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Leeds Rhinos claimed their first win in three as they shut out Hull FC at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
The pressure was on the Rhinos and Coach Brian McDermott after losing their last three games and dropping down to eight they faced the prospect of missing out on the play-offs for the first time since they were introduced in 1998.
Hull on the other hand level with Leeds were looking to cement their top eight place and looked to gain the upper hand as both these teams play each other again next Sunday in the Quarter final of Challenge Cup.
As the drizzle began to fall from the kick off both sides showed endeavour but a high error count set the tone of play in the first ten minutes of the game.
Eventually, on 14-minutes one mistake too many from Craig Fitzgibbon led to Leeds breaking the deadlock. A fine cut out pass by Kevin Sinfield saw Ryan Hall going over in the left hand corner. Sinfield converting form the touchline to make it 6-0.
Leeds continued to dominate for the rest of the half but some poor passing and some good defence from Hull kept the hosts out.
The second half started in much of the same vain as Danny McGuire could not scoop up Sinfield's grubber kick and Rob Burrow was held up short.
Despite gaining some possession the Black and Whites did not trouble the Leeds line at all and with just over 12 minutes left a swinging arm by Epalame Lauaki gave Sinfield the opportunity to increase Leeds