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Rhinos Run Ragged by Rampant Reds
Posted by southstander on April 13 2009 - 18:31:37

We were Tripe

If it was a bad good friday for the Rhinos, then it was a bloody awful Easter Monday.

For the second game in succession we were nailed on favourites against the side who started the round in second bottom position. We needed a win to get back on the bike after three losses in the last four games and to keep the pressure on Saints at the top. Salford were looking for their first ever Superleague win against us, and their first win at Headingley for thirty-two years.

Another nailed-on Rhinos win.

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20

Rhinos

v

Reds

30

Superleague XIV

Round 9

13th April 2009

Rhinos Run Ragged by Rampant Reds

Kallum Watkins paid the price for 'butter fingers' against the Bulls and was replaced by Jones-Bishop on the wing. Bluey also shuffled the pack for the visit of Shaun McRaes Salford side with Burgess and Bailey given starts up front.

It didn't take long for us to realise that the Reds had arrived at Headingley full of confidence and with the belief that they would and could beat the Champions.

The Reds opened the scoring after six minutes of end to end football when a grubber kick through saw two Leeds defenders slip in the defensive line and Wilshire picked up the ball and walked over for an easy try. Wilshire converted his own try for a 6-0 win to the visitors. A minor blip surely.

On fourteen the Reds were in again after moving the ball wide left as Leeds froze and Henry went over in the corner. Wilshire failed to convert but it was a shock 10-0 lead to the Reds.

On nineteen Bailey dropped the ball over the line in the act of scoring.

On the half-hour we were finally in. A great McGuire offload allowed the ball to be moved right and Sinfield put JJB through a big gap to touch down. Sinfield added the extras for 6-10. This must signal the start of the comeback.


Leeds Opener

Leeds had a good ten minutes almost up to the hooter but a fraction of a second before it sounded Ali Lauiti'iti did a suicide offload which went straight into the hands of the young and very impressive Myler who went seventy metres to score under the sticks. Wilshire added the extras for 6-16 and the Rhinos went into the sheds trailing by ten and unable to complain about it. We'd been outplayed, plain and simple.


Buderus one of the best
Leeds needed the first score of the second half, but it went to the Reds on forty-nine. A nice Myler grubber was picked up by Robbie Paul who scored under the sticks making the Wilshire conversion for 6-22 a formality. It was now looking increasingly grim for Leeds.

On fifty-three McGuire opened up a chink of light when a flick pass found Hall who went over in the corner. Sinfield failed to convert from the touchline proving that he is human.

On the hour mark the Reds extended their lead by two from a Wilshire penalty after Leeds were offside on their own forty.

On sixty-six the Rhinos narrowed the gap when a nice cross-field move, including a touch pass just like the one penalised at Odsal on friday, found Senior who went twenty to touch down. Sinfield again missed but the margin was ten at 14-24.

It looked like game-on when Jamie Peacock went over from twenty metres for a great solo effort and Sinfield converted for 20-24. But the Reds had other ideas.

They defended well and with four minutes left and Leeds pushing for the winner Brent Webb threw a wayward pass which was intercepted by Turner who went seventy metres under the sticks. Wilshire converted and the Rhinos were dead and buried at 20-30 for a humiliating loss.

Friday night was bad but this was absolutely awful. We couldn't pass, we couldn't carry and we couldn't tackle - three fundamental failings for a top class rugby league team. Matt Diskin had a shocker, very out of character and Kevin Sinfield kicking game was no better than poor. We threw more intercepted passes in one game that we normally do in a season.

All credit to Salford who came with a game plan and stuck to it and who outplayed us from the first minute. We simply had no answer to strong and fast defence and a side who moved the ball far to well for us to cope with.

This wasn't the Rhinos that we've seen over the last couple of years. We look stagnant, lacking power in the forwards and skill in the backs. Bluey now needs to get the lads back and functioning as a unit or it could be very humiliating when we go to second place Huddersfield Giants next saturday night, live on TV.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Peacock32%
8
Buderus26%
6
Burrow11%
3
Hall5%
3
Senior5%
2
Ablett4%
2
Burgess4%
2
Jones-Buchanan4%
2
McGuire4%
2
Webb4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
2
Wilshire
1
5
24
Jones-Bishop
3
Henry
1
18
Ablett
15
Littler
4
Senior
1
14
Turner
1
5
Hall
1
19
Ratchford
6
McGuire
6
Smith
7
Burrow
7
Myler
1
19
Burgess
8
Cashmere
14
Diskin
9
Alker
16
Bailey
10
Stapleton
17
Kirke
20
Adamson
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
12
Parker
13
Sinfield
2
13
Swain
8
Leuluai
11
Sibbitt
10
Peacock
1
16
Leuluai
12
Lauiti'iti
17
Paul
1
9
Buderus
18
Jewitt

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