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Fifth Time Champions from Fifth
Posted by southstander on October 08 2011 - 21:56:05

Champions Again
I spent the last week pinching myself to check that we'd really made it to Old Trafford after what could best be described as a mediocre season by our very high standards.

But Grand Finalists we were, against our traditional opposition St. Helens, and it was raining...perhaps it was our year.

We were the first side ever to make the final from outside the top three, surely McDermott couldn't pick up the silverware in his first season as coach?

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

32

Rhinos

v

Saints

16

Superleague XVI - Grand Final

Old Trafford

8th October 2011

Fifth Time Champions from Fifth

Saints fans must be getting tired of losing, for the Rhinos supports considerably outnumbered them as we approached kick-off and the rain which had been falling all day ceased momentarily. We'd been deprived of pre-match act 'Feeder' which was a shame as I'd no idea who they were and was looking forward to getting acquainted. Amongst the pomp and ceremony the thirteen upon whom our hopes rested lined up with their backs to the eastern stand, we all took in a deep breath and waited for battle to commence.

Saints had the best of the opening few plays and when Webb knocked on the first tackle Leeds had the ball in hand you wondered if it might be one of those days.

From the resulting scrum Saints used the ball well and put in a little kick on the last which was picked up by Delaney who went through a gap before being caught and tackled on half-way. You felt that if Hall, Hardaker, Webb, McGuire or Burrow had picked up the loose ball we'd have been over for the opener.

The opening twenty saw both side in resolute defence, but with little attacking flair to match and when Saints elected to allow Foster to kick a penalty from eighteen metres in the twenty-fourth minute you got the feeling that the players believed that this might be a low scoring game.

Three minutes later and Sinfield returned the two pointer but from more like forty-five metres, and as the half-hour approached the two sides were all tied up at 2-2, despite the Rhinos having the advantage in field and ball.

Then a gamebreaker try from the midfield maestro Burrow, freshly on the field after starting on the bench.

He took the ball on half way, ducked under the first tackle, then stepped out of three more attempts to halt his fifty metre run to the line. As he crashed over the Rhinos fans went potty, and the Saints fans fell silent. Sinfield slotted over the extras for a six point lead that we deserved, and took into the interval.

We'd dominated long periods, tackles like trojans, but given away too many daft penalties and too much ball. You felt like we should have been further ahead.


Into the Lead
Saints started the second half like a tornado by punishing a Jones-Bishop knock-on from the kick-off with four forced drop-outs which seemed to grind the Rhinos defence down.

On forty-five it looked like they'd finally breached the Leeds line but Bentham sent to the video referee who ruled Saints knock-on in the act of scoring. Leeds then moved play to the other end and Sinfield tried, and failed to slot over a drop goal.

On fifty the Saints did get back in it.

Bentham initially awarded a drop-out but must have got a call to go to the screen for a potential try by Makinson, scored as Webb tried to shepherd the ball dead. Ben Thaler in the video booth watched over and over but each time it looked like Webb had got away with it and Makinson grounded the ball on the line, but the video referee eventually rules TRY and Foster kicked the extras to level the scores at 8-8.

Saints were on a roll and when on fifty-six Ben Jones-Bishop again failed to collect a high kick, Saints took full advantage of the scrum and moved the ball right for Shenton to score on a big overlap. Foster missed the conversion for 8-12. Three minutes later and it was 8-14 after Foster kicked a penalty for a Leeds offside.

When Sinfield kicked-off dead on the full and Foster accepted the invitation to kick a penalty goal from fifty-metres to extend the lead to eight points. Leeds looked tired, and the fans nerves were now getting to them. Perhaps we could lose in a final to Saints!

But we needn't have worried, from here on in it would be all Leeds.

On sixty-three Sinfield found good field position from a penalty and Leeds seemed to take Saints by surprise as they moved the ball left for Webb to go through a gap and stretch to score. Sinfield kicked and we trailed by two at 14-16.

On sixty-eight the boot of the skipper levelled the scores from forty-five metres after Ali had the ball stolen in a two man tackle.

Then with ten minutes remaining we hit the front.


Final Try

Rob Burrow once again engineered a gap and after dummying the pass twice, both bought by the Saints defence, he released Hall to cross and score in the corner. Sinfield failed to goal but we had the lead back.

On seventy-four Ablett somehow muscled his way over the line and got the ball down off a Jones-Buchanan pass. Sinfield kicked the extras from the touchline for a ten point lead at 26-16, the game felt in the bag.

The final score came on seventy-nine when Hardaker intercepted a loose Saints pass on the half way line and went fifty metres to score, celebrating madly in front of the gathered Headingley masses. Sinfield goaled as the hooter sounded and the Rhinos had a historic fourth Superleague crown in five years by a massive 32-16 margin.

What a sensational night and a sensational win which has re-written the record books and shown what a great invention the end of season play-off series can be. We've had a rollercoaster of a season with some terrible downs and now the greatest of ups!

I was one of the doubters that Sir Kevin mentioned at the end of his speech, I had criticised and written off this team in mid-season. But I saw something special at Wembley, which despite the loss made me think that thsi side still had heart and hunger, but I daren't hope that the hunger would carry them all the way to the ultimate prize. But it did...in spades.

I think that Rob Burrow fully deserved to win the Harry Sunderland Trophy for Man of the Match as the game turned on his introduction. All the lads put in some tremedous work in defence, and but for a ten minute blip in the second half we totally dominated this game.

Champions again, I can barely believe it. What a fantastic night to be a Rhinos fan, our fifth Grand Final win, and possibly our finest hour.

Well done Leeds, bring on 2012 and the World Club Challenge.

You have to spare a thought for Saints on a night like tonight, five consecutive losing finals, that must be heartbreaking.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
Wellens
23
Jones-Bishop
28
Makinson
1
27
Hardaker
1
3
Shenton
1
12
Ablett
1
5
Meli
5
Hall
1
22
Foster
4
13
Sinfield
6
25
Gaskell
6
McGuire
20
Lomax
8
Leuluai
10
Graham
9
Buderus
9
Roby
10
Peacock
11
Puletua
11
Jones-Buchanan
12
Wilkin
3
Delaney
4
Soliola
21
Clarkson
16
Clough
7
Burrow
1
14
Moore
14
Lauiti'iti
15
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
16
Bailey
17
Wheeler
17
Kirke
19
Dixon

Kick Off:
18:00
Half-Time:
08-02
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
69,107


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