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Last Updated: Friday, 4 February, 2005, 23:30 GMT
Victorious Rhinos eye Aussie test
Leeds coach Tony Smith
Leeds Rhinos threw down a challenge for Australia to host next year's World Club Challenge after beating Canterbury 39-32 in a thriller at Elland Road.

"We'd like to play it over there if we are lucky enough to get the chance again," said Leeds coach Tony Smith.

"I'm usually calm and collected but I will admit that it was more than a bit nerve-wracking at the end.

"The message went out for a drop goal but getting to the other end was the hard part. Fortunately we got there."

Canterbury, who were without seven of their Grand Final-winning team, made it difficult for themselves by gifting Leeds two of their seven tries.

I know there are some logistical problems but they can be overcome
Gary Hetherington
Leeds chief executive

But, although his side trailed 26-6 at half-time, coach Steve Folkes never gave up hope.

"Twenty points is not a lot in the modern game," he said.

"We fell short at the end but I was really happy with the effort. A few of the young guys really stood up and acquitted themselves well."

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington lent weight to an Australia-based fixture in 2006.

"We desperately would like to play in Australia or New Zealand. That would be the ultimate challenge.

"I know there are some logistical problems but they can be overcome and I do believe that Super League clubs would be up to the test."



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