Super League: Leeds Rhinos 24-26 Hull FC
|Betfred Super League|
|Leeds Rhinos (6) 24|
|Tries: Hurrell, Briscoe 2, Handley Goals: Martin 4|
|Hull FC (12) 26|
|Tries: Manu, Faraimo, Shaul, Naulago Goals: Sneyd 5|
Hull FC resisted an excellent Leeds Rhinos comeback to win at Headingley for the first time in 12 years.
The hosts were 14 points down with 25 minutes left, but Ash Handley's runaway try - sandwiched between two Tom Briscoe scores - put them 24-20 ahead.
But Ratu Naulago's one-handed try drew Hull level, with Marc Sneyd's conversion enough for them to triumph.
Victory keeps Lee Radford's side third in the table, with Leeds now level on points with bottom side London Broncos.
Only points difference keeps Rhinos above Hull KR and Broncos, who stunned runaway leaders St Helens to boost their own Super League survival hopes.
Sika Manu capitalised on a Konrad Hurrell error to open the scoring for Hull, who doubled their lead when Bureta Faraimo towered above two Leeds defenders to dive down and score.
Indiscipline allowed Leeds a foothold - Hurrell stretching over after a move out wide - but a converted Jamie Shaul try and Sneyd penalty after the break had Hull 20-6 ahead.
Handley's try was the highlight of the hosts' second-half charge - intercepting Carlos Tuimavave's pass for a certain Hull score before darting 90m under the goalposts.
But Leeds knocked on from the restart and never recovered, Sneyd's fifth successful kick under pressure proving to be the matchwinning contribution in a game which saw the scrum-half pass 1,500 career points.
It was a first victory at Headingley in 15 attempts for Hull, who are now just two points behind second-placed Warrington, who they face in the Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Leeds coach Richard Agar told BBC Radio Leeds:
"Frustrating - obviously very close but I think the overriding message is we did enough things wrong in that game not to get the victory.
"I think we can be really disappointed with what we tossed up in that first 20 minutes, but I did think we found some energy after that.
"When you look over the course of 80 minutes we simply did too many things wrong that were in our control, that invited them into some good positions."
Hull FC forward Gareth Ellis told BBC Radio Humberside:
"It was a really tough game - I haven't seen Leeds play every week but I would think that's up there with the best they've played all year.
"We had to dig deep - I thought we played really well for the large majority of the game, but it can easily be undone.
"It was a great 80 minute performance where we had to dig in and find something at the end."
Leeds Rhinos: Walker, Handley, Hurrell, Newman, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Lui, Seumanufagai, Lunt, Singleton, Smith, Martin, Merrin.
Interchanges: Dwyer, Ferres, Cuthbertson, Peteru.
Hull FC: Shaul, Naulago, Tuimavave, Griffin, Faraimo, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Manu, Minichiello, Westerman.
Interchanges: Bowden, Ellis, Fash, Lane.