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Bounce Back Ability
Posted by southstander on September 02 2011 - 22:24:09

Hat-trick

McDermott had been forced to make changes to the side cheated out of the Challenge Cup by inept officiating. He was without Webb, Burrow, Watkins, Clarkson and Kirke and forced into naming a side with Hardaker in the centres, Smith at full back and Hauraki at loose forward.

Would the Wildcats take advantage of a battered and bruised Rhinos, or would the Rhinos bounce back and give their lowly visitors a good mauling? We'd got eighty minutes to find out.

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v

Wildcats

20

Superleague XVI - Round 26

2nd September 2011

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It didn't take long for us to start getting a few answers to our questions, particularly the one about whether the lads have given up on the 2011 season.

On two minutes, and the Rhinos first attacking set the ball was moved left and Ablett found Ryan Hall in space to step over for a criminally simple try. Perhaps the Wildcats felt sorry for us and were going to just lie down? Sinfield added the extras for a cracking start.

The wildcats mounted a couple of attacks of their own but strong Leeds defence kept them out, and then on fourteen minutes Leeds gave the ball air an Ben Jones-Bishop crossed after taking the ball on the wing some thirty metres from the line and coming inside to outpace three would-be tacklers before scoring. Sinfield made it 12-0.

Two minutes later and a McGuire short pass allowed Ablett to drop over the line and score. Sinfield converted and the Rhinos were taking advantage of a minimal Wildcats defence. It was great to watch.

On ninteen a Leeds mistake with a knock-on at the play-the-ball allowed Tongia to go down the wing and score in the corner. Moore failed with the boot but the good trevelling crowd from down the road were just relieved to have points on the board against a rampant Rhinos side.

There was twenty-five showing on the clock when the 'Cats knocked on on their own ten and from the scrum McGuire mesmerised the visitors defence with a nice interchange of passes before running the angle to open his personal account. Sinfield missed his only conversion attempt of the night but at 22-4 we were sitting pretty.


Brace
On thirty-four Smith crossed off a Jones-Buchanan pass but Thaler, somewhat harshly after watching the video replay on the big screen, ruled a forward pass. But two minutes later and we were back on the scoreboard following a nice break from Hardaker whose quick play-the-ball moved through several pairs of hands before Hall went over in the corner for his second.

The Sinfield goal made it 28-4 and you felt that the game was already won.

On the stroke of half-time Thaler saw something that no-one else in the ground had as sent McShane for an early ten minute break and within seconds another twenty-five were following him into the sheds.

It had been all Rhinos in the first half and the margin could have been even greater if not for some bizarre and patently incorrect refereeing calls. We really aren't getting the rub at the moment.

Leeds were first on the board in the second half. A Smith kick and chase saw him tackle the Wildcats retriever who then stood up and continued his return. Thaler gave a scrum and three drives later Ali Lauiti'iti scored the most popular try of the night on his final home Superleague game (play-offs excluded). Sinfield kicked the two for 34-4.

On fifty-two poor Leeds defence let Veivers over unmarked for a score and seven minutes later it was back-to-back 'Cats tries as the Rhinos defence parted for a grubber kick and Tony happily touched down under the sticks. Moore converted the second for some Wildcats respectability at 34-14. But then Leeds stepped up another gear.

On sixty-four the Rhinos scored a last tackle try from the half-way line thanks to a Sinfield break which put Buderus over. Sinfield kicked the extras for 40-14.

On sixty-seven Hall completed his hat-trick, once again in the left corner, but Sinfield was up to the task for 46-14.

And on seventy-three Ali picked up what looked like an impossible pass, juggled a little, went round a defender and passed to McGuire for a walk-in. Sinfields boot gave us 52-14 and it was turning into a rout.

On seventy-six Jones-Bishop went over in the corner after a twenty metre run down the wing but inexplicably the touch judge ruled out the try and the Rhinos had another good one chalked off.


Ten Goals

Leeds then scored two tries in a two minutes as first Leuluai broke close before Peacock used all his strength to break his season long scoring duck. Then a fabulous break by Leuluai allowed him to use McGuire who then put Smith over under the posts. Sinfield converted both and we'd got a fifty point lead at 64-14.

The Wildcats got the last score of the game but it was a Rhinos who did it as on-loan Amor stretched over for a try after McGuire had knocked-on from the kick-off. Moore goaled to naprrow the margin slightly but it was still a trouncing in anyones language at 64-20.

Leeds sent out an important message tonight. That was that the Rhinos season is not yet over and that they are motivated to give the Grand Final a go this season, even if it means doing it from outside the four.

There was still some clumsiness, some silliness and some lapses in concentration but on the whole this was a great performance after last weeks demoralising Wembley loss. Had it not been for two very poor refereeing decisions we could have been closer to eighty points on the board.

Everything is now crossed for losses for the Giants and Dragons and the Rhinos still having a shot at fourth on the last day of the season.

Tonight was a good night to be a Rhinos fan and the fifteen thousand plus at Headingley showed that they have belief that this side can still get something for their efforts this season.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
2
Smith
1
15
Motu
1
23
Jones-Bishop
1
19
Morton
27
Hardaker
23
Veivers
1
12
Ablett
1
37
Tadulala
5
Hall
3
39
Tongia
1
13
Sinfield
10
35
Moore
2
6
McGuire
2
14
Lee
8
Leuluai
31
Amor
1
9
Buderus
1
9
Rinaldi
10
Peacock
1
25
Higgins
11
Jones-Buchanan
17
Johnson
3
Delaney
13
Morrison
20
Hauraki
22
Howarth
22
Pitts
20
Gledhill
24
McShane
26
Wildie
16
Bailey
36
Hickey
14
Lauiti'iti
1
40
Walshaw

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
28-04
Referee:
Ben Thaler
Crowd:
15,511


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