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Celtic Crusaders 0-68 Leeds

Celtic Crusaders (0) 0
Leeds Rhinos (34) 68
Tries: Senior 2, Hall, Donald, Webb 3, Peacock 3, Burrow, Jones-Buchanan, Diskin Goals: Sinfield (8)

Kevin Sinfield
Kevin Sinfield kicked his 1000th goal for the Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos ran in 13 tries to crush Celtic Crusaders at Newport and move to the top of table on points difference.

Kevin Sinfield kicked eight goals for the visitors, including his 1,000th goal for Leeds.

The Rhinos were 34-0 ahead at the interval through seven tries and three Sinfield conversions.

Jamie Peacock, Rob Burrow and Brent Webb helped to take Leeds over 50 points before Jamie Jones Buchanan, Matt Diskin and Peacock sealed the win.

Crusaders captain Jace van Dijk was one of several players to be deported from the country by the UK Visa Agency, who were at the club's new home, just 24 hours after they announced their move from Bridgend's Brewery Field to Newport for the next two years.

And the loss of six key players could not have come at a worse time for the Super League's basement team as the Rhinos secured the big victory.

The Welshmen drafted in six youngsters in from the reserve team but could only make rare inroads to within range of the Leeds line.


Centre Keith Senior grabbed the first try after four minutes and added another on 27 minutes. Wingers Ryan Hall and Scott Donald plus full-back Webb also grabbed tries between Senior's scores.

Prop Peacock charged over to make it six tries before Webb increased the lead, then Webb got another.

The Crusaders held their own for the first 20 minutes after the break but it was not to last. Peacock's score was followed quickly by scrum-half Burrow in the moments before the hour mark.

Webb got his third soon afterwards, which took Leeds over the half-century mark.

The visitors finished with a flourish as well when Buchanan, Diskin and Peacock, with his third, all touched down.

Ultimately, handling errors, and gaps in defence left the hosts too slow to react to the attacks from the world champions, who now top of the table on points difference from St Helens.

Celtic Crusaders head coach John Dixon:

"As a coach, we are playing a professional sport here and the score was massive against us.

"It does not read well. I do think the scoreline reflected the difference between the teams. Leeds were fantastic.

"We were really undermanned today and you expect a really good team that is in form to score that many points.

"We are hurting from decisions outside the team that we had no control over.

"We were crying out for the boys who were ineligible to play out there today but we have to build for the future and that was this was about."

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McClennan:

"I think we did that reasonably well. We showed respect for everybody down here and played the best we could.

"That's the way it was going to go. We are sympathetic and wish everybody well going forward and we want this to be a success here.

"We are a close-knit group and we are starting to pick things up. We have got some good stuff coming up so we are getting ready for that.

"We have some big games coming up and we get stronger when we know we have those."

Celtic Crusaders: Kear, Tyrer, Chalk, Chan, Blackwood, White, Smith, O'Hara, Budworth, J. James, Flower, Bryant, Beasley, Tangata-Toa, Davies, Mills, Dudson, Bateman, Lennon.

Leeds: Webb, Donald, Smith, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauitiiti, Sinfield, Diskin, Bailey, Burgess, Worrall, Watkins, Manning, Ratu.

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