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Rhinos Edge Another Cracker
Posted by southstander on July 04 2009 - 18:01:11

Try on 500th

Any confidence that this would be a walkover was tempered by the late news that Danny McGuire was missing from the Rhinos seventeen for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Would the large number of positional changes forced on Bluey spoil the 500th Superleague appearance party for veteran Keith Senior?

Could the Rhinos take advantage of Salfords win over the Saints last night? So many questions, eighty minutes to find out the answers.

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

43

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

30

Superleague XIV

Round 19

4th July 2009

Rhinos Edge Another Cracker

Glorious sunshine greeted the sides onto the field for this afternoons fixture. Leeds had Sinfield at stand-off, Smith at full-back and Gibson in the centres. We also had youngster Mike Ratu on the bench just twenty-four hours after being drafted into the squad in the place of late withdrawal Ryan Bailey. Would it be too many changes to a structure which saw a great away win at London and a fightback win at home against the Bulls? The next eighty minutes would tell.

Four minutes on the clock and regular first Rhinos try scorer Ryan Hall went over on the corner off a Senior pass after Berrigan had been penalised in his own twenty for pushing Rob Burrow to the ground. Sinfield converted from the touchline and any early nerves were settled.

On seven minutes Sinny kicked a 30-10, let alone a 40-20 and from the back of the scrum the Rhinos moved the ball left and Senior passed off the floor for Sinfield to be provider as Ryan Hall to dragged two defenders over the line with him. Sinfield added the extras again for 12-0.

On eleven minutes the Airlie Birds served notice that it wouldn't be one way traffic. Sinfield had fumbled the ball in the tackle and three tackles later Berrigan spun out of the tackles and planted the ball over the line. Tickle added the extras for 12-6. Game on.

On the kick-off return Thackray, the loudmouth, spilled the ball in the tackle and Senior accepted the invitation to pick it up. Three plays later and Senior crashed over to score on his 500th appearance and with Sinfields conversion we were 18-6 ahead and it was as though the Berrigan try had never happened.

Nineteen on the clock and a beautiful back-handed Gibson pass put Donald over in the corner as Leeds were electric. Sinfield kicked on off the far post for 24-6.


Try from full-back

On twenty-three Hull had the luck of a try disallowed for a King obstruction on Sinfield.

Half an hour in and after a short period of Hull attack Burrow broke through the FC line and went thirty minutes before passing inside to Sinfield who ran the angle right and went over five metres in from the touchline. The skipper added the extras for 30-6. It was exhibition stuff.

Five minutes left in the half and it looked like Broughton should have gone in for the home side but he stumbled and was tackled. From the play Hull moved the ball right and Tickle evaded a lax Burgess tackle to score. He converted his own for 30-12.

Leeds had commanded the game and only an eighteen point lead was a bit of a shock. All credit to Hull, they'd made the most of their scant possession.

The opening try of the second half went to the Rhinos and Ashley Gibson thanks to a Gareth Raynor knock-on when he was under no pressure. The ball was moved wide left and a final pass from Lee Smith saw Ash touched down in the corner. Sinfield added the extras.


Brace
On fifty-one a great cross field kick from Berrigan saw Rayner score in the corner, although the video replay did appear to show a knock-on. Tickle converted and now were were 36-18 in what was turning into a try fest.

Two quick penalties against Leeds gave Hull good ground and Yeaman found space to crash over from five metres. Tickle added the two to get his side within twelve of the Rhinos.

On sixty-four Rob Burrow steadied the ship after the Rhinos got good field position and then passed for to the scrum half for him to kick a drop goal from 20m out. Great thinking from the little guy.

Ten minutes to play and a sequence of Rhinos errors ended with Burnett crashing over the line. Tickle again added the two and Hull had got themselves within seven points of us at 37-30.

Sinfield bounced the kick-off into touch and got head and feed close to the Hull line. We played the six and trapped Raynor in goal forcing a dropout. It was quality play just when we needed it.

On seventy-four Lauiti'iti went close and offloaded brilliantly to Lee Smith to go over from five metres out. Sinfield added the extras and we were 43-30 up and it was game over and two points to Headingley.

Make no mistake, we witnessed another cracker at the KC tonight. Leeds re-jigged side played brilliantly in patches and showed the form of champions with some superb tries, but all credit to Hull whose depleted side gave us a real game and a real scare.

This win lifts us to within two points of St. Helens and enables us to keep on the pressure. We've won four on the trot, we're looking good to secure at least second, and who's to say that this season won't be a third consecutive Grand Final win for the Rhinos? Although perhaps we'll need to tighten up on the defence a bit.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Sinfield70%
8
Senior15%
6
Buderus10%
4
Peacock5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
5
Smith
1
6
Horne, R
2
Donald
1
5
Raynor
1
20
Gibson
1
17
Horne, G.
4
Senior
1
4
Yeaman
1
5
Hall
2
29
Broughton
13
Sinfield
1
7
7
Thorman
7
Burrow
1
9
Berrigan
1
8
Leuluai
19
King
9
Buderus
23
Lee
10
Peacock
18
Thackray
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Manu
21
Worrall
12
Tickle
1
5
18
Ablett
11
Radford
12
Lauiti'iti
22
Burnett
1
14
Diskin
20
Houghton
19
Burgess
14
Whiting
29
Ratu
27
Moa

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17:00
Half-Time:
30-12
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Ian Smith
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