Super 8s: Leeds Rhinos 38-26 Hull FC
|Betfred Super League|
|Leeds (24) 38|
|Tries: Burrow, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Garbutt, Cuthbertson, Parcell Goals: Watkins 7|
|Hull FC (14) 26|
|Tries: Michaels, Taylor, Washbrook, Bowden Goals: Sneyd 5|
Leeds confirmed their place in the Super League play-off semi-finals by beating Challenge Cup winners Hull FC.
The Rhinos' success means they need only two points from their final three games to secure a home semi-final.
Rob Burrow, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe and Mitch Garbutt went over for Leeds in the first half, replied to by Steve Michaels and Scott Taylor.
Danny Washbrook and Josh Bowden led Hull's fightback, but Adam Cuthbertson and Matt Parcell crossed for Leeds.
The hosts scored four tries in the first half and it was all started by Burrow - who was only in the line-up after Joel Moon pulled out in the warm-up with a groin injury.
The hooker touched down a loose ball, although a no-try call on the field was overturned by the video referee.
Hull, who beat Wigan 18-14 at Wembley on Saturday, are still not assured a place in play-offs, with even eighth-placed Huddersfield still harbouring hopes of a place in the semi-finals.
The visitors produced a spirited second-half comeback as Washbrook crossed on the right-hand side and Marc Sneyd cleverly set Bowden to power through the middle, but Parcell crossed in the final minute to seal the home side's victory.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott:
"I'm not pleased at all, I thought it was awful. We were distracted, too easily put off our game. Hull were very disruptive and I don't blame them four days after Wembley but I thought we were terrible, we were pretty soft defensively.
"We had some dopey moments and were achingly slow defensively, but we won and we can give ourselves a shake and a dress-down, get ready for a far better performance next week.
"It's good that we've won that game. It doesn't guarantee us second spot but it gets us extremely close."
Hull boss Lee Radford:
"I've just given them a big rap. To back up on a Thursday what they did on Saturday in terms of effort took me by surprise a little bit.
"I fully anticipated that we would blow out towards the latter stages and I would have accepted that, but they didn't and that's a real credit to the team.
"It showed that we're not here to fall away this year, we're going to be bang at it. If I had one criticism, it was that we hit the chase-the-game button a little early when there was 25 minutes to go. We were kicking short and chipping over."
Leeds: Walker; Briscoe, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hall; Moon, McGuire; Cuthbertson, Parcell, Singleton, Ward, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett.
Replacements: Mullally, Garbutt, Burrow, Delaney.
Hull: Shaul; Michaels, Fonua, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Kelly, Sneyd; Taylor, Houghton, Bowden, Turgut, Manu, Ellis.
Replacements: Thompson, Fash, Connor, Washbrook.
Referee: James Child.