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Battling Rhinos Into Cup Semis
Posted by southstander on July 24 2011 - 18:36:01

King Kev
Todays cup game at the KC Stadium would see the end of the season for one of two sides who were both struggling for any sort of consistent league level.

Last weeks nilling at Headingley would count for nothing and this was a game that would be played with a slate wiped clean.

It was do or die time. Who wanted it the most?

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

38

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

22

Challenge Cup

Quarter Final

24th July 2011

Battling Rhinos Into Cup Semis

It was Zak Hardaker and Jay Pitts who stepped aside to make room in the seventeen for the returning Webb and Leuluai. On paper we were slighty stronger than last week against a Hull FC side slightly weakened by the loss of Fitzgibbon. On the flip side, Hull had home advantage in front of their vociferous supporters. The BBC cameras were there to witness what could be a cracking quarter final.

All of the early pressure was for Hull, with Leeds on the back foot, and making mistakes on the occasional attacks that we had. On fifteen Obst threw a dummy twenty metres out from the Leeds line and broke a ninety-five minute non-scoring record as he crossed to touch down. Tickle added the extras and the Rhinos were deservedly behind.

On twenty-one Clarkson passed the ball to Whiting just inside the Hull half. Whiting broke downfield before being brilliantly tackled by McGuire but a fast play the ball allowed Jordan Turner to spiral over and ground one-handed. Tickle slotted over the extras and already we were twelve behind. Not a great start.


Leeds Opener
On twenty five, and Leeds first real attack of the game, Ben Jones-Bishop went down the wing off a Webb pass to score in the corner. Sinfield converted brilliantly from the touchline for 6-12 and we were back in it.

With two minutes of the half left Lauiti'iti gave away a stupid penalty on the half way line with a high tackle. A couple of plays later and Jordan Turner ran over the top of Hall and McGuire to ground the ball in the corner. Mercifully Tickle missed the extras but we went in at half time trailing by 6-16.

We'd been second best for the entire half and would really need to raise it a couple of gears to have any chance of getting this one back, and salvaging anything from a very disappointing season.

Leeds got the second half off to a great start. Jones-Bishop almost made the line with a break down the right wing but was tap tackled by Manu. A quick play the ball and Sinfield found Lauiti'iti who stretched out to score one-handed. Sinfield added the goal to narrow the arrears to four points at 12-16 an in doing so equalled Lewis Jones Leeds club goal kicking record.

On forty-eight and we were in again as Delaney was fed by McGuire to batter off two tacklers and score. Sinfield missed the conversion and we were back at 16-16.

On fifty-two McGuire had the ball stolen just five from the Hull line and Sinfield opted for the penalty points and the club goalkicking record. We'd snatched the lead at 18-16.

Fifty-five on the clock and the tide had well and truly turned. Sinfield found Ablett five metres from the line and he spun out of the tackle to ground over the line. Sinfield added the two for 24-16, and the Hull fans weren't liking it.

On the hour mark we looked like we'd got one of the rarest of all rugby league moments, a Ryan Bailey try, but after multiple views of the tape Ian Smith ruled it out.


Two Good Tries

With fifteen minutes left Hull stepped up their own effort and Westerman used all his strength to spin out of a tackle from Lauiti'iti to ground the ball on the line with his fingertips. Tickle added the extras to reduce the arrears to two points at 24-22.

Ten minutes of the game remained when Leeds looked to take it beyond the home side. Leeds attacked down the left hand side and Webb passed out to Ablett to ground one-handed for his second of the afternoon. Sinfield converted from the touchline for 30-22.

Five minutes from the end and with Webb fouled five short of the FC line Sinfield opted for the penalty and the two points to take us to 32-22.

Fifteen seconds on the clock and we had the icing on the cake as Jones-Bishop intercepted a Manu pass and went thirty to score. Sinfield added the two for a commanding 38-22 win.

It was mission accomplished, although somewhat uncomfortably at times. Great performances from Buderus, Ablett, Burrow, Sinfield and Lauiti'iti but once again we picked up a few knocks, noticibly to Hauraki and McGuire. We were into the hat for the semi-finals, now drawn against Castleford Tigers. This was much better for Leeds than last weeks performance, and against a much improved Hull FC side.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
20
Phelps
23
Jones-Bishop
2
3
Whiting
3
Delaney
1
19
Turner
2
12
Ablett
2
4
Yeaman
5
Hall
5
Briscoe
13
Sinfield
7
6
Horne
6
McGuire
30
Obst
1
16
Bailey
8
O'Meley
9
Buderus
9
Houghton
10
Peacock
23
Moa
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Manu
20
Hauraki
12
Tickle
3
21
Clarkson
11
Westerman
1
17
Kirke
15
Lauaki
8
Leuluai
17
Dowes
14
Lauiti'iti
1
2
Sharp
7
Burrow
10
Radford

Kick Off:
15:30
Half-Time:
06-16
Referee:
Steve 'Saint' Ganson
Crowd:


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