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Rhinos Rampant on Road Trip
Posted by southstander on July 02 2012 - 07:13:57

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Guest Reporter: Iain Sharp

A sunny summer Saturday saw the Loiners travel south of the Watford Gap for a fixture versus the London Broncos at The Stoop, Twickenham in West London.

Our guest reporter brings you his match report from the game.

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

58

Rhinos

v

Broncos

12

Superleague XVII - Round 19

1st July 2012

Rhinos Rampant on Road Trip

Leeds lined up as expected and gave a rest to recent international retiree Jamie Peacock, as perhaps the most notable absence in the visitors line-up.

The opening period of the game saw both sides tightly matched and there was no score from either side for the first 20 minutes of the game.

The first score of the game came just after that first quarter, with London’s French hooker Julian Rinaldi making an open field break. From the break, London gained a penalty deep in Leeds territory and from the next resulting set second-row forward Chris Bailey dodged some none-existent Leeds tacking to score by the posts for a 4-0 lead to the home side. This was subsequently goaled by ex-Crusader Michael Witt to give the home side a 6-0 advantage.

Conceeding a score seemed to start to spur Leeds on and a couple of minutes later Zak Hardaker made one of his (what is increasingly becoming) trademark broken play midfield bursts to gain Leeds a huge amount of ground.


9 goals
In the next play, the ball was fed to on-loan hooker Shaun Lunt, to force his way over carrying three London defenders on his back to sneak the ball down for the opening Leeds score. This was converted by Sinfield for the scores to be squared at 6-All.

On the half hour mark, referee Rob Hicks penalized London for not being square at the play-the-ball and in the resulting set, Shaun Lunt this time wriggled free from would-be tacklers to dive over in front of the post (and right at the end where most of the Leeds fans were) to give Leeds the lead, which was extended by the ever-reliable Sinfield to make it 6-12 to the visitors.

By now, Leeds were starting to take control of the game and there was an excellent cross field move that saw both wingers handle the ball as part of the flowing passing movement and both Ryan Hall and Ben Jones-Bishop (back on his old stamping ground) looked to break during the move.

With a few moment to go before the break, another sweeping break from Leeds saw London’s nemesis pop up for the first of his scores by being on the end of the break with the line beckoning. Another goal from Sinfield saw Leeds lead 6 – 18.

Most fans would have been perfectly happy to see this as half time score, but with the Broncos conceding a penalty for holding down, this gave Leeds a chance to add another McGuire score by popping up as the last man again to give another try just before half time, yet again goaled by Sinfield to make the half time score 6 – 24 to the visitors.

HALF TIME

The opening act of the second saw London gain a score a perhaps what might be described as bizarre circumstances. With Leeds in possession close to their own line, they were bringing the ball away when full back Zak Hardaker failed to account for his winger coming inside on a previous play and threw the ball instinctively out towards his absent wing man. The ball bounced and almost came to a stop on the turf, with London winger Keiron Dixon being the first to pounce on the loose ball and dive over to give the Broncos the points. The try was subsequently goaled by Witt to make the score 12 – 24.

More London pressure resulted in the first period of the second half, with a move that ended in Bronco forward Howell being held up over the line.

The game swung from end to end as London tried to get back on to level terms, but it is also worthwhile mentioning a ‘hit’ from Kylie Leuluai that perhaps was one of the biggest ‘teeth rattling’ tackles of the season and to use the old cliché, well worth the admission money alone.


Controlling

As the game entered the final period, fitness would tell on what was a warm day (no rain showers here) and as the game entered the final period, Danny McGuire popped up yet again to produce his hat-trick try following a pass back inside after Ryan Hall broke the London cover defense down the left hand side. Another Sinfield goal saw Leeds stretch the lead to 12 – 30.

A few moments later, Carl Ablett got in on the scoring act by being literally in the right place at the right time for a Ryan Bailey off load and to leave the makeshift centre have perhaps what was his easiest try of the season by collecting the ball in acres of space to dive over for his try. Surprisingly, Sinfield missed the goal (his only miss of the afternoon) to leave Leeds leading by 12 – 34.

It was now when the last parts of the London resistance started to crumble and Leeds, with the space and fire power started to run riot.

A break by JJB left space for yet another off load to the ever-following Danny McGuire to give him his fourth score of the afternoon and an excellent record of try-scoring in the capital. Converted by Sinfield to lead 12 – 40.

A penalty to Leeds ended with Zak popping over in a close to the line effort to further extend the lead, with Sinfield adding the easy extras to make it 12 – 46.

The Loiners were almost scoring at will and the half century was brought up by Rob Burrow being on the end of a pass from Carl Ablett (who had broken from inside his own half) to scamper away around 30 yards to score under the posts. An easy conversion for Sinfield and Leeds led 12 – 52.

The final try was quite bizarre, scored by Kylie Leulai under the posts by almost diving through the legs of Sinfield ! The 9th conversion of the day went to Sinfield and Leeds gained a comprehensive victory at 12 - 58.

Interestingly, as part of the match statistics, London managed to force four goal line drop outs to Leeds’ mere one, but could not make any of the pressure count in to points on the visitors line.

Whilst the score was a big one, it is worthwhile considering the opposition that Leeds were up against and sadly for the game in general, the side based in the capital has a long way to go before looking competitive against some of the biggest sides in Super League.

For Leeds, it perhaps has to be taken as being the third win on the bounce, but nevertheless there were still too many errors and periods when against some of the best sides in the league, some of this mistakes would be dearly punished.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Broncos
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
4
Hardaker
1
19
Sargison
2
Jones-Bishop
5
Robertson
3
Watkins
31
Lovell
12
Ablett
1
3
O'Callaghan
5
Hall
21
Dixon
1
13
Sinfield
9
6
Witt
2
6
McGuire
4
7
Gower
8
Leuluai
1
8
Kaufusi
7
Burrow
1
14
Rinaldi
20
Griffin
30
Wheeldon
11
Jones-Buchanan
12
Bailey
1
19
Hauraki
4
Howell
25
Ward
13
Clubb
16
Bailey
9
Randall
31
Lunt
2
10
Bryant
17
Kirke
18
Krasniqi
18
Clarkson
28
Channing

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
24-06
Referee:
Rob Hicks
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3,628


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