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Triumphant in Tryfest
Posted by southstander on June 19 2012 - 08:10:08

Hat-trick
Wakefield arrived at Headingley on the back of three consecutive wins to take on a Rhinos side who had ten players backing-up from saturdays internationals. McDermott was taking a big gamble by putting his faith in his tired players as his side tried to use their game in hand to get back in the all important top eight.

Just over twelve thousand made their way to Headingley for a Monday night game, unaware that we were about to witness a 'tryfest', with scoring at over a point a minute.

We bring you all of the action here......

44

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

40

Superleague XVII - Round 3

18th June 2012

Triumphant in Tryfest

The Rhinos side was shuffled around again, mainly to cope with the start of an eight week absence of Brent Webb. Hardaker was at full-back with Delaney into the centres, Bailey was a loose forward and Griffin got the start at prop as Peacock was selected on the bench. Sinfield and McGuire were the halves with Burrow and hooker, you felt with the selection that we were a side walking on a knife edge.

After absorbing some early pressure the Rhinos opened the scoring on six minutes thanks to a great grubber pick-up and sixty metre break by Hardaker. Sinfield kicked the two and we were off and running. On ten and the try of the game (and there would be plenty to choose from) as Ben Jones-Bishop collected a kick through on his own goal-line and went the length of the field, avoiding half a dozen attempts to stop him, and scored under the sticks. Sinfields boot made it 12-0 and it looked like we might be in for a good night.

Wakefield had different ideas.

On sixteen a cross-field kick was caught and offloaded by Ali Lauiti'iti to allow Cockayne to score. Sykes goaled, as he did two minutes later when the Rhinos defence stood aside and allowed Smith to cross unchallenged from five metres. In the space of two minutes we'd let a twelve point lead slip. Both teams defences were setting out their 'we're not going to bother tackling tonight' tactics.


8 goals
On twenty-three the visitors edged ahead for the first time when a Mather grubber ballooned up off a Leeds boot straight into the hands of Callis for a 'walk in'. Sykes kicked the two for 12-18.

It took just three minutes for the Rhinos to respond when Hall took a cross-field kick, found McGuire inside who broke for ten before putting in a grubber. Mathers failed to gather the kick and Jamie Jones-Buchanan picked up the loose ball and ran it over for the try. Sinfield goaled for 18-18, it was like watching a basketball match, but with less defensive effort.

Just after the half-hour and the Wildcats were back on top after probing the Leeds line, Lauiti'iti eventually finding space to stretch out an arm and score, soliciting chants of 'we want our Ali back' from the South Stand. Sykes made it 18-24.

To level things up at 24-24 for half time the Rhinos required a little bit of Silverwood assistance in the form of their first penalty of the game, for offside. Two plays after the tap and the Rhinos moved the ball to the right wing where Ben Jones-Bishop crossed for his second and improved the angle for the Sinfield kick to give us a half-time score of 24-24.

It was definitely entertaining, but both sides defences were awful, truly diabolical. You shuddered to think how many points we'd see in the second half.

It was the Wildcats who opened the second half scoring after their third consecutive set on the Leeds line resulted in Kyle Trout crashing over from short range under the sticks enabling Sykes to convert for 24-30.

Leeds continued the tit-for-tat on fifty thanks to another Silverwood penalty and then a dubious looking flat pass from Burrow to allow Hauraki to cross for a rare try. Sinfield made it 30-30 and the eventual outcome was still anyones guess.

On the hour mark the Rhinos finally regained the lead that they had lost in the twenty-third. Bailey was held up short but a quick play-the-ball enabled McGuire to put in a grubber which was picked up by Ben Jones-Bishop and scored in the corner for his hat-trick. Sinfield goaled for 36-30. But the sides weren't done yet.


Leeds Winner

On sixty-five and the game changing moment after a Wakefield hand knocked the ball into touch on the Wildcats thirty and the scrum was awarded to the Rhinos, Cockayne spoke out of turn and saw the decision turned into a Leeds penalty. Sinfield accepted the invitation to stretch the lead to eight with a penalty goal and we'd finally a small margin.

On seventy-one and the Wildcats were back within two as Leeds conceeded a daft penalty allowing the visitors to move the ball close before Wilkes crossed and allowed Sykes to convert for 38-36.

With six minutes left Ablett fought off half a dozen tacklers to make it to the line and with the Sinfield conversion for 44-36 we looked home and dry. But there would be a nervous last couple of minutes after Fox scored in the right corner off a suspiciously forward pass and Sykes declined the chance to kick at goal knowing his side needed another try for victory.

The Wildcats got the ball back but Leeds managed to string six tackles together and the game ended with the Rhinos victors by 44-40, the highest number of points at Headingley since the last visit of the Wildcats in September last season (64-20).

You don't get a point a minute in games with good defences and tonight both sides were shocking at stopping their opponents break the line. It was a tremendously exciting game with ebbs and flows and the lead changing hands regularly, but not one for the purists. When SKY saw the scoreline they will have been regretting not broadcasting the game, but to save embarrassment both coaches will be relieved that only twelve thousand witnessed it.

All credit to the Rhinos ten who backed-up and managed to get the win, but it was nearly a gamble which backfired badly, both from administrative and selection perspectives. Probably one where we say 'thanks for the two points' but now lets forget all about it and move on to the next game, and hopefully a bit of tackling.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
4
Hardaker
1
1
Mathers
2
Jones-Bishop
3
2
Fox
1
12
Ablett
1
3
Collis
1
15
Delaney
4
Mellars
5
Hall
5
Cockayne
1
13
Sinfield
8
34
Sykes
6
6
McGuire
20
Smith
1
8
Leuluai
25
Amor
7
Burrow
14
Aiton
20
Griffin
10
Raleigh
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
11
Lauiti'iti
1
18
Clarkson
33
Walshaw
16
Bailey
13
Washbrook
25
Ward
7
Wood
31
Lunt
8
Wilkes
1
19
Hauraki
1
12
Southern
10
Peacock
22
Trout
1

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
24-24
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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12,272


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