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Leeds edge out gallant Halifax

Leeds have defeated a brave Halifax side 20-14 to maintain their unbeaten Tetleys Super League record after four rounds.
Leeds edge out gallant Halifax
by NRL

Leeds have defeated a brave Halifax side 20-14 to maintain their unbeaten Tetleys Super League record after four rounds. The Rhinos had to work hard to get the points as Halifax showed they'll be no pushovers this season despite their financial troubles and limited playing roster.

Kevin Sinfield opened the scoring with a penalty goal but the first part of the match was dominated by Halifax with Stuart Donlan the first tryscorer. Gary Connolly fumbled a bomb from Dane Dorahy with Donlan on the spot to score. Dorahy failed to convert the try with Halifax leading 4-2.

Chris Feather struck back for the Rhinos when he crashed over following Leeds gaining good field position from a penalty. Sinfield added the extras to put Leeds up 8-4. Dorahy pegged the margin back to just two points with a penalty goal with the score 8-6 at half-time.

The sin-binning of Halifax forward Paul Davidson just after half-time saw Leeds gain the vital upper hand and a try to Barrie McDermott in the 48th minute beating three tackles to score.

Chev Walker scored the Rhinos third try on 62 minutes following good work from Sinfield and Mark Calderwood. Sinfield converted both second half tries as Leeds held command leading 20-8.

Dorahy scored late in the match with Martin Moana setting up the try with a good run from the scrumbase. Halifax had the extra man due to Jamie Jones-Buchanan being sent to the sin bin.

Leeds ended up winning 20-14 in a scrappy match. Despite the unexpected closeness of the match, coach Daryl Powell wasn't disappointed. After the match he said, "It's a great start for us in terms of points on the board but we are not playing as well as we can with the ball.

"Defensively we worked very hard for each other and got the result. It was a great defensive effort.

"We created some clear-cut opportunities and didn't take them and that was crucial. We really should have scored them. We have got to be more clinical but I can't fault the players' effort."

Halifax coach Tony Anderson said, "I'm happy with some aspects of the game. We've improved in some areas but gone backwards in others. If we can put the package together we will be OK.

"We had some good possession but lacked the composure and shape of the last few weeks. We had chances to win the game but not the composure to finish them off.

"If we keep losing games we have the chance to win we are going to be down the bottom but I am pretty confident that if we play like that we will not be down there."

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