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Seven...tie...th Heaven!
Posted by southstander on June 20 2005 - 07:47:25

Unstoppable
There have been many miserable nights against Wigan over the years. We've been on the end of disappointment and humiliation at the hands of the side that dominated the 1990's Rugby League world, and it has hurt.

Victory of any kind against the Warriors is therefore sweet, but a big score, and a nilling is pure heaven.

Wigan supporters will be telling themselves that this was another of those 'freak' results...but with the Rhinos rattling in seventy points for the second week in a row, how much of a 'freak' can it be?

70

Rhinos

v

Warriors

00

Superleague X

18th June 2005

Seven...tie...th Heaven

It was a scorcher of a night in more ways than one. The temperature on the pitch was puching thirty degrees as the sides took to the field in bright sunshine. A near capacity crowd packed the terraces to see a Rhinos side unchanged for an unprecedented third week, take on a wounded but still strong looking Wigan side. Whilst some of the Wigan star players were missing, they still had the likes of Carney, Moran, Guisset, Newton. Sculthorpe, Tickle and ex-Rhino Liam Botham in the starting thirteen. With SeuSeu, Godwin and Wild on the bench, the visiting supporters must have hoped that they could at least give us a game and escape with some respectability.

The Rhinos started the game with the sun on their backs, defending the scoreboard end and found the early going tough. Minute after minute ticked by with the Rhinos unable to break a resolute Warriors defence. As the scoreboard remained static, the crowd began to get restless. It looked like the Wigan side had come here to give it 100% and in the opening exchanges they looked the most likely to cross the whitewash.

The first point came on the quarter hour. Sinfield carried and made a break over the half way line before offloading to JJB. Jamie broke towards the line and drew in the last tackler before and inside pass to Burrow to cross under the sticks. Sinfield slotted over the goal for 6-0. The southStand breathed a sigh of relief.

Five minutes later and the Rhinos were on the board again.This time Walker benefitted as two Wigan defenders fell off the tackle after JJB and Willie Poching had done good work in the build-up. Sinfield goaled from just to the side of the posts for 12-0, now it was looking a little more comfortable. The visitors were now struggling to keep pace and spending a lot more time defending, unable to get into the Leeds half.

On twenty-five it was eighteen-nil. Ali and Senior were providers this time as Dunemann superbly ran the angles from thirty metres with a sensational turn of pace to cross next to the posts. Sinfields conversion added the two.

The last score of the half came with six minutes remaining. Dunemann, Sinfield and Ellis all showed quick hands and put a grateful McDermott over next to the posts. Sinfields conversion took the Rhinos into the interval with a hard earned, but perhaps not deserved 24-0 lead.


Awesome

The visitors looked bolstered early in the second half and put in a good defensive stint. It only lasted six minutes though before Wigan lost the ball in the tackle, Walker kicked on and Calderwood hacked forwards into the goal area before dropping on the ball for his first try since announcing his departure at the end of the season. Sinfield converted for 30-0, the signs of a rout were starting to show.

On forty-nine Newton gave a penalty after stealing the ball. Leeds worked the ball downfield and a sensational pass from Ali Lauiti'iti put Danny McGuire free to run the angles and score. The Sinfield goal made it 36-0 and the SouthStand began to appreciate that they might be watching something just a little bit special.

Two minutes later and on the first play from the kick-off, the Rhinos were over again. Lauiti'iti collected the ball on his own line, beat a man before passing to Dunemann who drew the tacklers and fed Senior on the forty. Keith set off down the wing, leaving the tacklers in his wake, to score near the corner. Sinfield goaled well from the touchline for 42-0.


Superb
On fifty-five the Rhinos made it five tries in nine minutes.

Calderwood was this time provider as he sent Walker over. Sinfield missed the goal from the touchline, but Leeds were just four points away from the half century. The important thing now was the nilling!

On sixty-minutes we went through the fifty point barrier as Ali was once again provider, this time to Barrie McDermott who crashed over for his second of the night. Sinfield goaled for 52-0.

This was turning into a near perfect performance, and the crowd were loving every minute of it.

On sixty-five the ball was moved to the right and Walker put Calderwood over in the corner, the mirror image of the previous try. Burrow had taken over the kicking duties and missed the goal.

With thirteen minutes left Wigan lost the ball on the Rhinos thirty. McGuire picked up the lose ball and went seventy metres to score, and Burrow added the extras for 62-0. Thoghts turned to records!

The Rhinos still had two more tries left in them.

On seventy minutes Ali Lautit'iti went over off a Ward pass, and with two minutes left on the clock, Burrow ducked under to high tackles to spin over. Burrow missed the first conversion attempts, and McGuire messed up the second from right in front but it didn't matter, Leeds had a 70-0 win which sent their fans into ecstacy.

With two massive wins in two weeks I'm starting to run out of superlatives. This was another polished Rhinos performance against a weakened but still competitive Wigan side. This was Wigans biggest ever defeat in their history, and a sure sign of the massive re-building job that Ian Millwards needs to do at the JJB. Having said that, perhaps Millward is the problem, he's now coached two different sides to 70-0 defeats at Headingley in the space of eleven months!

All we have to be careful of now is not getting too carried away with it all and making sure that we do the business against London in the Challenge Cup next friday night.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Lauiti'iti50%
8
McDermott19%
6
Sinfield17%
4
Burrow6%
4
Dunemann6%
2
Senior2%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
14
Brown
2
Calderwood
2
5
Carney
3
Walker
2
3
Aspinwall
4
Senior
1
32
Botham
5
Bai
21
Melling
13
Sinfield
8
7
Moran
7
Burrow
2
1
25
Coyle
8
Bailey
10
Guisset
14
Dunemann
1
9
Newton
15
Ward
16
Sculthorpe
12
McKenna
20
Harrison Hansen
18
Jones-Buchanan
12
Tickle
20
Ellis
22
Allen
11
Lauiti'iti
1
8
Seu Seu
6
McGuire
2
18
Godwin
16
Poching
19
Wild
10
McDermott
2
29
Tomkins

Kick Off:
18:05
Half-Time:
24-00
Attendance:
18,177
Referee:
Ian Smith


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