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Battered by the 'Quins
Posted by southstander on April 24 2009 - 22:23:53

Battered

It looks like it is going to be a hard season to be a Rhinos fan.

After overcoming what we thought was an early season losing blip with a great team performance against the Giants last week, it looks like the win might have been the blip as we sunk to yet another home humiliation. We were comprehensively battered by a great Harlequins performace as they visited HQ and took the champions apart, piece by piece.

We may hold the Champions title, but don't get too used to it, we'll be handing it over come October if tonight is anything to go by.

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04

Rhinos

v

Harlequins

21

Superleague XIV

Round 11

24th April 2009

Battered by the 'Quins

I sometimes get confused, nay frustrated by Blueys team selection. As I got the teamsheet tonight it was the names of Burgess and Gibson that were missing, with Kallum Watkins restored to the side, and Leuluai back after being rested. What on earth did Ash do wrong last week to see him dropped for Watkins, who is, at best, erratic?

We took to the field kicking the wrong way (defending the Western Terrace) and received the kick-off.

After a chess-like opening nine minutes, where neither side had the ball in had for more than a couple of tackles in their opponents half, it was the 'Quins who made the breakthrough.

A nice chip over found Dorn who passed out to Howell who had a walk-in try as the Rhinos ran out of defenders. Purdham failed with the conversion attempt but the try should have sounded as a wake-up call for the Rhinos. If it did, the Harelquins defence muffled the Rhinos from hearing it as they stood up to wave after wave of attack.

On thirteed it looked like a Leeds breakthrough when Danny McGuire picked up a loose ball, but as he tried to stop himself being taken into touch he lost the ball in a one-man tackle. The Londoners moved the ball down field and Randall received the ball in space and scored under the sticks. Purdham added the extras for 0-10.

It was feeling of deja vu from the Reds game. Surely we couldn't get another drubbing ina match where we were nailed on certainties.


Saved Nilling

On seventeen we survived another scare when the 'Quins were held up over the try line on the last, but despite dominating what remained of the half we couldn't get over the line.

On twenty-nine Sinfield thre a pass into fresh air after a couple of quick penalties had given us good field position. On thirty three a great passing move between Watkins and Donald saw the final pass to McGuire who knocked-on with the line begging. And, a minute later Ablett knocked on ten metres from the 'Quins line with one defender to beat.

As the half-time hooter sounded there was a sinking feeling that it might be another 'one of those days'. We were trying to be far too clever with the ball in hand and struggling to get past a resolute and determined Harlequins defence. They had come with a plan and were executing it perfectly, we had no response.

Leeds were again dominant in the early part of the second half but couldn't get over the line.


Made a difference
On sixty-seven we looked to have got the break we needed as Donald intercepted five metres from his own line and went the length of the field to score under the sticks, only to look back at 'Saint' Steve who had pulled us for offside at the play the ball. It seemed a little harsh as the play was only five metres out and there were a couple of passes prior to the interception.

The 'Quins took full advantage and kicked a two pointer for 0-12.

When Purdham executed a text book drop goal on seventy-three the game was over and this was re-enforced a minute later when a kick through was collected and passed inside for Howell to go over for his second. Purdham goaled for 0-19.

With three minutes left another Purdham penalty, this time after Buderus held down in the tackle, gave us 0-21 and I started to thibk how long it would take me to search through the record books for the last time we were nilled, let alone nilled at home.

Then, as if to save me some additional work, 'Saint' Steve awarded us a dodgy penalty and from a resulting play Burrow went over, despite it looking like he'd knocked on in the build-up. Blushes of a nilling were saved, despite Sinny missing the kick, but we'd lost 4-21 to a side whom the bookies were tipping not to get within twenty of us.

All credit to the 'Quins. They came, they saw, and the most certainly conquered. Leeds had no way through their resolute defence, and fell off too many tackles in defence. Some Leeds players really shone in defeat, especially Buderus and Scott Donlad finally finding some 2009 form. Ryan Hall also put in masses of work and managed a couple of last ditch tackles which saved further tries against.

But overall this simply wasn't good enough, and that is something which we are saying far too many times already for this to be considered another Champion year. Other sides seem to have strengthened, and we've slipped back into the pack. We deserve better than what we got tonight.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Buderus40%
8
Hall37%
5
Burrow7%
5
Peacock7%
2
Donald3%
2
Leuluai3%
2
Webb3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
'Quins
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Melling
2
Donald
26
Gardner
23
Watkins
3
Gafa
4
Senior
4
Howell
2
5
Hall
5
Sharp
6
McGuire
13
Purdham
4
1
7
Burrow
1
6
Dorn
8
Leuluai
8
Temata
14
Diskin
9
Randall
1
10
Peacock
17
Ward
17
Kirke
11
Williamson
11
Jones-Buchanan
12
Robinson
13
Sinfield
19
Golden
16
Bailey
10
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
12
Lauiti'iti
14
Clubb
18
Ablett
15
Kaye
9
Buderus
16
Heggerty

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
00-10
Referee:
'Saint' Steve Ganson
Crowd:
13,912


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