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Rhinos Downed by Storm
Posted by southstander on February 28 2010 - 22:06:00

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The shocking weather forcast for tonights World Club Challenge didn't materialise with light rain greeting the player onto the pitch. One storm hadn't materialised and the twenty-five thousand plus Rhinos supporters jammed into the 'limited leg room' seating at Elland Road hoped that the storm wearing purple and white would also be a damp squib.

It was north versus south as the champions came face to face with only one side going to take home the silverware.

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

10

Rhinos

v

Storm

18

World Club Challenge

28th February 2010

Elland Road, Leeds

Rhinos Downed by Storm

Two years ago the Rhinos beat the storm to lift the World Club Challenge trophy and we were all hoping for a repeat as a disappointing start to the league campaign could be given a real boost with the seasons first trophy. Brett Delaney was back in the side after a two week lay-off, but we were without Scotty Donald who goes into hospital on monday for shoulder reconstruction. Kallum Watkins moved to the wing with Delaney in the centres.

With over ten days to acclimatise, and a warm-up against the 'Quins it was quite obvious that the side from Melbourne meant business. With the likes of Slater, Inglis and Smith to savour we hoped that we were in for a corker, and we weren't disappointed.

Leeds kicked off proceedings attacking the Don Revie Stand and a short kick-off reaped rewards as we took posession. With just fifty-seconds on the clock we looked to have scored under a melee of players in the left hand corner but Silverwood ruled infringement and handed the ball to the Aussies.


Out of Sorts
Two minutes into the game and Ian Kirke charged down a kick through and regained the ball. But on the next play the Storm were ruled offside and Sinfield accepted the opportunity for a two pointer.

It was a better start than we could have hoped for.

The lead was short-lived as Cameron Smith returned the honours after six, this time it was Leeds who were offside.

On thirteen it seemed we were in. Moving the ball right it looked like Kallum Watkins had gone over in the corner but the replay showed daylight between fingers and ball. Two clear try scoring opportunities within the opening fifteen minutes, perhaps we had been keeping something in reserve for tonight.

On twenty-five Sinfield took a knock but received treatment and seemed to run it off. On twenty-six it was the Storms turn to go close and Inglis eyed up the corner and went for it but a superb last dicth tackle from Watkins and Webb pushed him into touch before he could ground the ball.

On the half-hour Sinfield went into another tackle, aggrevated the injury and this time there was no running it off as he limped off the pitch and out of the game. We really need that one not to be serious as without the skipper and talisman it could be a very long season.

On thirty-three Burrow kicked a penalty goal after JJB was held down in the tackle and two minutes later there was a twenty-six man brawl as the Storm speared a Rhinos player off the ball. Silverwood bottled it and the sole punishment was a penalty.

Two minutes before the break and Smith kicked his side another two points after Buderus had interfered at the play the ball. A Storm try on the hooter was disallowed for offside and without a single first-half try on the board the sides trooped off at 4-4.

We were right in this game, and performing well as a team. But the loss of Sinfield, and an increasing propensity for the referee to side with the Aussies, were both bad omens for the remaining forty.

But what a start to the second half.

On forty-seven McGuire picked up a loose ball which had ricocheted forwards from a Storm kick and went ninety metres to outrun Slater and Inglis and score in the corner. The video referee looked long and hard and then awarded the try. It was more than deserved as McGuire was stepping up to the plate and putting in his best performance of the season, in defence as well as attack. Burrow kicked the goal for a 10-4 lead.

It lasted five minutes.


Bombed Two

On fifty-to Leeds were penalised for obstructing a runner on a kick through and and on the next play Blair and Nielsen combined to put MacDougall over in the corner. Smith kicked the conversion brilliantly for 10-10.

On the hour mark Keith Senior spoke out of turn and Smith kicked the resulting penalty. Indiscipline again, and it would cost us dear.

Leeds were now playing catchup and as the game wore on we got more and more desperate. On seventy-three it looked like we might have snatched it as Watkins went over in the corner. Silverwood went to the video and the slo-mo showed that his ball carrying arm hit the flag a split second before scoring. Try ruled out, and you were left wondering whether Scott Donald would have had both chalked off.

With two minutes to go Ali failed to play the ball correctly in the Leeds twenty and from the scrum the ball was moved blind-side and Quinn went over in the corner. Cam Smith goaled for 10-18 and it was all over.

You can't doubt the Rhinos effort tonight and to a man they worked harder than they have done all season. The defence was ferocious from both sides and there was plenty of skill in attack on show. It was the kind of game that could have gone either way but three things made the difference. The loss of Sinfield, Senior opening his big mouth and conceeding a stupid penalty, and Silverwood allowing the Storm to dictate the pace of Leeds play-the-ball.

I think that we can take a lot from tonights game, just not the trophy. This is more like the Rhinos that I want to see for the rest of the season.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Storm
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Slater
23
Watkins
2
MacDougall
1
3
Delaney
3
Nielsen
4
Senior
4
Inglis
5
Hall
5
Quinn
1
6
McGuire
1
6
Finch
7
Burrow
2
7
Smith
5
8
Leuluai
8
Tolman
14
Diskin
9
Hinchcliffe
10
Peacock
10
Lima
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Blair
17
Kirke
12
Hoffman
13
Sinfield
1
13
Lowrie
9
Buderus
14
Skostjasyn
15
Eastwood
15
Proctor
12
Lauiti'iti
16
Cahill
16
Bailey
17
Bromwich

Kick Off:
18:30
Half-Time:
04-04
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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