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Big Win for U21's
Posted by southstander on April 29 2005 - 06:44:58

3-Try Buttery
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Under 21’s travelled to the Lionheart Stadium in Featherstone for their second game in the Senior Academy Under-21 First Division last night. Lee Smith was named in the side after two outings in First Grade and Gareth Morton got another game in his loan spell. Francis Cummins continued his comeback from injury and John Gallagher returned to the run on side.

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74

Rhinos

v

Featherstone

04

Senior Academy

League Phase

28th April 2005

Big Win for U21's

On a chilly Featherstone evening Leeds kicked off playing down the famous Post Office Road slope but into the teeth of a stiff breeze and it didn’t take long for the Rhinos to breach the home defence. Carl Ablett making the break but his pass to Lee Smith was ruled forward on three minutes. Four minutes later the Rhinos denied again, Luke Stenchion offloading and quick hands from Murrell and Ablett released Ashley Gibson but the referee ruled a double movement.

Leeds though troubled the scoreboard operator in 11 minutes when Murrell split the Rovers defence and sent Lee Smith in by the posts. Gareth Morton assumed the kicking duties and raised the Touch Judges flags. Three minutes later the Rhinos were in again, Adrian Astbury fumbling a high Scott Murrell bomb and Chris Buttery was on hand to touch down. Morton was well wide with conversion but the Rhinos were 10 points to the good.

Leeds began to take control of the game, after a good charge downfield by Gareth Morton a quick play the ball created the space for Ablett and Murrell to Buttery in for his second try, Ashley Gibson taking over the kicking duties but he sent his effort wide of the posts. Five minutes later the Rhinos were in again, despite a good defensive effort from the home side led by Gareth Ellery, Carl Ablett broke the line and a Gidley-esque flick sent Lee Smith in on the black dot. Gibson converted and the Rhinos were 20-0 in front.

Featherstone then had their best spell of the first half putting the Rhinos try line under pressure but it was all undone on 31 minutes when a grubber on the last tackle by John Prestley was picked up by Lee Smith under his own posts, the full back found space and galloped the length of the field to go in for a spectacular score to complete his hat trick. Gibson converting. Three minutes later a super ball from Joe Walsh put Gallagher into space, he released Morton who had the simple task of sending Chris Buttery in for his hat trick. Gibson again with the extras to take the Rhinos into half time 32-0 up. With the wind at their back in the second half it was now a question of how many points the Rhinos would rack up.

Leeds began the second half with two tries in the first eight minutes, first a good run from Ablett and quick play the ball allowed Matt Gardner to crash onto the ball. He fended off the full back Moss before carrying the covering Martin Dye over the try line. Ashley Gibson again adding the extras. Featherstone were showing spirit and after forcing Francis Cummins to concede a goal line drop out began to attack the Rhinos line. The attempted to run the ball on the last tackle but Martin Dye dropped the ball on the Rhinos 10 metre line where it was picked up by Matt Gardner who showed a good turn of speed to go the distance to the try line. Ashley Gibson tagged on the extras and Leeds led 44-0.

It was now one-way traffic, one 54 minutes the ball was moved to the right hand side by Ablett to Murrell who broke the line and he just managed to offload to Gibson who went in untouched. Again the conversion from Gibson was successful and Leeds hit the 50-point mark. Leeds then bombed a chance when a break from Ablett was wasted by Gallagher who could not hang onto the final pass. It was a brief respite, on 56 minutes after a penalty Lee Smith somehow managed to offload and Murrell and Gallagher fed Jason Hart who showed great strength to reach out and touch down by the posts. The conversion was a formality for Gibson.

Leeds were rampant, on 63 minutes a kick though from Lee Smith was collected in the in-goal by Gibson but was harshly ruled out by the referee but four minutes later a super pass from Joe Walsh released Luke Stenchion and he drew the full back to send Gallagher over. Gibson, with his most difficult kick of the half was successful and the Rhinos led 62-0.

Featherstone to their credit never gave up trying with ball in hand and got their reward and consolation on 73 minutes. After a mistake from Matt Gardner gifted the home side field position they took advantage one tackle later when John Prestley sent lively hooker Adam Kay over the try line. The conversion attempt from Scott Glassall was well wide but Featherstone had something to show for their efforts on the night. Although it would be a bitter disappointment to the Rhinos that their defensive line had been breached.

There was however time for two more Rhinos tries to take them to 13 on the night. First Ashley Gibson scooted from dummy half and left the Rovers defence in shreds as he weaved his way to the line on a thrilling 60 metres dash and then straight from the resulting kick off Murrell fielded a short kick and broke the line, he didn’t quite have the legs to get there but found the supporting Ablett on the outside for the loose forward to collect a well deserved try. Gibson converted his own try; with Murrell adding the extras to Ablett’s to give the Rhinos a 74-4 victory.

There were so many good performances tonight; it’s hard to single people out. Scott Murrell and Carl Ablett hit top form tonight, taking on the Rovers line at will. Lee Smith showed his class. Luke Burgess and Jason Hart had huge games on defence putting in some bone crunching challenges but the SouthStander.com Man of the Match went to Chris Buttery. Playing out of position, he was an animal on defence and was in the right place at the right time to pick up his three tries.

The Rhinos now move onto the Willows next Wednesday night to take on Salford City Reds in a repeat of the opening Grading Phase game, which the Rhinos won 66-4.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Featherstone
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
3
1
Moss
2
Williams
2
Astbury
3
Gibson
2
9
3
Sutton
4
Morton
1
4
Hickman
5
Cummins
5
Dye
6
Murrell
1
6
Prestley
7
Gallagher
1
7
Hughes
8
Stenchion
8
Fowler
9
I'Anson J.
9
Kay
10
Burgess
10
Evans
1
11
Buttery
3
11
Coulson
12
Golden
12
Smith
13
Ablett
1
13
Hogan
14
Gordon
14
Glassall
15
Gardner
2
15
Milton
16
Hart
1
16
Ellery
17
Walsh
17
Walton

Kick Off:
19:30
Half-Time:
32-00
Penalties:
6-3
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Andrew Grundy (Dewsbury)


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