Leeds Rhinos came from behind to snatch a 13-12 victory over Huddersfield Giants in Super League, despite standing down seven players due to coronavirus concerns.
Rhinos confirmed shortly before kick-off on Thursday that – due to one of their players awaiting the results of a test – a further six members of their squad would not feature as a result of the track-and-trace protocols Super League is following.
However, the Rhinos still came up with a hard-earned win at the Totally Wicked Stadium, with Luke Gale’s drop-goal sealing a memorable victory.
Leeds already claimed a golden-point triumph over Huddersfield in their first game back following Super League’s restart, and this time they had to come from 10 points down at the break.
Konrad Hurrell and Tom Briscoe got the tries for Leeds, with Gale splitting the sticks with six minutes left.
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— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) September 11, 2020
A drop-goal also proved decisive in Thursday’s other clash, with St Helens edging out Hull Kingston Rovers 21-20 on the golden point rule to return to the top of the standings.
Theo Fages was the match-winning hero for Saints on their home turf, with an Ethan Ryan try and a penalty from Will Dagger having forced additional time.