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Rhinos Turn Wigan Worriers
Posted by southstander on May 29 2010 - 17:15:30

Winner

Despite the bookies making the Rhinos slight favourites for this afternoons game few Rhinos fans will have travelled to Headingley with an expectation of victory, more a hope.

Boosted by the inclusion of a 'self-fit' declared Peacock the Rhinos were still missing Webb through suspension and game-breaker Rob Burrows. As the sides took to the field with rain pouring onto an already sodden pitch there was every likelihood that this would be a close run thing.

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

12

Rhinos

v

Warriors

10

Carnegie Challenge Cup

Quarter Final

29th May 2010

Rhinos Turn Wigan Worriers

leeds set off like a train. The tackling was ferocious, and the drives were relentless, on both sides. Despite the intense Leeds pressure it took ten minutes for the Rhinos to get their first real chance when after repeated unpunished Wigan offsides Bentham finally decided to award one and Sinfield set up for the kick. He hit the upright and the ball was deflected back into play where Lee Smith was the fastest to react. Four plays later and Sinfield got another chance as Bentham again called Wigan offside. Once again Sinfield hit the upright but this time Wigan regained the ball. We should have been 4-0 up but the sides were still tied up.

Wigan didn't squander their first opportunity. On twenty-two Peacock lunged late for Sam Tomkins after being wrong-footed and as the tackle slipped around Tomkins neck he hit the deck. Gut reaction was that Peacock was lucky to stay on the field but later views of the video screen showed that the tackle, whilst clumsy, had started on the shoulder.

Richards accepted Peacocks gift and gave the visitors the lead. He kicked a second on thirty when Kirke stole the ball in a two on one takle thirty from the Leeds line, and again on thirty-three when McGuire was penalised for interference. We had ten minutes of the half left and daft penalties had seen us 0-6 behind.


4 from 7
Five minutes from the interval and Wigan knocked-on twenty out from their own line. Petulance saw Coley kick the ball away and Bentham turned a scrum into a penalty which Sinfield finally goaled for 2-6.

After surviving a defensive mix-up from a Tomkins bomb Leeds worked the ball downfield and with seconds remaining Sinfield kicked another penalty after a Wigan obstruction on their own twenty.

Rugby Union purists switching on the BBC could have been forgiven for mistaking the code they were watching. We'd had seven goal attempts of which five had landed and not a single opportunity for a try.

Leeds were still right in this as the conditions were causing both sides to make loads of mistakes. You felt that the tries would come as the sides tired and gaps started to appear, but we didn't realise how long we'd have to wait.

On forty three Wigan had the first second half opportunity. Senior lashed out dangerously, but accidentally in the tackle catching a Wigan player in the face and he struggled to get to his feet. Richards attempted the penalty but slid the ball wide.

On forty-seven and a bit of Wigan carelessness, Farrell taking out McGuire an age after he'd put in a kick, saw Farrell in the bin and Leeds with a penalty on the Wigan thirty. Sinfield kept his cool and levelled the scores.

On fifty-two even we started to wonder which code we were watching as when Wigan were judged offside on their own forty metre line Sinfield once again elected to kick. Once again he missed.

Richards was more accurate on fifty-seven when it was Leeds turn to be penalised by Benthams increasingly frequent whistle for offside. Wigan were, once again, ahead at 6-8.

Wigan then seemed to be getting the upper hand and with a massive overlap on Roberts wing the pass to him was brilliantly intercepted by Ryan Hall who went to half-way before being hauled down.


Not 100%

As we tried to get on with it Wigan interfered and this time Sinfield kicked a long penalty to tie us up at 8-8. Would there be any end to this kickathon?

With thirteen minutes left on the clock Wigan appeared to drop the ball in the tackle but Bentham saw something different and penalised Lee Smith for interference. Richards was once again steady with the boot and slotted over the two to re-establish the lead at 8-10.

Leeds then threw everything that they had at the Warriors with Buderus, Peacock, Leuluai and JJB all making returns for the last few minutes. Leeds were pushing the Wigan line and had just got a repeat set of six when Delaney took an awkward ball with Donald outside him on a massive overlap and passed the ball behind him into touch. To a man Leeds fans heads went into their hands as they saw their heroes put down what was possibly their last chance of the game.

Wigan just needed to play their six and kick. They managed the plays but on the kick Peacock got to the kicker and Wigan ended up accidentally offside with a Leeds scrum. We moved the ball downfield and a Wigan attempted intercept resulted in a knock-on and another Leeds scrum on the ten metre line. From the scrum Sinfield found Smith who stepped inside and then showed massive determination to crash over the line for the first, and last try of the game. His team mates went mental as the SouthStand erupted in celebration. Sinfield missed the extras but with seven seconds left on the clock it didn't matter. We recovered the short kick-off and as the hooter sounded blessed relief from the stress of a game which we had really dug hard to take.

We picked the Wigan pockets and it felt soooo good! We're in the hat for the semi-finals and perhaps this side of Rhinos achievers can finally get to the Wembley final that they crave. Wigan looked shell-shocked at the end, and the Rhinos lads ecstatic. With key players missing this is a big, big win.

Over the last three games we've turned around our season and shown Superleague that we are contenders in 2010.

A great day to be a Rhinos fan.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Peacock52%
8
Buderus14%
6
Sinfield10%
3
Ablett7%
3
Senior7%
3
Smith7%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
28
Smith
1
5
Richards
5
2
Donald
2
Amos
3
Delaney
3
Gleeson
4
Senior
4
Carmont
5
Hall
20
Pryce
13
Sinfield
4
6
Tomkins, S.
6
McGuire
7
Leuluai
8
Leuluai
8
Fielden
9
Buderus
9
Riddell
16
Bailey
10
Coley
17
Kirke
16
Bailey
18
Ablett
12
Tomkins, J.
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
O'Loughlin
14
Diskin
14
Prescott
15
Eastwood
15
McIlorum
10
Peacock
25
Farrell
27
Clarkson
29
Tuson

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
04-06
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
9,242


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