Leeds Rhinos have an impressive lead at half time against Workington Town after a lightning start by the Super League outfit.

The Rhinos are 42-6 ahead at the break in the Coral Challenge Cup clash at Headingley.

Leeds started with intensity and only some last ditch defending from Town kept them off their line as Brett Ferres and Harry Newman went close.

But unfortunately for Town Leeds got the start they wanted inside the third minute as they passed the ball out wide and Luke Briscoe went over in the corner, with Liam Sutcliffe converting from the touchline.

And on the next set of six a powerful run from Wellington Albert up the middle got Leeds into another good position and the speed of their hands got them out to the opposite wing where Ashton Golding touched down. Another touchline conversion from Sutcliffe and Leeds were 12-0 to the good.

Harry Newman was the next to go over the whitewash as the Rhinos appeared to be putting on a display and catching their visitors out wide too easily, with Sutcliffe converting again.

Wellington Albert benefited from the next break again on the next set of six and as Sutcliffe put the ball between the sticks in front of the posts it looked like it could be a long night for the visitors.

Town rallied slightly and had a couple of forays into the Leeds half but the Super League outfit dealt with them quickly and broke back upfield with Newman bagging his second, Sutcliffe again tagging on the extras.

Workington had their best chance when a neat little kick from Carl Forber bobbled among the Leeds defenders but Town just couldn't quite take advantage as it went dead.

Town had kept them at bay for a while but when the Rhinos got their chance they used their speed well up the left hand touchline for Newman to get his hat-trick, with Sutcliffe again converting.

Two penalties marched Town down the field and this time they did take advantage with Caine Barnes crashing over the line leaving an easy conversion for Carl Forber to bring their heads up.

But, just before the break, Leeds struck again as Richie Myler danced through the defence to score and Sutcliffe was faced with another easy goal, his seventh of the night so far.