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How Low Can We Go?
Posted by southstander on July 10 2011 - 17:46:32

No Ideas
While my heart was with the lads in the south of France, unfortunately my body was not.

So, as this is one of the rare games that I've not been able to make it to, todays match report comes courtesy of watching the game on SKY Sports.

It was standing room only in a sultry, but overcast stadium.

We bring you all of the action here......

18

Rhinos

v

Dragons

38

Superleague XVI - Round 21

10th July 2011

How Low Can We Go?

The Dragons were without Stacul, Baile and Fakir, all missing out at last minute, as they opened their new stand for a game against the Rhinos. Leeds themselves were without the suspended Burrow but welcomed back Ryan Hall on the wing in place of the youngster Zak Hardaker.

Leeds made a couple of handling mistakes earlier on through Buderus and Webb but the early exchanges were pretty even. On fourteen the home side took the lead. Peae had gone close but looked to knock-on close to the line. Childs missed it and on the following play a kick to the corner was tapped forward in flight and collected by Raguin to score. Dureau added the extras for 0-6.

There were twenty minutes on the clock when a brilliant long cut-out pass from Webb found Hall stooping forwards to collect a dipping ball before grounding in the left hand corner. Sinfield converted in off the nearest post to equal the scores at 6-6.

Two quick penalties conceeded by Leeds, both for lying on, gave Dureau a kick at goal to give the Dragons the lead at 8-6 on the half hour.


Leeds Opener
On thirty-four, as Jones-Bishop came in off the wing, Menzies put Vaccari over in the corner on an overlap. Leeds were looking visibly weary as Dureau slipped the ball between the posts for 6-14.

Three minutes to go to half time and despite being tackled in the field of play Blanch was pushed over the line by his team mates and then allowed to ground the ball by the Leeds tacklers. Child seemed to ignore the rule book, which indicated that he should have yelled 'complete' and he gave the try. Dureau kicked to give the Catalans a commanding 6-20 lead as we went into half-time.

We were rightly behind, but the margin was far wider that it would have been with a referee who understood the rules of the game. We needed a second half performance unlike anything we'd been able to muster so far this season, or we would be back in eight spot as the weekend finshed.

We didn't get off to a good start.

Hauraki lost the ball in the tackle on his own twenty and from the scrum Menzies ran the angles to score a walk in try. Dureau missed the extras but the game was drifting beyond the Rhinos at 6-24.

When Delaney got penalised for 'not square' on forty-eight Dureau slotted over the extras from ten metres for 6-26 and left the Rhinos needing four tries to get back in the game. There was now now a fear that we would be in for a hammering.

On fifty we were down to twelve as Delaney was sin-binned for a late tackle on the kicker. Straight from the resulting penalty Leeds conceeded another, this time through Buderus, and the penalty count was now 1-9. Leeds lack of discipline was once again a big part of our undoing.

On the hour mark the Rhinos turned a little pressure into points when JJB went over off a short Sinfield pass. Sinfield added the extras as Delaney re-entered the arena after his ten minute break. We'd won the last ten minutes by 6-0, with twelve men.


One bright light

Sixteen minutes to go and Buderus went over off a Delaney pass, when it appeared that earlier in the play Jones-Bishop had his heel on the touchline. Sinfield added the two for 18-26 and we were right back in the game.

But the optimism was short lived. On sixty-six a cross-field kick was flapped at by Ben Jones-Bishop and picked up off the turf by Greenshields who turned through one hundred and eighty degrees to ground the ball over the line. Dureau took his time with the conversion but missed it to take the score to 18-30.

With ten minutes left Dupport put the game past us as he grounded the ball one-handed on the line. Dureau missed the extras but it was 18-34 and the Rhinos had now lost three on the bounce.

The game petered out as both sides succumbed to exhaustion. There was just time for Vaccari to go over again in the corner as Webb and Delaney failed to cover the absent Jones-Bishop. Mounis hit the post with the conversion but the Dragons had the 38-18 win which their performance deserved.

I've said it before, and sadly I will say it again, James Child is not good enough for Superleague and the games over which he takes charge regularly descend into farce.

It seems that this is good enough for the Rhinos Chief Executive and coaching staff but it isn't for those of us who hold this club in our hearts. Our club is an embarrassment, the laughing stock of the Superleague, we're even behind the Castleford Tigers for goodness sake.

Mr Hetherington, this is a plea from the heart. Our 2011 is over, write it off, and make the changes now so that we don't have to suffer this tripe again next season. If you leave these two muppets in charge for the rest of the year then expect a serious crash in season ticket sales for next year.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Dragons
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Greenshields
1
23
Jones-Bishop
2
Blanch
1
12
Ablett
25
Dupport
1
2
Smith
18
Millard
5
Hall
1
19
Vaccari
2
13
Sinfield
3
11
Menzies
1
6
McGuire
7
Dureau
5
8
Leuluai
10
Casty
9
Buderus
1
9
Henderson
10
Peacock
24
Baitieri
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
23
Paea
3
Delaney
12
Raguin
1
21
Clarkson
13
Mounis
17
Kirke
17
Gossard
20
Hauraki
20
Simon
16
Bailey
26
Pelissier
24
McShane
30
Ancely

Kick Off:
16:45
Half-Time:
06-20
Referee:
James Child
Crowd:
10,350


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