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Young Rhinos Blow 100% Record
Posted by southstander on May 05 2005 - 06:48:21

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By Matthew Horton

The Leeds Rhinos Senior Academy travelled to the Willows looking to extend their unbeaten start to the First Division campaign.

It was to be a frustrating night as a couple of dodgy calls and a determined home side put paid to the 100% start to the season.

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31

Rhinos

v

Salford Reds

36

Senior Academy

League Phase

4th May 2005

Young Rhinos Blow 100% Record

The Rhinos began brightly, attacking the Variety Club end of the Willows they were first on the scoreboard on five minutes. An error from the home side gifted the Rhinos field position and after good runs from prop Burgess and Stenchion, Iain Gordon latched onto a pass from Ablett to go in at the corner. Gibson converted and the Rhinos were six points to the good.

This spurred the home side into action, after Gordon fumbled a kick, John Clough was on hand to release Greg McAvoy but he lost the football under good cover defence. It was only a brief respite, after Matt Gardner knocked on a kick-through on his own line, the home side struck as Francis sent Dobson through the gap to touch down under heavy pressure. Hartley converted, and the home side went ahead after 22 minutes after Hartley released Bamford who was held inches from the line. Clough took the ball from dummy half and with the help of a shepherd from Tyrer burrowed his way over the line. The try was awarded, and Hartley added the extras to take Salford 12-6 in front.

Leeds hit back on 33 minutes, after back-to-back penalties Leeds attacked the short side and Murrell and Gibson found Matt Gardner who reached out to score in the corner. Gibson was off target but the deficit was cut to two points. The home side finished the first half strongly and four minutes before the break the Rhinos defence held firm to hold Dean Gorton up over the line.

It was vital that Leeds struck first in the second half, and that they did then Buttery, playing at loose forward after an injury to Ablett, released Jordan Tansey and he put Gareth Morton through the gap to score his first try in his loan spell. Gibson converted and the Rhinos were 16-10 to the good. Leeds were now on top and drilled home their advantage on 52 minutes when Murrell released Chris Buttery, he was stopped just short of the line but from the resulting play the ball Ashley Gibson found Matt Gardner for his second try of the night, Gibson was off target but it established an eight point lead for the Rhinos.

The City Reds fought back five minutes later, the Rhinos defence was at sixes and sevens on the last tackle as Gibson put Tim Hartley through a huge gap to touch down by the posts, he converted himself. The two minutes later the try of the match, an excellent offload from Clough found Gibson and the loose forward had Hartley on his outside and only Jordan Tansey to beat and he sent the stand off in for his second try in as many minutes, Hartley again converted to send the home side four points ahead.

This fired Leeds up, and four minutes later they were back on the scoreboard. Barry Hamilton spilling a huge kick from Ablett, who had returned to the field heavily strapped, and while the Salford defence was reorganising Jason Golden found the gap to go in at the corner. Gibson was off target and it was all square.

Leeds had Salford on the back foot and they edged ahead on 70 minutes when, after good build up play, created the opportunity for Ablett to pop over a field goal to edge the Rhinos ahead. Then things went against the Rhinos. John Gallagher was ruled to have knocked on, when the ball was clearly stolen from my vantage point. From the scrum the Rhinos defence went to sleep as Greg McAvoy brushed the challenge of Murrell and Gibson to go over. Hartley converted to put the home side into a lead they were not to relinquish.

On 76 minutes it went from bad to worse for the Rhinos, Danny Williams was adjudged to have knocked on while claiming a kick through on his own 30. The Rhinos had to defend their line but were breached when a quick play the ball allowed Clough to go in again from dummy half. Hartley converted and it was an 11-point ball game. Time was now against the Rhinos, and although Ashley Gibson scored in the corner after good work from Buttery it was the to be the last play of the game. Gibson converted and the final whistle went to condemn the Rhinos to their first defeat.

Full credit to the home side, John Clough has learnt lots from working with Jimmy Lowes and Malcolm Alker and he was a constant thorn in the Rhinos. Tim Hartley at stand off proved what a talent he is as well. For the Rhinos, Luke Burgess showed up well again as did Michael Haley on debut. Unfortunately the midfield triangle of Murrell, Ablett and Gallagher failed to fire tonight, well watched by the home side. The SouthStander.com Man of the Match was Chris Buttery, awesome on defence and again filling a number of positions on the field.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Salford Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Gordon
1
1
Bamford
2
Williams
2
Hamilton
3
Morton
1
3
Dobson
1
4
Gibson
1
4
McAvoy
1
5
Gardner
2
3
5
Todd
6
Murrell
6
Hartley
2
6
7
Gallagher
7
Francis
8
Burgess
8
Hayes
9
I'Anson J.
9
Clough
2
10
Stenchion
10
Tyrer
11
Golden
11
Sharkey
12
Buttery
1
12
Gorton
13
Ablett
1
13
Gibson
14
Tansey
14
Tabern
15
Haley
15
Waterworth
16
Hart
16
Gooch
17
Walsh
17
Speight

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
10-12
Penalties:
7-5
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Matthew Thomason (Warrington)


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