Rhinos hammer Dragons to edge clear of Super League relegation

By Patric Ridge 10 August 2019 606
Rhinos hammer Dragons to edge clear of Super League relegation

Leeds Rhinos took another huge step towards Super League safety as they claimed an emphatic 48-8 win over Catalans Dragons.

New arrival Rhyse Martin, perfect with the boot throughout, was the star of the show for the Rhinos, who were reduced to 12 men but still made light work of a ragged Catalans side as they cruised to a second successive victory. 

Having recently signed a new four-year contract, Ash Handley got the hosts off the mark 11 minutes in, though only after Konrad Hurrell did brilliantly to keep a looping kick in play.

Martin helped himself to a try soon after, though Mickael Goudemand pulled one back for the visitors, who were handed a further boost when Hurrell was sin-binned before half-time.

Brad Singleton's red card for a high tackle looked to have handed Catalans the initiative, but Leeds clicked through the gears despite their numerical disadvantage.

Handley capitalised on some slack Catalans defending to double his tally, before Robert Lui bundled over between a pair of Richie Myler tries.

Martin's fine kicking put them out of sight and, after a wicked break from Myler, Luke Briscoe added further gloss as Leeds stormed to a victory that lifts them four points clear of the drop.

Hull KR are another side scrapping for safety down at the bottom, though their hopes of avoiding relegation took a blow as they were hammered 36-18 by Wigan Warriors.

Rovers had fought back to head into the interval on level terms at 18-18, but much like Catalans at Headingley, were brushed aside in the second half.

Joe Burgess' 100th Wigan try nudged the home side in front, with Tony Clubb and Liam Farrell completing the rout as the Warriors moved level on points with second-place Warrington Wolves.

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