Result: Clinical Leeds Rhinos crush Hull

Leeds Rhinos begin the defence of their Super League title with a 36-6 win over Hull.

Leeds Rhinos secured a convincing win over Hull in their opening game of the Super League season.

Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Jones-Buchanan is held by the Hull FC defence in the Super League match on February 1, 2013© Anna Gowthorpe / PA Photos

The visitors suffered a big blow ahead of the match, when captain Gareth Ellis sustained a foot injury during the warm-up, ruling him out of the match.

A closely-fought first half saw the sides go into the break level, courtesy of tries from Kevin Sinfield and Joe Arundel.

However, the reigning league champions were too strong for Hull in the second half, adding another five tries to the score board to secure a comfortable 30-point win.

Sinfield was clinical with the boot, converting all six tries with ease.

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