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Rhinos on the Rampage
Posted by southstander on August 13 2010 - 22:57:53

(C) Luke Burgess linked from Twitter

As it looked as though Friday the 13th would just be a horror show for Castleford Tigers, and we readied ourselves for the journey home after a more than satisfactory win, Luke Burgess sustained one of the worst looking injuries I've seen in the game.

A hard, but totally legal tackle, with ninety seconds on the clock saw Biffa coughing up blood and nursing a fractured jaw which signified the end of his Wembley dream and 2010 season.

It was mission accomplished but at what cost as Peacock also limped off the field with fourteen minutes left on the clock.

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Superleague XV - Round 25

13th August 2010

Rhinos on the Rampage

When we prepared the preview this morning we suggested that Bluey would leave a couple of stars out of his starting seventeen and we weren't disappointed as he rested Sinfield and Delaney. Add Buderus and Bailey to the 'slippers on and feet up' brigade and it looked like a Rhinos squad that was bordering on disrespectful to our country cousins. But we were sure that Bluey knew what he was doing as Smith went into the centres, Diskin started at hooker and Clarkson at loose forward. On paper we were a match for the Tigers but they would raise their game.

What we hadn't put into the equation was a set of seventeen Leeds lads who had obviously been told that they were playing for their Wembley places, and how hard they all tried.

Leeds dominated from the kick-off and spent most of the early part of the game deep in the Tigers half. On six Donald dropped the ball with the line begging but we only had to wait eight more for the Rhinos opener. Nice hands from Leeds keeping the ball alive before Eastwood made a break, passed inside to McGuire who found Clarkson in support to cross for what is increasingly becoming his trademark Rhinos opener. Smith had the kicking duties in the absence of the skipper and slotted over the extras with aplomb.

On nineteen Diskin made the second with a break from nowhere passing inside to the supporting McGuire who showed the dummy to Burrow befor dipping the shoulder right and going over on his own. Smith kicked the two and the home side were reeling.


Usual Opener
It looked like Cas had grabbed one back on twenty-one but a great effort from a solid Rhinos defence held Shenton up and then rolled him over into touch, it was as good as a try scored.

On twenty-nine Rob Burrow scored one of the seasons comedy tried when he ducked under two high tackle attempts to have a clear run to the line leaving the Castleford defenders in each others arms. Smith goaled and at 18-0 it was already feeling like we were home and dry. The lads were putting in massive effort, cutting out the silly penalties, and being expansive in attack.

It was great to watch and the Rhinos committment was emphasised on thirty-one when Hall put in a great last ditch tackle to stop what looked like a certain Ferris try.

Castleford started very brightly in the second half and after Keith Senior allowed Chase to regain the kick-off without laying a finger on him we had to repel seven minutes of Tigers onslaught. But repel we did and two sets of six after we finally got the ball back McShane found a gap, ran sideways and then passed a long ball to Ali Lauiti'iti who doesn't need much of an invitation to get a four pointer. Smith made it four from four and we were 24-0 ahead and in total command.

On fifty-four Ryan Hall picked off an intercept on his own thirty, his third of the night, but this time he had the legs to go seventy and score under the sticks. Smiths extras gave us 30-0. The game was in the bag and the Tigers didn't look like scoring.

On the hour mark we had absorbed another five minutes of intense pressure before working our way down field and Seeing Webb put missout pass to Donald which he took above his head to cross in the corner. Smith lost his 100% record and it was 34-0. And then the problems started.


Hall Brace

On sixty-six Peacock got hit hard in a tackle and had to be helped from the field with what looked like a knee problem. On seventy-three the Tigers broked their drought when Snitch got his hand to a grubber for a late consolation which Westerman goaled for 34-6. Four minutes later and Burrow and Ali combined to see Hall score in the corner off a bounce pass, but once again Smith missed.

As the clock ran down to a great Rhinos victory Burgess was hit hard with a shoulder charge as he ran the ball in. There were ninety seconds left of an easy win but the friday the 13th horrors hit Luke as he lay on the turf, blood pouring from a bad mouth wound, receiving almost ten minutes of treatment before being carried straight to an ambulance.

It had been a great Rhinos performance where all seventeen sent out onto the Jungle turf were playing for each other and for their Challenge Cup places. We didn't miss the four internationals that were rested and demolished a keen and committed Tigers side who themselves were desperate for the win. But it was a night marred by the horrific injury to Luke Burgess and fear for Jamie Peacock and the injury that could keep him out of the Wembley line up. A great victory but at what cost for the Rhinos Cup and Grand Final aspirations?

Only time will tell.

Best wishes for a quick recovery Biffa.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Burrow32%
8
Hall27%
6
McGuire23%
4
Clarkson9%
3
Eastwood5%
3
Peacock5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
23
McGoldrick
2
Donald
1
2
Dixon
4
Senior
3
Shenton
28
Smith
5
32
Arundel
5
Hall
2
5
Wainwright
6
McGuire
1
6
Chase
7
Burrow
1
13
Westerman
1
8
Leuluai
10
Huby
14
Diskin
9
Hudson
10
Peacock
8
Sargent
17
Kirke
12
Snitch
1
15
Eastwood
17
Clayton
27
Clarkson
1
11
Ferris
25
McShane
14
Jones
11
Jones-Buchanan
25
Widders
12
Lauiti'iti
1
31
Walker
19
Burgess
15
Higgins

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
18-00
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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7,901


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