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Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin'
Posted by southstander on June 26 2009 - 23:22:00

Early Brace

SKY opted not to carry tonights West Yorkshire derby, a game that would normally have seen the terrible twosome of Eddie and Stevo drooling at the prospect. The pundits all feared a Rhinos runaway victory as a Bulls side under the control of Steve McNamara was putting up little competition to any leading side.

Come nine-forty-five this evening they must have been well and truly kicking themselves as nearly eighteen thousand of us had been treated to a 'Thriller' of a game, a true spectacle, one of the matches of the season.

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

33

Rhinos

v

Bulls

20

Superleague XIV

Round 18

26th June 2009

Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin'

Matt Diskin and Kallum Watkins were the unlucky two to miss out on a game which saw Superleague stalwart Keith Senior his 499th appearance. Bailey was back on the bench after missing the trip to the capital last week and Ashley Gibson joined him in getting the nod for the seventeen. What felt like a pretty packed stadium roared both sides onto the field as opera man set an electric atmosphere with an oh-so-familiar rendition of Nessun Dorma. We don't lose when Innes sings, I thought to myself.

The Rhinos received the kick-off defending the Western Terrace, but with no receiver anywhere is sight the ball bounced once and into touch. From the scrum the Bull worked the ball right and Leeds fouled in the second tackle. Deacon accepted the invitation, with just forty-five seconds on the clock, to open the Bulls account.

When Leeds finally got the ball in their hands they started to exert some pressure. On five minutes the pressure told when Senior offloaded brilliantly in the tackle and found his wing man Hall in perfect position to score in the corner. Sinfield converted in off the far post from the touchline for 6-2.

The Rhinos kept the pressure on the Bulls down in front of the Carnegie Stand and on nine Webb and Senior combined to put Ryan Hall over for his second in four minutes. This time the skipper slipped the conversion wide but we were now wondering how long it would take the leagues top try scorer to get his hat-trick. Despite the early two pointer we'd totally dominated the opening ten minutes - what a change to last week.

On twenty-one and after a couple more near misses Leeds forced back-to-back drop outs.


Drop Goal

As the Bulls defence tired Burrow put in a very flat pass and JJB crashed the Bulls line to go over. Sinfield added the extras from near the posts and we were cruising at 16-2. It looked like it might be a Rhinos massacre. But once again we were counting our chickens before any hatching had taken place.

On twenty-five some slack Rhinos defence allowed Tadulala to crab forty metres across field before straightening up an crashing through an unprepared Keith Senior to score in front of his jubilant fans. Deacon goaled an at 16-8 it was a poor reflection of the Rhinos dominance. We weren't converting chances, the old, old story.

On thirty-two the Bulls could have been even closer to us if it hadn't been for a fantastic try saving Lee Smith tackle right on the Leeds line.

With the clock careering towards the hooter the Bulls were called offside by Phil Bentham and Sinfield slotted a goal from right in front of the sticks for a ten point half-time lead at 18-8. Somewhat less that you felt we deserved thanks to excellent Bulls defence and the occasional Rhinos self destruct.

Leeds had the early initiative in the second half but couldn't make it count and as we hit fifty the Bulls took their first chance of the half.


Inspired
A quick play-the-ball and Deacon took full advantage of Luke Burgess having his back turned to scoot from acting half-back. He converted his own for 18-14 and it was game on.

The Bulls hit the front on fifty-five when despite Burrow putting in a try saving tackle on Halley, the visitors moved the ball left and Menzies crossed on a big overlap. Deacon added the extras and it was 18-20. The Rhinos players looked as shell shocked as the suppoters, but unlike the supporters they didn't panic.

On the hour mark Sinfield levelled the scores after a Bulls high tackle on their own ten metre line and we were 20-20.

Three minutes later and the turning point of the game. A Bulls penalty on the Rhinos thirty saw a Deacon attempt at goal which missed wide right and dropped into the hands of Hall who returned brilliantly for forty metres. Leeds made the most of the gain and four plays later Rob Burrow came from nowhere to run twenty metres on the angle to score under the sticks. Sinfield added the extras for a six point lead, but you feared that it wouldn't be enough.

On seventy-six it looked like Tadulala was destined to score in the corner and possible square up the game again but a sensational Burrow tackle saw the speedy winger hit the corner flag before grounding the ball, try saved.

With two minutes remaining Sinfield made a third attempt in five minutes at a drop goal. Where the other had missed this one was blocked and bounced into the hands of Lee Smith who was cool enough to steady himself and kick the one-pointer himself for a seven point Leeds lead.

A short kick-off backfired for the Bulls and breaks from Lauiti'iti and Buderus put Donald clear to score under the sticks and with the Sinfield conversion we had a famous 33-20 victory in an absolute thriller.

At times again tonight we were awful, but at other times we were brilliant. There is no doubting that the Bulls put up a brilliant defence and must feel gutted that they didn't get anything out of a game in to which they put so much effort. But top marks to the lads who stuck with it and in the end they came away with the two points and kept alive our challenge for second spot.

What a cracker.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Buderus38%
7
Burrow15%
7
Peacock15%
4
Hall12%
3
Smith8%
3
Webb8%
1
Ablett4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
20
Halley
2
Donald
1
2
Sheriffe
3
Smith
1
3
Sykes
4
Senior
4
Nero
5
Hall
2
5
Tadulala
1
6
McGuire
6
Jeffries
7
Burrow
1
7
Deacon
1
4
8
Leuluai
10
Lynch
9
Buderus
9
Newton
10
Peacock
17
Scruton
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
11
Menzies
1
18
Ablett
13
Langley
13
Sinfield
6
8
Burgess
19
Burgess
16
Worrincey
16
Bailey
15
Cook
12
Lauiti'iti
19
Kopczak
20
Gibson
28
Whitehead

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
18-08
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
17,824


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