as Joel Moon touched down in the left corner after exchanging passes with Ryan Hall, Sinfield converting.
The Rhinos scored again without Catalan touching the ball as Brett Delaney raced onto Paul Aiton's flat pass after good work by Ryan Bailey.
On the half-hour mark, Sinfield and Kallum Watkins combined to send Tom Briscoe away down the right touchline and the winger showed his pace to score, outpacing Mathias Pala in the process.
Leeds ran riot in the opening 10 minutes of the second half with both Carl Ablett and Hall touching down with the Dragons not touching the ball.
Ablett raced on to Rob Burrow's short pass after the half-back had dummied right then passed left, and Hall was on the end of a flowing move after good work by Moon.
Catalans got some consolation in the 52nd minute with Jean-Phillipe Baile scoring from the kick of Barthau, who added the conversion.
However, the visitors finished the strongest.
Leeds skipper Sinfield ended a flowing move with 14 minutes remaining. Zak Hardaker and Watkins combined to send Briscoe away down the right, and his inside ball found Danny McGuire - who juggled with the ball before offloading to the supporting Sinfield to touch down.
In the dying seconds of the game, Moon and Hall again combined to see Hall touch down in the corner.
With Sinfield off the field, it was left to Burrow to attempt the touchline conversion. However, as the hooter sounded, his effort faded across the front of the posts.
|Jean Philippe Baile||1||1||23||3||0||2||0||10||43||4.30||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
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