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Brian McDermott seals deal to be new Leeds United manager

Isn't Brian McDermott already the coach of Leeds Ex-Reading boss set to take charge in city where his namesake runs Rhinos…

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World Club Challenge 2012

Brian McDermott (II)

Age: 52

Born: Slough, Berkshire

Club: Expected to be named Leeds United boss

Playing career: Clubs include Arsenal, Fulham, Cardiff and spells in Sweden and China

Managerial honours: Championship 2012, Championship play-off finalist 2011

Zak Hardaker out of World Club Challenge with injury

Leeds face challenge after injury rules full back Hardaker out of Melbourne clash

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Ian Laybourn, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

21:08 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:08 GMT, 18 February 2013

Leeds will have to find a new full-back for Friday's World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm after ruling out England international Zak Hardaker with a broken thumb.

The 21-year-old is expected to be sidelined for a month with the injury he sustained in last Friday's 42-14 Super League win over Salford.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott also confirmed at a press conference at Headingley that prop Ryan Bailey will be out after undergoing minor knee surgery, but that second rower Brett Delaney and prop Jamie Peacock will return after missing the Salford game through injury.

Crocked: Hardaker (centre) has a broken thumb

Crocked: Hardaker (centre) has a broken thumb

Centre Kallum Watkins, who switched to full-back against the City Reds, and Australian recruit Joe Vickery are among the list of possible alternatives for the full-back role.

Vickery, 23, who was born in Exeter but raised in Australia, earned a 12-month contract with the champions after impressing in pre-season trials but damaged ankle ligaments on his debut in the opening game.

'We've a few options,' McDermott said. 'Kallum Watkins is one of them and Joe Vickery is in the mix after making a remarkable recovery.'

Super League coaches Brian McDermott and Richard Agar give controversial proposed rule changes thumbs up

Super League coaches give thumbs up to controversial proposed rule changes

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UPDATED:

16:40 GMT, 27 December 2012

Super League coaches Brian McDermott and Richard Agar have given their 'thumbs up' to the experimental rule changes trialled on Boxing Day, although the Rugby Football League have been criticised over their introduction.

The changes were formulated by the RFL's laws committee and put into practice during the Leeds-Wakefield festive challenge at Headingley, as well as the Batley-Dewsbury derby.

The option for teams to reduce the numbers in a scrum was largely ignored at Headingley, where one man was sent off and four others were sin-binned, and there was no instance of the ball being kicked dead from before halfway, which would have resulted in a 40-metre restart.

Controversial: The proposed changes were trialled during Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats on Boxing Day

Controversial: The proposed changes were trialled during Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats on Boxing Day

PROPOSED CHANGES:
Teams with scrum feed can leave the loose forward out of the pack to create an extra man.
Tackle count does not reset with a charge-down. If the ball is kicked dead from a team's own half the opposition receive a 40-metre tap.

However, there was a clear example at Leeds of the proposal to continue the tackle count in the event of a charge-down and Wakefield scored one of their tries after being given the advantage to play on following a handling error by their opponents.

Wildcats boss Agar was full of praise for Danny Cowling's speculative kick, following a loss of possession by Leeds on halfway, which set up a score for full-back Richard Mathers.

'It's a free shot and a terrific example of how it's going to work,' Agar said.

'It's a rule I feel should be a positive one.

'It could get messy sometimes with play coming back 50 or 60 metres and slowing the game up but in terms of trying things and producing more attacking rugby we should give it a go.

'Rugby league has always been a sport that is not afraid to put its neck on the line and be a bit innovative and I'm all for that.'

Leeds boss McDermott said: 'I like the new rules. The punishment for a charge-down if it doesn't come off has always been heavily weighted towards the team with the ball.

'The added man from the scrum will take some getting used to. I don't think there is a play out there just yet that will get the defence.'

Friendly There was clearly no festive cheer during this exhibition match

Friendly There was clearly no festive cheer during this exhibition match

Agar claimed his club was not told of the experimental rules until just before their final training session and, therefore, did not have enough time to prepare for them.

'We didn't know about them until Friday,' he said. 'We would have tried some things around them had we had more time.

