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Rhinos Tough It Out Against the 'Cats
Posted by southstander on February 13 2009 - 23:25:26

Great Game

We said in the preview that this would be a tough match, and when it was announced that Sinfield was absent with a calf injury you could have feared the worst.

Wakefield were also dealt a cruel blow when they lost Sam Obst in the warm-up, both sides a key playmaker down from the named squads, but the Rhinos were now relying on youngster Danny Allen in the scrum half position and JJB filling in at stand-off. It was certainly going to take some getting used to and Danny McGuire was now the key to Rhinos success.

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

18

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

04

Superleague XIV

Round 1

13th February 2009

Hard Fought Win

For the second week running we were a side devastated by injuries and omissions. Without Webb, Senior, Burrow, Sinfield, and Eastwood we were missing a large part of the flare and firepower that we will surely rely on for the rest of the season. But the visitors weren't without their problems and also fielded an under-strength seventeen. It wasn't going to be pretty and the likelihood was that the toughest side would gain the spoils and go two points clear at the top of Superleague.

But the Rhinos got off to a tremendous start, taking just two minutes to register on the scoreboard.

Danny Allen chased down his own up-and-under and although Blaymire took the ball Allen stripped it in a one-on-one tackle to regain possession. Two tackles later and Ali Lauiti'iti went over from ten metres, dragging three Wildcats defenders with him. Stand-in kicker Smith drifted the ball over from wide and we were 6-0 up.

This was obviously the sign for 'Saint' Steve Ganson to make his mark. He looked like he had been Tango'd, resplendent in a nice orange number, but he was whistling away like a flashback to a mid-90's illegal rave party. Eleven of the games twenty-one penalties were dished out in the opening twenty minutes and the players were getting almost as frustrated as the supporters after imagined offence followed imagined offence.

On twenty-two Ganson had succeeded in penalising the Rhinos back onto their own twenty and Martin opted to get the Wildcats on the board. Back to 6-2, but only momentarily.

From the Rhinos kick-off Blaymire spilled the ball on his own thirty and JJB picked up the loose ball and sprinted over under the sticks. Lee Smith added the extras for 12-2, now it was time to kick on and take the game.


Scorer

Within a minute Danny Buderus took to the field to make his Leeds debut, to great applause from the gathered Rhinos fans.

Although both sides prodded and probed for the rest o fthe half, neither line could be breached again before half time. The only remaining report from the first half was the actions of the man in orange who sent Atkins to the sin-bin on the stroke of half-time for putting the boot in on a prone Ablett.

It had, without doubt, been a tough one. Both sides were still in it, and Kear would be suggesting that if his side could last out the opening ten with twelve men then they would be in with a chance.


Two Goals
And last out the opening ten, they did. In fact they did better than that and on forty-five martin took another two-pointer after Bailey was judged to have led a carry with the elbow on the Rhinos forty.

As the half wore on it seemed like the Wildcats were getting the upper hand, breaking the early tackles but ultimately thwarted in the Rhinos twenty.

Against the run of play it was the Rhinos who squandered the best chance after a great Allen break saw him lose the ball close to the Wildcats line when the obvious move would have been to unleash the supporting Donald.

Mercifully we stemmed the flow and ran down the clock. On seventy-three Diskin earned a penalty on the Wildcats line and three tackles later Kirke managed to barge his way over. Gibson added the extras and as the clock ran down the Rhinos had a very hard fought 18-4 win over a very hard working Wakefield side.

Leeds were brilliant in their own twenty, especially in defence, but outside the danger zone some of the tackling and attacking play left a lot of room for improvement. Another disappointing performance but another win. And if we can keep on winning when not playing well then we should be poised for success when it finally clicks.

A win at KR next friday and we head into the WCC guaranteed at least a share of top spot.

A final word. Is it just me or are the only things that Ryan Bailey brings to the side; indiscipline, stupid conceeding of penalties, and a propensity to sledge and fight at the drop of a hat. Come on Ryan, get a grip.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Kirke34%
7
Jones-Buchanan16%
7
Peacock216%
4
Diskin13%
4
Smith13%
2
Allen9%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
3
Smith
2
1
Blaymire
2
Donald
2
Blanch
23
Watkins
19
Gleeson
18
Ablett
3
Martin
2
22
Hall
22
Halley
22
Allan
13
Grix
6
McGuire
4
Atkins
8
Leuleui
12
Wilkes
14
Diskin
9
Drew
10
Peacock
15
Stosic
12
Lauiti'iti
1
17
Henderson
17
Kirke
1
24
Ferguson
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
8
Demetriou
16
Bailey
16
Bibey
19
Burgess
31
Blake
9
Buderus
28
Bibb
20
Gibson
1
29
Pitts

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-02
Referee:
Saint Steve Ganson
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