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Rhinos Cruise Past Hull FC
Posted by southstander on June 03 2005 - 23:36:01

Hat-Trick Hero
Before tonights game John Kear was reported as saying that his lads would show their worth against the side that are 'allegedly' the best in Superleague.

Just for Mr Kear, here are a few facts rather than allegations.

Leeds are four points clear at the top of the engage Superleague, we are reigning Superleague Champions and reigning World Champions and tonight we took apart his Hull side with a scintilating second half display to which they had no answer.

Read on and weep...Mr Kear!

34

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

14

Superleague X

3rd June 2005

Rhinos Cruise Past Hull

It was a Leeds side showing just one change from last week with Walker in for an unlucky Botham. Some shuffling of positions took place with McKenna moving into the second row, but Smith had obviously decided to let the lads who disappointed last week show their worth against the third placed side.

Leeds started the game defending the scoreboard end, and spend most of the opening few minutes defending their own line. It wasn't until there was five minutes on the clock that Leeds even ventured outside their own half, but on seven we were in the lead. Bai and Senior both made good breaks to get into the Hull danger zone before a Sinfield pass went off a Hull hand and was picked up by Bai. Marcus put in a quick pass to Keith Senior who was over in the corner. Sinfield converted for a 6-0 lead, somewhat against the run of play.

Leeds then dominated the game, but failed to make four consecutive sets of six in the Hull twenty count for anything. Indeed it was Hull who were presented with a simple penalty on eighteen after a Danny Ward high tackle, but Brough, kicking in place of Cooke, failked to score.

One minute later and Hull penalised a poor attempted tackle by Walker to send Briscoe over under the posts. Brough managed to kick this one to level the scores at 6-6. It was game on!


Into Everything

Six minutes later and Hull hit the front. A shocking follow through by Cooke on Burrow after a last tackle kick, was missed by the officials but rattled the Rhinos. Bailey got involved and the Rhinos crowd seethed at the lack of protection. While Leeds argued with the official he missed a Hull knock-on as they tore through the Rhinos defence and Blacklock went over under the sticks. Brough's conversion gave a 12-6 lead to the visitors, and few could argue that it was not deserved. Leeds needed to dig deep.

Leeds failed to find a way through as the resolute FC defence stood firm. As it looked like the half-time hooter would signal a losing Rhinos half, they pulled something out of the bag.

With just twenty seconds left on the clock, Sinfield, Lauiti'iti and Senior combined to put Bai over in the left corner. Sinfields conversion was the last action of the half and the Rhinos had managed to level the scores at 12-12. What would the second half bring? It was in the balance.

Hull opened the second half scoring with a Cooke penalty after McGuire interference at the play-the-ball to re-establish a slender lead, but it would be their last score of the game as the Rhinos stepped up several gears and turned on the style in the remainder of what would be a bad tempered half.

On fifty a Calderwood cross-field kick on the last bamboozled Blacklock who made a right porridge of it and allowed Burrow to dive full length and ground the ball as it headed over the dead ball line. The video referee ruled try and Sinfield added the extras for 18-14.


Superb Game
On sixty, a crazy Bailey (yes I did say Bailey) up-and-under on the last play was caught by Senior who stepped out of two tackles to go fifteen metres to score his second. Sinfield goaled for a ten point Rhinos lead. Now we were feeling a little more confident.

Hull were visibly tiring, but you felt the Rhinos were just getting started.

On sixty-three a Sinfield kick on the last was charged down and went straight into the hands of Senior who broke, passed to Sinfield, who found Ellis. Gareth Ellis went twenty metres down field before passing inside to Mathers who ran the remaining twenty to score under the sticks. Sinfields conversion made the game safe at 30-14.

There would be no comeback for Hull. On sixty-seven Senior secured his hat-trick off a superb Mathers flip pass to go over in the corner. Sinfield 'blotted his copy book' with his first miss of the night, but it was now a twenty point lead at 34-14.

The last action of the game saw a bizarre (deliberately) Sinfield missed penalty hacked forward and scored by Burrow. Silverwood was bemused, but the video referee ruled out the try due to Sinfield not making a realistic attempt at goal. The majority of the crowd were mystified at the penalty to Hull, as a rarely seen rule was invoked.

The Rhinos were simply average in the first half, and found the Hull defence too strong to allow their normal flowing game. To go in at half-time on level pegging was a relief, and perhaps something we didn't deserve. The second half was a totally different matter as the Rhinos used their superior fitness to step up a gear and steamroller over a flagging Hull side. In the second half, the visitors were never in the game, and in the end we ran out as easy winners.

All eyes now on Odsal on sunday afternoon...Come-on-you-Bulls!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Senior55%
8
Burrow21%
6
Sinfield16%
4
Bailey3%
2
Dunemann1%
2
McDermott1%
2
McKenna1%
2
Mathers1%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
1
1
Briscoe
1
2
Calderwood
2
Blacklock
1
3
Walker
3
Yeaman
4
Senior
3
16
Saxton
5
Bai
1
5
Raynor
13
Sinfield
5
6
Horne R.
7
Burrow
1
13
Cooke
1
8
Bailey
10
King
14
Dunemann
21
Brough
2
15
Ward
8
Dowes
18
Jones-Buchanan
11
McMenemy
12
McKenna
12
Kearney
20
Ellis
11
McMenemy
11
Lauiti'iti
15
Thackray
16
Poching
20
Carvell
10
McDermott
22
Dixon
6
McGuire
28
Washbrook

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-12
Attendance:
17,427
Referee:
Richard Silverwood


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