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Rhinos Run Riot at Reds
Posted by southstander on March 16 2012 - 23:48:25

Record Breaker
A good following made the trip from Headingley to see the Rhinos first game at the new City of Salford Community Stadium.

Salford were looking to break their Rhinos Superleague home hoodoo and the Rhinos were seeking to capitalise on their decent start to the season.

Something would have to give, and 'by heck' it did.

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

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Rhinos

v

City Reds

16

Superleague XVII - Round 7

16th March 2012

Rhinos Run Riot at Reds

It was McShane and Pitts who were the unlucky ones to miss out on a place in the seventeen as Richard Moore and Ian Kirke both got recalls to a Rhinos side looking to make it five wins on the bounce. All that stood in our way was a Reds side growing in confidence after three wins put them in mid-table.

The early exchanges were all Leeds but with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard it was the home side who took the lead with the opening score of the evening, much against the run of play. On ten minutes, and the first real attack into Leeds half, a grubber kick by Anderson bounced off Watkins shins and back into the hands of Anderson for a walk in. Holdsworth missed the extras, but it was a shock start for the big Leeds crowd behind the sticks.

It pushed the Rhinos into action.

On fourteen the Rhinos took the lead after a Burrow jink and break found Clarkson who drew the covering defence and put Hardaker free for a simple try. Sinfield added the extras for 6-4. On twenty-one we extended the lead to 12-4 when a brilliant passage of play with fast hands ended with Delaney being put over on a crash ball from acting half-back and Sinfield again kicked the two.

Four minutes later and the Reds must have been wondering what had hurt them. This time it was McGuire who made the break and found Watkins supporting to cross unopposed. Sinfield made it three from three and 18-4 and we were scoring at two points a minute.


Go forward
On twenty-eight we'd got another, this time from the skipper as Ben Jones-Bishops break down the wing saw him kick a grubber inside which was collected by Sinfield for a four pointer, which he failed to convert into six but we weren't complaining at 22-4. The game was already lost to the Reds.

There would be two more Rhinos tries before half-time.

On thirty-five a Rhinos kick on the last was charged down by Salford, and Ablett reacted quickest to pick up the loose ball, break downfield, and pass inside to the recently introduced Hood. Inevitably he scored for three in three and Sinfields' goal made it 28-4.

With two minutes to the break a Watkins pass inside allowed McGuire to score and the Rhinos were starting to run riot. Sinfield failed to goal but at 32-4 the Reds players and supporters must have been relieved to hear the half time hooter.

It had been a top quality first half against a poor opposition and we more than deserved the big lead. It was simply a matter of how many we'd score in the second half and how much we could improve our points difference by.

It took twelve minutes for us to open our second half account and it was a brilliant, individual, last tackle, thirty metre, Hardaker try that did it. Sinfield added the extras for 38-4 and some of the home supporters were already on their way into the car park.

On sixty-five it was brilliant Leeds passing as Hardaker, Ablett, Webb, Ablett again and finally back to Hardaker to walk in for his hat-trick try. Sinfield kept his cool for a historic personal and club milestone as his conversion took him ahead of Lewis Jones to the top of the Rhinos all-time points scoring table.

We already knew that he was a Leeds great, but now is he the Leeds greatest?

And there is plenty of career left in him yet as he goes on to set an unbeatable target for all who follows him.


Hat-trick

A Ben Jones-Bishop break down the wing and pass inside to the supporting Burrow to score next to the posts saw the Rhinos break the fifty point barrier for the first time this season, thanks to the skippers conversion.

On seventy-six we made it 56-4 as two good Leuluai charges got us close to the line and allowed Burrow to turn provider and put Ablett through a gap to score next to the sticks. Sinfield converted, of course.

All that remained was a couple of Salford consolation tries on seventy-eight and eighty and the Rhinos just eased off the gas a little too early.

The first saw Owen find his way over under the sticks after Leeds conceeded a couple of daft penalties and the second was after Leeds failed to diffuse a high kick and Salford retained posession for Patten to score. Holdsworth converted both top give Salford a morcel of respectability at 56-16. But I can't complain at a forty point winning margin.

This was the skippers night as Sir Kev ripped up the record book, but Zak Hardaker did his best to muscle in on the action with a hat-trick.

A great all round performance with the Rhinos firing on all cylinders ahead of next weeks visit to St Helens.

I like Salfords new stadium, it is 100% better than the Willows, in fact would it be possible to play here every week?

But I don't like the car park, seventy minutes to get out of the stadium is absolutely ridiculous and would seriously put me off going again. It must be a nightmare for home fans.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
City Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Patten
1
2
Jones-Bishop
18
Gibson
3
Watkins
1
14
Nero
4
Hardaker
3
3
Gleeson
5
Hall
5
Williams
13
Sinfield
1
8
6
Holdsworth
2
6
McGuire
1
7
Smith
8
Leuluai
12
McPherson
7
Burrow
1
24
Howarth
10
Peacock
8
Jewitt
18
Clarkson
11
Ashurst
15
Delaney
1
27
Anderson
1
12
Ablett
1
13
Wild
24
Hood
1
16
Adamson
21
Moore
17
Paleaaesina
20
Griffin
23
Owen
1
17
Kirke
21
James

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32-04
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