McGuire leaves Harris in shade

Leeds 40 - Bradford 12
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Leeds need just one more win to ensure they take the League leaders' trophy at the end of the regular Super League season after a stunning demolition of the reigning champions in which Danny McGuire completely upstaged his predecessor, Iestyn Harris.

Leeds need just one more win to ensure they take the League leaders' trophy at the end of the regular Super League season after a stunning demolition of the reigning champions in which Danny McGuire completely upstaged his predecessor, Iestyn Harris.

Harris was given a hostile welcome back to Headingley, but what would have hurt more was the way that McGuire, the new local hero, showed his quality with two tries to take his total to 33 in the competition this season.

Even McGuire, though, was outshone by Chris McKenna, the Australian Test centre who scored two of his own in his best display since joining the club.

McGuire began comprehensively outshining Harris after 54 seconds with the first of Leeds' five first-half tries, with McKenna grabbing his first soon after.

Still inside the first 15 minutes, Kevin Sinfield kicked high, Keith Senior caught and laid it back for Ali Lauiti'iti to make it three. The irrepressible McKenna then sent McGuire racing 60 yards, to touch down again, before Sinfield's long pass gave McKenna the chance for his second.

Marcus Bai got in on the act with a wonderful solo effort soon after the break, before Bradford finally broke down the Leeds defence for their first try from Logan Swann.

Then with Leon Pryce in the sin-bin, Jamie Jones-Buchanan added another for Leeds before Harris got a late and hollow consolation for the Bulls.

Leeds: Mathers, Walker, McKenna, Senior, Bai, Sinfield, McGuire, Ward, Biskin, McDonald, Adamson, Lauiti'iti, Poching. Substitutes used: Burrow, Bailey, Jones-Buchanan, McDermott.

Bradford: Reardon, Withers, Pryce, Hape, Vainikolo, Paris, Beacon, Fielden, Paul, Parker, Peacock, Swann, Radford. Substitutes used: Pratt, Johnson, Langley, Moore.

Referee: K Kirkpatrick (Warrington).

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