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Kicked to Death
Posted by southstander on March 09 2013 - 00:03:55

Murdered Us
It was a tasty looking match up between two sides vying for the top of the table as the Rhinos welcomed the Giants to a rainswept Headingley.

Paul Andersons men would take on the Rhinos side coached by his ex-team-mate Brian McDermott in a match which had proved to be a powderkeg in recent years.

The stage was set for what should have been an absolute cracker, but no-one told the teams!

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

08

Rhinos

v

Giants

32

Superleague XVIII - Round 6

8th March 2013

Kicked to Death

It was an awful first half, for both sides, and at the end of forty minutes I was considering my chances of getting a full refund under the Misrepresentation of Goods Act (1967). Both teams had dropped more than they had held, they'd given up possession with abandon, and neither team looked to have any interest in winning the game.

The opening ten minutes had seen good Rhinos defence paper over the cracks of a couple of shocking unforced errors, one from Watkins in fumbling a kick-through under no pressure, and the second from Hall who knocked on when it was almost impossible not to collect a simple pass.

On sixteen, the monotony was finally broken when a Brough grubber was fumbled in goal by Joe Vickery and touched down by Wardle. Brough joined in the spirit of ineptness by missing the conversion.

On twenty-four it looked like a jinking Burrow run might have unlocked the visitors defence but it came to nothing, and five minutes later another brilliant Brough grubber through a very flat Leeds defence found Murphy to collect and score an unopposed try. Brough missed again.

Right on the merciful hooter the Rhinos opened their account from the boot of Sinfield, kicking the penalty from thirty metres, after interference at the play the ball. At half time we were down by 2-8 and we were all wondering what had happened to the sensational Rhinos who took Saints apart a week earlier.

The second half had to be better.


Trier
For Huddersfield it was. Their defence was awesome and their attack penetrating and devastating. The Rhinos were better than their first half showing, but they couldn't keep up with the visitors who blew us away.

On forty-three Brough was again the provider with a lovely kick, again picked up by Murphy to score his second of the night. Brough missed again, the Giants scoring in fours, for 2-12.

On fifty it looked like we'd got a lifeline when Watkins stretched over and clearly grounded the ball, one-handed. Thaler ruled 'dropped ball' and gave the Giants a twenty metre re-start. It was the clearest sign yet that it wouldn't be our night. It was just the reminder that the Giants needed.

A Brough 4-20 got them close to the Leeds line and after three plays Robinson was tackled around the head and Brough accepted the invitation for two points. Within a minute it was another Goants four as several players hoofed the ball downfield before Grix picked up the ball and dove over under the sticks. Brough goaled for 2-20 and the game was over.

On sixty, Ablett missed touching down a bouncing ball by millimetres, and the punishment was again dished out by Huddersfield as Ferres made an outrageous break, fooled the Leeds defence with a dummy, and then put Brough clear to score a try. He added the extras for 2-26 and now we were starting to loose face as well as the game.

With eleven minutes to go McShane scrambled a cheeky consolation with a one metre dive over from acting half but as Sinfield added the extras for 8-26 we knew it was a lost cause.


Cheeky Consolation

The icing on the visitors cake came once again from Brough who went close and then offloaded in the tackle for Eorl Crabtree to score from two metres. Brough kicked the extras for a humiliating final score of 8-32.

This was as bad as last week was good. The Giants were awesome and the Rhinos simply had no answer to the genius of Brough and the massive Giants defensive effort. We can have little complaint, we were totally outplayed.

This is more like the early season Rhinos that we know and love. You can't beat a bit of inconsistency!

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
3
Watkins
1
Grix
1
25
Vickery
23
Dawson
12
Ablett
3
Cudjoe
4
Moon
4
Wardle
1
5
Hall
18
Murphy
2
13
Sinfield
2
6
Brough
1
4
6
McGuire
7
Robinson
8
Leuluai
8
Crabtree
1
7
Burrow
9
Lunt
17
Kirke
29
Fielden
18
Clarkson
11
Ferres
15
Delaney
16
Chan
11
Jones-Buchanan
21
Ferguson
10
Peacock
10
Kopczak
9
McShane
1
15
Patrick
21
Moore
17
Ta'ai
14
Ward
13
Faiumu

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