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Young Rhinos Whitewash Fev
Posted by southstander on June 03 2005 - 06:46:11

Man-of-the-Match
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Senior Academy entertained Featherstone Rovers at Scatcherd Lane last night in the Senior Academy First Division.

Enforced changes to the line up saw a number of positional and player changes, but it made no difference as the Rhinos again knocked up a big score to remain top of the league.

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Featherstone

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Senior Academy

League Phase

2nd June 2005

Young Rhinos Whitewash Fev

Before the kick off Featherstone won the toss and decided to attack the Scatcherd Lane end of the ground with the setting sun behind their backs. Along with the penalty count it was the only thing they were to win all evening.

Leeds got on the board after 8 minutes after Matt Gardner was held short, a quick pass from Jamie Iā€™Anson at dummy half found Luke Stenchion and his superb pass put Scott Murrell through a huge hole. From the kick off, Lee Smith had a quick audition for P.T. Barnum before finding Gardner, he brushed aside some weak tacking and had the speedster Danny Williams on the inside and he went under the posts. On the next set a cross-field run from Murrell found Buttery back on the inside. With only the full back to beat he used the supporting Iain Gordon and he also went under the posts. Ashley Gibson converted all three and the Rhinos were soon 18 points to the good.

Leeds were well on top, even on defence and were restricting the visitors to only 20 meters gain a set at one stage. The pressure told and on 23 minutes a super pass from Iā€™Anson released Murrell and his floated pass ended up in the arms of Lee Smith, returning from injury, to go in. Gibson converting. Smith was then denied on the last tackle as he was ruled by the referee to be held up over the line.

Whatever doubt there was about the result went in a two minute spell just before half time, on 36 minutes a short side move again involving Murrell saw the loose forward find Gardner, he was confronted by Nathan Larvin but a majestic Gidley-esque flick to Jordan Tansey saw the full back go in unopposed. Gibson tagging on the extra two points. Then two minutes later, Tansey turned creator when a deft drop of the shoulder opened up the Featherstone defensive line and he had Jason Hart on hand to go in unchallenged. Gibson from bang in front hit the post with the kick, his only miss of the night, and the Rhinos went into half time 34-0 ahead.

The second half started with the Rhinos making a few changes, coach Stuart Wilkinson swapping the centres round and moving Francis Cummins to full back in order to develop some of his players. It took the Rhinos only 5 minutes to get on the scoreboard. Danny Williams fielded a Craig Moss kick downfield on his own 30-metre line. He found a gap and daylight and again Nathan Larvin was left on his own as the winger found Tansey on his inside to go over. Gibson converting.

On 51 minutes the Rhinos were in again, Iain Gordon was held just short of the line but a quick play the ball allowed Danny Williams to force his way over with three defenders on his back. Gibson again converting. Then on 59 minutes the winger completed his hat trick when a long pass from Tansey found Williams and he stepped his was over the line to make the conversion from Gibson a simple one. The pushed the Rhinos over the 50 point barrier.

The Rhinos then finished with a flourish, from a drop out on 72 minutes the ball landed in the hands of Luke Gale, the young scrum half made his way across field before finding Tansey and he again sent Danny Williams in for his fourth try of the night in the corner. Ashley Gibson converting with a superb kick from out wide. Three minutes later and Tansey completed his hat trick in controversial circumstances; Williams batted a high kick from Murrell inside in what seemed to most in the Stand a forward direction. Tansey was on the spot to go over. After consulting with both Touch Judges, who did not think it was a try, referee Brooke pointed to the spot much to the amazement of those gathered. The delay did not disturb Gibson who converted again.

Then in the last minute the icing on the cake was delivered by Gibson, Luke Burgess being the creator, with a long pass that enabled the England Under-18 centre to weave his way through a tired Featherstone defence to go in under the posts. He added the conversion himself to take the final score to 70-0.

I tip my hat to the visitors, they never gave up trying all night and their stand out performers were hooker Andy Kay and centre Greg Nicholson. Both players never gave up fighting all night. For the Rhinos, Matt Gardner revelled in the centre with his best performance of the season. Ashley Gibson proved his international selection deserved and Iain Gordon grabbed his opportunity in the run on side with both hands. Danny Williams and Jordan Tansey got 7 of the 12 tries scored on the night and Dave Tootill again impressed from the bench.

The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Scott Murrell. Playing out of position at Loose Forward he was at the heart of what the Rhinos did tonight on attack and set the example on defence as well.

The Rhinos Under-21`s are back in action next Wednesday night when they travel to Old Thornesians RFC to take on the Doncaster Dragons.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Featherstone
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
1
1
Larvin
2
Williams
4
2
Astbury
3
Gibson
1
11
3
Nicholson
4
Gardner
4
Stone
5
Cummins
5
Dye
6
Gordon
1
6
Moss
7
Tansey
3
7
Hughes
8
Stenchion
8
Coulson
9
I'Anson J.
9
Kay
10
Burgess
10
Ellery
11
Hart
1
11
Sutcliffe
12
Buttery
12
Houston
13
Murrell
1
13
Milton
14
Gale
14
Allen
15
Brown
15
Wandless
16
Brooke
16
Walton
17
Tootill
17
Fowler

Kick Off:
19:45
Half-Time:
34-00
Penalties:
2-5
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Peter Brooke (Hull)


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