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52 Year Old Monkey Passes Away in Leeds
Posted by southstander on April 15 2011 - 22:31:23

Loser
The Rhinos welcomed back Leuluai and Delaney to the staring line-up and hoped that their presence would be enough to turn the tide of mediocrity which has been threatening to engulf our club over the last couple of weeks.

It was to be a tough ask though as we were up against the joint league leaders, the Huddersfield Giants, under the smart coaching of Nathan Brown who is beginning to galvanise a real team.

A good following from the Galpharm had discovered the M62 for once, but we approached the game more in hope than expectation.

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Superleague XVI - Round 10

15th April 2011

52 Year Old Monkey Passes Away in Leeds

Leeds started relatively well, and showed some promise in attack and resolution in defence. It wasn't as well as we started last week in Hull, before we fell apart, but keeping the visitors out for the opening fifteen minutes felt as though it was a small victory that we may be able to build upon.

But it was the Giants who drew first blood (and second, and third). On seventeen Senior appeared to be penalised harshly for lifting the leg when the Giants player seemed to trip himself up with the ball. The visitors moved the ball down field and despite one excellent Burrow tackle, a fast play-the-ball found us exposed at marker and Ferguson walked in a simple try. Brough goaled and the Giants were underway.

Three minutes later and the the Giants hit us with their second, this time exploiting a big overlap down their right for McGillvary to dive over in the corner. Brough goaled brilliantly from the touchline to give us 0-12. We needed some points ourselves before the Giants built up an unstoppable momentum.


Loser
On twenty-five Brough accepted an easy two points after Leeds were offside and just after the half-hour mark they extended their lead further thanks to some excellent offloading and keeping the ball alive. Ferguson crossed for his second, again from five metres, again from dummy half, and again without a Leeds hand on him.

The Giants were 0-20 ahead and to be honest we'd not looked like troubling their line as I can't remember a single occasion where we bust their line.

As Leeds left the field at half time, the boos could be heard around the stadium. It simply wasn't good enough.

The second half must be better, surely?

On fifty Leeds got a lucky break. After flattening Brown, Bailey dragged him to his feet and words were exchanged followed by a haymaker from Bailey. O'Donnell ran in from twenty metres and swung at Bailey and a twenty-six man brawl ensued. Thaler sent Bailey off for the original indescretion and then O'Donnell saw red prompting Brown to announce in his post match press conference that 'O'Donnell should have knocked Bailey out cold!', which is likely to have some reprecussions from Red Hall next week.

With both sides down to twelves there was a little more space and Senior at last broke the Giants line before passing inside to Burrow to go thirty metres and score. Sinfield added the extras and at least we'd been spared the humiliation of a nilling. But despite Thalers best efforts it would be our last score.

On the hour mark Leeds were penalised for interference where it was apparent that a Giants player just lost the ball in the tackle. The visitors didn't need asking twice and moved the ball down field before Lunt picked up a bouncing loose ball and crossed without challenge. Brough added the extras for 06-26.

Grix, sin-binned on sixty-nine, saw the Giants down to eleven against Leeds thirteen but we still couldn't find a way through. Six minutes later and Brent Webb was also binned for a similar professional foul offence.


Loser

Leeds were all-in. A couple of short drop-outs went to the Giants and four minutes from the end Robinson went over easily from dummy half. Broughs goal gave us 06-32.

In the dying seconds Leeds were trying to keep the ball alive but poor passing saw it go to ground only to end up in the hands of Lunt who crossed for his second of the night. Brough completed the humiliation as we leaked thirty-eight points for the second week running, although this time we didn't bother double figures in return.

All credit to the Giants, they played brilliantly and were well supported by a couple of thousand travelling fans. They kept the ball alive superbly, offloaded at every opportunity, crucified us at the play-the-ball, and defended with true grit and determination. They totally deserved the win.

But this is a Leeds side with a mountain of problems or Himalayan proportions. We are low on confidence, playing like a bunch of strangers, and still flinging the ball about as though we are winning by fifty points every week but playing in blindfolds with greased hands. It is not at all good to watch, in fact it is absolutely shocking.

It can't be the players. Most of these lads have a drawer full of Grand Final winners rings. So therefore it must be the coach and his 'expansive' and 'entertaining' rugby. If this is the 'exciting' stuff that he wants the lads to play, well, I'd rather be bored to death and further up the league.

Have you seen enough yet Gary? Can you really persevere with a coaching set-up which is delivering this tripe on a weekly basis? Why don't you pick up the phone and bring in someone with at least a half decent track record?

I am struggling to see a way back this season and expect another hammering at the Bulls on Thursday. We'll do well to make the top eight playing like this and another appearance at Wembley seems a very long way away. All we can really look forward to is having a crack at the Crusaders a week on monday afternoon, they are more our level!


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Grix
19
Watkins
2
McGillvary
1
3
Delaney
3
Cudjoe
4
Senior
2
Lawrence
5
Hall
36
Simpson
13
Sinfield
1
6
Brown
7
Burrow
1
7
Brough
7
16
Bailey
8
Crabtree
9
Buderus
9
Robinson
1
8
Leuluai
10
Griffin
11
Jones-Buchanan
4
Gilmour
21
Clarkson
37
Ferguson
2
17
Kirke
11
O'Donnell
20
Hauraki
13
Faiumi
24
McShane
14
Lunt
2
15
Cross
18
Patrick
18
Burgess
19
Horne

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