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Young Rhinos Extinguish Dragon’s Fire
Posted by southstander on June 09 2005 - 06:44:39

Man-of-the-Match
By Matthew Horton

The Under-21’s travelled to Thornensians RFC to take on the Doncaster Dragons in the Senior Academy First Division last night.

The Dragons were coming into the game with back-to-back victories but they were to be no match for a Rhinos side with Jason Golden and Carl Ablett back in the side on a concrete like surface.

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68

Rhinos

v

Dragons

06

Senior Academy

League Phase

8th June 2005

Young Rhinos extinguish Dragon’s Fire

The Rhinos almost got the perfect start from the first set of the game when a high kick form Ablett was fielded by Danny Williams, who out jumped his opposite number, but then went for glory instead of using the unmarked Gardner no his outside. It wasn’t long though before the Rhinos had the scoreboard ticking on 4 minutes with what is becoming a trademark try this season. From a restart following a penalty, Stenchion and Ablett with the run around and his long pass found Tansey. The Doncaster defence was in many minds and the scrum half put his head down and reached over to score. Gibson converted to put the Rhinos 6 points ahead. Leeds almost scored again from the next set but after Burgess had released Lee Smith but Matt Gardner put his pass to ground.

Leeds extended their advantage in the 12th minute, a short side move from a scrum saw Ablett find Smith, Gibson chimed in with a super run and Francis Cummins was on hand to finish off in the corner. The kick was wide from Gibson. The centre then thought he had scored on 19 minutes when released by Murrell, but after protests from the Doncaster players and a gullible touch judge, referee Kidd ruled the try out for a knock on after consulting the flag waver.

Doncaster to their credit were putting up a fight, they have a big pack of forwards that Leeds were slowly but surely beginning to cope with but enterprising play from scrum half Chris Storey saw his clever chip collected by Wayne Green but the full backs return pass to Storey was knocked on with the line begging and the chance went to waste. It was costly as the Rhinos hit back with two tries in three minutes.

First on 28 minutes on the last tackle, Murrell shaped to kick but instead dummied and sped through the gap that had been left, the ever alert Cummins was on the outside and he collected to take the ball over the line for his second try of the game. And it got worse three minutes later when Danny Williams picked the ball up from the play the ball and waltzed through the Doncaster defence to go in from 20 meters out. Gibson converted both tries to take the score to 22-0.

Leeds then struck with the killer blow 2 minutes from half time, after some super Doncaster defence which forced Tootill back in the tackle a quick play the ball caught the home defence out and Murrell sliced through the gap, he got Ashley Gibson back on the inside and he weaved his way through before reaching out to score. He converted his own try to take the score at half time to 28-0 in favour of the Rhinos.

Doncaster looked to gain momentum at the start of the second half but the kick off went out on the full gifting the Rhinos field position and with only 52 seconds on the clock the Rhinos were over again. A superb offload found Jordan Tansey and the scum half scooted over on the black dot untouched. Then on 48 minutes Leeds were in again, Lee Smith was held just short but another quick play the ball and pass from Murrell allowed Burgess to crash over. Gibson converting to take the Rhinos through the 40-point mark again.

Leeds were denied on 51 minutes when a huge cross field kick on the last tackle from Iain Gordon was chased down by Danny Ireland and he went in at the corner, only to be called back by the referee who said he was offside. Then on 53 minutes Doncaster got on the board, a very poor pass from Lee Smith only found the pitch and it bounced into the hands of Ryan Holt, he caught the Rhinos defence flat footed to score from 30 metres out. Green converted superbly from the sideline to take the score to 6-40. It was the first try the Rhinos had conceded in 147 minutes.

This spurred Leeds into action and again they scored tries in quick succession. On 56 minutes, Chris Buttery went down the short side and his bullet cut out pass found Danny Ireland and this time the winger was not to be denied as he went in under the posts. Two minutes later only a desperate ankle tap stopped Ashley Gibson in full flight but from the resulting play the ball a cross field grubber from Iain Gordon sat up like a tin soldier for Jordan Tansey and the scrum half went over to complete back to back hat tricks. Ashley Gibson again converting both tries.

Leeds then again hit the Dragons for quick tries; on 65 minutes Jordan Tansey noticed full back Green was “not at home” and put the kick in downfield for Gibson and Ireland to chase. It looked like at one moment the ball was going to neat them but Gibson just managed to catch the ball and touch down in the corner before belting a superb goal from the sideline. The three minutes later a last tackle play say Jamie I’Anson scoot from dummy half and he found Chris Buttery on the charge and running a super angle. He went in by the posts to leave Gibson’s task a formality.

There was time for one more score and that came with 5 minutes to go. Looking not to be outdone by his front row partner Luke Burgess, the other Luke, Stenchion went might close to the line. While the tackle was being completed, Bob Pickles (Academy Manager) said, “He’s going on his own here” and that exactly what Jamie I’Anson did, rolling out of a tackle to reach out and touch down. Gibson was off target but it took the final score to 68-6 in favour of the Rhinos.

Summer rugby is here at last; the midges and greenfly were well fed tonight on warm South Yorkshire evening. Doncaster though played a brand of football that can only be described from the darker side of the game. Constant niggling and “grapple” tackles were the order of the day, but credit to Kirk Netherton and Wayne Green who tried there hardest in difficult circumstances.

For Leeds the front rowers (Stenchion, Burgess and Tootill) again were stood up and counted against a couple of big blokes from the home side. Skipper Jason Golden, after his Man of the match performance last time out, again set the example for his teammates to follow. Jordan Tansey was electric at half back and again got over the whitewash three times. He is unstoppable at the moment..

The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Ashley Gibson. Class tells and it was showing in abundance last night. The level of his performance is just getting better and better every week.

The next game is against Keighley Cougars at Headingley next Thursday night and kick off is at 8pm.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Dragons
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
1
Green
1
2
Williams
1
2
Frost
3
Gibson
2
10
3
Tillet
4
Gardner
4
Wassell
5
Cummins
2
5
Holt
1
6
Murrell
6
Olbison
7
Tansey
3
7
Storey
8
Burges
1
8
Fairbank
9
I'Anson J.
1
9
Brown
10
Stenchion
10
Buckingham
11
Golden
11
Wynn
12
Hart
12
Andrews
13
Ablett
13
Netherton
14
Gordon
14
Lyons
15
Ireland
1
15
Acaster
16
Buttery
1
16
Eagle
17
Tootill
17
Christian

Kick Off:
19:30
Half-Time:
28-00
Penalties:
8-7
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Matthew Kidd (Castleford)


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