Rugby League - Hall's try-double sees Leeds end Challenge Cup hoodoo

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Rugby League - Hall's try-double sees Leeds end Challenge Cup hoodoo
England's Ryan Hall nears the line in the move leading to England's penalty try during the Four Nations Final rugby league Test match between England and Australia at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 19, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (AFP Photo/ANDREW YATES)

- Ryan Hall scored two tries as Leeds beat Yorkshire rivals Castleford 23-10 in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Victory marked the end of a Challenge Cup jinx for Leeds, whose last six appearances in the final had all ended in defeat.

Leeds got off to a flying start through Tom Briscoe but his fifth-minute try was soon cancelled out by Castleford's Daryl Clark.

But Leeds, dominating both possession and territory, extended their lead with tries from Danny McGuire and Hall to lead 16-4 at half-time.

Oliver Holmes's try soon after the break gave Castleford hope, but Hall’s second try effectively ended the Rhinos’ 15-year wait for the trophy.


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