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Posted by southstander on June 01 2012 - 23:48:03

Leeds only scorer
With Wigan losing six first teamers after last weeks brutal encounter with the Saints we all went to Headingley full of optimism that this would be our best chance to beat them this year.

The bookies agreed and gave a strong looking Rhinos side, on the back of a confidence boosting win over the Bulls, a four point reduction on the coupon.

A good following made it from Wigan but even the most optimistic pie-eater wouldn't have expected what would unfold.

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08

Rhinos

v

Warriors

50

Superleague XVII - Round 16

1st June 2012

Shambles

The Rhinos were on the back foot from the opening second as Sam Tomkins kick-off was fumbled by Ablett as he tried to collect. Matter weren't helped when Jones-Buchanan conceeded a daft penalty moments later and Wigan were pleased to accept the invitation for Lima to crash over from first received close to the line. The video replays showed he'd dropped the ball over the line but Child didn't bother with the video referee and awarded a try. Charnley converted and with just seconds on the clock we were behind.

On eight the quicksilver Tomkins evaded several tackles and broke for thirty metres before finding Farrell to score, despite appearing to ground the ball short and then lose control. Child pointed to the spot and Charbley converted. Twelve down, and we'd hardly had the ball.

On fourteen we got on the scoresheet thanks to O'Loughlin conceeding a penalty on his own twenty. Leeds used the pack for a few tackles before a ball out wide to Hall to score in the corner. The skipper failed to goal. At 4-12 we were still in it, but not for long.


Poor Game
On ninteen the Rhinos conceeded a daft last tackle penalty on Tomkins and two tackles into the sequence it looked like a Warriors try, grounded on the line, but for some reason the video referee ruled it out.

On twenty-eight the Warriors did register their third try, this one thanks to a forward pass which ended with O'Loughlin scoring and Charnley adding the extras for 4-18, the game was already drifting away from us.

One minute later and Tomkins effectively ended the Rhinos chances with a spectacular, unchecked, run down the left wing before putting Carmont over. Charnley missed the goal, as he did on forty minutes when Leuluai found a gap in a ragged Rhinos defence to stretch and score just over the line.

The visitors went in at half time with a 4-26 lead and the talk on the terraces was not whether we'd get back into this, but how many we'd ship in during the second half.Now it was damage limitation.

With the second half eight minutes old the Rhinos stood and watched as the Warriors tore us open down the right wing and Charnley was allowed to finish a fifty metre run by rounding behind the sticks to make his conversion a formality. He converted himself and at 4-32 the game was over.

On the hour mark a Rhinos penalty for offside saw them in defensive disarray and Wigan moved the ball right for Gelling to score. Charnley goaled for 4-38.

Brief respite on sixty-five when the Rhinos took advantage of a rare Warriors mistake in their own twenty for Hall to grab his, unconverted, second of the night.

But Wigan were right back at us and Tomkins took us apart down the wing again on seventy-two to provide Leuluai with his second of the night. Charnley made it 8-44 and with the Wigan fans demanding fifty it was Finch who caught a Rhinos line clearing kick on the volley and went over under the sticks to score.


Penaltyfest

Charnley goaled and it was a humiliating fifty in the conceeded column on a truly shambolic Leeds night.

This was humiliation at its worst. We were second best for the full eighty, not even a glimmer of a five minute spell of supremacy. In the end we were lucky to only conceed fifty against a Wigan side who beat us at everything. They were better in the tackle, the hit-up, the pass, the speed of the play-the-ball, and in the milking of the penalty from the totally woeful Child. We wer beaten comprehensively, all ends up. It was like they were the World Champions and we were a pub team. Simply shocking.

It now feels a little bit like the management have spent the last season and a half telling us that McDermott is the new emperor, with his lovely new set of clothes. The only problem is that all I can see is an increasingly naked coach, devoid of any plan, and unable to coach the 'A' game out of the majority of his ageing players.

The only highlight of the evening was the entire South Stand shouting 'Shoot Tomkins' at six musketeers in the pre-match. This was one to forget, but one which won't be easy to put from our minds. Last season the Catalans away game was cited as the turning point, will tonights game be this seasons watershed? If it isn't, and if we don't change something soon, then this will undoubtedly be a trophy-less season for the Rhinos, and I'm not much looking forward to what is left of 2012.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Tomkins, S.
14
Smith
2
Charnley
1
7
12
Ablett
3
Goulding
4
Hardaker
4
Carmont
1
5
Hall
2
24
Gelling
1
13
Sinfield
6
Finch
1
6
McGuire
7
Leuluai
2
8
Leuluai
22
Dudson
31
Lunt
9
McIlorum
10
Peacock
14
Lima
1
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Farrell
1
15
Delaney
26
Hughes
18
Clarkson
13
O'Loughlin
1
16
Bailey
21
Lauaki
19
Hauraki
28
Tomkins, L.
7
Burrow
33
Crosby
21
Moore
36
Lloyd

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
04-26
Referee:
James Child
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16,113


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