Friday 10th August 2012, 20:00 - Round:24
|Ryan Bailey, Ryan Hall 2, Shaun Lunt, Zak Hardaker 2, Richard Moore, Brett Delaney, Darrell Griffin, Kylie Leuluai, Stevie Ward, Jimmy Keinhorst,||T||Stefan Marsh 2, Frankie Winterstein, Cameron Phelps,|
Kevin Sinfield 10,
Patrick Ah Van 4,
Attendance: 13,326 Official: G Stokes Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium
Danny McGuire could not find the score he needed to set an outright Stobart Super League try-scoring record - and worryingly for the Rhinos limped to the dressing rooms in the 69th minute of this game with the Carnegie Challenge Cup final looming.
McGuire knows he will not have long to wait to set a new mark of 200 tries and overhaul the record he jointly holds with former Leeds team-mate Keith Senior.
However, with the Wembley showdown against Warrington Wolves on August 25, it was more important for the Rhinos to click as a team. With individual considerations put on the backburner, Brian McDermott's side responded with an eighth win in nine games and a 12-try romp.
Leeds decided against risking Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Rob Burrow, who were all carrying minor injuries, but it took the home side just six minutes to break through as Ryan Bailey bulldozed his way over to leave Kevin Sinfield an easy conversion.
McGuire then combined neatly with Carl Ablett to send winger Ryan Hall diving over in the corner and this time Sinfield was just as accurate from wide out.
McGuire's 200th Super League try almost arrived three minutes later when he received the ball well inside his own half and was caught inches short of the line.
Shaun Lunt was up in support and he grabbed the Rhinos' third try, Sinfield again adding the goal.
Widnes had a spell of pressure but Leeds defended stubbornly until strong-running centre Stefan Marsh shrugged off three tacklers on his way to the posts, with Patrick Ah Van tagging on the conversion.
The Rhinos were soon back on the rampage. Zak Hardaker and Richard Moore scored tries, both improved by Sinfield, before Hall ran on to McGuire's clever kick to the corner for his second try.
Widnes refused to drop their heads and captain Rhys Hanbury made an excellent break before putting Frank Winterstein in for their second try, Ah Van again succeeding with the kick.
Brett Delaney added the Rhinos' seventh try just before half-time, Sinfield's touchline goal stretching the score to 40-6.
There was concern as Hall and Widnes winger Willie Isa collided and needed treatment but both recovered sufficiently to continue.
Widnes stuck to their task despite the heavy scoreline, tries in rapid succession by Cameron Phelps and Marsh restoring some pride, with Ah Van converting both.
But Leeds were in no mood to let things slip and Darrell Griffin, Kylie Leuluai, Steve Ward and Hardaker all scored further tries before substitute Jimmy Keinhorst crossed for the first Super League try of his career in the final minute.
Sinfield was successful with 10 of his 12 conversion attempts on a night when Widnes were distinctly second best.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals
Clean Breaks: 3