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Hood-winked
Posted by southstander on March 02 2012 - 23:46:17

Hat-trick Hero
Leeds Rhinos went to Castleford as the red hot favourites to come away with the two points against a side who'd not recorded a win since the seasons opening round.

But every Rhinos and Tigers fan knows that this is no ordinary fixture as there is more to play for than just two points.

Ask and Castleford supporter which game is his must win for the season and he'd go straight to his fixture calendar and find this one!

We bring you all of the action here......

36

Rhinos

v

Tigers

14

Superleague XVII - Round 5

2nd March 2012

Hood-winked

Liam Hood made the seventeen for the first time with Paul McShane and Richard Moore being the two from the ninteen named on Wednesday to miss out on selection. A large a vociferous following had made their way from Headingley to cheer on the lads, and tonight we were in the pink.

Leeds should have been on the board after two minutes when a high Sinfield bomb was dropped by Castleford and hacked on by Ablett, but the ball went dead before the loose forward could touch it down.

It took a penalty, awarded to Leuluai for a high tackle, to break the early deadlock. Leeds used up three tackles before fast passing from McGuire and Webb, both involved twice, enabled Hall to spin over in the corner. Sinfield just managed to clear the crossbar with the conversion for 6-0.

On twenty-three Hall was in again. A Webb pass had been touched in flight by Hardaker before being picked up by Hall. Hall stepped outside and went over in the corner without a defender laying a hand on him. Child passed the decision upstairs for a knock-on but the video referee (Silverwood) found in Hall favour and the Sinfield touchline conversion gave us a 12-0 lead.


Try Scorer
On twenty-seven Watkins was gifted the ball on his own ten metres and set off for the Castleford line. Despite being tackled just short of the line his momentum carried him over. Sinfield kicked the conversion for 18-0. The Rhinos were in total control.

With thirty-four on the clock there was a chink of light for the Tigers when poor marker defence allowed Clarke to dive over the line from dummy half. Dixon added the two for 18-6.

Two minutes later and Castleford were right back in it. Dixon benefitted from a Chase pass to carry Sinfield over the line and score. Dixon failed to convert the try but his side were back in the game at 18-10, from being on the ropes.

There was no doubting that the Tigers deserved something out of the half, but the Rhinos had clearly been more than the margin better than the home side. There would undoubtedly be words at half-time.

Four minutes into the second half and the home side edged ever closed. Hardaker failed to grasp a pass to his shoulder and Josh Griffin picked up the loose ball to go seventy metres down the wing to score in the corner. Dixon failed with the extras for 18-14, but Leeds were paying the price for expansive but sloppy rugby.

The Rhinos mounted twenty minutes of pressure thwarted by twenty minutes of amazing Tigers defence. The impass was broken thanks to a Ben Jones-Bishop break and fast play-the-ball and then fast hands across the field which allowed Hall to cross for his hat-trick. Sinfield added the extras for 24-14.

With five minutes left on the clock McGuire took a Hood pass, stepped twice, and grounded the ball over the line for his customary try against Castleford. Sinfield added the extras for 30-14 and the points were in the bag.


Good boot night

Two minutes after entering the field for his debut and Liam Hood scored his first Leeds try. Leeds had been given a penalty and Hood tapped to himself, and went twenty to score, and be mobbed by his delighted team-mates. The video replay showed it might well have been grounded short and scored with a double-movement. Sinfield kicked the extras for 36-14 and a comfortable result.

This wasn't the best Leeds performance and Castleford didn't make it easy for us with brilliant defence and incisive attack. There were some pretty average Leeds performances, and for the first time I thought Hardaker was a waste of a shirt. Hood will be delighted with his try-scoring debut, and Sinfield, McGuire and Burrow all played well. Peacock and Leuluai led the forward drive.

One positive note; James Child didn't have a bad night, just for once.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Owen
2
Jones-Bishop
2
Youngquest
3
Watkins
1
23
McGoldrick
4
Hardaker
4
Dixon
1
1
5
Hall
3
5
Griffin
1
13
Sinfield
6
6
Chase
6
McGuire
1
7
Orr
8
Leuluai
8
Emmitt
7
Burrow
9
Milner
10
Peacock
20
Millington
22
Pitts
11
Ferres
15
Delaney
21
Holmes
12
Ablett
14
Jones
17
Kirke
9
Clark
1
18
Clarkson
13
Snitch
20
Griffin
17
Mitchell
24
Hood
1
22
Massey

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
18-10
Referee:
James Child
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