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Rhinos Ease into Semi Finals
Posted by southstander on May 11 2012 - 22:44:53

28 Points
Brian McDermott gambled on the return of Hauraki and Burrow from injury as he rested Delaney, Peacock, Ablett and gave Watkins and extra week of recovery time as the Rhinos, and a good 1,500 of their supporters descended on the excellent Leigh Sports Village for the Cup quarter final.

The home side had been relishing the thought of a giant-killing all week, and by eight o'clock they had worked themselves into a frenzy. Leeds needed to ignore the hype and play their usual game, to consign the game to the history books as they progressed to the semi-finals.

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60

Rhinos

v

Centurions

12

Challenge Cup - Round 6

11th May 2012

Rhinos Ease into Semi Finals

In the opening exchanges the Centurions held their own, and gave Leeds plenty. Neither side got a set of six in their opponents forty as defences ruled. It looked like we might be in for a bit of a grind, but you expected that things would open up.

The Rhinos opener came after nine minutes and had an element of luck. A Leigh kick through was missed by the chasers and Hardaker picked up the loose ball, ran fifty metres down field and found McGuire in support to cross under the sticks. Sinfield was successful with the kick, as he would be with all ten attempts.

Leigh took four minutes to strike back and give the visitors a bit of a scare. Fast play-the-balls and great handling allowed Goulden to crash over from five metres and as Ridyard kicked the extras the home supporters dreams were rekindled.

They lasted another seven minutes of parity.


Rhinos opener
On twenty, Webb was the only Rhino to chase a speculative and swirling Sinfield kick. The Leigh full back did his bit by missing the ball and Webb picked up to cross with a tackler around his ankles. Sinfield made it 12-6.

Ten more minutes passed before the Rhinos extended the lead and again Webb was instrumental with a long pass to Ben Jones-Bishop who ran down the wing before coming inside to score under the posts allowing sinfield to make it 18-6 and the Rhinos were easing their way to victory.

Three minutes later and the game was almost won. Webb provided the last pass, this time left to Hall to cross in the corner. Sinfield had to convert from the touchline, which he did with aplomb, for 24-6.

As the half drew to a close a last ditch tackle was all that stood between Leigh and a second score. As the Leigh player lunged for the line he dropped the ball and Thaler ruled knock-on as the hooter sounded, almost drowned out by boos of the home supporters.

It had been a good enough half for Leeds, nothing outstanding, but comfortable. The game was almost in the bag and you felt another couple would seal it.

Leigh started the second half well and it was only brilliant Leeds defence which kept them at bay as the Rhinos were pinned on their own goal line. Despite their early dominance it was the Rhinos who scored the second half opener and it took the find out of Leighs sails.

On forty-nine a brilliant solo jinking run by Burrow saw him mesmerise the leigh defence and cross under the sticks. Sinfield made it 30-6.

On fifty-eight, McGuire and Burrow both chanced their arm on the last tackle and after mini-breaks of their own they found Lunt in support to score. Sinfield added the two for 36-6 and the game was won, but the Rhinos weren't finished.

On the kick-off return Sinfield went through a gap off a flat pass and scored under the sticks, making his conversion a simple one for 42-6, but there was still some spirit left in Leigh.


Brace

On sixty-two a silly penalty was conceeded by Sinfield and on the reulting set Leigh used the ball well and McNally was the first to win the race for a last tackle grubber kick to score. Ridyard goaled and the home side were in double figures at 42-12.

The Rhinos finished with a flurry and three tries in the last five minutes.

On seventy-five a Webb break got the position before fast hands right saw Smith over. A minute later and the try of the night as a Sinfield kick found Jones-Bishop on the wing who passed inside to Hauraki who in turn found Sinfield to cross for his second of the night. In the last minute a Hall interception saw him run ninety-five metres to score under the sticks allowing Sinfield to kick his tenth goal from ten attempts and round off a personal haul of twenty-eight points.

A full strength Leeds would probably have scored more, but McDermotts patched up side were far too good for the Championship Leigh. Although the scoreline might suggest otherwise Leigh were no disgrace and played hard for the full eighty minutes and did make the Rhinos work for it. There were periods of the game where it was difficult to spot the difference between the defensive efforts but in the end fitness and a smarter rugby brain proved to be the difference.

Biggest plaudits for the skipper who had a brilliant game and this was probably Webbs best game of 2012 as he seemed to be into everything. Hauraki made a good return, as did Burrow and Jones-Buchanan is getting back to his best. This was a game for the backs, and they shone bright.

We're in the hat for the semi-finals, and there is no easy game left in the competition.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Centurions
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
McNalley
1
2
Jones-Bishop
1
2
Maden
14
Smith
1
3
Littler
4
Hardaker
4
Gardner
5
Hall
2
5
Pownall
13
Sinfield
2
10
6
Ridyard
2
6
McGuire
1
7
Beswick
8
Leuluai
8
Parker
7
Burrow
1
9
Nicholson
17
Kirke
10
Ostick
11
Hauraki
12
Gouldon
1
19
Jones-Buchanan
11
Laithwaite
18
Clarkson
13
Nash
9
McShane
14
Brierly
16
Bailey
15
Briscoe
31
Lunt
1
16
Hopkins
21
Moore
17
Gallagher

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
24-6
Referee:
Ben Thaler
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5,290


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