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Harlequins 32-22 Leeds

Harlequins (20) 32
Tries: Dorn 3, O'Callaghan, Calderwood
Goals:
Gale 6
Leeds (0) 22
Tries: Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Pitts
Goals: Sinfield 3

Luke Dorn
Quins full-back Luke Dorn is his side's top try scorer this season with 13

Luke Dorn led the way with a hat-trick as struggling Harlequins shocked Challenge Cup finalists Leeds.

A week before the Rhinos' date with Wigan across London at Wembley, the visitors were taken apart by a Quins team who had won just once in 19 games.

Jamie O'Callaghan and Leeds old boy Mark Calderwood also ran in tries.

But, despite Leeds responding after the break with four tries, it was a painful afternoon for Rhinos coach Brian McDermott on his return to The Stoop.

Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Bailey were all rested as McDermott, who left Quins last autumn after four years in charge, planned ahead for Wembley.

But, having missed their chance to capitalise on fourth-placed Huddersfield's slip-up at Salford, this shock defeat at The Stoop almost certainly ended Leeds' hopes of a top four Super League finish.

Second-half tries from Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow and Jay Pitts gave the scoreline a flattering look.

But the Rhinos, who had captain Kevin Sinfield sent to the sin-bin, saw their five-game winning run come to an abrupt end.

Quins' victory, which completed a double following their 36-26 win at Headingley in March, ensured that they will not now finish bottom.

They are now five points clear of backmarkers Wakefield, who have just two games left.

POST-MATCH VERDICTS

Harlequins coach Rob Powell:

"I thought we played really well. It was just one of those pleasing days where everything seemed to go for us. Leeds weren't at their best and we capitalised. But I think saying they had one eye on Wembley would be disrespectful to us.

"I don't have the answer as to why we haven't performed like this more often this season. Things went our way and that gives us a lot of hope for the future.

"Luke Dorn was fantastic. He's been a great servant to the club and it's testament to his ability that he keeps scoring. He's worked hard on his defensive game and that was also really pleasing but he remains a quality player offensively. He's not quite been at his best recently but we've encouraged him to take the limelight and he certainly did that."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott:

"Wembley was not a distraction - far from it. We've been using it as part of our preparation. The last thing we would want to do is go into our most important game of the year with a poor performance.

"Credit to Harlequins. They came out the blocks flying and I think it was this, rather than us being flat. The final moments of the game we found our rhythm, but this was more to do with Quins dropping off by then.

"Carl Ablett was caught in a tackle, which could have had a serious injury to his knee - as was Ali Lauitiiti. I'm just hoping it was an unfortunate coincidence. And Jamie Peacock didn't play as a precaution. He's done some miles on the bike, so we thought he'd be best sitting out this game."

TEAMS

Harlequins: Dorn; Calderwood, O'Callaghan, Clubb, Melling; Sarginson, Gale; Ward, Randall, Temata, Purdham, Golden, Bailey.

Replacements: Ambler, Wilkes, Burnett, Bolger.

Leeds: Webb; Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Ablett, Hall; Sinfield, McGuire; Leuluai, Buderus, Kirke, Hauraki, Delaney, Clarkson.

Replacements: Smith, Burrow, Lauitiiti, Pitts.

Attendance: 3,241.

Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham).



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