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Rhinos in top spot for Super 8s Qualifiers

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016

Leeds ended a difficult season on a high with a 37-12 victory over already-promoted Leigh that secured the Rhinos top spot in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

It has been a year of contrasting fortunes for the two clubs but it was Leeds who came out on top at Headingley to ruin the Centurions' perfect record in the competition.

The Rhinos opened up an 18-0 lead in an entertaining first half thanks to two tries from Jimmy Keinhorst and one each for Brett Ferres and former NRL star James Segeyaro.

Sam Hopkins went over just before the break to give Leigh hope but quickfire tries from Ashton Golding and Joel Moon put Leeds out of sight.

Twelve months ago Leeds went into the final weekend of the season aiming to wrap up the League Leaders' Shield - which they duly did thanks to Ryan Hall's dramatic last-second try at Huddersfield - but the Rhinos have experienced a spectacular fall from grace since.

Despite securing their Super League status in the Qualifiers with two games to spare, Leeds were still striving for their best form and came into the clash with Leigh on the back of a defeat at Huddersfield in which they lost four more players to injury.

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