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Diskin Comeback As U21's Thrash the Cougars
Posted by southstander on June 16 2005 - 22:19:14

Return At Last
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Under-21’s took on Keighley at Headingley boosted by the inclusion of Matt Diskin as he makes his long awaited comeback after the injury he sustained while playing for Great Britain in the Tri-Nations.

There was a late change for the Rhinos after captain Jason Golden was ruled out with an illness. Dave Tootill was promoted to the run on side and Danny Ireland got the call the bench.

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Senior Academy

League Phase

16th June 2005

Diskin Comeback As U21's Thrash the Cougars

Leeds, attacking the Western Terrace, were first on the board on three minutes, electing to run a penalty. The ball was spread from the Northern side with the now trademark run around between Stenchion and Ablett, he found Francis Cummins and the full-back got Jason Hart back on the inside and he powered his way over the line. Gibson converted and it was the perfect start for the Rhinos.

The Rhinos were denied on eight minutes when attacking from a scrum deep in the Keighley half Murrell released Danny Williams but the pass was ruled forward by the referee, another chance went moments later when Lee Smith couldn’t hang on to a possible interception. Leeds crossed for their second try on 10 minutes. Nick Scruton was held just short of the line. Matt Diskin shot out of dummy half and he found Carl Ablett who reached out to score under the posts. The conversion from Gibson academic and the Rhinos led 12-0.

Keighley went close on 16 minutes, a break down the Northern side by Jackson and Beaumont but he was held just short by some great cover defence. It as last tackle and Andy Feather went for glory and was held up over the line, much to the disgust of some of his teammates. But the visitors were not to be denied; on their next set a chip kick over by Andy Feather took a wicked bounce and landed in the hands of Jackson. Feather followed up the kick and sped over the line. Liam Duffy converted to bring the score the 12-6 in favour of the Rhinos after 19 minutes.

Leeds hit back on 22 minutes, Keighley trying to attack from deep dropped the ball on the 40-metre line. Iain Gordon was on the spot to recover and he set off down field. He has Jordan Tansey on the inside and he just managed to avoid the attentions of Colin Beevers to touchdown. Gibson converted to make it a 12-point game again.

Matt Diskin was withdrawn from the action on 27 minutes and as he was making his way up the touchline Leeds scored again. An offload in the tackle from Scruton found Luke Stenchion and he flung a huge pass for Chris Buttery. He was left with the simple task of putting Danny Williams in at the South-West corner. Gibson was unable to convert but the Rhinos led 22-6. Leeds went close again three minutes later, Gibson and Tansey combining to put Smith clear but he was bundled into touch just short of the line.

It was only a brief respite though, Keighley gifted field position by not getting a kick away on the last tackle. A set move close to the line saw Ablett and Murrell combine to send Jordan Tansey over by the posts. Gibson’s conversion was a simple one and Leeds led 28-6 after 34 minutes. On 28 minutes Leeds struck again, after making easy progression downfield again it was Luke Stenchion who was the provider as his pass found Francis Cummins. It was a popular score by the full back, appreciated by a good turnout in the South Stand. Gibson converted to make the half time score Leeds 34 Keighley 6.

Leeds had the first chance with the second half only two minutes old. Jamie I’Anson scooted out of dummy half but lost the ball in the act of trying to score. Another chance went on 49 minutes, Scott Murrell making the break but his final pass to Diskin was ruled forward, it made no difference anyway as the hooker was unable to hold the pass.

Leeds finally got on the board after 15 minutes in the second half, after being awarded a penalty, after some careless chat by Danny Ekis. Leeds started 20 metres from the Keighley line, Murrell took the ball to a couple of metres from the line and Matt Diskin was on hand to send Dave Tootill in with a super pass. Gibson converted to take the Rhinos over the 40-point mark.

It became two in three minutes and Diskin was at the heart of things again, his offload found Murrell. Tansey then took over proceedings and his pass found Gibson at speed and he went through the defence to go over. Gibson was unable to covert from wide out.

Leeds were in again in the 64th minute on the back of yet another Keighley error. The Rhinos started only 10 metres from the line and on the second tackle Carl Ablett switched the direction of attack. He found Scott Murrell and he had the numbers on the outside, the Cougars defence froze and Murrell sliced through and dived over. Gibson again was off target but the Rhinos led 48-6.

Keighley hit back on 69 minutes with a consolation score after Danny Ireland was ruled to have knocked on the Cougars got their best field position of the half and struck when Danny Ekis barged over the line. Andy Feather converted to take the score to 48-12. Leeds hit back 4 minutes later, Stenchion again with a powerful charge up field and he offloaded to Jason Hart. He didn’t quite have the legs but Jordan Tansey was on the outside the bag his third hat trick in consecutive games. Gibson this time was successful and the Rhinos went through the 50-point barrier again.

Matt Diskin went close late doors; five Keighley defenders holding him up over the line, then Danny Ireland was denied by referee Halloran ruling a forward pass but on the last play of the game a sweeping move to the Northern side with the ball passing through many hands saw Ashley Gibson deliver the final pass for Danny Williams to go in at the corner. The final whistle went and it kept the Rhinos top of the table with a 60-6 victory.

Credit to Keighley the played a lot better than at Cougar Park in April and halfbacks Feather and Duffy were at the heart of most of the good things they did on the night. The Rhinos on the other hand have played a lot better and there will be plenty to work on for coach Stuart Wilkinson in training this week. Mat Diskin felt his way back in gradually and got just under an hour of game time. Tansey and Murrell again were a menace in midfield. Jason Hart again was impressive but the SouthStander man of the match went to Luke Stenchion. Involved in the build up for three tries, his powerful running was a trademark throughout the game.

The Rhinos are back in action next Friday night as a curtain raiser to the London game when they entertain the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a friendly. Kick off is at 5.45pm.

All Photos courtesy of www.rlphotos.com

Match Facts

Rhinos
Cougars
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Cummins
1
1
Beevers
2
Williams
2
2
Pickles
31
Gibson
1
8
3
Hastings
4
Buttery
4
Williams D.
5
Smith
5
Jackson
6
Murrell
1
6
Feather
1
7
Gordon
7
Duffy
2
8
Scruton
8
Williams T.
9
Diskin
9
Feather
10
Stenchion
10
Ekis
1
11
Tootill
1
11
Flynn
12
Hart
1
12
Beaumont
13
Ablett
1
13
Walton
14
Tansey
3
14
Barnes
15
Ireland
15
Palmer
16
Burgess
16
Ferrazzano
17
I'Anson J.
17
Fisher

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
34-06
Penalties:
7-5
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Craig Halloran


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