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Out-foxed by Wolves
Posted by southstander on August 02 2008 - 23:37:26

Big Game

It was more with optimism than confidence that the Rhinos travelled to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium for a saturday night game against a resurgent Warrington Wolves under the stewardship of ex-Rhinos favourite, James Lowes.

A massive injury list deprived us of Webb, JJB, Bailey, Hall and Toopi. Scott Donald didn't travel after becoming a father this morning but fortunately McGuire and Ali passed late fitness tests.

This needed to be the start of the Rhinos run to Old Trafford.

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Rhinos

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Wolves

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Superleague XIII

Round 23

2nd August 2008

Out-foxed by Wolves

Warrington, set out their stall early on. They were going to hit us, and hit us hard, just like coach Lowes did when wearing the colours of the Bradford Bulls. They stormed the Rhinos early on, but a great defensive effort from the 'make do and mend' side kept the home side at bay, much to the frustration of their vociferous support.

On ten minutes, and after relentless Wolves pressure, Jones-Bishop seemed to have the ball stolen in a two man tackle, but 'Saint' Steve saw a Wolves penalty. Hicks missed what looked like a simple chance, setting the precedent for a night which would see him goal just one from six chances.

On twenty-six the Rhinos finally got into a scoring position but Senior was penalised for a clear double-movement.

Three minutes later and Penny missed a sitter for the home side as he knocked on with the line begging and no Rhinos tackler within a couple of metres. With the Rhinos defence holding well, and the Wolves bombing their easy chances you did wonder if it may be our night afterall.

Just after the half-hour and we saw the first points of the game. A brilliant ball steal by Anselme on the Wolves thirty allowed us to build towards the line before Leuluai crashed over for the opener. Sinfield converted and easy goal and from no-where we were 6-0 up. The Wolves looked stunned, so did their support. They had dominated the game but with half and hour gone they were scoreless and behind.

The lead lasted until just before half time when a flowing Wolves move down the left finally exposed the Rhinos cover and King grounded. Hicks failed with the conversion and as teh sides hit the sheds for half time the Wolves must have wondered how they could possibly be trailing.


Big Hits

It hadn't been pretty, a half littered with errors and massive hits, but we were up. We were half way to picking the Wolves pocket and the lads must have been optimistic for the second half, although they had tackled themselves to a near standstill in the first.

The Wolves got off to the perfect second half start after just forty-four. Morley was allowed to run, busting a couple of tackles before psssing inside to the supporting Clarke to score under the posts. Hicks kicked the goal to give the home side a 10-6 lead.


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On fifty Smith was penalised for a knock-on when it looked like the ball had been stripped as he regained his feet to play the ball. Two tackles from the resulting scrum and Hicks wend over in the left corner. He failed to convert his own try but at 14-6 you got the feeling that this would be a difficult tide to turn.

As we approached the hour Hicks again found himself over the line, this time in the right hand corner after a length of the field flowing try. He failed again with the boot but the Rhinos were now two converted tries behind.

On sixty-five the Rhinos lost any hold that they had left on the game as youngster Mitchell weaved his way over the line from forty metres out for a great try. Hicks missed again but now it was 6-22 and close to the end of another bad day at the office.

On sixty-eight Burrow sent Senior over but was pulled for a forward pass and on seventy Peacock lost the ball in the tackle close to the Wolves line meaning that Tansey pick-up and score was to no avail.

Slight consolation on seventy-six when a Diskin pass put Leuluai over for his second of the night and Sinfield reduced the final arrears to ten points with the conversion.

There were just too many missing tonight for the Rhinos for us to be competitive for the full eighty. The youngsters, while a great prospect for the future, cannot keep up the required error free intensity for the full eighty and the reliance on some of the seasoned professionals meant that they were jaded by the end of the game. We looked shattered, overworked, and out of sorts. Unless we get some of the walking wounded back then we will head into the play-offs in pretty bad shape and with little chance of winning back-to-back Grand Finals.

We got the 'bum deal' on a few calls tonight but even an inept Ganson didn't effect the final result, win for the resurgent Wolves.

Headingley must be a pretty depressing place at the moment, so what better a pick-me-up than a big win over the Bulls next friday.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Leuluai77%
7
Ellis10%
7
Peacock10%
4
Anselme3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
21
Tansey
2
Hicks
2
1
34
Jones-Bishop
20
Riley
19
Ablett
3
Gleeson
4
Senior
4
King
1
5
Smith
5
Penny
6
McGuire
6
Briers
7
Burrow
7
Monaghan
8
Leuleui
2
8
Morley
9
Diskin
9
Clarke
1
10
Peacock
10
Rauhihi
18
Kirke
11
Anderson, L.
12
Ellis
12
Westwood
13
Sinfield
2
19
Grix
14
Lauiti'iti
15
Parker
17
Scruton
24
Mitchell
1
28
Worrall
23
Cooper
35
Enselme
22
Harrison

Kick Off:
19:30
Half-Time:
06-04
Referee:
'Saint' Steve Ganson
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