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Rhinos Run Riot
Posted by southstander on August 14 2009 - 23:30:12

Five of the Best

After the nailbiter at the Jungle earlier in the season we all went to Headingley expecting a titanic battle and a close result.

What none of us expected was to see the Rhinos register their biggest Superleague points haul in a decade (86-06 against the Giants on 16/07/99) and their biggest winning Superleague margin in four years (74-00 against Leigh (A) on 07/08/05).

Now if that hasn't sent a loud and clear message to the rest of the league I don't know what will.

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

76

Rhinos

v

Tigers

12

Superleague XIV

Round 24

14th August 2009

Rhinos Run Riot

It was no change from the seventeen which beat the Challenge Cup Finalists Warrington a fortnight ago as the Rhinos welcomed our country cousins to Headingley for what promised to be a titanic battle. Both clubs needed the points and if there was one game a season that the Tigers supporters wanted to win above all other it was this. The bookies looked to have been a bit harsh in giving the Tigers a fourteen point start, and I was hoping that we could scrape a victory.

The game started off as tough as we'd expected with both sides probing and prodding. Defences were to the fore with both teams struggling to get into the opponents half with five tackles before launching a kick and trying to keep their opponents pinned down. The Rhinos might have had the slightest of advantages, and eventually we forced an error and took advantage.

It was on ten minutes when Castleford knocked-on and from the scrum the ball went to the right and McGuire ran the angle before passing out to Donald to go down the wing and cross in the corner. Sinfield slid the ball wide of the sticks but we were underway.

Four minutes later and it was Castlefords turn to break the Leeds defence. A bounce pass left found Evans who managed to avoid the clutches of McGuire to go over in the corner. Westerman converted well from the touchline and the visitors were in-front at 4-6. It looked like it might be one of those nip-and-tuck nights.

On twenty-two we regained a slender lead thanks to Ali forcing a knock-onon the Tigers 10m line. Leeds took advantage and kept moving down the left before a Ryan Hall superhuman effort to drag tacklers over the line with him to score off a Senior pass. Sinfield once again failed to convert and it was 8-6.

Three minutes later and Ryan was in again, this time off a nice flowing move with Senior putting in the final pass. This time Kevin kicked the extras for 14-6. This was better.


Couple

On the half-hour the Rhinos benefitted from a dodgy refereeing decision from Mr Thaler who ruled a Tigers knock-on when it was patently Leeds who had. From the scrum Webb was first receiver and found a gap to score. Sinfields kick extended the lead to 20-6 and already the Tigers heads were starting to drop.

With two minutes in the half remaining a one-on-one steal by Kylie Leuluai regained possession and three tackles later Senior was once again provider as Hall crossed for a sixteen minute hat-trick. Sinfield converted brilliantly from the touchline and the game was slipping nicely into Leeds pocket.

It had been a decent enough first half and on balance we probably deserved the twenty-point lead. We'd been helped on a couple of occasions by the referee but strong defence and imaginative attack coupled with decent discipline and few errors meant that we were a happy crowd.

The first scoring action of the second half was a high bomb by McGuire on the last which was plucked from the air by Lee Smith and grounded under the sticks. Sinfield made it 32-6 and already the Tigers heads were dropping.


Play Maker
On forty-six a nice reverse pass saw Chase score and Westerman convert but it would be the last time that the visiitors would threaten the Rhinos whitewash.

What followed was a delightful procession of Leeds tries as the Tigers and their supporters lost the will to fight.

On fifty-three Leuluai bulldozed over to score next to the sticks and Sinfield added the extras for 38-12.

On sixty Cas lost the ball in the tackle and Hall picked it up on his own ten metre line before sprinting ninety to score next to the sticks. Sinfields extras gave us 44-12. But we'd only just started.

On sixty-three a brilliant McGuire dummy was bought by the Cas defence and as Danny broke for the line he passed inside for Webb to get his second of the night. Sinny brought up the half century at 50-12.

Three minutes later and we were running riot. This time Senior went through a gap down the left and passed inside for Burrow to score. Sinny had by now found his kicking boots and made it 56-12. On seventy (fourth try in ten minutes) Peacock twisted over off a Diskin pass and Sinfield added the two for 62-12. The Tigers had given up and it was getting embarrassing for them, their coach and their fans.

On seventy-three we forced a dropout and used three tackles to get close before Smith put Ryan Hall over for his fifth of the night, now he must surely pick up the top try-scorer award this season. Sinfield missed the conversion for 66-12. And yet there was still plenty more to come.

On seventy-seven the Rhinos moved the ball left again to try and put Ryan over for his sixth but there was no way through and the ball ended up on the right with Ratu getting his first senior try. Sinfield made it 70-12.

The last scoring action of the game came in the last second when from a penalty that resulted in McGoldrick getting sin-binned for Cas, was taken by Lauiti'iti who buried under the defender to get the ball down. Sinfield once again converted and the hooter sounded an amazing 76-12 win for the Champions.

This was the Leeds that we have been looking for all season. Mistakes were at a minimum, discipline was spot on, defence was aggressive and attack was full of flair. It was a near perfect performance. Special congratulations to Ryan Hall who fed off Keith Senior to score a brilliant five and a massive up to the forwards in Leuluai and Ali who battered, badgered and beat the opposition to a pulp and built the platform for the backs.

Bring on the Saints, and please don't let us slip up next week in Wales!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Hall56%
8
Senior22%
6
McGuire9%
3
Lauiti'iti3%
3
Leuluai3%
3
Peacock3%
3
Webb3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
2
23
McGoldrick
2
Donald
1
20
Ford
3
Smith
1
3
Shenton
4
Senior
4
Evans
1
5
Hall
5
5
Wainwright
6
McGuire
23
Widders
7
Burrow
1
6
Chase
1
8
Leuleui
1
8
Sargent
14
Diskin
9
Hudson
10
Peacock
1
10
Huby
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Ferres
12
Ablett
12
Clayton
13
Sinfield
10
13
Westerman
2
29
Ratu
1
16
Feather
19
Burgess
14
Jones
21
Worrall
15
Higgins
12
Lauiti'iti
1
19
Netherton

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
26-06
Referee:
Ben Thaler
Crowd:
16,931


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