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Leeds Rhinos 54 – 6 London Broncos

Leeds Rhinos continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable victory over a beleaguered London Broncos side.

Brad Singleton set the tone early on after crossing for his first try in Leeds colours in the opening minute. Soon after, Leeds were further ahead, with Ryan Hall crossing in the corner before latching onto a Danny McGuire kick to touch down for his second score on the 15 minute mark.

The 26 minute mark saw Mitch Achurch link up with Paul Aiton to charge over from 10 metres, then Hall, who signed a new five year deal earlier in the week, got on the end of a kick from Rob Burrow to complete his hat trick on 31 minutes.

Ben Jones-Bishop then scored his first of the night and Leeds’ sixth of an explosive opening 40 minutes as he finished off an impressive 70-metre move.

The half time break did not break the Rhinos’ momentum who were over after just two minutes of the restart, with Hardaker throwing an superb dummy to create space for a simple finish.

Despite the home side’s dominance, London continued to show spirit and their perseverance was rewarded with a try from Mason Caton-Brown on 49 minutes, who darted through a gap in the Leeds defence to register the away side’s first points of the match. Josh Drinkwater converted to take the scores to 40-6.

The tempo of game began to die down as the second half wore on, with the Rhinos introducing young forwards Elliott Minchella and Rob Mulhern, the latter had been coached by Rob Burrow at under 16′s level.

The next score came when Kallum Watkins cut through the London defence to score his fourth try of the season, before he set up Ben Jones-Bishop for his second of the game on 69 minutes.

The scoring was rounded off in the 78th minute with Burrow marking his 350th appearance with a well deserved try.

20. Sports Journalism student at UCLan | Morecambe FC programme contributor | Dewsbury Rams media team | Leeds Rhinos fan.

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