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A Tale of Two Tries...Each
Posted by southstander on January 17 2010 - 17:53:57

Honoured

With the temporary (it's forecast) thaw in arctic conditions, the Rhinos took on the Bradford Bulls in a pre-season Testimonial feast for those starved of Rugby League action, and fresh air, for what seems like far too long.

Both coaches named strong sides for the clash but McNamara decided not to risk Orford and Eastwood isn't yet ready for the Rhinos.

A decent turnout of almost six thousand, including a creditable contingent from Bradford, will have got Matts' fund off to a great start.

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

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Superleague XV - Pre Season

Matt Diskin Testimonial

17th January 2010

A Tale of Two Tries...Each

When you are presented with a pre-season friendly, unlimited interchanges and both sides missing enough players to ensure that you don't get any real indication of their collective potential for the season then you can rightly expect a bit of a dour affair. But with Leeds missing Senior, Webb, Ablett, Bailey, Peacock and Eastwood and with half a dozen equally out for the Bulls, we were treated to a game of substance and determination.

The opening twenty minutes were littered with mistakes from both sides, and notably Mr Alibert who must have decided to use the afternoon to implement those rules in the 'special' referees rule book which the rest of us never get to see. Defences were strong, and it was clear that neither side were there to take any prisoners.

Leeds probably came closest to scoring with a Donald effort held up just short of the line, but the Bulls also had their chances down in the Leeds twenty. It was the twenty-sixth minutes before the Rhinos opened the scoring. McGuire finally found a gap down the middle and broke for half way to the Bulls twenty before a great wide pass to Delaney who released Donald to score in the corner. Sinfield converted beautifully from the touchline for a six-nil lead, kust about with the run of play.

Leeds then battled to keep the Bulls out, without ever really threatening the visitors line. It looked like we'd take a lead into half time when Alibert ruled that Hall had picked up the ball in his own goal area with a foot in touch and gave a dropout. From the next set, and right on the hooter, Sykes benefitted from an inside pass to cross in the corner. He converted his own try to level the score as two muddied sides trudged to the dressing room.
Opener

Half-time seemed to last an age but eventually the sides emerged and the Rhinos were immediately on the front foot. On forty-six McGuire was again provider as this time Delaney did well to hold a pass which was slightly behind him and dodge the last tackler to score from five metres. A debut try for the twenty-four year old Aussie, and he was pretty happy about it.

Sinfield added the extras for a 12-6 lead.


Two Goals
But the Bulls weren't lying down.

Ten minutes after Leeds score and a shocking Rhinos defensive mix-up over a bouncing ball close to the goal line allowed Reardon to touch down while the Rhinos defence watched on. Mercifully Sykes missed the easiest conversion of the afternoon, and the Rhinos retained a narrow 12-10 lead.

The last twenty-four minutes saw the Rhinos holding on as Aliberts' decisions became ever more eccentric.

Bradford had a couple of good opportunites to snatch the lead but excellent Rhinos defence and some bad ball handling allowed us to hold on for another win over the old rivals and a great result for Matt Diskin in his testimonial game.

Little was expected of the game and therefore the competitiveness of it was a pleasant surprise. This was my first look at Delaney and he seems a big, skillful, workhorse. He's no Lee Smith but he will provide well for Scott Donald this season (expect Scotty to push Ryan all the way). Coady also looked decent and it was great to see Danny Buderus back in a Leeds shirt and controlling the middle of the park.

All in all a worthwhile afternoon and a fitting reward for a great Leeds servant.

Twelve days to the real start to the season - bring it on.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
23
Watkins
1
Halley
2
Donald
1
2
Sherrif
3
Delaney
1
3
Crookes
22
Coady
4
Nero
5
Hall
5
Reardon
1
6
McGuire
6
Sykes
1
1
7
Burrow
7
Kearney
8
Leuluai
8
Scruton
14
Diskin
9
L'Estrange
19
Burgess
10
Lynch
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
Worrincey
12
Lauiti'iti
12
Langley
13
Sinfield
2
11
Menzies
20
Pitts
14
Godwin
9
Buderus
15
Hall
21
Amor
18
Donaldson
24
Ambler
19
Whitehead
25
McShane
20
Kopczak
31
Chandler
21
Olbison
22
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