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Peter Smith's Leeds Rhinos player ratings and report as Sam Lisone stars in 28-12 win at Hull FC

Did well for his third try in as many games, could have prevented Hull’s first score, did well to deny Danny Houghton a 40-20 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Did well for his third try in as many games, could have prevented Hull’s first score, did well to deny Danny Houghton a 40-20 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)

The big Samoan, who hadn’t previously scored for Leeds, was too strong from close range twice in the first half and wrapped things up with a long-range touchdown late on.

Leeds went into the game with no experienced halves and a host of key players missing, but were clinical on attack and defended spiritedly under heavy pressure as Hull staged a second half rally, having been 18-4 down at half-time.

Rhinos went ahead after 10 minutes with a remarkable try. Hull’s former Rhinos centre Liam Sutcliife was down receiving treatment and James McDonnell, who had a fine game, spotted the gap.

Returned from a back injury in place of Ash Handley (foot); read the game well, tidied up nicely near Leeds’ line, scored a good try 8.
Returned from a back injury in place of Ash Handley (foot); read the game well, tidied up nicely near Leeds’ line, scored a good try 8.

He made a clear break before dabbing through a kick which just stayed in play, as did Luke Hooley who collected and touched down. Rhyse Martin couldn’t convert, but landed a penalty after a foul on Harry Newman.

Adam Swift shrugged off Hooley to put a try back at the end of the opening quarter, but Lisone stole the show in the final 11 minutes of the half.

He had been on the field four minutes when he went over off a one-two with James Donaldson, who was introduced at the same time.

Martin converted that and added the extras again, three minutes before the interval, after Cameron Smith, another key man, was tackled just short and Lisone crossed from first-receiver, off good work by acting-half Jarrod O’Connor.

Had a lively game and took some knocks, without ever quite breaking clear 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Had a lively game and took some knocks, without ever quite breaking clear 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)

Scott Taylor spilled the first carry of the second half. He recovered to hold up Jack Sinfield over the line, but on the last Martin got a late offload away to Luis Roberts whose pass was finished by a diving David Fusitu’a.

Harvey Barron pulled a try back, off Andre Savelio’s pass - though a video referee would have had a close look to see if Derrell Olpherts had tackled him into touch. There was a shade of fortune about Hull’s third try, when Cameron Scott touched down after Jake Clifford’s pass bounced off a Leeds hand.

Missed conversions, by Clifford, kept breathing space between the sides and Rhinos dug deep defensively before Lisone’s hat-trick sealed it with seven minutes left, the prop charging clear from 40 metres out and having time to celebrate before putting the ball down. Martin’s conversion completed the scoring in front of a crowd of 11,004.

Hull FC: Shaul, Swift, Sutcliffe, Scott, Barron, Lovodua, Clifford, Fash, Houghton, Taylor, Lane, Savelio, Cator. Subs Hoy, Satae, Brown, Dwyer.

The young rookie got stuck in and did a solid job before limping off with 17 minutes left 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
The young rookie got stuck in and did a solid job before limping off with 17 minutes left 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)

Leeds Rhinos: Hooley, Fusitu’a, Newman, Roberts, Olpherts, Martin, Sinfield, Holroyd, O’Connor, Oledzki, McDonnell, Walters, Smith. Subs Lisone, Gannon, Donaldson, Ruan.

Referee: Tom Grant (Leeds).

No chances, pretty safe and did a good job defensively, though pulled back in goal for a drop out in the second half 6. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
No chances, pretty safe and did a good job defensively, though pulled back in goal for a drop out in the second half 6. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Playing out of position, his experience held Leeds together, kicked well at times and stood up defensively 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Playing out of position, his experience held Leeds together, kicked well at times and stood up defensively 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
The teenage half-back is still learning, kicking game was a mixed bag, but he did some good things and the experience will benefit him 6. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
The teenage half-back is still learning, kicking game was a mixed bag, but he did some good things and the experience will benefit him 6. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Good first stint, though he didn’t get a lot of minutes 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Good first stint, though he didn’t get a lot of minutes 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Very good in the first half, had to dig in defensively after the break but had a decent game 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Very good in the first half, had to dig in defensively after the break but had a decent game 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
A couple of good stints, worked hard 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
A couple of good stints, worked hard 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Got through a lot of work, threatened a couple of times 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Got through a lot of work, threatened a couple of times 7. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Very influential did really well for Hooley’s try, with his break and kick and the remarkable offload to put Fusitua over was even better 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Very influential did really well for Hooley’s try, with his break and kick and the remarkable offload to put Fusitua over was even better 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Very big effort, high work-rate and quality moments with and without the ball 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Very big effort, high work-rate and quality moments with and without the ball 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Made a difference, carried the ball hard, set up Lisone’s first try 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Made a difference, carried the ball hard, set up Lisone’s first try 8. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Came on for the last 17 and did okay 6. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Came on for the last 17 and did okay 6. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Fantastic, broke his Rhinos duck with a sensational hat-trick, sheer power for the first two and pace and step with the third 9. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Fantastic, broke his Rhinos duck with a sensational hat-trick, sheer power for the first two and pace and step with the third 9. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Got 11 minutes in the second half, bumped off a couple of tackles with his first touch, but then lost possession leading to a Hull try 5. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Got 11 minutes in the second half, bumped off a couple of tackles with his first touch, but then lost possession leading to a Hull try 5. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)