'Certainly I applaud the RFL for trying them and this was the right game in which to do it but the way it was communicated was wrong.

'We should know, then the players could have a say and the fans should know a bit earlier than they did so they could go away and debate it.

'There's a lot of senior, highly-paid management at the RFL who forgot to tell us which I find a bit disappointing.'

The RFL say details of the experimental changes were presented to the autumn meeting of the RL Council and their impact will be assessed in the new year before any decision is taken on their future implementation.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood, who chairs the laws committee, said: 'Christmas friendlies are the perfect opportunity to trial changes such as these and I would like to thank all four clubs for their willingness to participate in the experiment.'

Leeds coach McDermott hails captain fantastic Sinfield after Super League title success

Leeds coach McDermott hails captain fantastic Sinfield after Super League success

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22:31 GMT, 6 October 2012

The name of Kevin Sinfield was on everyone's lips as the Leeds captain inspired his side to a sixth Super League title in nine years at Old Trafford.

The 32-year-old produced a man-of-the-match performance in a 26-18 success over Warrington, scoring a try and five goals despite being knocked out cold by the head of Michael Monaghan.

Trophy hunters: Kevin Sinfield and Brian McDermott

Trophy hunters: Kevin Sinfield and Brian McDermott

The injury clearly did not set him back too much, though, as he dusted himself down on his 78th successive appearance to climb the podium and lift another trophy, before returning to a shower of compliments from coaches past and present.

'To borrow a line from (Leeds president) Harry Jepson, he's not the best six Leeds have had and he's not the best 13 they've had, but he's by a long way the best captain they've had,' said Leeds' now dual title-winning boss Brian McDermott.

Touching on the Rhinos' 48-24 final-round loss to 12-man Huddersfield, which appeared to rule them out of retaining a title they also won from fifth a year ago, McDermott added: 'You don't find out the quality of people until times are tough. It's easy when you have the momentum and back-to-back wins.

The greatest: Sinfield celebrates his sixth success

The greatest: Sinfield celebrates his sixth success

'But when you're getting murdered at Huddersfield in your final game before the play-offs, and your captain knocks on your door to give you some advice… He holds it together in tough times.'

Those inside rugby league have long since acknowledged Sinfield's brilliance, but those from other fields are now starting to notice.

Wayne Rooney took to Twitter to call his performance 'a joke', such was its quality, while television presenter Clare Balding admitted to being 'choked up' by him.

Warrington coach Tony Smith is all too aware of Sinfield. The Australian coached Leeds to the first two of their six titles, with the Oldham-born player in the armband for both of them.

'He's a terrific player and one of the best club players I have seen over here,' said Smith, whose side failed to do the double having beaten Leeds to the Challenge Cup in August.

'He contributes in a massive way, not just in his performances on the field but off it. He's a steady thinker and steady hand, he does everything right and he is a real inspiration. I'm proud to have been associated with him and to have coached him.'

The man himself preferred to direct attention away from himself, short of admitting he was knocked out but was 'fine'.

It was his normally unheralded try-scoring which got Leeds going, though, getting them back on terms with an opportunist effort.

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos lifts the trophy

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos lifts the trophy

His goalkicking remained as steadfast as ever – he has landed 21 from as many attempts during a play-off series that has seen back-to-back wins over Wakefield (eighth place), Catalan (fourth), Wigan (first) and Warrington (second).

'It gets better to win these,' Sinfield added.

'The first one was special, but for us to come from fifth again, it's an incredible night. The last month has been awesome. The year has been tough, we talked about not being happy to be fifth, but we showed quality and desire.

'The will to win isn't just the players and the coaches, it's the whole club. Myself and Mac spoke after the Huddersfield game when they had a man sent off and put nearly 50 points on us. That was the turning point.'

After last year's win over St Helens, Sinfield and McDermott turned on the press who had written them off as a team which was over the hill.

They were more restrained tonight, with the former humbly admitting that he feels his side's final league placing suggests they are still not the finished article.

'The table doesn't lie, we were fifth and there are some great squads out there,' he said, having won 27 of the 33 votes cast for the Harry Sunderland trophy.

