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Comeback Kings Strike Again!
Posted by southstander on February 13 2011 - 16:19:38

Hat-trick
After last nights draw between Wigan and Saints and the great, if somewhat unexpected, Giants win over the Wolves both sides came into todays game with a chance of getting an early march on three of the likely top four finishers.

But there was much more at stake than that, there was Leeds-Bradford bragging rights.

The stage was set for a what looked like a corker.

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

32

Rhinos

v

Bulls

28

Superleague XVI - Round 1

13th February 2011

Comeback Kings Strike Again!

There was no Hauraki for Leeds but fellow new boy Cross made his Superleague debut. Leeds were also without McGuire and Peacock still with injuries carried over from the end of last season. For Bradford it was all change with very few familiar faces from last year, making them a dangerous prospect.

It was just five minutes before the pink and navy clad Rhinos hit the front. Benefitting from a holding down penalty from Ah Van on JB, Sinfield found Webb who threw a long ball to the right wing and allowed Ben Jones-Bishop to run for thirty down the wing to score in the corner. Sinfield failed to convert from the touchline but it was the start that we wanted.

On nine 'Saint' Ganson pulled on his Bulls shirt and put Delaney in the sin-bin for what looked like tackling the man. Down to twelve, needing a strong defence.

On eleven minutes, after Sinfield gave away a penalty for stripping. A Bulls grubber was collected by Whitehead who dove over with unchallenged. Ah Van slotted the extras and the twelve me were behind.


Awesome
On fifteen Ah Van hit Burrow high but 'Saint' Steve took no action.

On ninteen a carbon copy Bulls try as Kearney put in a grubber and Whitehead collected to score his second. Ah Van converted and while Delaney had been taking a rest at 'Saint' Steves' pleasure we'd gone from four up to 4-12 down.

On twenty-three a suicidal pass from Webb was intercepted by Ah Van who went eighty metres to outpace Hall and score in the corner. Ah Van slid the ball wide from the touchline. 4-16 and it wasn't going well.

Thirty-two minutes and back to back penalties allowed us to gain good position. Burrow jinked, found Senior who passed to Hall to go over in the corner. Sinfield missed his second of the afternoon and it was 8-16. As the hooter warmed the Bulls knocked on and Elima picked up in an offside position. Sinfield kicked the penalty and took us to just six behind the Bulls at 10-16.

It had been a disappointing half, we'd started well but being down to twelve for ten minutes cost us dearly. The game was still there for taking in the second half but we were going to have to up the workrate in defence and attack.

The second half was just two minutes old when ex-Rhino darling Diskin went from acting half to dive over next to the sticks. Ah Van slotted the extras and the gap was back up to twelve points.

On fifty-three a crossfield kick from Kearney on the last was ignored by four Leeds defenders and Whitehead collected it to dive over the line for his hat-trick. Ah Van kicked the extras again for an eighteen point lead and the game was close to being over.


Caused Problems

On sixty-two a lifeline after Buderus went close and Ben Jones-Bishop went in for his second. Sinfield missed again, three conversion misses out of three and we now trailed by 14-28.

Two minutes later and we were in again. A Buderus offload was hacked on by Webb and touched down one-handed by Leuluai under pressure from Kearney. Sinfield converted from under the sticks for 20-28. There were fifteen minutes to go and we were in the ascendancy.

On sixty-eight the game was back within our grasp and Burrow stepped out of a tackle on the Bulls forty and pinned back his ears to go over by the sticks as no Bulls defender could be bothered to chase him back. Sinfield added the extras and the margin was down to two points at 26-28. Ten minutes left, game on.

With two minutes left Jones-Bishop went down the wing, chipped the ball forwards into goal and was then hauled down by Raynor as he chased to touch down. Ganson went to the video referee and who awarded Leeds a penalty-try, Jones-Bishops hat-trick. The Rhinos fans went bonkers and Sinfield kicked the extras from in front of the posts for a 32-28 lead.

Leeds had scored twenty-two points in the last twenty minutes to beat the old enemy when they had looked dead and buried. It was by no means a vintage Leeds performance but it was a brilliant fightback and two hard earned points.

Onwards and upwards, the KC beckons for next friday night.

Oh, and wasn't that the same winning margin as 'Tanseygate' in 2007?


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
25
Royston
23
Jones-Bishop
3
19
Raynor
3
Delaney
5
Ah Van
1
4
4
Senior
4
Walker
5
Hall
1
1
Platt
13
Sinfield
4
6
Kearney
7
Burrow
1
32
Briggs
8
Leuluai
1
10
Lynch
9
Buderus
9
L'Estrange
15
Cross
15
Hargreaves
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Elima
14
Lauiti'iti
12
Whitehead
3
12
Ablett
13
Langley
17
Kirke
8
Scruton
18
Burgess
14
Diskin
1
19
Watkins
16
Kopczak
22
Pitts
17
Sibbit

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