Leeds Rhinos secure top-four berth with thrilling 38-26 victory over Hull FC

Leeds Rhinos booked their place in the Super League semi-finals with a gritty 38-26 win over Hull FC.

Third-placed Hull, who won the Challenge Cup by beating Wigan at Wembley in their last game, soon found themselves behind - Rob Burrow stealing over seven minutes in.

Burrows' try set the tone for an enthralling start, with the sides level at 12-12 after 20 minutes before former Rhino Gareth Ellis was sin-binned following a rough challenge on Stevie Ward.

Leeds soon made their advantage pay, Burrow turning provider with a neat pass into Liam Sutcliffe to go over, with Mitch Garbutt extending their lead prior to the interval.

A flurry of activity followed the restart, Danny Washbrook putting Hull back in contention before Garbutt's second try re-established Leeds' advantage.

Josh Bowden's try just after the hour set up a climatic conclusion, but precise kicking from Kallum Watkins and a late effort from Matt Parcell ensured Leeds' win.

Hull now face a fight to secure their top-four status, with Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity and St Helens all within touching distance.


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