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Rampant Rhinos Wreck Reds
Posted by southstander on March 12 2011 - 09:20:45

Saver, Scorer
With the Rhinos down to the bare bones in the forwards, and on the back of consecutive Superleague losses, the Reds must have rolled into Headingley with high expectations that they could spring a surprise.

On a bitter night with howling wind and driving rain the Rhinos faithful were hoping for the best but fearing the worst as the Rhinos took to the field attacking the Carnegie stand in the first half and with their backs to the brand new high definition scoreboard.

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46

Rhinos

v

Reds

12

Superleague XVI - Round 5

11th March 2011

Rampant Rhinos Wreck Reds

With no fit prop forwards left in the squad Brian McDermott had no option but to draft in youngster Brad Singleton for his debut, the fiftieth graduate of the Rhinos Academy to make it into the first team. JJB and Ian Kirke, both second rowers by trade, started in the front row. Lee Smith missed out as Ben Jones-Bishop too up the wing berth.

Leeds got off to the worst of starts with the continuation of the 'suicide rugby' which had exposed us to losses against the Wolves and the 'Quins. We coughed the ball up a couple of times in early play before a Reds grubber kick was collected by Ratchford who crossed without a Leeds hand being put on him for the opener. Holdsworth goaled from in-front of the sticks and as Ben Jones-Bishop left the field with a dislocated shoulder, the bad feelings started to gain strength.

Leeds tried to steady the ship with Sinfield taking charge but there were still plenty of handling errors as timing was just out. But on seventeen we got something to smile about as Senior went over off a very forward Sinfield pass and the 'ever enigmatic' Alibert pointed to the ground. Sinfield added to two to level the scores.

On twenty-five Kallum Watkins did superbly to save a certain try as he managed to get his body between the ball and the ground as the Reds went over. Leeds took full advantage and Hauraki broke downfield and passed inside to Webb who in turn fed JJB who had to push Burrow out of the way before bouncing short of the line and landing in the in-goal area. If we'd been on SKY I fancy that the video referee might have ruled double-movement but we'll take whatever we can get at the moment. Sinfield goaled for 12-06.


Ran the Show
Four minutes later a we made it three tries in a quarter hour to take the game by the scruff of its neck.

The third Rhinos try was made by a superb Burrow break which got us to the Reds twenty. Sinfield then put in a nice low grubber which hit a Reds hand and bounced nicely for the onrushing Hauraki to collect and dive over. After making the try Sinfield added the extras and we were 18-06 ahead.

On thirty five Watkins saved Leeds again as he stole the ball from a Reds player who appeared to be in the act of scoring. Without his efforts it would have been all square.

Leeds looked to have weathered a late Reds onslaught as they waited for the hooter but after conceeding a couple of penalties deep in our own half, Boyle crossed off a short pass and Holdsworth added the extras to send the sides into the shed with a narrow Leeds lead at 18-12. The second half could go either way, the Reds were still in this, but we hadn't accounted for a half-time transformation.

Leeds extended the margin on forty-eight when Burrow was tackled high thirty-five metres out from the sticks. After missing high tackles all night Alibert actually penalised one which shouldn't have been, but we were happy for the Sinfield penalty and a bit of breathing space.

The Reds defended well for the opening twenty, but then the flood gates opened with five tries in twenty minutes as the Rhinos that we love returned to entertain us.

On the hour mark, a nice passing move down the right wing saw Watkins cross after a twenty metre sprint. Sinfield kicked superbly for 26-12.

Four minutes later and a superb Sinfield short pass put Webb through a gap to score but this time the try creator failed with the conversion. 30-12 and the game was beyond the visitors.

On seventy-one Ablett went over after Burrow had again made all the metres to get good field position. Sinfield missed again for 34-12. And on seventy-four Ablett got his second in as many minutes as basketball passing down the right wing saw him cross again. This time Sinfield added the extras for 40-12.


Brace

The final scoring action of the game came on seventy-nine when a cheeky Webb grubber was touched down by Lauiti'iti just before he and the ball went dead in goal and the Rhinos had a convincing and confidence boosting 46-12 win, having kept the Reds scoreless in the second half.

The last twenty-minutes of the game were vintage Rhinos as every pass stuck and every offload went to hand, and it was a pleasure to watch. We'd done it the hard way in the first half though and if it hadn't been for a couple of poor Alibert decisions (this lad isn't Superleague standard) then we would have been behind at half time and the final outcome could have been a lot different.

It looks like we might have lost BJB to the lengthening injury list and Kirke did well to continue after being knocked-out late in the game, we really do need to start getting some players back quickly.

Special mentions tonight for Kallum Watkins wo was awesome is stopping two certain first half Reds tries and to the half-backs Sinfield and Burrow who were nothing short of sensational in the second half.

That was a lot more like it, bring on the Saints!


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
Patten
23
Jones-Bishop
2
Broughton
19
Watkins
1
4
Nero
4
Senior
1
5
Gibson
5
Hall
3
Henry
13
Sinfield
7
6
Ratchford
1
7
Burrow
7
Holdsworth
2
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
8
Cashmere
9
Buderus
9
Godwin
17
Kirke
19
Boyle
1
14
Lauiti'iti
1
22
Neal
20
Hauraki
1
15
Adamson
12
Ablett
2
13
Wild
21
Clarkson
14
Smith
24
McShane
25
Spencer
22
Pitts
17
Paleaaesina
28
Singleton
18
Sidlow

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
18-12
Referee:
Thierry Alibert
Crowd:
13,068


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