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Mission Accomplished...But At What Cost
Posted by southstander on May 08 2011 - 10:05:17

Disaster
For the second time in a fortnight the Rhinos welcomed the Crusaders to Headingley. Last time we won with a comfortable 34-16 scoreline, but this time it was different, this time it was the Challenge Cup.

It was the only all-Superleague tie of the Round as the nations armchair supporters settled down to watch the game on terrestrial TV.

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

30

Rhinos

v

Crusaders

20

Challenge Cup - Round 4

7th May 2011

Mission Accomplished...But At What Cost

Big Mac sprung a couple of surprises with Lee Smith making his latest return from injury. With Bailey and Jamie Jones-Buchanan being left out of the seventeen it gave Jay Pitts another chance to show us what he's got. Peacock got a start, but McGuire was still on the bench, although as it turned out, not for long.

The game was only two minutes old when Brent Webb put in a pass to Hall who went down the wing and rounded behind the posts to score. As the SouthStand celebrated, 'Saint' Steve Ganson correctly called a forward pass as Webb, hit after making the pass, lay in a heap on the ground. The medics were called and Webb was helped from the field and would play no further part in the game. Danny was straight into the action as Leeds tried to re-organise.

Still at sixes-and-sevens the visitors took full advantage on six minutes when a kick to the corner wasn't caught cleanly by Hall, knocked on and picked up by a very grateful Cahill to score. Schifcofske missed the conversion. Six minutes later and the SouthStand was silenced as Hanbury picked up a chip over the defence and with no full-back in sight strolled in to score under the sticks. This time Schifcofske made the extras and it was 0-10. The misery compounded by the sight of McGuire, three part-games into a comeback from a long injury, once again limping off the pitch and up the tunnel. Leeds were down to fifteen fit players with the game just twelve minutes old.

It took twenty-two minutes for the Rhinos to trouble the scorers. McShane opened the Leeds account with a step and dart from dummy-half after Clarkson had gone close to the line before being hauled back. Sinfield kicked the extras, as he would all afternoon.


Pitts Try
Three minutes later and we hit the front.

'Saint' Steve awarded us a penalty right under the Crusaders sticks and as the ball was moved left Smith put Pitts over to dive in and score. The Sinfield extras gave us 12-10 and we were starting to find some shape after the early injury set-backs.

On the half-hour mark Hall chased back for eighty metres to put in an incredible try saving tackle which certainly saved us leaking another six pointer. As good as a try.

Leeds turned that great defence into attack. Brilliant offloading in the tackle gave the space for Burrow to dart through a gap and run the angle to score in the corner. Sinfield had the most difficult of conversion opportunities but slotted it over with ease. We went in at half-time with a deserved 18-10 lead, the hiccup of the opening ten minutes forgotten. But what would be the cost with McGuire and Webb both looking unlikely to return?

The second half was just a couple of minutes old when we extended the lead. A great break and kick from Burrow forced a Crusaders drop-out and with a good Leeds return the ball was moved left for Hall to score in the corner. His team-mates weren't making the skippers job the easiest but he was up to the task, and we were 24-10 up.

On forty-nine the medics were called on again, this time to stretcher Clarkson off who seemed to twist an ankle in a nothing tackle. There was a long delay and the Rhinos were left with one substitute for the remaining thirty minutes, now it would be tough going as fatigue must start to play a part.

Two minutes after the Clarkson injury the visitors took advantage of Leeds disarray when the moved the ball left and Kear crossed. Schifcofske, his kicking in poor form, missed again for 24-14.

As Big Mac struggled with his interchanges the visitors offered us a lifeline.


We're through

A Leeds break had broken down and the Crusaders kicked the ball forward. Burrow went after the loose ball and collected on the half-way line where upon getting the ball in hands the chasing Cahill kicked him up in the air and 'Saint' Steve went straight for the red card. The Crusaders with twelve and the Rhinos with only one viable substitute seemed to be about even.

On sixty-nine Peter Lupton gave the visitors some hope of a come-back when he went over under the posts following a Peacock interference at the play-the-ball. Schifcofske kicked for 24-20 and his missed kicks were the only difference between parity. But the Crusaders hope would only last for three minutes.

On seventy-two Buderus scooted from the play-the-ball after Sammut had criminally knocked-on from the kick-off and Burgess had carried the ball close. Sinfields goal gave us 30-20 and we managed to keep the defense strong to run the clock down.

We'd been handed the toughest of all the 2011 fourth round draws and came through it to go into the hat for the next round. But the cost could be a high one with Webb, McGuire and Clarkson all looking to pick up injuries which could see them out of several rounds of Superleague. The remaining Leeds players all dug deep, Peacock was on the field for seventy-four minutes and Leuluai and Burgess ran their blood to water. Sinfield was brilliant with the boot and Burrow and McShane a pleasure to watch.

It was a great game from the Leeds forwards and despite the Crusaders coming to lay-on in the tackle we kept our good andd teased out a victory which was a little harder than it should have been.

Round five, here we come.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Crusaders
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Schifcofske
2
2
Smith
5
Reardon
3
Delaney
2
Thomas
4
Senior
4
Mellers
5
Hall
1
18
Kear
1
13
Sinfield
5
6
Witt
7
Burrow
1
17
Hanbury
1
8
Leuluai
8
O'Hara
9
Buderus
1
19
White
10
Peacock
22
Moore
22
Pitts
1
11
Cahill
1
21
Clarkson
13
Winterstein
12
Ablett
23
Lupton
1
17
Kirke
7
Sammut
18
Burgess
10
Bryant
24
McShane
1
16
Flower
6
McGuire
20
Dudson

Kick Off:
15:15
Half-Time:
18-10
Referee:
'Saint' Steve Ganson
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