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Rhinos Blast Fifty...Again
Posted by southstander on August 23 2008 - 00:02:41

Superman

I went to the JJB more in loyalty than expectation. We had nothing to play for but pride, whereas the Warriors needed the points to secure at least fifth and perhaps even get a home fixture in the play-offs. Expectations were low.

Very few of those who made the trip, and partied in the North Stand, could have expected such a resounding win, let alone recording Wigans highest home defeat of the Superleague era.

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

52

Rhinos

v

Warriors

16

Superleague XIII - 2008

Round 26

22nd August 2008

Rhinos Blast Fifty...Again

Kirke and Gibson were the two to miss out from Blueys nineteen. Kallum Watkins got the nod, as did Simon Worrall, the coach opting for youth in a game which didn't really count for a great deal. Noble had to name a side without Richards, skipper Hock still serving a ban for manhandling Ian Smith, and Bailey. Both sides were suffering end of season injuries and hoping that their patched up seventeen could do the job.

Leeds had the best of the best of the opening minutes but against the run of play it was the Warriors who set the scoreboard ticking. On six minutes the Rhinos were camped on the Warriors line when a McGuire cross-field kick seemed to be knocked on by Barrett, collected by an offside Tomkins who went to the half-way line before unleashing Mark Calderwood to score under the sticks. Klein passed the decision to Saint Steve in the Video Referee Box and he spent four minutes watching the replays before giving Calderwood the score. Phelps kicked a simple goal and the Rhinos couldn't believe that they trailed.

It took until the twentieth for the Rhinos to turn their dominance into a score equalling try. Another McGuire kick was fumbled by the Wigan defence and another six tackles was given by Klein. The ball was moved right and McGuire put 'Superman' Brent Webb over. Sinfield converted easily.

Three minutes later and McGuire was once again inspirational. A grubber kick looked simple for Calderwood to knock dead but he decided not to and Burgess dived full length to ground the ball brilliantly. Sinfield made it 12-6 and we were in front, where we belonged.

On twenty-six it looked like Wigan had found the equaliser but Carmont had dropped the ball on the line. The Wigan masses were quietened.

On twenty-nine an Ablett ankle tap stopped a certain Wigan try, but a cross-field kick on the last was flapped at by Tansey who put it into the hands of Phelps who accepted a simple chance. He failed to convert from wide for 12-10.


Brilliant

On the half-hour the Rhinos benefitted from a bit of over ambition from the Wigan side as a long ball went to ground and was picked up on half way by Lee Smith who went fifty metres unchallenged to score under the sticks meaning the Sinfield conversion gave us an 18-10 lead, which would have been a great way to hit half-time, but we hadn't finished.

With a minute of the half left we got a penalty under the posts and the Rhinos supporters yelled for the two pointer. The skipper had more confidence and ignored us. He tapped the ball and three plays later Kylie Leuluai took three tacklers over the line with him to score. Sinfields kick was the last action of the half and sent us in 24-10 ahead.

At this point six weeks ago we were 17-0 behind and despite playing against the referee this week as well we had put in a great performance against a Wigan side who had shown great defence to keep us to twenty-four. The feeling was good amongst the vocal Rhinos support.

The second half go off to a brilliant start as Sinfields kick off bounced once and found touch giving us head and feed in the Warriors twenty. From the back of the scrum the ball made its way to Webb who stepped left then right leaving the Wigan defence for dead before crossing for his second. Sinfield kicked for 30-10 and already the Wigan heads were down.


Inspired
On forty-nine Senior made good yards before Tansey took over and put in a great short pass to Ali Lauiti'iti who went the last twenty to score under the sticks. Sinfield converted for 36-10 and the first trickle of Wigan supporters started to head for the exits - the Wigan walk had bugun after just fifty minutes.

The trickle turned to a flood on fifty three. A Leeds grubber was kicked into touch by Mathers and from the resulting scrum the ball was moved through several pairs of hands before Senior stepped inside to score. Sinfield converted for 42-10 and the party was starting down the Leeds end.

On sixty-one O'Carroll went over after Klein gave a dubious penalty in the left corner and Phleps added the extras but at 42-16 it was all over for the home side.

Leeds had two more tries to finish off a great night for them, and a humiliating one for the once mighty Warriors.

On sixty-nine Lee Smith got his second of the night with a solo effort from thirty metres and this time Sinfield failed to convert.

With three minutes left Burrow put a kick into substitute Watkins wing, the speedster won the race and hacked the ball into the goal area before pouncing on the loose ball and grounding brilliantly for a great score to round off the night. The Sinfield goal gave us 52-16 and the Warriors were totally humiliated.

The early exodous, the ground being half empty with ten minutes to play, showed what the Wigan supporters thought of their players. Brian Nobles 'Warriors to win the Grand Final' talk from earlier today now looks very foolish.

A great all-round Leeds performance and one where it was very difficult for me to pick a best ten for the poll. We played very well as a team, but with some stunning individual performances, most notably Brent Webb who didn't put a foot wrong.

That is fifty points racked up two weeks on the bounce and the Saints must now be looking nervously over their shoulder in the race for the Minor Premiership. They couldn't blow it now...could they?

See you all at Wakefield in a fortnight, before the real work begins.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Lauiti'iti27%
8
Webb19%
5
Diskin14%
5
McGuire14%
3
Ellis8%
3
Sinfield8%
1
Burrow5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
2
1
Mathers
5
Smith
2
2
Calderwood
1
19
Ablett
21
Phelps
1
2
4
Senior
1
4
Carmont
21
Tansey
14
Colbon
6
McGuire
6
Barrett
7
Burrow
7
Leuluai
8
Leuleui
1
8
Fielden
9
Diskin
9
Higham
10
Peacock
10
Paleaaesina
12
Ellis
16
Hansen
14
Lauiti'iti
1
15
Coley
13
Sinfield
8
22
Tomkins
24
Burgess
1
19
Prescott
17
Scruton
24
O'Carroll
1
28
Worrall
27
Mossop
32
Watkins
1
32
Smith

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
24-10
Referee:
Ashley Klein
Crowd:
14,778


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