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Rhinos Ease Into SL XVII
Posted by southstander on January 20 2012 - 23:44:23

Honoured

Darly Powell promised that his Featherstone side weren't just coming to Headingley to make up the numbers as Rob Burrow was honoured for ten years of sterling service with a testimonial.

Four thousand hardy souls made it to a windswept Headingley and with the closure of the South Stand tried to great an atmosphere where none has previously existed, in the North Stand!

A near full strength Rhinos side put on an exhibition of rugby as a reward for venturing out in such foul conditions.

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Rob Burrow Testimonial

20th January 2012

Rhinos Ease Into SL XVII

For the last warm up game before the seasons start in a fortnights time Brian McDermott threw out a strong side to take on ex-Rhinos coach Daryl Powells' Featherstone Rovers. Only Sinfield, Peacock, Kirke and Jones-Bishop were absent from a Rhinos line-up which saw the games beneficiary in the halves with Danny McGuire. Moore and Griffin were on the bench and Liam Hood got a fifth spot on an expanded bench. Featherstone had nine substitutes but by the end of the game you were thinking that even if they'd all been on at once the visitors wouldn't have breached the Rhinos line.

Featherstone got off to a decent enough start, defensively at least, as the kept the Rhinos at bay for the opening ten minutes. During that time they never got out fo their own half with the ball in hand, but they did look like they might give us a game in defence.

On the ten minute mark it was Danny McGuire who broke the deadlock after a nice passing move involving Watkins, Smith, Watkins again before McGuire finished off a sixty metre team try to score under the sticks. Smith was doing the kicking, possibly the reason he was selected ahead off BJB and he slotted over the first with ease, as he would for the rest of the night.

On thirteen it was Burrow who crossed the whitewash on his special night thanks to a break and nice inside pass from an impressive looking Hardaker which allowed the pocket rocket to go forty metres unopposed. Smith made it 12-0.


11 from 11
On twenty-three Burrow was the provider as he went down the right wing, shook off two tackles and passed inside to McGuire for his second. Smith made it 18-0 and Leeds were starting to make it look like it would be a comfortable night as the Fev defence showed weakness.

The half-hour mark saw Leeds to a 24-0 lead when Smith went down the right wing before putting in a beautifully measured inside kick which sat up perfectly for Watkins to collect and score. Smith made it 24-0.

There was absolutely no threat from Featherstone as the Rhinos defence snubbed out any half-break and forced errors whenever the opposition had the ball.

On thirty-three Leeds benefitted from a Fev dropped ball when two passed put Hardaker through a gap to run fifty metres and score under the sticks making the Smith conversion for 30-0 a formality.

Right on half-time the lead was extended even further when a nice step and break by Hood, on for McShane, drew the full-back before he passed inside to Danny McGuire to complete his first half hat-trick. Smith added the extras for 36-0 and it was already a rout.

As they had in the first half, Fev manned the barricades ably at the start of the second, this time they held out for seven minutes. Hardaker opened the second half scoring when he picked up a loose ball close to the Fev line, evaded an attempted trip and carried two tacklers over the line to ground the ball. Smith goaled well for 42-0 and we were off and running again.

Three minutes later and we were in again as Burrow made a break and passed inside to his partner in crime McGuire for his fourth of the night. Smith made it 48-0.

Just two minutes more had passed when Burrow and Webb combined to put Hood in as the Rhinos pace and fitness started to tell over the part-timers. Smith kicked his ninth goal from nine attempts.

Another ten minute haiatus before Smith chipped to the corner on the last tackle and Hall plucked the ball from the air to ground in the corner on sixty-four. Into the teeth of a gale, somehow Smith managed the conversion for 60-0.


Impressed

The one black mark against the evening was on sixty-nine when Hood was helped from the field with what looked like an ankle or foot injury, fingers crossed it is nothign serious because he'd looked as bright as a button in the time he was on.

The last scoring action of the game was on seventy-two when McShane got in on the action with a dive over from dummy half. Smith was impeccible with the boot kicking his eleventh in eleven attempts and the Rhinos celebrated Rob Burrow with a 66-0 trouncing of an opposition which should have proved trickier.

Lee Smith showed tonight that he is more than adequate as a kicking stand-in for Sinfield. Hardaker was my shining light and had a stonker and new man Richard Moore also impressed with some storming runs and big hit-ups. McGuire was sensational and Burrow took up where he'd left off in the Grand Final. Bailey showed plenty of go-forward and Delaney is definitely better in the second row than being wasted in the centres.

This will have tought us very little but McDermott will have been proud of the clean sheet and delighted that we didn't appear to pick up any knocks (Hood excepted).

Well done for the 4,000+ who turned out, and well done Rob Burrow for ten years of top class service.

Bring on Hull KR in a fortnights time.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Rovers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Hardman
14
Smith
11
2
Raynor
3
Watkins
1
3
Smeaton
4
Hardaker
2
4
Ropati
5
Hall
1
5
Saxton
6
McGuire
4
6
Kain
7
Burrow
1
7
Finn
8
Leuluai
8
Dickens
9
McShane
1
9
Kaye
16
Bailey
10
Lockwood
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Grayshon
14
Delaney
12
Spears
12
Ablett
13
Dale
19
Hauraki
14
Carr
21
Moore
15
Freer
18
Clarkson
16
Haley
20
Griffin
17
Bostock
24
Hood
1
Grimshaw
Worthington
Bussey
Ormondroyd
Mvududu

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
36-00
Referee:
George Stokes
Crowd:
4,106


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