'Squad-wise we could be better, our team is very, very good but we need to take a leaf out of Warrington's book and the way they rotate players.'

Having been considered as many people's favourites for the title ever since the opening game back in February, Warrington found the last hurdle the hardest to climb.

They scored three tries through Richie Myler, Joel Monaghan and Ryan Atkins, but were ultimately undone by the brilliance of Sinfield.

'It was a tough game, a hard game and one that got away from us,' Smith added.

'We can be pleased with our efforts, the game ebbed and flowed, we needed to take a hold of it and up the ante. We needed to improve our kicking game and it looked like we were trying not to lose rather than to win.'

Leeds Rhinos" Danny McGuire banned for one game

McGuire banned for Leeds' semi-final with Wigan after reckless tackle

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 25 September 2012

Leeds Rhinos’ hopes of reaching a second successive Grand Final have been dealt a body blow with the loss of record-breaker Danny McGuire through suspension.

The 29-year-old half-back has been handed a one-match ban, and a 300 fine, after being found guilty by the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary committee of a reckless high tackle.

It means that McGuire, who was put on report for the tackle on Louis Anderson during the champions’ 27-20 win over Catalan Dragons last Friday, will miss Friday’s play-off semi-final against Wigan at the DW Stadium, although Leeds may appeal.

Banned: Danny McGuire will miss Leeds' games with Wigan

Banned: Danny McGuire will miss Leeds' games with Wigan

A Rhinos spokesman said McGuire, who pleaded not guilty, would make a decision in the morning on whether to appeal.

McGuire could have been handed a two-match ban after being charged by the RFL’s match-review panel with a grade B offence so he will be available for the final if Leeds win at the DW Stadium.

Leeds coach Brian McDermott, who spoke on behalf of his player at the hearing, claimed it was a careless act and an 'open-handed tackle' in an effort to prevent an offload by Anderson.

Although McGuire hit Anderson’s head, McDermott argued that he was aiming for the ball and his arm would have made contact with the ball but for his opponent falling in the tackle.

The committee, chaired by high court judge Peter Charlesworth, ruled that the offence was at the lower end of reckless but merited a ban because direct contact was made with the head of the opponent.

McGuire, who served a one-match ban earlier this season for a dangerous tackle, broke former team-mate Keith Senior’s all-time Super League record with his 200th try in the opening play-off win over Wakefield.

And he further demonstrated his importance to the Rhinos with the crucial try against the Catalans before clinching the win with a late drop goal.

Wigan choose Leeds in Super League semi-final

Wigan choose Leeds in Super League semi-final… leaving Warrington for St Helens

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 23 September 2012

Wigan have chosen to play reigning Super League champions Leeds in Friday’s semi-final at the DW Stadium.

The Warriors had the right to pick their opponents under the controversial Clubcall rule and opted to avoid Challenge Cup winners Warrington, the only other choice open to them, when they announced their decision at lunchtime on Sunday.

The double-chasing Wolves, therefore, will play St Helens in the second semi-final at Langtree Park on Saturday.

Can we play you this week Leeds were picked by Wigan

Can we play you this week Leeds were picked by Wigan

Warrington, who beat Hull 24-12 in Saturday’s preliminary semi-final, suffered a 28-6 home defeat by Saints in the opening round of the play-offs and as a consequence lost home advantage at the last-four stage.

Leeds, who were chosen by Warrington in last year’s semi-finals, are aiming to win the title once more from fifth place and have started to look in ominous form with impressive wins over Wakefield and Catalan Dragons so far.

Table-toppers Wigan have done the double over the Rhinos this year and will have the chance to avenge their surprise 39-28 Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Brian McDermott’s men, who went on to lose to Warrington at Wembley.

Leeds coach Brian McDermott says his side’s Cup defeat will count for little on Friday.

'It may count more for Wigan in terms of motivation but we won’t ready much into it,' he said. 'They beat us twice in the league and it wasn’t a great day for us at home when they put 50 points past us.'

