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Nearly for Young Rhinos
Posted by southstander on December 26 2008 - 17:24:56

Hat-Trick

It was clear that this was always going to be a weakened Rhinos side that would take on the Wildcats in the 'open your wallets and let Gary take what he wants' encounter. At seventeen of everyones credit crunched English pounds we might have expected a sprinkling of first-teamers, but what we got was Burgess, Hall and Watkins, hardly Blueys first names on the weekly teamsheet.

John Kear must be a little further on in his preparation as he named a stronger side boasting the likes of Blaymire, Atkins, Rooney, Obst, Drew, Bibey and Snitch. The Rhinos youngsters were always likely to struggle.

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16

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

22

Meaningless Pre-Season

Runout

26th December 2008

Nearly for Young Rhinos

Bluey elevated Luke Burgess to skipper for the game, the only real choice in a side devoid of first-teamers. New signing from Salford. Ambler, took his place on the bench and the French trialists all got a game as the coach looked to understand his fringe players. John Kear had picked a stronger side but one still without a number of first teamers. A minutes silence, predominantly for Adam Watene, was reverantly observed.

Leeds had an early chance from the kick-off when the Wildcats failed to field the ball and were forced to dropout under their own sticks, but it came to nought as the 'Cats defended well and then went on the attack. The opening quarter hour saw the young Rhinos line under relentless pressure, being forced to drop-out from under their own sticks on three occasions. On sixteen the defence finally gave as Walmsley snook over in the right corner. Martin failed to convert.

On twenty-three, and somewhat against the run of play, the Rhinos opened their account after brilliantly keeping the ball alive between Watkins and Brown allowing a pass out to the unmarked Broughton to cross in the corner. McShane failed with the kick but we were all square at four apiece.

It looked as though the Rhinos would hold out until the interval but on thirty-nine a ball steal was judged illegal and as Wakefield moved to the Leeds line Obst stretched over to score one-handed. Martin converted and the sides went in at half-time 4-10.

Leeds started the second half well, attacking the Eastern Stand. When a 'Cats player dropped the ball on the Leeds twenty it was quickly picked up and Watkins found Broughton who went seventy metres down the left wing to score in the corner. McShane failed to convert and level the scores but we were just two behind. This narrow margin was maintained until the sixty-sixth minute when intense 'Cats pressure, which had again forced a couple of drop-outs, saw Blaymire cross off an inside pass. Rooney kicked the extras for 8-16 and the game looked to be drifting.

Four minutes later and the Wildcats were over again this time following a half-break by Pitts and a pass inside to for Rooney to score easily. He converted his own try for 8-22 and it was game over with ten minutes left.

But no-one told the young Rhinos. On sevety-four Leeds were puching against a tired 'Cats defence and great passing, including a miss-out, saw Broughton over for a well deserved hat-trick - one to watch for the future, a devastating finisher. McShane once again missed and the margin was 12-22.

With four minutes remaining brilliant Leeds hands on the kick-off return saw Ratu on the end of a long right side passing move to score in the right hand corner. Burgess attempted the kick but was worse that McShane had been and the score was 16-22 with Leeds one converted try from the win.

Leeds continued to press but eventually the clock ran out and we had to settle for a second consecutive 'Festive Challenge' loss.

This wasn' a bad performance from young Leeds and Burgess, Broughton, and Watkins all impressed. Of the French contingent Lamelangi was the standout with some good drives and crunching tackles. He's a big fella too but might be found out in a full-blooded Superleague encounter. Bluey will be pleased with what he saw, but I'd guess that John Kear may not be as his strong side almost lost to a Rhinos academy outfit.

A meaningless game, but a bit of exercise for the lungs and a more competitive game that I could have expected.

Bring on the proper stuff.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hall
1
Blaymire
1
2
Collins
2
Walmsley
1
3
Mayan
3
Martin
1
4
Watkins
4
Atkins
5
Broughton
3
5
Murphy
6
Allen
6
Rooney
1
2
7
Sabri
7
Obst
1
8
Burgess
8
Bibb
9
McShane
9
Drew
10
Lamelangi
10
Bibey
11
Clarkson
11
Snitch
12
Chandler
12
Pitts
13
Manning
13
Ferguson
14
Ratu
1
14
Colleran
15
Tamghart
15
Davey
16
Ambler
16
Walker
17
Harbottle
17
Morton
18
Brown
18
Annakin

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11:30
Half-Time:
04-10
Referee:
Matthew Thomason
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