Rhinos end winless start, Vikings return to Super League summit


Leeds Rhinos picked up their first win of the Super League season after battling from behind to beat bottom side Huddersfield Giants 20-16.

The defending champions and treble winners of last season have endured a torrid start to the campaign, but ended a run of three straight defeats at Headingley on Friday.

The Rhinos took the lead through Joel Moon's try after a brilliant piece of skill from Ryan Hall, but tries from Danny Brough and Jermain McGillvary put Huddersfield 12-6 up at half-time.

Leeds lost Moon to a hamstring injury during the interval but found the equalising score on the hour-mark, with Rob Burrow spotting a gap to power his way across the whitewash.

Hall knocked on 10 metres from his own goal and Michael Lawrence took full advantage to regain the Giants' lead, but, after Liam Sutcliffe crossed the whitewash, substitute Jimmy Keinhorst secured the win after the on-field referee's no-try decision was overturned, with Craig Lilley converting before kicking a late penalty.

Warrington Wolves' dramatic 31-30 win over Salford Red Devils on Thursday moved Widnes Vikings down to second, but they returned to top spot with a 30-16 victory over Hull KR.

Joe Mellor and Corey Thompson both scored two tries, the latter taking his tally for the season to six, to leave Hull KR without a win this season - a solitary draw keeping them above the 12th-placed Giants.

Steve Michaels scrossed the line twice but was unable to stop Hull FC losing 26-25 to Wigan Warriors, Matty Smith kicking the decisive drop goal with less than two minutes on the clock for a fourth straight victory.

St Helens secured a 28-22 victory over Castleford Tigers at Langtree Park, with Matty Dawson scoring twice.