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Rhinos Beat The Weather And The Robins
Posted by Number 2 on June 13 2011 - 16:47:24

TMFMISL - Awesome
After back to back thumpings against title contenders it was back to business at Headingley with five players backing up from the England international on the Friday night.

The visitors arrived looking it to make it consecutive doubles over the Rhinos but in horrid conditions the Rhinos did enough to get home.

Phil Caplan was at the game for us and brings you his view here

44

Rhinos

v

Hull KR

14

Superleague XVI - Round 17

12th June 2011

A Win At Last

Rhinos had every excuse if their patchy home record in 2011 had continued, five men out of Exile, torrential rain throughout the contest favouring a disciplined kicking game – their opponents having arguably the best exponent in their ranks – and facing a side coming off a morale boosting derby win, whose players had no such international distractions.

Instead, Brian McDermott’s men came up with their most comprehensive performance of the campaign, running in eight tries, three of them to England winger Ryan Hall to prevent Rovers registering a fourth successive victory against them. The hosts dominated field position, Kevin Sinfield back at loose forward, deadly with his pinning kicks particularly in an all-encompassing second period.

Jamie Peacock’s display – his 150th the club - despite his overload was the best since his return from injury, driving his side forward in concert with the storming Ryan Bailey and Brent Webb, released from Exile exertions, inventive and troublesome on the counter belying the plumes of water underfoot.

If there was one lingering reservation about the Exiles experience, it was the lack of atmosphere – or more specifically a defined rivalry.

That could not be said in the same stadium in front of almost the same number of people less than 48 hours later, the majority of whom were buoyed by a clash they had no right to expect in the conditions.

They were an influence from the kick off, Rovers fumbling the ball, deliberately dropped short by Sinfield.

Webb’s dummy and go fashioned the first opportunity, Jamie Jones Buchanan’s grubber infield forcing fearless Shaun Briscoe into conceding the first of four drop outs.

Rhinos were rewarded for running a penalty, Craig Hall shooting out the line and leaving a gap for sniping Rob Burrow – who relished the slippery surface - to send in Lee Smith who slid over from five metres, Sinfield landing a fine goal from wide out. Rhinos set a tempo and, despite the weather, sought to promote the ball whenever possible showing little or no concession to the incessant rain, and a refreshing joie de vivre backed up by strong arm defence, Peacock forcing the ball from Mick Vella. Temporarily, Rhinos desire to entertain proved to be their undoing, the irrepressible Webb taken into touch by Ben Cockayne on his own 30 when trying to go on the outside.

From the scrum, Michael Dobson, Ben Galea and Kris Welham put Cockayne in at the corner.

Webb redeemed himself almost immediately with a long, two man cut out pass on a power play pass to send Ryan Hall – who took the ball well above his head - in out wide.

Briscoe produced a stunning try saver to deny Jones Buchanan after a Bailey charge and then McGuire cross kick had been hacked on by Lee Smith and turned inside by Ryan Hall.

Twice Ben Galea pulled off crucial tackles to deny McGuire and Sinfield, Burrow’s dancing feet having set up the latter threat.

On a rare attempted breakout for the visitors, Liam Colbon was rounded up into touch by Ryan Hall, Burrow and Carl Ablett and the angle of Weller Hauraki’s diagonal run from Burrow’s pass seemed to wrong foot the Rovers last line as he near-sauntered over, Sinfield goaling to make it 16-4.

The half ended with the first serious spell of concerted pressure from the visitors on the back of Jason Netherton and Scott Taylor’s impetus off the bench and courtesy of a Leeds knock on around their own 20 at the play the ball.

Ryan Hall and Danny Buderus – who started on the bench - somehow held up Clint Newton, Webb was just deemed to have grounded a skidding ball from Blake Green’s grubber to the posts but on the back of a third consecutive penalty, Dobson’s grubber rebounded off a Leeds foot and Kris Welham showed great awareness to toe the ball on and grab the touchdown, his 17th of the Super League season.

Rhinos had the perfect start to the second period, Danny McGuire who was keenly involved, snapping up a Cockayne dropped ball on his own 20 following a tackle by Ablett and Brett Delaney.

Hauraki, who seemed to attract space broke clear again but Webb just failed to reel in the pass, Hauraki then losing the ball on his own 10 and Galea, Blake and Clint Newton with a terrific dabbed pass putting Craig Hall in at the corner.

Rhinos defence restricted Rovers yardage, Sinfield kicking from the base of a scrum for McGuire and forcing Briscoe into a drop out.

Another Bailey rampaging charge elicited a penalty and, from the tap, Peacock trundled, Webb got outside his man and slipped a fine pass for Smith to send Ryan Hall over for his double, Sinfield goaling.

Sinfield’s kick to the opposing line saw Cockayne lose the ball first on his own 20 and then from a Burrow kick to the corner on the left.

Buderus, McGuire, Sinfield and Delaney whipped the ball right and Zak Hardaker continued his fine poaching run with a strong finish by the flag.

The difference in chance taking was emphasised soon after, Newton again the provider but Craig Hall being bundled into touch by Bailey and Webb. In contrast, Hauraki broke clear from Webb’s fine pass and then slipped a ball out the back on the last for Smith who enabled Ryan Hall to complete his treble.

Penned back for almost the entire second forty minutes, Dobson tried a shallow chip kick which Hardaker took on half way, spun clear and positioned Delaney on the inside to posts, Sinfield landing his sixth goal.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull KR
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Briscoe
27
Hardaker
1
28
Cockayne
1
2
Smith
1
3
Welham
1
3
Delaney
1
19
Hall
1
5
Hall
3
5
Colbon
6
McGuire
1
6
Green
7
Burrow
7
Dobson
1
16
Bailey
20
Vella
24
McShane
18
Hodgson
10
Peacock
15
Wheeldon
11
Jones-Buchanan
12
Galea
12
Ablett
8
Lovegrove
13
Sinfield
6
13
Murrell
17
Kirke
16
Netherton
8
Leuluai
11
Newton
20
Hauraki
1
9
Fisher
9
Buderus
22
Taylor

Kick Off:
18:00
Half-Time:
16-10
Referee:
Rob Hicks
Crowd:
13,669


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