Keinhorst hat-trick spoils McGuire's Leeds homecoming


Jimmy Keinhorst ensured it was an unhappy homecoming for Danny McGuire as his hat-trick helped Leeds Rhinos to a 20-11 Super League win over Hull KR.

Former captain McGuire spent 22 years with the Rhinos and enjoyed a fitting end to his stint by putting in a Man-of-the-Match showing in October's Grand Final win over Castleford Tigers, before departing for Rovers.

The stand-off put in a typically busy performance for the visitors at Elland Road, where Leeds are playing as work continues to be done to their Headingley home.

But Keinhorst - recalled to the team in place of the injured Joel Moon - helped the hosts, who now head to Australia for the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm, make it two wins from two.

Teenager Jack Walker, fresh off a fine showing in Leeds' win at Warrington Wolves last week, again started well, but it was his missed tackle that allowed Ryan Shaw to touch down first for Rovers.

The visitors were in again after 19 minutes when, after good work by Robbie Mulhern and Justin Carney, Chris Atkin put Adam Quinlan over from close range.

Rhinos soon found their feet, though, and Stevie Ward did well to draw the defender before offloading to Adam Cuthbertson to dot down, and scorer turned provider for Keinhorst to dance through the Rovers defence and level the scores. 

Atkin knocked over a one-pointer to restore Rovers' lead and a couple of neat players from McGuire threatened the Leeds defence.

But McGuire was wrong-footed by the quick feet of Keinhorst for Leeds' second, and the same man was played in for his hat-trick by Ryan Hall, who had brilliantly held a Richie Myler kick.

In Thursday's other contest, Warrington's slow start to life under Steve Price continued in a 20-6 loss at Huddersfield Giants.

Tom Lineham had put Warrington into a fourth-minute lead, but tries from Dale Ferguson, Darnell McIntosh and Jordan Turner won it for the hosts.