Round-up: Rhinos go on the rampageto knock Hull out of play-offs

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Leeds qualified for a Friday night appointment with Huddersfield by knocking Hull out of the play-offs by a convincing 42-10 margin. Tries from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ben Jones-Bishop and Brent Webb in the first half put the Rhinos in command.

Richard Whiting got one back after the break, but Weller Hauraki hit straight back and a long-range effort from Kevin Sinfield clinched it. Danny McGuire stretched the lead further with his 200th for the club, before Tom Briscoe's late consolation and Ryan Bailey's even later effort for Leeds. The result means that the Catalan Dragons will be Wigan's visitors on Sunday.

The weekend's other two play-offs were also disappointingly one-sided. It proved a game too far in the South of France for Hull Kingston Rovers, whose season ended with a 56-6 thrashing by the Catalan Dragons.

Damien Blanch scored a hat-trick of tries for the Catalans, but the stand-out performer was their veteran second-rower, Steve Menzies, who scored two and set up another as his side took control in the first half. Craig Hall scored Rovers' only try, but it was a depressing way for Justin Morgan's six-year reign as coach to end.

Huddersfield were equally poor at Warrington on Friday night, but they at least have a second chance next weekend. The Super League-leading Wolves were in ruthless mood as they racked up 47 points and kept the Giants scoreless – only the second time that has happened in play-off history. Chris Riley and Joel Monaghan scored two tries apiece, as did Richie Myler.

"We gave their key players too much latitude and they did with it what you'd expect them to do," said Nathan Brown, the Huddersfield coach.

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