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Rhinos Left to Rue Missed Chances
Posted by southstander on March 14 2010 - 18:02:20

12 Points

Leeds travelled to the Galpharm trailing the home side by just points difference and knowing that a win for either side would lift them up to third spot in Superleague.

It was, however, a Leeds without insiprational skipper Kevin Sinfield who tops the Rhinos mounting injury list of Ablett, Donald and Eastwood.

Both sides scored over fifty last week so there was every chance that we were in for a thriller.

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

20

Rhinos

v

Giants

26

Superleague XV - Round 6

14th March 2010

Rhinos Left to Rue Missed Chances

The Rhinos have only previously lost once to the Giants in Superleague and that was seven years ago. The Rhinos, without Sinfield, Eastwood, Ablett and Donald would have to gel and play well as a team in a game which most people were calling as being a close one. Once again the Champions were playing a local side in their cup final, and they'd be desperate to win.

The Giants had the best of the early exchanges but in a rough and tough encounter both side lost a player early to injury, neither of which would return. For the home side it was Lawrence, and a few minutes later we saw Watkins limp out of the fixture.

On twelve the Rhinos shipped in their first points when the touch judge saw something that no-one else did (a total reversal from the rest of the match where none of the officials seemed to see anything) and penalised Senior. Silverwood was happy to hear any decision against Keith and three play later the Giants benefitted as Fa'alogo put Lunt through a big gap. Cudjoe added the extras.

Three minutes later and the Giants doubled their lead. A neat chip over the leeds defence was hacked forward and bounced nicely into the arms of Gilmour who rounded the defence and improved the angle making Cudjoe's kick academic. At 0-12 down and showing very few ideas on attack it was looking ominous.


Try
A scintilating ten minute spell then turned the game on its head.

On thirty the Giants were penalised for offisde on their own line and three plays later Peacock put Burrow over next to the sticks. Rob converted his own and we were back in it.

On thirty-eight Crabtree was penalised for holding down and the penalty gave Leeds good field position and allowed Burgess to offload brilliantly in the tackle and McGuire to scoot over. Burrow added the extras to tie us up at 12-12.

An amazing pre-half-time spell was completed on thirty-nine when a Delaney hack forward bounced erratically and was picked up by Hall who crossed ten in from the right corner flag. Burrow goaled brilliantly and from twelve down we had snatched a six point half time lead somewhat against the run of play.

We were on a roll, and the lads must have been sorry to hear the hooter. The Giants had thrown everything at us for thirty-minutes and we had still gone into the sheds with a lead, the prospects for the second half looked bright.

Leeds opened the second half scoring when an exchange of views between Raleigh and Ali Lauiti'iti boiled over into a twenty-four man brawl, Keith Senior for once the odd Rhino left out. Silverwood binned the initiators and Burrow kicked the penalty which Leeds were awarded. 20-12 and you now felt it was just a matter of how many.

But then we bombed a couple of chances and the whole complexion of the game changed.

On forty-nine the Giants regained some hope when Patrick went over off a crash pass to score next to the sticks when the Rhinos defence should have done more to keep him out. Cudjoe narrowed the margin to two points.

On sixty-five the home side regained the lead when Aspinwall managed to carry three Leeds tacklers over the line with him for a score. And once the dependable Cudjoe slotted the conversion between the sticks it was 20-24 and the Rhinos had let a game that was 'in the bag' slip from their grasp.


Injured & Try

The Rhinos pushed and pushed but an impressive Giants defence held firm. Leeds again squandered chances, most notably a McGuire knock-on three metres from the line, and on seventy-six a Burgess high tackle on his own thirty invited a Cudjoe goal to secure the points for the Giants.

The game was summed up in the dying seconds when Peacock was looking for a way to the line but Leeds were penalised for crossing. We had our chances and we simply didn't take them. All credit to the Giants whose defence was pretty solid for all but that ten minute first half spell. Congratulations to Silverwood who must have enjoyed awarding seven consecutive Hudderfield penalties in the second half, and congratulations to Fa'alogo who absolutely murdered us.

2010 is now six games old and we haven't beaten another team from Yorkshire, even more worrying is that the three sides that we have beaten are currently three out of the bottom four in Superleague. It's not really good enough, and not what we've come to expect, but then March is not the time we want to be peaking, and I've every faith that Bluey will get it right when it needs to be right.

Next up Hull KR, now they're not from Yorkshire....are they?


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Peacock69%
5
Bailey8%
5
Burgess8%
5
Burrow8%
5
McGuire8%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
2
Cudjoe
5
5
Hall
1
3
Lolesi
3
Delaney
19
Lawrence
4
Senior
13
Wild
23
Watkins
6
Hodgson
6
McGuire
1
6
Brown
7
Burrow
1
4
7
Robinson
16
Bailey
16
Griffin
9
Buderus
9
Lunt
1
8
Leuluai
15
Raleigh
10
Peacock
11
Gilmour
1
17
Kirke
12
Fa'alogo
11
Jones-Buchanan
22
Aspinwall
1
14
Diskin
8
Crabtree
19
Burgess
20
Faiumu
12
Lauiti'iti
23
Patrick
1
20
Pitts
21
Grix

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
18-12
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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10,116


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