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Just Enough to Progress
Posted by southstander on April 13 2012 - 23:30:13

Leeds Opener
I'm coming round to the way of thinking that Brian McDermott comes up with the most outrageous team selections that he can, chuckles to himself, and then puts them down on the teamsheet.

Tonight it was the naming of TMFMISL at loose forward, 'He's Ryan Bailey, he plays where he wants!'.

But once again it was inspirational, Bailey had a blinder, as with a brief hiccup the Rhinos did just enough to make it to the fifth round and brush aside the Wildcats.

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Wildcats

18

Challenge Cup - Round 4

13th April 2012

Just Enough to Progress

It was a huge relief to hear Danny McGuires' name back in the starting seventeen as he was announced at scrum-half to Sinfields stand-off. Burrow was in at hooker, but would last just three minutes before a head injury would mean him taking no further part in the game. Bailey was loose forward as Ablett moved to the centres to cover for the injured Watkins. McShane and Smith joined Griffin and Kirke on the bench. It was the strongest side that injuries would let us muster against a Wakefield with six changes after resting some key players in for the Easter monday game.

The Rhinos got off to a good start, the loss of Burrow excepted, and spent most of the opening quarter of an hour camped in the 'Cats twenty. Last minute panic and a lack of composure, alongside decent defence from the visitors kept us out and somewhat against the run of play it was Wakefield who got the first score.

On seventeen minutes Webb was bringing the ball away from the Leeds twenty when on the first tackle he decided to offload to Hall, who had moved away from where Webb threw the ball, and in the scramble the ball ran into touch. Wakefield took the opportunity and while McShane lay in a heap in the middle of the field Amor went over under the sticks making the Sykes conversion a formality for 0-6.

It took six minutes for us to get back on to level terms.


Two more
And it was from a most unexpected source, the stand-in loose-forward.

A short pass from Smith found Bailey five metres out to crash over and score. Sinfield added the two to level the scores.

Another six minutes passed before the next score, once again for the visitors, and this time after a daft penalty for a high tackle. Wakefield used the ball well and set Kirmond up to walk over the top of the Leeds defence and touch down to the right of the sticks. Sykes goal gave the visitors a 6-12 lead which they would hold until half-time.

It wasn't that we'd been below par, in fact we'd dominated the game. It was simply that we couldn't convert position and posession into points. At half time the Wakefield fans dared to dream, and the Rhinos fans feared the worst, an early exit from the cup. But we needn't have worried.

It took five minutes of the second half for us to get back on level terms thanks to a Clarkson break down the centre where he found Delaney and McGuire in support. Delaney got the ball, drew the last defender, and put McGuire clear to score a try on his comeback. Sinfield goaled for 12-12.

Three minutes later and we hit the front with a Hardaker 'stepping special' as he beat three defenders to score and register a try in seven consecutive games. Sinfield kicked the extras for 18-12, we were on our way.

On fifty-eight Sinfield kicked to the corner on the last and the ball was caught by a flying Hall and passed inside to Hardaker who jinked his way to the line and stretched out for try number two on the night. Sinfield goaled from wide for 24-12 and the Wildcats heads went down.

It was now just a matter of what the winning margin would be.


Try on Return

On sixty-seven nice fast hands down the line ended with Ablett going over off a Webb pass, although this time Sinfield failed with the conversion.

On seventy McShane went over the top of the defence from close for Leeds sixth of the night and Sinfield hit the post with the conversion attempt to leave the Rhinos with a 32-12 lead.

With six minutes left, and the game won, fast Rhinos hands saw the ball make it all the way to the right wing where Jones-Bishop added his name to the scoresheet. Sinfield goaled this time, from the touchline for 38-12. All that remained was for a John late consolation, converted by Sykes, and the final hooter confirmed a comfortable 38-18 win for the Rhinos.

It was a solid second half performance which yielded thirty-two points with only six in response as we blew away the visitors and did just enough to get our names first in the hat for next weeks fifth round draw.

Fingers crossed that the Burrow injury is nothing serious, and that we've come through this test unscathed. Bailey was sensational tonight, with no daft penalties and a great try-scoring performance. Perhaps McDermott does know what he's doing!

Ablett, Hardaker, Leuluai, McGuire and Sinfield all played well but it appears that Lee Smith may well have had his only good game of the season against London last Monday. I am not sure what he brings that Hood doesn't.

We did enough, we're in the hat, and that's that!


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Mathers
2
Jones-Bishop
1
2
Fox
12
Ablett
1
34
Sykes
3
4
Hardaker
2
3
Collis
5
Hall
5
Cockayne
13
Sinfield
5
13
Washbrook
6
McGuire
1
20
Smith
8
Leuluai
10
Raleigh
7
Burrow
7
Wood
10
Peacock
15
Amor
1
18
Clarkson
17
Kirmond
1
15
Delaney
33
Walshaw
16
Bailey
1
14
Aiton
17
Kirke
6
John
1
9
McShane
1
8
Wilkes
20
Griffin
25
James
14
Smith
4
Mellars

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