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Beat You...With Half a Side!
Posted by southstander on June 28 2008 - 20:14:30

Captains Knock

After watching a large part of the Rhinos first team help England to a fantastic win in Toulouse last night, thoughts turned to Headingley and the mountainous task awaiting a patched up side of first teamers and youngsters.

Matt Diskin would capture a very youthful side with only a sprinkling of experienced first teamers against a Castleford outfit with a full squad to pick from and with one big win against the Rhinos already under their belt.

A double over their fiercest rivals must have had them playing their banjos at double speed in anticipation!

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

18

Rhinos

v

Tigers

12

Superleague XIII

Round 19

28th June 2008

Beat You...With Half a Side!

The nineteen named by McClennan gave away few pointers as to the likely formation, and when it was announced over the tannoy it was full of surprises. Jones-Bishop was given the nod for a debut at full-back with Brent Webb at scrum-half partnering debutante Danny Allan in the half-backs. Jones-Buchanan and Smith were both out of position in the centres and Ryan Bailey was in the second row. Simon Worrall took the loose forward berth and another debut for Joe Chandler saw him start on the bench.

For the opening fifteen minutes it was difficult to tell who were supposed to be men, and who were boys. The makeshift Rhinos were giving as good as they got, and they seemed to have real belief in themselves right from the off.

On just four minutes it seemed that Ali would open the scoring but spilled the ball in the goal area, it looked like it must have been reefed but Bentham gave a twenty metre restart.

For twenty-minutes both sides battered each other. The game was punctuated with quite a few errors, but it was enthralling to watch. As time wore on the Tigers were becoming increasingly frustrated that the kids were keeping them at bay.

On nineteen the Rhinos defence finally broke, as the visitors had a big overlap on the left and Owen crossed five in from the touchline. Huby missed the goal but the Tigers supporters were already celebrating.

On twenty-six Huby added another two after Leeds were penalised for offside on their own goal line, and with six minutes remaining Donald put in a try saving tackle on McGoldrick after he'd appeared to break free and outwit the Leeds defence.


10 Points

The final action of the half was an attempted drop goal, from in-front of the sticks, by Sherwin but the ball sailed wide of the sticks. We were a converted try down at the break, not a disaster. We'd put in a great team effort in the first half but had made too many silly mistakes. If we could cut them out in the second half the game still looked there for the taking.

The Tigers took just six minutes to quiet the SouthStand at the start of the second half. A cross field kick was caught in the air by Westerman who strode three steps to ground the ball. He failed to convert his own try for 0-10. We were quieted, but the lads weren't beaten yet.

On fifty-two a Burgess half break and offload saw the ball moved wide to Lee Smith who scampered down the wing to score in the corner. He missed the difficult conversion from the touchline but we were on the board at 4-10.


New Scrum Half
On sixty-two the Tigers increased their lead by two after Leeds interference at the play-the-ball and it looked like it was going to be one hell of a hoe-down in Castleford tonight, as their fans were celebrating like a cup win.

But then Leeds showed their mettle and patience.

Fifteen minutes to go and an excellent break from skipper Diskin saw him hit the ten metre line before passing inside for Brent Webb to score under the sticks. The Smith conversion took us within two.

Five minutes later and we forced a Tigers dropout, dominating play. On the return Webb re-paid the assist with a great pass of his own to Diskin who waltzed under the sticks and grounded to give the Rhinos the lead for the first time.

Cas were ruled offside on seventy-five and Diskin took control and handed the ball to Lee Smith who put over the two for a six point lead.

When the last Tigers attack broke down with a cross-field kick into the arms of Donald we knew it was all over and the Rhinos youngsters had secured a massive victory, earning big winnings for the McClennan and Hetherington gamble.

As the hooter sounded the Tigers players dropped to their knees as though they had lost a cup-final. The points were the brave Rhinos, and we'd witnessed a belter.

Big ups for the seniors who stood up and took the challenge to the Tigers, particularly Diskin and Webb, but also Lee Smith who played out of his skin. Special plaudits to youngsters Jones-Bishop and Allan who I thought both looked comfortable at this level, against this opposition, and Simon Worrall who gave his all for the cause.

A great Rhinos win, and one which sends the expectant Tigers fans scurrying home to lick their wounds. Half a team...and we still beat you!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Diskin44%
7
Allen15%
7
Smith15%
5
Jones-Bishop10%
4
Burgess7%
3
Donald6%
2
Webb5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
34
Jones-Bishop
2
Donlan
2
Donald
30
Fletcher
11
Jones-Buchanan
3
Shenton
5
Smith
1
3
21
Owen
1
22
Hall
5
Wainwright
25
Allan
1
Dorn
1
Webb
1
7
Sherwin
8
Leuleui
15
Huby
2
9
Diskin
1
9
Henderson
24
Burgess
10
Korkidas
14
Lauiti'iti
16
Lupton
16
Bailey
27
Catic
28
Worrall
23
McGoldrick
23
Williams
6
Thackeray
26
Kaye
13
Westerman
1
20
Haley
14
Higgins
33
Chandler
18
Boyle

Kick Off:
18:00
Half-Time:
00-06
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
17,619


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