Catalan Dragons 20 Leeds 27

Catalan Dragons 20 Leeds 27: Rhinos edge towards final

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21:01 GMT, 21 September 2012

Danny McGuire kept alive Leeds's hopes of a second Grand Final appearance from fifth place and killed Catalan's Old Trafford dreams.

The Rhinos rewrote the record books last year when they became the first team to claim the Super League title from outside the top three.

And they are closing in on a seventh Grand Final in nine years after McGuire scored the vital try and kicked a late drop goal.

Star man: McGuire scored the vital try and kicked a late drop goal

Star man: McGuire scored the vital try and kicked a late drop goal

Leeds had led 12-4 just before half-time, but Damien Blanch scored a 90-metre interception to narrow the gap and then crossed again from Scott Dureau's kick early in the second half.

Blanch's heroics had the Rhinos rocking, but Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield sent Carl Ablett over from a close-range kick.

Then Ryan Bailey went through three defenders from the restart before feeding McGuire to put the visitors 10 points clear.

The home side looked to be cruising, but Thomas Bosc's reply and Leon Pryce's introduction from the bench set up a tense finish.

Clint Greenshields had given the hosts an early lead when he squeezed under Jamie Peacock's attempted tackle.

But Rhinos' substitute Stevie Ward dislodged the ball from Jamal Fakir in a tackle, then charged on to Shaun Lunt's pass to edge Leeds ahead.

When Lunt supported Jamie Jones-Buchanan's break two minutes later, the Rhinos looked comfortable before Blanch's long-range effort.

Leeds will play either Wigan or St Helens in the semi-final next week, depending on who Wigan choose.