Leeds 46 Salford 12

Leeds 46 Salford 12: Rhinos climb table after cruising to victory

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 31 August 2012

Defending Super League champions Leeds bounced back from their Wembley heartbreak in style by cruising to an eight-try rout of lowly Salford to climb to fourth place in the table.

Coach Brian McDermott gave the bulk of the beaten Challenge Cup finalists the chance to atone for their heavy loss to Warrington and they duly delivered as the Rhinos eased effortlessly to an eighth successive win over the Reds, their third this season.

McDermott drafted in back-row forwards Chris Clarkson and Weller Hauraki in place of props Ryan Bailey and Darrell Griffin and gave a full debut to Jimmy Keinhorst at centre but it was old stager Jamie Peacock who laid the platform for their victory stroll.

Over he goes: Kallum Watkins scores the seventh try for Leeds

Over he goes: Kallum Watkins scores the seventh try for Leeds

The former England skipper took up from where he left off at Wembley with a prodigious stint in the first 30 minutes, running with all his old power and producing devastating offloads to create two of his side's three first-half tries.

Salford actually came up with the first scoring opportunity, with winger Jodie Broughton breaking clear down the flank only to see his final pass intercepted by his opposite number Ben Jones-Bishop, who rubbed salt in the wound by opening the scoring at the other end.

He took a low pass from Watkins to slide over at the corner while co-winger Ryan Hall finished off a trademark scoot from dynamic scrum-half Rob Burrow shortly afterwards to register his 25th Super League try of the season.

Leeds' only other try of the first half was scored by Sinfield, following Peacock's clever offload to Carl Ablett, but they quickly wrapped up the match with three further scores within eight minutes of the restart.

Poor Salford hardly knew what had hit them as Burrow jinked his way over for a solo try before paving the way for full-back Zak Hardaker to go over.
Centre Kallum Watkins took a short pass from 18-year-old Stevie Ward to grab his first try and then took advantage of some dazzling footwork from Hardaker to double his tally.

Second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan gained some reward for his industry when he stretched out of full-back Luke Patten's tackle to score Leeds' eighth try and Sinfield, who missed with his first kick at goal, added his seventh in a row to make it 46-0.

Poor Patten, who has one match left before he retires, was run ragged all night but he gained some consolation for himself and his badly-beaten team when he scored two late tries and Daniel Holdsworth added both goals.

The Reds will bring down the curtain on their season against Wakefield next weekend but for Leeds the season will go on and, on this form, another Grand Final appearance cannot be ruled out.

Rugby League Challenge Cup: Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield reaction

Leeds skipper Sinfield stoical after suffering fifth Challenge Cup final defeat

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14:24 GMT, 26 August 2012

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield put on a brave face after picking up a fifth losers' medal from the Carnegie Challenge Cup final.

The 32-year-old England international stand-off has led the Rhinos to five Grand Final victories in eight years but is still waiting to get his hands on the Challenge Cup after yesterday's 35-18 defeat by Warrington.

It was Leeds' sixth defeat since their last triumph in 1999 and their third in a row at Wembley after losing to the Wolves in 2010 and Wigan a year ago, but Sinfield remained stoical in defeat.

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield suffered the disappointment of a fifth Challenge Cup final defeat against Warrington Wolves on Saturday

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield suffered the disappointment of a fifth Challenge Cup final defeat against Warrington Wolves on Saturday

'We're still alive,' he said. 'I think there are far worse things that can happen, certainly in and around the world at the minute.

'Ultimately it's a game and it does hurt a great deal. Obviously we're disappointed but I thought the best team won.'

The Rhinos had genuine hopes of ending their 13-year wait when Sinfield kicked the first of two penalties to edge his side 8-6 in front after 23 minutes, after earlier converting Ian Kirke's first try of the season.

They trailed only 12-10 at half-time and were desperately unfortunate to have a try from Brett Delaney disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham two minutes into the second half.

Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson had no complaints over the tackle from Kylie Leuluai that forced him to spill the ball but Bentham ruled out the score due to a knock-on.

It was the pivotal moment of the match, with the Wolves going on to dominate the last 30 minutes, but Sinfield was not looking for excuses.

