Leeds Rhinos vs Toronto Wolfpack

Brian McDermott’s return to Headingley Stadium has ended in a 66-12 loss for his Toronto Wolfpack side against a rampaging Leeds Rhinos. A performance that takes them to the top of the Super League standings, Leeds were relentless both with and without the ball in front of their home fans and Toronto were unable to match their intensity.

A frantic opening saw the Rhinos cross the try-line in just the fourth minute through Brad Dwyer despite heavy attention from the Wolfpack defence. Matty Russell almost had the immediate reply for the Wolfpack but on review his left foot was seen to scrape the touchline before he was able to get the ball down. Leeds then went the length of the field to double their advantage following an electric series of passes that concluded beneath the posts with Richie Myler.

The Wolfpack then impacted the scoreboard following a 70m gain on the back of runs from Miloudi, Leutele and 200-gamer Bodene Thompson that ended in the hands of Tony Gigot. Playing his third game for Toronto, Gigot took to the boot with a perfectly-placed kick designed for Miloudi that caused havoc amongst the Leeds defence. The resultant ricochet was pounced on by Josh McCrone who registered his first try of the 2020 season to breathe life into this side.

Leeds didn’t wait long to restore their 12-point lead however, with Robert Lui breaking through the Wolfpack line before putting Luke Gale over the line in his 300th career appearance. Lui then had his own, his third of the season, six minutes later after finding a gap on the right-hand side and slipping through untouched. A second four-pointer was soon marked beside his name as a result of some expansive passing on the fifth tackle with the half-time break approaching.

The final seconds of the opening half delivered what was perhaps the fatal blow to Toronto as Leeds tallied their sixth try of the clash in the aftermath of a stunning play along the right wing. Ash Handley finished under the posts for the Rhinos but it was Harry Newman who made it possible with his slick handling and deft passing as the siren rang around Headingley, bringing a tough forty minutes for Toronto to an end.

A much-improved defensive effort from Toronto to begin the second half was rewarded in the 53rd minute when Jack Wells registered his first try in Wolfpack colours. Making his second appearance after crossing on loan from Wigan Warriors, Wells shrugged off the Rhinos’ attempts to bring him down to cross the line for his new side.

Cameron Smith extinguished any hope of a Toronto comeback just moments later when he charged ferociously at the Wolfpack defensive line and stretched desperately to restore the half-time margin. Mikolaj Oledzki and Luke Gale then added back-to-back tries for Leeds to blow the score out further.

Toronto now pause their Super League campaign as they prepare to face Huddersfield Giants in a Challenge Cup clash at John Smith’s Stadium on Wednesday March 11. The fixture will mark the Wolfpack’s third appearance in the prestigious tournament and the first time they have faced-off against Huddersfield in their history. Tickets are available now by clicking here.

Game Timeline

4’ Try Rhinos: Dwyer. Conversion: Martin 6-0

8’ Try Rhinos: Myler. Conversion: Martin 12-0

16’ Try Wolfpack: McCrone. Conversion: O’Brien 12-6

21’ Try Rhinos: Gale. Conversion: Martin 18-6

27’ Try Rhinos: Lui. Conversion: Martin 24-6

33’ Try Rhinos: Lui. Conversion: Martin 30-6

40’ Try Rhinos: Handley. Conversion: Martin 36-6

Half Time: 36 – 6

52’ Try Wolfpack: Wells. Conversion: O’Brien 36-12

56’ Try Rhinos: Smith. Conversion: Martin 42-12

62’ Try Rhinos: Oledzki. Conversion: Martin 48-12

64’ Try Rhinos: Gale. Conversion: Martin 54-12

78’ Try Rhinos: Cuthbertson. Conversion: Martin 60-12

80’ Try Rhinos: Hurrell. Conversion: Martin 66-12

Full Time: 66 – 12

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