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Rhinos: Best of a bad pair
Posted by southstander on July 15 2011 - 22:14:35

Leeds Opener
Two mid-table sides, coached by mediocre managers, playing moderate rugby league.

The likelihood was that we wouldn't be in for a thriller as the Rhinos welcomed Hull FC to Headingley for the first of two match-ups in nine days. Who'd emerge with the spoils from round one?

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

20

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

00

Superleague XVI - Round 22

15th July 2011

Rhinos: Best of a bad pair

The mood in the ground was never going to be good following the Rhinos recent losing run and last weeks capitulation to the Catalans. But it was worsened by the news that the hapless and increasingly clueless McDermott had opted to drop both Lee Smith and the mercurial Paul McShane from his seventeen. Instead he'd gone with Jones-Bishop at full back and Burrow on the bench as hooker cover.

What was he thinking?

The game started off as both sides meant it to carry on, punctuated by unforced error after unforced error. Leeds definitely had the upper hand, spending time in the FC half but failing to endanger the line until a Fitzgibbon knock-on twenty metres from his own line opened the door. The Rhinos took two tackles before a long Sinfield ball found Hall with space on t he overlap to go over in the corner. There were fifteen minutes on the clock as Sinfield added the extras for 6-0, and it was to be the last scoring action of the half.


Second Try
As the half progressed the error count seemed to accelerate. Knock-ons, dropped balls, high tackles and illegal steals...from both sides, it was truly awful fayre.

The half petered out with the Rhinos holding, and on the balance of field position, just about deserving a narrow six point lead. Surely it must get better, and less error strewn in the second half...surely?

But it didn't.

The opening twenty-five minutes of the second half were much the same as the first half but with Hull continuing to make more errors than Leeds, with Leeds unable to capitalise on them.

On sixty-five Hauraki was hit high some twenty metres from the opposition line and Sinfield goaled for 8-0. Then Leeds, with daylight between the side, stepped up a gear.

On seventy-two a McGuire grubber bounced nicely in goal and Jones-Bishop won the race to ground the ball before both he and it slid dead in goal. Silverwood went to the video referee who awarded the try to the stand-in Rhinos full-back.

Sinfield added the two for a clear 14-0 lead.


Final Try

Two minutes from the end it looked like a Burrow darting run had put Hauraki over but when the decision was handed upstairs Ian Smith ruled that Burrow had used a shepherd before passing the ball so pressed the 'NO TRY' button.

But right on the hooter the Rhinos scored a try which took us all back a couple of years. A great Hall break down the line saw him put in a grubber which was hacked forwards by Burrow and as he was about to collect and touch-down McGuire came steaming through to take control of the situation and pick up the ball himself to score. Sinfield kicked the goal for a 20-0 Rhinos victory, and probably a justifiable scoreline.

The great news was that we'd tackled well and nilled a side for the first time in a Superleague game since the 68-0 shut out of the Crusaders in August 2009.

The bad news was that we only won this game because we were less awful that FC, who were truly diabiolical.

It was a performance which would have seen us lose to most sides currently above us in the table and any side who could hold on to the ball when they had posession would have given us a much sterner test. Leeds had a couple of stinkers tonight, most noticibly from Jamie Peacock who dropped the ball twice without any pressure and put in three bad high tackles.

This truly was a mid-table slug-fest and not one for the purists, but in the end we've got the two points in the bag and it has lifted us up a couple of places in Superleague, at least until Castleford play tomorrow night.

A cautious thumbs up, but there is still a massive gulf between where we are and where we need to be.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
23
Jones-Bishop
1
20
Phelps
27
Hardaker
3
Whiting
3
Delaney
19
Turner
12
Ablett
4
Yeaman
5
Hall
1
5
Briscoe
13
Sinfield
4
6
Horne
6
McGuire
1
30
Obst
16
Bailey
8
O'Meley
9
Buderus
9
Houghton
10
Peacock
13
Fitzgibbon
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Manu
20
Hauraki
12
Tickle
21
Clarkson
11
Westerman
17
Kirke
14
Washbrook
22
Pitts
15
Lauaki
14
Lauiti'iti
23
Moa
7
Burrow
10
Radford

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-00
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
14,809


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