Sinfield, 32, had hoped to end the Leeds Rhinos' 13-year wait for the Challenge Cup

Sinfield, 32, had hoped to end the Leeds Rhinos' 13-year wait for the Challenge Cup

'I'd like to see it again,' he said. 'Warrington seemed to get the ascendancy from it.

'But I'm not one to moan about refereeing decisions. I thought Warrington played that last 30 minutes really well.

'We struggled to get out of our own 40 and that shows how well they played. Sometimes you've just got to cop it on the chin.'

Leeds second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who went off with a knee injury towards the end of the first half, collected a fourth losers' medal and admits time is running out for the team's older generation to get their hands on the elusive trophy.

Jamie Peacock is the only Leeds player to have won the Cup – he achieved the feat with Bradford – but Jones-Buchanan believes the crop of youngsters emerging through the ranks could enjoy more successful times in rugby league's famous knockout competition.

The Rhinos had 18-year-old Stevie Ward in their starting line-up and little-known Jimmy Keinhorst making only his fourth senior appearance alongside established youngsters Kallum Watkins, who scored two late consolation tries, Zak Hardaker and Ben Jones-Bishop.

Warrington took the trophy for the eighth time after a 35-18 win at Wembley

Warrington took the trophy for the eighth time after a 35-18 win at Wembley

'They've got another 10 or 15 years left in them and experiences like that are only going to make them stronger players as time goes by,' Jones-Buchanan, 31, said.

'That's what it's about. Myself and Kev and Rob (Burrow) and Danny Maggs are not going to play forever and at some point that ball is going to have to be passed down to the younger lads.

'Maybe they will win three or four Challenge Cups in the future.'

More immediately, Jones-Buchanan is hoping history will repeat itself before the end of the season.

The Rhinos bounced back from last year's Wembley heartache to win the Grand Final from fifth place and, currently sitting in fifth spot, he sees no reason why they cannot re-produce those heroics.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (left), Jamie Peacock (centre) and Darrell Griffin stand dejected after the final whistle

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (left), Jamie Peacock (centre) and Darrell Griffin stand dejected after the final whistle

'For sure, I don't see why not,' Jones-Buchanan said. 'You've just got to pick yourself up and carry on.

'Last year it was a bit of a catalyst for kicking on for the rest of the season. There's a bit of rugby to be played yet. The season is not written off.'

Leeds have only five days to pick themselves up for the visit of Salford but Sinfield was not yet ready to think about that in the immediate aftermath of his latest disappointment.

'I don't want to think about Friday, if I'm honest,' he said. 'We'll go back to work on Monday, roll our sleeves up and get ready to go.

'But, at this moment in time, being honest, rugby is the last thing I want to think about.'

Brian McDermott baffled by decision to disallow Leeds try

I can't see why that try was ruled out, says Leeds coach McDermott

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22:12 GMT, 25 August 2012

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott admitted he was baffled by the decision to disallow a try in his side’s defeat by Warrington.

Video referee Phil Bentham said there had been a knock-on after a collision between Kylie Leuluai and Brett Hodgson left the Warrington full-back out cold and Brett Delaney picked up the loose ball and ran over the line.

The Super League champions have now lost on their last six appearances in the Challenge Cup final and McDermott said: ‘I didn’t see a knock-on from anybody. I just thought the ball came out of the back of his arm.

Veterans: Hodgson (right) lifts the Challenge Cup with Adrian Morley

Veterans: Hodgson (right) lifts the Challenge Cup with Adrian Morley

'That said, Warrington were the better team on the day. They played well and deserved the win. We spent the majority of the first half without momentum and I thought we were in good nick to come within touching distance. We dust ourselves off, stay tight as a group, learn from it.

'We have a hell of a lot of young players in that group who have gained some valuable experience from that.’

Hodgson said he was ‘humbled’ to receive the Lance Todd Trophy for his starring role in his side’s Carnegie Challenge Cup final win.

The veteran Australian set up two critical tries and capped a fine display by kicking five goals and crossing for a late try.

