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The End Of The Road
Posted by Number 2 on September 07 2008 - 15:05:00

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Knock out football all the way for the Rhinos as they attempted to get to a third consecutive grand final at this level. Huddersfield Giants were the opposition for the Sunday afternoon kick off at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

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Rhinos

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Giants

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Reserve Grade Championship
Qualifying Semi Final

7th September 2008

The End Of The Road

The Giants started the game strongly after Simon Brown put the opening kick off out on the full. The Giants were camped in the Leeds half and nearly opened the scoring after 5 minutes. A neat kick through from Leroy Cudjoe just has too much weight on it and the Leeds defence survived. Huddersfield continued on the front foot, Ed Barber with the break through the Leeds defence before Danny Allan saved the day with a crunching tackle just short of the line.

Leeds finally began to build pressure on the Huddersfield line but it was the Giants who scored first, an offload from Kallum Watkins missed its intended target of Danny Lawton and was scooped up by Jermain McGivary who went 95 metres to score the opening try the opening try of the game. Ed Barber converted and the Giants were in a deserved 6-0 lead.

Leeds hit straight back, Ben Kaye making the initial break which got Leeds into good field position and on the last tackle Danny Allan and Kallum Watkins combined to send Danny Lawton in at the corner. Two minutes later, Leeds were in again. After putting the kick off out on the full, Leeds took full advantage when Simon Brown gave Jodie Broughton enough space to get through the Huddersfield defence and get over the line. There was a nervous moment as the referee consulted the touch judge before awarding the try. Simon Brown was unable to convert either try, the first attempt hitting the post, but Leeds were into a slender 8-6 lead.

It was a see-saw game and the Giants hit straight back, after a kick from Gaz Firm was claimed by Chris Clough and he managed to offload to Nathan Chappell who rounded Tom Sheldrake to score in the corner. Leroy Cudjoe took over the kicking duties and duly obliged to send the Giants into 12-8 lead. It got better for the Giants 8 minutes before half time, after Ben Collins was ruled to have knocked on by the referee 10 metres away from his own line. Huddersfield took immediate advantage from the scrum. Leroy Cudjoe powering his way though some poor Leeds defending to get over the line. Cudjoe then added the conversion and Huddersfield were 18-8 ahead.

Leeds then suffered a blow just before half time when Danny Allan was forced from the field after picking an injury up and it nearly went from bad to worse for the Rhinos when Leroy Cudjoe stole the ball from Luke Hardbottle, but Tom Sheldrake was there to save the day for the Rhinos. But it was the Giants who went in with a ten point advantage.

Huddersfield extended their lead with 9 minutes gone in the half after Leroy Cudjoe slotted a penalty over to extend the lead to 12 points. The Rhinos hit back four minutes later, a neat kick through from Paul McShane into the in goal area took a wicked bounce and Chris Clarkson just beat Luke Hardbottle to the ball to touch down. Simon Brown added his first goal of the afternoon the reduce the deficit to 6.

The Rhinos again got on the front foot, aided by a penalty to give them field position, Dane Manning had the ball stolen just short of the line and from the resulting penalty a quick from Paul McShane go to the short side and Dane Manning was on hand to crash over in the corner. With Simon Brown off the field, Gareth Moore took over the kicking duties and kicked a superb conversion from the touch line to draw the Rhinos level. Two minutes later the Rhinos were ahead, another penalty conceded by Huddersfield saw Gareth Moore edge the Rhinos 2 points ahead.

Huddersfield edged ahead again with 6 minutes to go, a poor pass from Eric Anselme only found the touch line on his own 40 and Huddersfield took immediate advantage. Leroy Cudjoe stepped through the Leeds defence to go in under the post much to the delight of the Huddersfield players and fans. Cudjoe added the conversion and the Giants were 4 points to the good and facing the prospect of a trip to Harlequins. Leeds then suffered a blow when Simon Brown was carried from the field after being knocked unconscious in a tackle attempt. It brought back memories of last years qualifying semi final at St Helens last year and the medical staff took all the time necessary to ensure the correct steps were taken.

Leeds had 4 minutes to get back into the game, and try as they might they just couldn't break down the resolute Huddersfield defence and the Rhinos season ended in defeat and heartbreak after leading the competition for most of the year only to fall down at the final two hurdles. The defeat at Wigan put them into this game and cost them the minor premiership.

Huddersfield were value for their win today, superbly led from the back by Leroy Cudjoe they never allowed the Rhinos to settle. The Rhinos were guilty of losing too much football and some there were some silly errors which led to Huddersfield scoring their tries. Tom Sheldrake got the nod as the SouthStander.com man of the match for a battling display at full back but it was a bitterly disappointing end to a season the promised so much for the Rhinos.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Sheldrake
1
Cudjoe
2
4/4
2
Collins
2
Lopag
3
Broughton
1
3
Chappell
1
4
Watkins
4
Worthington
5
Lawton
1
5
McGilvary
1
6
S Brown
1/3
6
William
7
Moore
2/2
7
Barber
1/1
8
Chandler
8
Crowther
9
Kaye
9
Firm
10
Hardbottle
10
Roberts
11
Anselme
11
Clough
12
L Brown
12
Martin
13
Allan
13
Housley
14
McShane
14
Hodgson
15
Clarkson
1
15
Falkingham
16
Hall
16
Paish
17
Manning
1
17
Walker

Kick Off:
14:00
Half-Time:
08-18
Referee:
Warren Turley


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