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Hull 22-38 Leeds

Hull (16) 22
Tries: Turner 2, Obst, Westerman
Goals:
Tickle 3
Leeds (6) 38
Tries: Jones-Bishop 2, Ablett 2, Lauitiiti, Delaney
Goals:
Sinfield 7

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McDermott credits Leeds' resilience for Cup win

Leeds overturned a half-time deficit to beat Hull and storm into the last four of the Challenge Cup at the KC Stadium.

Things looked ominous for the Rhinos when home centre Jordan Turner claimed the second of his two tries just before the break to earn a 16-6 interval lead.

But Leeds, whose first-half try came though Ben Jones-Bishop, bounced back.

Three quick tries from Carl Ablett, Ali Lauitiiti and Brett Delaney turned it round, Ablett then getting a second before Jones-Bishop's late clincher.

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield kicked seven goals, making history in the process as he moved past club legend Lewis Jones' record haul of 1,244, set in 1964.

The 30-year-old, who has now kicked 1,249 goals since making his debut in 1997, could rewrite the history books again very soon as he needs just another 10 points to overtake Paul Deacon in the list of all-time Super League point-scorers.

But, after the disappointment of being hammered 30-6 by Warrington at Wembley last August, Sinfield's main priority will be helping Leeds reach the final again when they meet Castleford in the semis in a fortnight's time.

Leeds have not won the trophy since 1999, but the famous old competition could now reinvigorate their season after slipping to seventh in Super League.

Having avoided the big guns of Wigan and St Helens in the semi-final draw, they must now fancy their chances after the way they recovered from a potential shock quarter-final exit against a Hull side under new ownership.

LAST 5 CHALLENGE CUP CLASHES
2010 Hull 24-48 Leeds (round 4)
2005 Hull FC 25-24 Leeds (Final, Millennium Stadium)
2003 Leeds 41-18 Hull FC (quarter-final)
2001 Hull FC 18-20 Leeds (quarter-final)
2000 Hull FC 22-28 Leeds (semi-final, McAlpine Stadium)

The form book suggested that Leeds would win this, having triumphed in both this term's Super League meetings between the clubs.

They followed up a 32-18 win at the KC Stadium in February with last Friday night's 20-0 win at Headingley.

And, en route to Wembley a year ago, the Rhinos were victorious when the two sides met in last year's fourth round, winning 48-24 at the KC Stadium, again just a week after they had beaten Hull in the league.

Added to that, Hull's bid to avenge last week's Super League 'nilling' was hit by the loss of skipper Craig Fitzgibbon.

But it was the home side who took control early on, scoring twice in six minutes through Sam Obst and Turner, whose first try followed Richard Whiting's gallop down the middle.

Danny Tickle improved both for a 12-0 lead, only for the introduction of Rob Burrow to inspire Leeds to pull a try back though Jones-Bishop, converted by Sinfield.

Hull had the final word in the first 40 minutes when Turner went in at the right corner to put his side two scores in front once more just before the break. And, at 16-6, Leeds were on the ropes.

But the Rhinos roared back with three quick tries in 11 early second-half minutes through Ablett, Lautiiti and Delaney.

Joe Westerman gave Hull late hope but Ablett scored again and Jones-Bishop's second wrapped up Leeds' victory.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

Hull coach Richard Agar:

"We were defending for a massive chunk, the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

"I always felt we had points in us but we saw so little of the football, we didn't give ourselves enough of a chance."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott:

"At a club like Leeds, if someone sets a record it is not done easily. I know there a few statues of players being made at the moment. There should be a prototype ready for Kevin Sinfield. He is immense. His control of the game - not only just being a good captain - but his reading of the game was brilliant.

"The most pleasing aspect is that we went out and showed a lot of resilience. We have been making strides gradually and that was another benchmark, to handle a game where momentum swings back and forth.

"We are still involved in both competitions and we believe we can still win both. It is going to be a tough ask but, when you see performances like that, you start getting excited."

TEAMS

Hull: Phelps; Whiting, Turner, Yeaman, T Briscoe; Horne, Obst; O'Meley, Houghton, Moa, Manu, Tickle, Westerman.

Replacements: Lauaki, Dowes, Sharp, Radford.

Leeds: Webb; Jones-Bishop, Delaney, Ablett, Hall; Sinfield, McGuire; Bailey, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Hauraki, Clarkson.

Replacements: Burrow, Leuluai, Lauitiiti, Kirke.

Attendance: 9,496.

Referee: Steve Ganson (England).



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