Try time: Michael Monaghan jumps for as Hodgson crosses for a try

Try time: Michael Monaghan jumps for as Hodgson crosses for a try

Hodgson said: ‘It’s huge. I have been very fortunate through my career to play with some great players, win an NRL Grand Final and now this.

'It is very humbling to receive such an honour. It is going to be something I look back on with great admiration and I am very excited and honoured to accept it.’

Hodgson, who is 34, has recently signed a contract to remain with Wolves for the next two seasons.

Coach Tony Smith praised him and the rest of the Wolves old guard, including 34-year-old Lee Briers and captain, Adrian Morley, 35, whose introduction to the field ignited the game.

Man-of-the-match: Hodgson was outstanding at Wembley

Man-of-the-match: Hodgson was outstanding at Wembley

'They make me look younger,’ he joked.

'Brett was terrific,’ said Smith. ‘He copped a pounding. He is not the fastest or the strongest or the best looking, but he knows how to coach footy. He schemed well. What he lacks in pace and size he makes up for with quickness between his ears. Those tries were all planned by him, not the coach. He was out back organising the next play and the play after that.

'Adrian really lifted us when he came on, so did Lee Briers, who is an old wily fox.

Crowded out: Hodgson is tackled by three Leeds players

Crowded out: Hodgson is tackled by three Leeds players

'There were probably a lot of crucial points but it is about taking your opportunities when they arrive.

'In these sort of matches sometimes you only get a few and if you don’t take them it can hurt you. You have got to make them happen and I thought we did make them happen, particularly in the second half.’

Leeds 68 Widnes 24: McGuire injury mars Rhinos victory

Leeds 68 Widnes 24: McGuire injury mars Rhinos victory

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 10 August 2012

Danny McGuire could not find the try
he needed to set an outright Super League try-scoring record – and
worryingly for the Rhinos limped to the dressing rooms in the 69th
minute of Friday's game with the Challenge Cup final looming.

McGuire knows he will not have long
to wait to set a new mark of 200 tries and overhaul the record he
jointly holds with former Leeds team-mate Keith Senior.

Concern: Danny McGuire is helped off the pitch

Concern: Danny McGuire is helped off the pitch

However, with the Wembley showdown against Warrington on August 25, it was more important for the Rhinos to click as a team. With individual considerations put on the backburner, Brian McDermott's side responded with an eighth win in nine games and a 12-try romp.

Leeds decided against risking Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Rob Burrow, who were all carrying minor injuries, but it took the home side just six minutes to break through as Ryan Bailey bulldozed his way over to leave Kevin Sinfield an easy conversion.

McGuire then combined neatly with Carl Ablett to send winger Ryan Hall diving over in the corner and this time Sinfield was just as accurate from wide out.

McGuire's 200th Super League try almost arrived three minutes later when he received the ball well inside his own half and was caught inches short of the line.

However, Shaun Lunt was up in support and he grabbed the Rhinos' third try, Sinfield again adding the goal.

Widnes had a spell of pressure but Leeds defended stubbornly until strong-running centre Stefan Marsh shrugged off three tacklers on his way to the posts, Patrick Ah Van tagging on the goal.

The Rhinos were soon back on the rampage. Zak Hardaker and Richard Moore scored tries, both improved by Sinfield, before Hall ran on to McGuire's clever kick to the corner for his second try.

Widnes refused to drop their heads and captain Rhys Hanbury made an excellent break before putting Frank Winterstein in for their second try, Ah Van again succeeding with the kick.

Brett Delaney added the Rhinos' seventh try just before half-time, Sinfield's touchline goal stretching the score to 40-6.

There was concern as Hall and Widnes winger Willie Isa collided and needed treatment but both recovered sufficiently to continue.

Widnes stuck to their task despite the heavy scoreline, tries in rapid succession by Cameron Phelps and Marsh restoring some pride, with Ah Van converting both.

But Leeds were in no mood to let things slip and Darrell Griffin, Kylie Leuluai, Steve Ward and Hardaker all scored further tries before substitute Jimmy Keinhorst crossed for the first Super League try of his career in the final minute.

Sinfield was successful with 10 of his 12 conversion attempts on a night when Widnes were distinctly second best.