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One Game Too Far
Posted by southstander on September 26 2010 - 13:17:04

Shone for Leeds

This had been billed as the grudge match to end all grudge matches. Both sides were desperate for victory to get themselves to Old Trafford next week and the game had been spiced up all week in a war of words.

Wigan Spokesman Phil Clarke got the South Stand welcome of a man who suggested that Rhinos key play maker Danny McGuire deserved his injury, but this was simply a side show before the main event.

We should have been in for a cracker.

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06

Rhinos

v

Warriors

26

Superleague Play-Offs

Eliminator Semi-Final

25th September 2010

One Game Too Far

The most talked about team news of the week was the unavailability of Danny McGuire, frowned upon by Phil Clarkes' 'rugby league gods'. Kevine Sinfield slotted in at stand-off with the returning Jones-Buchanan named at thirteen. Scott Donald, in his last game for Leeds, got the nod over Lee Smith and Ryan Bailey was risked after picking up an injury a fortnight ago. Wigan were pretty much at full strength with Deacon returning after missing out last week through injury.

The opening quarter hour lived up to the pre-match hype with both side carrying and tackling aggressively trying to get the upper hand. Some monster hits, but none of the bad blood that had people tipping the liberal flourishing of the red card from Silverwood.

On the quarter hour it was the visitors who opened the scoring after the Rhinos conceeded two quick penalties, the second for interference by Buderus, and Richards took the opportunity to kick a goal. 0-2.


Try Disallowed
It was the nineteenth minute before the opening try, and it was a Warriors mistake as Gleeson dropped the ball in the tackle, which allowed JJB to pick up the loose ball and fee Sinfield who ran the angle to score.

The skipper kicked the extra two and the Rhinos fans went barmy as we hit thr front at 6-2.

On thirty it looked like Wigan were square but the video replay showed that Goulding had grounded the ball just short of the line. It was a Rhinos let off.

Three minutes before the interval and the Warriors got their opening try and took the interval lead.

A kick to the corner saw Hall knock-on as he jumped to collect. From the resulting scrum Wigan used four plays before a scrappy play which saw Gouling pick up a bouncing ball to go through a gap in Rhinos defence and score. Richards kicked the two for 6-8.

We were right in this and had dominated long periods with just an outstanding Warriors defence stopping us from taking a substantial lead into the interval. There was still plenty of hope and optimism in the South Stand.

Wigans team talk must have been awesome as the Rhinos seemed to take an extra ten minutes interval.

There was just one second half minute on the clock when a kick to the corner was fumbled by Scott Donald and then flicked in the air and caught by Joel Tomkins who went over for a soft try. Richards goaled.

On forty-seven Wigan were puching the line when Leuluai dropped the ball in the tackle. Carmont kicked it forward and grounded without a Rhinos player putting a hand on him as they waited for the referees whistle for the knock on.


Crucial Knock on

Despite Silverwood putting his whistle to his mouth he went to the video referee and amazingly Thaler gave the 'TRY'. Leeds had been hit with two quick tries from the minor premiers and the game was more or less over, although Leeds were not going to just lie down with over thirty minutes left.

Leeds then spent thirty minutes throwing everything that they had at the Warriors but a sensational Wigan defence kept us at bay. We spent long periods camped on the Wigan line but they thwarted every attempt.

On seventy-six Buderus appeared to have scored under the sticks but after reviewing the video evidence Thaler managed to find something to enable him to rule out the try. It was the final nail in the Leeds 2010 coffin.

As Leeds heads dropped Gleeson scored again for the Warriors and after the hooter Richards kicked the goal and the final score was 6-26, not a true reflection of the game or the long periods of the game that the Rhinos had dominated.

I'm proud of what the lads did this season in a year which has seen us suffer an horrendous amount of injuries and still get to the Challenge Cup Final and the elimiation semi-final. We threw everything we had into this game but we missed Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock who could have made all the difference.

It will be a season that the coach and management will want to put behind us, and the run of Grand Final wins had to end some time. Well done Leeds, you did us proud.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
6
Tomkins. S
2
Donald
24
Goulding
1
3
Delaney
3
Gleeson
1
4
Senior
4
Carmont
1
5
Hall
5
Richards
5
13
Sinfield
1
1
19
Deacon
7
Burrow
7
Leuluai
8
Leuluai
8
Fielden
9
Buderus
9
Riddell
16
Bailey
10
Coley
17
Kirke
11
Hansen
18
Ablett
12
Tomkins, J.
1
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
O'Loughlin
14
Diskin
14
Prescott
15
Eastwood
15
McIlorum
12
Lauiti'iti
17
Paleaaesina
27
Clarkson
25
Farrell

Kick Off:
17:15
Half-Time:
06-08
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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