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Thirteen Tries Trounce Trinity
Posted by southstander on June 10 2005 - 23:22:41

Fabulous Five
All credit to Wakefield for putting on a 'Phoenix Nights' tribute pre-match. It was a brave decision, and if they'd laid on free garlic bread they might just have pulled it off!

The Rhinos were in town to shatter records. The crowd was the biggest at the ASS in the Superleague era as the all-ticket crowd got mightily close to the capacity 10,000. The bar ran out of beer, and the caterers had seriously underestimated on the chips!

But the biggest record of the day would be the Rhinos biggest ever win over Wakefield...and we didn't even get out of second gear! The Rhinos are back!

70

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

06

Superleague X

10th June 2005

Thirteen Tries Trounce Trinity

Tony Smith named an unchanged side from last weeks impressive win over Hull FC. Poching and Ellis were returing to their old haunting ground, while Chris Feather was lining up against the side who had lent him to the Wildcats. The bookies were calling an eighteen point Rhinos win, and the Wakefield fans prayed that it would be closer than that. The visiting masses expected revenge for the round 8 humiliation at Headingley, they wouldn't be disappointed.

Leeds started brightly, but it took five minutes to register the first score as Wakefield dug deep in defence. Ellis took delight in being instrumental in the first try as a one-handed offload gave the Rhinos space to break downfield. Sinfield put Mathers through a gap as the Rhinos worked the ball to the left and the skipper added the extras.

On nine minutes the Rhinos were once again clear as Calderwood drew the full-back with players in support. Calders backed himself to beat the last man but was hauled down. It had to go down as a bad miss, but it was to matter little.

On fourteen, Ellis put in a high tackle on MacGillivray and Rooney accepted the two points on offer from fifteen metres out.

The Wakefield defence was holding firm, and they looked dangerous in attack. It was the twenty-third minute before the Rhinos would break the home side line again. This time Lauiti'iti made a great break before finding Sinfield in support. The skipper went for the corner before slipping the ball inside to Marcus Bai who rounded behind the posts and made the conversion a formality.

The twelve-six lead had been hard fought, but was to last just five minutes. A Wakefield grubber on the last caught the Leeds defence napping and Rooney pounced on the lose ball to score. He failed to convert his own try but the margin was down to just six points at 12-6.

It would be as close as the Wildcats would get for the rest of the night as the Rhinos kicked into exhibition mode.


Great Return

The last seven minutes of the first half saw the Rhinos score three times and bury any hopes that the home side had of completing an unlikely double.

On thirty-three a McGuire grubber was horrendously missed by the Wakefield defence and Senior pounced on the loose ball. Sinfield goaled from near the touchline for 18-6.

Three minutes later and Leeds were keeping the ball alive well. Lauiti'iti was the beneficiary as the Wildcats defence failed to slide and he went through a gap to score. Sinfield missed the goal but it was 22-6. With a minute of the half remaining Sinfield put in a grubber. The Rhinos players lined up to score but it was Poching who reacted fastest of the waiting players to pick up the bouncing ball and score. The Sinfield conversion took us to the hooter with a 28-6 lead. The game was already in the bag, now it was just a matter of the margin.

Three minutes into the second half, we made it four tries in ten minutes of game time. Leeds puched at a Wakefield scrum and the emerging ball was missed by Jeffries, crossing the Wakefield line and being pounced upon by the ever alert Burrow (somebody tell the P.A. announcer there is no 's' on it!). Sinfield missed what appeared an easy conversion but we were through the thirty. Wakefield were starting to look woeful.


Nice Brace
With forty-eight minutes on the clock, Leeds moved the ball left down the line and Burrow put Mathers over on the angle for his second. Sinfield goaled for 38-6.

Three minutes later and Ali was in again, this time he muscled his way over with three tacklers attached. Sinfield converted for 44-6, it was starting to look like a humiliating night for the 'Cats.

But the show wasn't over, and on fifty-four Poching almost put Mathers through for his hat-trick but from the next play it was Lauiti'iti who recorded his third of the night in a carbon copy of his second. He muscled over the line to complete an eighteen minute hat-trick. Burrow, with Sinny off the field, missed the conversion. It was 48-6.

On fifty-eight sensational Rhinos handling confused the Wildcats defence and a couple of flip passes saw Ali over for his fourth and the Rhinos through the fifty barrier. Burrow goaled for 54-6. It was turning into a rout, and a special night for big Ali!

Ali hadn't finished though, and on sixty-two minutes he became the first forward to grab five tries in a game during the Superleague era. Leeds were once again keeping the ball alive with fast hands and Ali just stepped through the line and over next to the posts. Burrow converted for 60-6 to chants of 'Easy, Easy!'.

There were two more tries in the Rhinos. On sixty-five, McDermott juggled a pass from Burrow just five metres out. He caught the ball at the second attempt, sidestepped the post and scored. Burrow goaled for 66-6. On seventy-three Ali turned provider as Ellis went over from twenty-metres for a much deserved try against his former team-mates. Sinfield failed to convert, but as the Rhinos soaked up some last minute Wildcats pressure, the Rhinos had a famous 70-6 win.

The demons of round eight were well and truly banished tonight. This was a sensational result for the Rhinos but despite their absolute dominance of the game you still felt that there was more 'in the tank' should they need it. This was a great team performance but a big 'up' for Ali with his five tries, and to Gareth Ellis who wanted a piece of everything going against his old side.

This was a Rhinos performace to savour, but to be honest it could have been 100+ if we'd taken all our chances. Wakefield played well in phases, but looked pretty poor in defence. They were definitely no match for the Rhinos juggernaut!

Next up, the Warriors at Headingley next saturday. That should be a cracker!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Lauiti'iti75%
8
Sinfield13%
6
Burrow5%
4
Ellis4%
3
Dunemann2%
3
Mathers2%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
2
21
Field, M.
2
Calderwood
1
Halpenny
3
Walker
3
Demetriou
4
Senior
1
4
Domic
5
Bai
1
5
Tadulala
13
Sinfield
6
6
Rooney
1
1
7
Burrow
1
3
7
Jeffries
8
Bailey
8
Griffin
14
Dunemann
9
March
15
Ward
27
Feather
18
Jones-Buchanan
11
Solomona
12
McKenna
16
Snitch
20
Ellis
1
13
Spicer
11
Lauiti'iti
5
10
Korkidas
16
Poching
1
14
Obst
10
McDermott
1
12
Field, J.
6
McGuire
17
MacGillivray

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
28-06
Attendance:
9,457
Referee:
Karl Kirkpatrick


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