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U21's Give Grandstand Performance
Posted by southstander on September 01 2006 - 06:44:41

Ratu MoM
By Matthew Horton

In the final match before the play-offs the Rhinos went into the game looking for the victory that would secure second place, barring a Bradford miracle, when they entertained the Warrington Wolves. The Carnegie Stand was open for the first time as the Rhinos looked to finish the season on high.

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44

Rhinos

v

Wolves

04

Senior Academy

31st August 2006

U21's Give Grandstand Performance

The Rhinos were on the board as early as the second minute. Kyle Briggs releasing Steve Brooke and he had the simple task of putting Lee Smith in by the posts. Briggs converted and Leeds were six points to the good and Warrington had not had the ball in hand.

The Wolves then managed to get a grip on the game and were looking to take control when the Rhinos scored somewhat against the run of play on 13 minutes. Ryan Hall fielded a poor Warrington kick and he made a strong burst up field. The play the ball was quick and it allowed Mike Ratu to take advantage of the Warrington line being disorganised. He showed a great turn of pace to get on the outside of Kevin Penny to go in at the corner. Briggs conversion drifted across the face of the posts but Leeds were 10 points to the good.

It got better for Leeds four minutes later when Luke Gale released Michael Brown up the Northern touchline. He got as far as the 20-metre line before giving Danny Williams a walk in over the line. Briggs again was unsuccessful with the conversion to leave the Rhinos 14-0 up. Leeds were scoring at regular intervals, in the 22nd minutes Luke Gale ran across the Warrington defensive live before throwing the dummy to break through and go over untouched. Briggs this time converted to leave the Rhinos 20-0 up.

Leeds completed the first half scoring in the 27th minute; a Warrington defender knocked on a cross-field kick from Luke Gale. Mike Ratu was on hand and powered towards the line, he was held up 5 metres short and a quick play the ball gave Ben Kaye the opportunity to go in from dummy half. Briggs converted and the Rhinos went into the break 26 points to the good.

Leeds, attacking the Carnegie Stand, then made the perfect start to the second half. With only two minutes on the watch Mike Ratu broke free after a Kyle Briggs pass had been touched by a Wolves defender. He released Ryan Hall down the Northern touchline before being on hand to take the return pass to go over. Briggs converted and Leeds were 32-0 up.

Five minutes later, the try of the night. Warrington were attacking deep in the Leeds half when James Simon put and attacking kick towards the Rhinos in goal. Danny Williams was on hand to collect superbly just in front of his own try line and set off on a thrilling dash up field. Not a finger was laid on him as the speedster touched down by the posts to give Briggs an easy conversion.

Warrington then got their consolation score in the 55th minute, a chip kick from Chris Hull was tipped by Mike Ratu and Sam Lee won the race to touch down. The referee and Touch Judge had a long discussion about the try before being awarded by referee Dave Merrick. Roper’s conversion was off target but the Wolves had something to show for their efforts.

The game then went into a lull as both sides struggled to keep hold of the football in wet condition, but the Rhinos had the final say with 4 minutes to go. Luke Gale taking a pass on the bounce from Ben Kaye. He found Michael Brown and the centre popped a super pass “out of the back door” to send Danny Williams in at the Southeast corner. The conversion from Briggs was magnificent to leave the Rhinos 44-4 winners.

Back to the “traditional” Thursday night format and a decent crowd getting a first look at the facilities in the Carnegie Stand. Standouts for the Rhinos were Kyle Briggs, Luke Gale and hat-trick man Danny Williams. But the winner of the vote taken from regular posters on the message board for SouthStander.com man of the match was Mike Ratu.

The Senior Academy should now travel to Brantingham Park to take on Hull FC with a place in the Grand Final up for grabs. A date is yet to be confirmed, keep an eye on the official site for details.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
1
1
Penny
2
Hall
2
Blythe
3
Brown
3
Gee
1
4
Ratu
2
4
Jerran
5
Williams
3
5
Archer
6
Briggs
6
6
Ridyard
7
Gale
1
7
Roper
8
Feather
8
Pikersgill
9
Kaye
1
9
Johnston
10
Scruton
10
Cooper
11
Hart
11
Mitchell
12
Brooke
12
Harisson
13
Faal
13
Rourke
14
Endersby
14
Saxon
15
Chandler
15
Simon
16
Tootill
16
Emmitt
17
Burgess
17
Hull

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
26-00
Referee:
D Merrick


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