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Cods Battered
Posted by southstander on February 01 2013 - 23:20:02

Impeccable
When Gareth Ellis picked up an injury in the pre-match warm-up the Leeds spectators were robbed of the chance to welcome back a past hero, but more importantly the visitors were stripped of their captain and salary structure busting talisman.

It was a freezing night, witha strong wind and some drizzle in the air, but a good crowd had turned up to welcome Superlague back into our lives as we eased our way into a new season.

Could the lads take-up where they left off?

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

36

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

06

Superleague XVIII - Round 1

1st February 2013

Cods Battered

McDermott, with a new 'everlasting' contract under his belt opted for the tried and tested Sinfield and McGuire at halves with Burrow staring at hooker and Ablett at loose forward. There were also a few changes with Moon in the centres, Vickery on the wing and Achurch on the bench. It seemed strange, but right, to see Hardaker wearing the Number One shirt and strange but wrong to see the 2013 officials uniforms. They would look more at home in a big top with a silly hat and big feet!

It was clear from the off that the conditions, and the early season, would not be conducive to an open game as the packs dominated the early exchanges and furrows were ploughed down the centre of the field.

The first big mistake of the match led to the first try as a McGuire grubber was fumbled on the line by the FC defence and Sinfield dribbled over before reaching down to score the try. He added the conversion for 6-0. Our 2013 was up and running.


Scorer and Maker
The teams settled back into their defensive battles until the half hour mark when Leeds were penalised back into their own half and from a mini-break Arundel went over to score off a superb one-handed Westerman pass. Holdsworth held his nerve to kick the extras and level up the scores.

And there the would stay until half time, a fair scoreline as the two sides retured to the warmth of the dressing rooms.

It had been an evenly matched half, neither side making too many mistakes and neither side willing to give the ball the air that was needed to penetrate the strong defenses. But it was all about to change as the Rhinos took the initiative and dominated the second half.

Six minutes into the second half we got a taster of what was to come as McGuire broke the line and went fifty metres before beig hauled down. He'd had the chance to pass for a certain try but went alone. Hull thwarted the attack, but not for long.

On fifty-seven the deadlock was broken as lovely Sinfield pass put debutant Moon through a big gap to walk in his debut try. Sinfield kicked for 12-6.

Three minutes later and Sinfield was provider again, this time enabling Peacock to step past the last defender and score under the sticks making the extra two a formality. Hull were visibly tiring and looked as though they knew the game was already out of their reach.

On sixty-six a great 'flat' ball from McGuire on the ten metre line put Clarkson through a gap to score and the inevitable Sinfield goal gave us an unsurmoutable 24-6 lead.


Try Scorer

The Rhinos weren't finished.

On seventy-one McGuire got his own try as he carried two defenders over the line to score and with two minutes left Hall received a pass just inside his own half and went fifty metres to score, only being caught as he crossed the line. Sinfield converted both for a six from six record on the night, and the Rhinos had a very comfortable 36-6 win against an exhausted Hull side.

With thirty unanswered second half points there is very little to grumble about. Leeds absorbed when they had too and kicked on to a comfortable victory once the opposition had tired themselves out. We will never know what the presence of Gareth Ellis would have done for the visitors, but I doubt that one man could have saved the Black & Whites from a beating tonight.

Lets hope we can stay this assured for the rest of the season.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
McDonnell
25
Vickery
2
Crookes
3
Watkins
3
Arundel
1
4
Moon
1
4
Yeaman
5
Hall
1
5
Briscoe
13
Sinfield
1
6
6
Holdsworth
1
6
McGuire
1
7
Seymour
16
Bailey
19
Pitts
7
Burrow
9
Houghton
10
Peacock
1
10
Lynch
11
Jones-Buchanan
14
Whiting
15
Delaney
15
Galea
12
Ablett
13
Westerman
17
Kirke
21
Green
18
Clarkson
1
20
Johnson
9
McShane
8
O'Meley
19
Achurch
3
Heremaia

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-06
Referee:
Steve 'Saint' Ganson
Crowd:
15,297


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