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Young Rhinos Run Riot over Rams
Posted by southstander on May 20 2005 - 07:44:47

Man-of-the-Match
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Senior Academy travelled to the Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury for their home game against the Rams. Enforced changed due to Origin duty meant call-ups for Gale, Haley and Townend. It was a very young Rhinos side that took to the field; all players bar Matt Gardner and Francis Cummins qualified for the Under 19 age group.

It made no difference as the Rhinos strolled to victory.

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Senior Academy

League Phase

19th May 2005

Rhinos Run Riot over Rams

The Rhinos started this game exactly like last weeks win over Huddersfield when the opening kick off found the sideline. There was though a blow in the opening set, when Matt Gardner had to leave the field injured. He was to play no further part in the game and left the Rhinos with a three-man bench for the rest of the game. Gordon, named at stand off, moved to the wing and it gave Luke Gale an extended opportunity.

The Rhinos were first on the board on 7 minutes, from a penalty Ablett and Stenchion did the run around before finding Tansey who released Jason Hart to score in the corner. In the absence of Ashley Gibson, Jordan Tansey got the kicking duties and he converted from out wide. Leeds were in again five minutes later, I’Anson scooting from dummy half and he found Luke Burgess. He then slipped the ball to Tansey and his superb pass gave Gordon a clear run to the line. Tansey again was on target and the Rhinos led 12-0. Leeds were over again in the 17th minute, and offload from Gallagher released Ablett and it was a simple numbers game as Jason Hart put Chris Buttery in at the corner. Tansey again converted superbly from out wide.

As with last week the Rhinos were dominant and hammered this home with another two tries in the space of five minutes. On 25, a high kick from Ablett was collected by Gordon and he had the simple task of passing inside for Buttery to fall over the line and then John Gallagher found a gaping hole in the Rams defence close to the line to go over. Tansey converted both and Leeds again were going at a point a minute at 30-0.

Leeds had time for one more try before half time, Mike Ratu running a superb angle to take the pass from Luke Gale and then the Under 18’s skipper backed himself to go in at the corner when Cummins was screaming for the ball on his inside. Tansey was off target with the conversion, his only miss of the night, and the Rhinos went into half time 34 points to the good.

The Rhinos though they had made the perfect start to the second half, when Tansey send Buttery clear for what looked like a hat trick try, but the Touch Judge and referee ruled a forward pass to wipe the score out. It didn’t last long though, Haley with the break and he drew the full back to send Dave Tootill in for his second try in as many games. Tansey added the extras and it was now again a question of how many points.

On 47 minutes, Leeds were in again. Ablett, spotting a Dewsbury player shooting the defensive line, found Luke Gale. He made the break and had Jason Golden on the outside for an easy walk in try. Tansey converted and it was 46-0. Credit to Dewsbury, they showed a lot more character than Huddersfield did the week before and they got their reward on 52 minutes. Back to back sets, aided by an attempted intercept from Chris Buttery gave the Rams good field position and Liam Morley spotted the gap and touched down much to the delight of the home fans. Mick Hill converting to reduce the gap to 40 points.

It was only a brief respite for the Rams as the Rhinos hit straight back on 57 minutes, a long pass from Tansey found Iain Gordon and he sliced through the defence to go over in the corner. Dean Townend took over the goal kicking duties but was off target. Four minutes later, the Rhinos were in again. Luke Stenchion was held up just short by some good Dewsbury defence, but a quick play the ball allowed John Gallagher to scoot over. Townend was successful this time with the kick and the Rhinos led 56-6.

It was all too easy for the Rhinos, but the home team kept plugging away for little reward and they were encouraged by their own fans to keep trying. It was though to no avail as the Rhinos went in twice before the final whistle. After a Leeds penalty on 74 minutes, Dave Tootill and Iain Gordon went close before a pass from Gallagher found Stenchion at pace and he barged his way over the line and to finish off a thrilling try as Ablett and Gordon combined to release Buttery before he found Mike Ratu who showed superb strength to squeeze in at the corner. Townend converted both and bring the final score to 68-6.

The Dewsbury players impressed me; they were a credit to their club, as they never gave up despite taking some huge hits on defence. For the Rhinos though, it was again a hard decision to pick a man of the match. Under 18’s Mike Ratu and Luke Gale did everything asked of them. Michael Haley seems to get better every game I see play and Jason Hart was magnificent. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Dave Tootill, despite starting on the bench, he constantly had the home side on the back foot with his powerful running and did the dirty work on defence as well.

The Under 21’s are back in action next Thursday night at the Jungle, 7.30pm, against Castleford Tigers.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Rams
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Tansey
7
1
Tillotson
2
Cummins
2
Ratcliffe
31
Ratu
2
3
Skerrett
4
Buttery
2
4
Wray
5
Gardner
5
Smith
6
Gordon
2
6
Morley
1
7
Gallagher
2
7
Hill
1
8
Burgess
8
Broadfield
9
I'Anson J.
9
Haigh
10
Stenchion
1
10
Lee
11
Golden
1
11
Kelly
12
Hart
1
12
Thewlis
13
Ablett
13
Woolford
14
Gale
14
Marsden
15
Haley
15
Green
16
Townend
3
16
Bostock
17
Tootill
1
17
Byrnes

Kick Off:
19:30
Half-Time:
34-00
Penalties:
6-7
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Matthew Kidd (Castleford)


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