Picchi's injury sours Leeds' first victory

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Leeds' joy at their first Super League win over Sheffield Eagles at Headingley was marred last night by a serious injury to Nathan Picchi. Their new Kiwi forward dislocated a shoulder and it could force his return home.

"It looks quite serious and he is going to need an operation which will keep him out of the game for four to five months," Dean Bell, the Leeds coach, said.

Leeds' 36-22 win, their first in their fifth Super League game, was inspired by their young stand-off, David Gibbons, who scored two opportunist tries in six second-half minutes as the Loiners twice came from behind to clinch victory. Anthony, his twin brother, also scored a try.

The Broncos captain, Terry Matterson, kicked a club record-equalling 11 goals as London Broncos over-ran Workington 58-0. The Super League's bottom club made their longest trip inside England, arrived late because of the London Marathon and went home well and truly humbled.

London scored four tries in the first half, and five more in the second as Matterson missed with only one attempt.