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Rhinos back on track
Poor Giants toppled easily by resurgent Super League champions.
Stuttering Super League champions Leeds Rhinos got back on track with a thumping 46-8 victory over Huddersfield at Headingley.
Three defeats in four games have seen Leeds stuttering despite staying top of the table, but they found some of their best form again against the Giants as they ran in eight tries in a commanding win.
Full-back Brent Webb celebrated his 50th Rhinos appearance with a try, while Danny Maguire and Ryan Hall bagged two tries each and Scott Donald, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Keith Senior all ran in for further scores.
Great Britain forward Jones-Buchanan starred in the first half for Leeds, who were hardly tested by a poor performance from the visiting Giants.
Chris Thorman had kicked Huddersfield in front after just three minutes, but Jones-Buchanan's off-load led to winger Donald eventually going in for his 19th try of the season.
McGuire was then at the end of a move heavily involving Jones-Buchanan and Kevin Sinfield kicked the first of his seven conversions for a 12-2 lead.
Jones-Buchanan then grabbed a deserved try for his early efforts when Rob Burrow sent him in after 26 minutes and the Rhinos led by 18-2 at the break after Clinton Toopi had a try disallowed.
The hosts maintained their dominance after the interval and three tries in 12 minutes from McGuire, Hall and Webb put the result beyond doubt.
Just seven minutes later veteran centre Senior powered over from ten yards although Huddersfield did finally manage a reply when Martin Aspinwall grabbed a try just after the hour.
Toopi put Hall in for his second try on 66 minutes and Sinfield converted his seventh kick from eight attempts in what was the end of the scoring as Leeds ran out comfortable winners and get their title charge back on track.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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