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Rhinos Did Just Enough
Posted by southstander on May 20 2011 - 22:11:41

Opener
Brain McDermott welcomed his past employers to Headingley for the second time this season. On the last occasion his replacement at the 'Quins got one over on his predecessor and a repeat of that early season loss would signify a Rhinos Cup exit at far too an early stage.

Ali Lauiti'iti was named in the seventeen after a ten game absence and Ryan Bailey was also recalled to the side alongside Chris Clarkson who looked to have been seriously injured in the last round of the Cup a fortnight ago.

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

40

Rhinos

v

Harlequins

20

Challenge Cup - Round 5

20th May 2011

Rhinos Did Just Enough

The Rhinos got off to the best of starts, just what we wanted and needed.

With the clock just three minutes old the 'Quins spilled the ball on their own thirty. Leeds used tackles to move the ball close before opening up to the right and Delaney found Hardaker on the overlap to score in the corner and keep his try-a-game record intact. Sinfield goaled for 6-0 and the mood in the sparsely populated SouthStand was good, but shortlived.

On seven Thaler incorrectly awarded the visitors another six tackles when no Leeds player had touched the ball. The 'Quins moved right and Melling went over. Gale failed to add the extras.

On twenty a poor Rhinos defence allowed Dorn to stretch out and score after wrong-footing JJB. Mercifully Dorm missed what looked like a simple conversion for 6-8, it wasn't a disaster...yet!

Five minutes later and Calderwood turned Smith and Senior inside out to cross unopposed and ground next to the sticks. Gale converted this one and all of a sudden we'd turned a six point lead into an eight point deficit. You could hear the 'boos' starting to form in Rhinos supporters mouths.


Hand-stand try
On thirty-one the recently arrived Ali Lauiti'iti somehow managed to steal the ball in the tackle. Two drives later and JJB went over the top of the 'Quins defenders to score while performing a hand-stand. Sinfield missed the conversion but the margin was down to four.

On thirty-six the 'Quins knocked-on at the back of the scrum on their own ten metres and Leeds used their sets before Delaney went over off an Ablett pass. The Sinfield conversion regained the lead at 16-14. Phew.

With a minute left to the break we extended the lead thanks to keeping the ball alive with offloads which eventually saw Ali and Hardaker combine in a one-two and Ali crashed over for a try in his first team comeback. Sinfield kicked the extras and after a nervy half we went into the break with a 22-14 lead, probably undeserved on the balance of play, but one which we'd accept.

It had been a half totally devoid of penalties and despite Thaler keeping the pea in his whistle he'd still made a couple of important and blatantly wrong decisions. The lack of penalties was something he'd rectify in the second half.

It took twelve minutes from the restart before the Rhinos extended their lead yet further. This time it was Leuluai who crashed over off a Buderus pass and Sinny added the two for 28-14, we were getting close to victory and the visitors were visibly tiring.

On sixty-five it was Ryan Halls turn to get on the scoresheet as he touched down one-handed in the left hand corner off a Burrow long pass. Sinfield failed to convert and we'd an eighteen point advantage.

Eight minutes from time and Sinfield had a rare 'brain fart' offloading blind out of the back door near his own line. Bolger gladly accepted his invitation and scored a consolation try for the visitors to give us 32-20, but it was no @quins fightback.


Brilliant Try

With three minutes left Clarkson scored the try of the night when he picked the ball out of the back of a scrum on the 'Quins forty, bamboozled the visitors defence and went forty to score in the corner. Sinfield goaled for 38-20 and all that was left was a Sinfield dying seconds penalty after interference on Peacock.

In the end it was a comfortable 40-20 win for the home side and another victory under the belt with the early season ghosts exorcised. We lost Senior with a few minutes left to what looked like a hamstring strain, although we'll leave that for the experts to determine.

There were some half decent performances from the likes of Hardaker, Hall, Buderus, Leuluai, Ali and Sinfield, but still far too many daft mistakes including four knock-ons at the play-the-ball. It won't be good enough next week against Warrington, they'lll muller us.

Still...job done, round six, here we come.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Harlequins
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
2
Smith
1
Dorn
1
27
Hardaker
1
5
Melling
1
3
Delaney
1
4
Howell
4
Senior
3
Clubb
5
Hall
1
23
Calderwood
1
13
Sinfield
6
6
Gale
2
7
Burrow
12
Bailey
8
Leuluai
1
8
Temata
9
Buderus
7
Randall
10
Peacock
17
Ward
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
16
Burnett
21
Clarkson
1
10
Wilkes
12
Ablett
21
Krasniqi
17
Kirke
15
Ambler
16
Bailey
20
Bolger
1
24
McShane
9
Ellis
14
Lauiti'iti
1
18
Williams

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Half-Time:
22-14
Referee:
Ben Thaler
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