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Super Sinny Breaks Wolves Hearts
Posted by southstander on August 01 2009 - 22:00:06

Crucial Brace

Yorkshire Day saw a rain drenched Headingley welcome the SKY cameras to witness the return of the Messiah.

Just over thirteen thousand, a shocking attendance which will have the Leeds beancounters fretting on monday morning, were there to witness what would turn out to be one of the most exiting games of the season which reached yet another of the heartstopping finales which are rapidly becoming the Rhinos party piece.

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

24

Rhinos

v

Wolves

22

Superleague XIV

Round 23

1st August 2009

Super Sinny Breaks Wolves Hearts

This was year one A.B.

Rhinos revelation Danny Buderus was starting his long recouperation from last weeks break against Wigan and the Rhinos have realised that the run-in, and play-offs, are going to be tough. Mike Ratu was joined by Simon Worrall on the bench and the continual forced re-jigging of the side must be a disruptive influence. The bookies had handicapped the Rhinos by twelve and those of little faith had predicted a second consecutive Rhinos loss. The stage was set, and expectations lowered for the visit of Smiths revitalised Wolves.

It took just four minutes for the visitors to get on the board. Monaghan went through a gap and drew Webb before passing inside to an unmarked Richie Mathers who dived over the line under the sticks. He celebrated like he'd won the cup final and his fans joined in as Bridge slotted over the extras for 0-6.

Hero turned villain five minutes later when the Rhinos opened their own account. A chip over the top by Sinfield was missed totally by Mathers as it bounced in goal (you'd think a youngster would be able to bend his back a little). Hall couldn't believe his look and got a hand to it to touch down. Sinfield uncharacteristically missed the conversion attempt for 4-6.

The half progressed at pace with forced and unforced errors increasingly frustrating players and fans of both sides alike.

On nineteen a missed Leeds tackle on Monaghan allowed him to pass to Vinnie Anderson who crossed from two metres out. Leeds were not playing well and as Bridge added the extras we trailed by 4-12.

With the benefit of a poor Smith refereeing decision, ruling a Wolves knock-on from the kick-off, the Rhinos used field to force a dropout. On the return A McGuire grubber to the corner was touched down brilliantly by Donald as it looked as though it, and he, were drifting into touch. Sinfield failed with the conversion and we were four behind at 8-12.


Leeds Opener

On twenty-six we looked to have hit the front. A Burrow chip was knocked back by Grix under pressure from Smith and into the hands of Webb who got it down on the line. Smith went to the video referee Ben Thaler who adjudged that Grix had been unfairly challenged in the air and ruled out the try and awarding a penalty. Without the video referee the try would have been given.

On twenty-nine it was the Wolves turn to have atry chalked out by the video referee, this time more reasonably for a blatant obstruction.

In the dying seconds the Wolves had a penalty ten metres out and elected to run rather than kick. The ball went in to touch and Briers decision had squandered two points.

We were behind, playing badly, and not looking like we were going to get into it. But there was still hope, we'd got out of fixes worse than this in recent memory.

Ten minutes into the second half and it looked more serious. Clarke passed to Louis Anderson who slid over to score and as Bridge added the extras the visitors had a ten point lead at 8-18.


Winner
On fifty-eight, and with Leeds having notched it up, Donald broke well down the wing and then McGuire went on a jinking run and stretched to ground the ball on the line. It looked in real-time that he'd knocked on but the slow motion replay showed the video referee that it had been touched down with fingertips. Sinfield kicked the goal to narrow the deficit to 14-18.

On sixty-five we were back on level terms. A Leeds passing move generated an overlap on the right and a pass was collected by Smith who backed himself to score and skipped out of two attempted tackles to score half-way between the sticks and the touchline. Sinfield hit the post with what would normally have been a simple conversion opportunity.

Eighteen all with fifteen left. The game was there to be won...by either side.

With seven minutes remaining it looked like the points would be heading over the Pennines to Warrington. Leeds had charged down one Briers attempted drop-goal and as the Wolves seemed to be setting for another attempt Cooper found a gap and scored a four-pointer. Bridge, inexplicably, missed one of his easier opportunities of the night but at 18-22 we were up against it.

Leeds dominted what remained of the match and most of it was played deep in the Wolves half. With seconds left on the clock a bounce pass from Sinfield was collected brilliantly by Donald who sprinted to cross in the corner and level the scores at 22-22.

Briers tactics at the kick, from way out on the touchline, seemed to harden Sinfields resolve and after what had been a poor night with the boot he slid over the toughest chance from the touchline.

Leeds players went crackers on the pitch and as the hooter sounded before Briers kicked off we joined them in the stands. The Wolves players, who had led from the fourth minute had been beaten in the dying seconds, and many of them collapsed to the pitch. This was another great Leeds last second win, but we really do need to start putting sides to bed before this.

There were plenty of Leeds standout performances. I thought Worrall used his game time well, Peacock led from the front and McGuire, Burrow, Smith and Webb were in good form. The quality of the game wasn't particularly great but at the end of the day you couldn't fault the excitement. What a cracker.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Donald45%
8
Peacock23%
6
Sinfield13%
4
McGuire10%
2
Lauiti'iti3%
2
Smith3%
2
Worrall3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
30
Mathers
1
2
Donald
2
23
Hicks
3
Smith
1
25
Bridge
3
4
Senior
2
Johnson
5
Hall
1
32
Carney
6
McGuire
1
6
Briers
7
Burrow
20
Grix
8
Leuleui
8
Morley
14
Diskin
16
Monaghan
10
Peacock
16
Carvell
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Anderson, L.
1
18
Ablett
24
Harrison
13
Sinfield
2
12
Westwood
29
Ratu
18
Cooper
1
19
Burgess
22
Mitchell
21
Worrall
9
Clarke
12
Lauiti'iti
13
Anderson, V.
1

Kick Off:
18:30
Half-Time:
08-12
Referee:
Ian Smith
Crowd:
13,386


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