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Vikings Vanquished
Posted by southstander on August 10 2012 - 22:49:45

Brace
No-one gave the Vikings a chance in tonights game at Headingley. Brian McDermott elected to rest Peacock, Burrow and Jones-Buchanan (as predicted in the preview) and drafted in Jimmy Keinhorst for his home debut.

The lack of Vikings fans was an indication of their thoughts on their prospects ahead of the game, and the Rhinos fans failed to show up in numbers as one of the smallest home crowds of the season ventured out on a balmy summers evening.

This was a night to 'fill our boots'.

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

68

Rhinos

v

Vikings

24

Superleague XVII - Round 24

10th August 2012

Vikings Vanquished

Leeds dominated from the outset, allowing the visitors no possession in our half. We opened the scoring on five minutes after being awarded two quick penalties by referee Stokes (a marginal improvement on the refereeing we've been subjected to in recent weeks). Two drive towards the sticks and loose-forward Bailey crashed over by the sticks for a decreasingly rare try. Sinfield added the two for 6-0.

On nine we were in again as a nice passing move saw the ball passed left with Ablett putting in the final pass enabling Hall to score in the corner. Sinfield made it 12-0 with a superb touchline goal. Two minutes later and a brilliant break by McGuire saw him make ground from the half way line to a few metres short. A fast play the ball from the Rhinos half and Lunt went over from acting half-back. Sinfields goal gave us 18-0 and we were already cruising against a Vikings side falling off the tackle and leaving massive gaps in the defensive line.

On seventeen there was a ray of hope for the travelling supporters as three Rhinos defenders all failed to lay more than a fleeting hand on Marsh who went over to score, the Ah Van conversion a simple one for 18-6. Perhaps we weren't going to have it all our own way.


Two Tries
On twenty-one it was Leeds back on the score sheet thanks to a Jones-Bishop forty-five metre break off a Watkins pass which saw him close before passing inside to Hardaker to walk in to score. Sinfield was good with the kick for 24-6 and with the game only a quarter over there was only going to be one winner.

On twenty-six Richard Moore barged his was over for his first Rhinos Superleague try, avoiding the end of season naked run, and Sinfield goaled for 30-6.

Just two more minutes passed before we witnessed the try of the game. A short pass to Sinfield saw him immediately chip through, collect his own kick and then pass the ball behind himself to McGuire who made a break before perfectly executing a grubber into the corner for Hall to collect and dive over. Sinfield failed to convert for the first time in the evening but at 34-6 it was immaterial.

On thirty-three the Rhinos conceeded a harsh penalty for crossing when it looked like Hall would go in for his hat-trick, and then as the Vikings accepted the metres relief Winterstein found the ball and space to go over for the Vikings second of the night. Ah Van goaled for 34-12, but Leeds weren't finished.

With the stopwatch entering the last minute, Delaney went through off a perfectly timed Sinfield pass and ran the angle to score. The Skipper added the two and we went into half-time having scored a point a minute and leading by 40-12. The game was already over, and had been for twenty minutes.

Leeds didn't ease off the gas at the start of the second half. It was more like they pulled over into a lay-by and crawled into the back seat for a nap. For twenty minutes we were awful....again!

On fifty-one, with the Rhinos falling off tackles and conceeding daft penalties, Phelps went over for a simple try which was converted by Ah Van for 40-18. Three minutes later and a brilliant breakdown the right wing by Isa found Marsh in support to walk in the try. Ah Van made it 40-24 with the extras, and the slightest chink of light appeared for the Cheshire side.

Then the Rhinos re-awoke.

On sixty minutes Kurt Haggerty was sin-binned for some indiscretion seen only by the North Stand touch judge. But it was enough to rile Griffin, who had been the victim of whatever had gone off, and from the resulting penalty his aggression took him over by the posts. Sinfield made it 46-24.

On sixty-four we had the worrying sight of McGuire being helped off the pitch with what looked like another knee injury, hopefully a minor knock and not ebough to keep him out of Wembley.

But three minutes after losing the talisman, Leeds played the ball at speed and Leuluai went in to continue a brilliant day for the Leeds forwards.


10 Goals

Sinfield converted and we were through the half-century, but still wanted more.

On seventy-two Stevie Ward got his first ever Superleague try for the Rhinos, much to his and his team mates delight, when he jinked his way to the line from fifteen metres out. Sinfield converted brilliantly from the touchline for 58-24.

Leeds still had two more scores in them. On seventy-six it was Hardaker who was the beneficiary of a great Watkins break down the wing and when it looked as though he'd blown a try by not passing, he bounced off the full back and went in to score. Sinfield made it 64-24. In the final minute of the game yet another Rhino got his first try, this one on his home debut, as Keinhorst went over after Hall was stopped just short of the line. Sinfield failed to goal leaving the Rhinos just short of the seventy and with a 68-24 win.

This was a big day for the Leeds pack with all the starting six getting on the scoresheet, and deservedly so. They put in masses of work and ground out the win against a poor Vikings side who did well to get twenty-four points on the board.

The defence, particularly out wide, is still a worry and must be terrifying McDermott in advance of the Cup Final, while leaving Tony Smith with plenty of thoughts and options on how he will unlock a defence which at times resembles an open door.

We looked good in offence, and if we'd just not switched off for twenty-minutes at the start of the second half then it could have easily been 80+ against the twelve that the Vikings scored in the first half.

Plenty still to work on, but unlikely that many of the first teamers will be using next weekend to do it as McDermott puts his faith in the youngsters to travel down to Perpignan.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Vikings
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
4
Hardaker
2
19
Phelps
1
2
Jones-Bishop
4
Isa
3
Watkins
20
Marsh
2
12
Ablett
3
Dean
5
Hall
2
5
Ah Van
4
13
Sinfield
10
25
Craven
6
McGuire
7
Hanbury
8
Leuluai
1
17
Pickersgill
31
Lunt
1
24
Haggerty
20
Griffin
1
10
Davies
25
Ward
1
11
Winterstein
1
15
Delaney
1
21
Allen
16
Bailey
1
12
Cahill
17
Kirke
18
Kite
18
Clarkson
22
Leuluai
21
Moore
1
27
Gore
32
Keinhorst
1
28
Gerrard

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
40-12
Referee:
George Stokes
Crowd:
13,326


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