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Indiscipline Costs the Point
Posted by southstander on March 29 2013 - 00:02:06

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All the omens going into tonights game were good for the Rhinos. They were unchanged, they'd had almost a fortnight off, and they were at home against the fiercest of local rivals, the Bradford Bulls.

Conditions were perfect at Headingley, soft ground, dry air, and a great atmosphere on the terraces.

This was a night for the Rhinos diamonds to shine bright.

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

18

Rhinos

v

Bulls

18

Superleague XVIII - Round 9

29th March 2013

Indiscipline Costs the Point

The start couldn't have been better for the Rhinos. Kicking off towards the western terrace the Sinfield high ball had backspin, outfoxed the Bulls defenders and went to the hands of an onruching Jones-Buchanan within the visitors twenty. Three drives and offloads saw Watkins over for the opener with just seventeen seconds on the clock and as Sinfield added the extras we couldn't believe the start.

Two minutes later and it looked like we were in again as a Moon grubber was missed by Kearney and collected by Hall to slide over. Bentham went to the video referee who ruled out the try, leaving the SouthStand perplexed.


Opener
Depite being stunned by the Rhinos opening it would be the Bulls who would register their opening try on thirteen after some superb passing found Purtell in space to go through a gap on the angle and score next to the sticks making the Foster conversion almost academic.

The Rhinos had bossed the opening ten and really should have been two or three tries to the good, but the Bulls took the lead on twenty when they marked loosely and allowed Olbison to go over from acting half-back after Sammut had first gone close. Foster added the extras for 6-12 and we felt as stunned as the lads looked.

On twenty-two it could have been worse but Addy dropped the ball on the line as he went to ground it for the Bulls third. It was a lucky escape.

With ten minutes remaining in the half the coach brought Achurch into the fray and with almost his first touch he went over on the angle after four or five brilliant Leeds offloads broke the Bulls defensive line. Sinfield goaled for 12-12, the scoreline which saw the sides into half time.

Leeds edged back in front twelve minutes after the restart thanks to three quick penalties in their favour. After the third it was Peacock who broke the line and scored despite having three tacklers attached. Sinfield goaled for 18-12 and now it was time to press on and secure the points against a Bulls side who should be starting to show signs of tiring.

With ten minutes left on the clock it looked as though a Sinfield drop-goal from twenty-five metres had secured the points but as the SouthStand applauded the ball sailing between the sticks the referee blew the whistle and penalised Peacock for afters at the play-the-ball. The big man had cost us a two try margin, and it would come back to haunt us.

On seventy-four Sinfield attempted another drop-goal but this one was from much further away and sailed wide, but tempers were already fraying on both sides.


Saint & Sinner

The Bulls were giving it out, and Bailey, Delaney and Peacock were rising to the bait and taking their minds off securing the two points.

Leeds were penalised twice in the space of a couple of minutes and after Bentham had incorrectly given a Bulls scrum following what he thought was a Sinfield knock-on from a short drop-out, Peacock finally lost his marbles and applauded an offside decision given against him, instantly seeing 'yellow' from the official.

You sensed that as Jamie made his way from the field that our fate might have been sealed and with thirty seconds left on the clock a Diskin pass found Sidlow who crashed over from five metres and gave Foster an easy concersion to tie up the scores.

The Rhinos had snatched a draw from the jaws of victory, and they only had themselves and their terrible discipline to blame. Peacock was saint and sinner today with some excellent attacking work and a try, but he cost us the one-pointer with a push and then got himself sin-binned piling unnecessary last minute pressure on the twelve men he left on the pitch.

All credit to Bradford and Francis Cummins. They strong-armed us in the second half, got us riled, and snatched the draw. For Leeds this was a point lost rather than one gained and a most unsatisfactory night at HQ.

Quite a few people around me were blaming the referee but with the exception of the Sinfield short drop-out knock-on I think he had a pretty good night. He's not the one to blame, our indiscipline is!

Now the lads need to make amends in the south of France on Monday evening.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
3
Watkins
1
1
Kearney
25
Vickery
5
Kear
12
Ablett
2
Purtell
1
4
Moon
3
Lulia
5
Hall
17
Foster
3
13
Sinfield
3
19
Addy
6
McGuire
6
Sammut
8
Leuluai
8
Scruton
7
Burrow
14
Diskin
10
Peacock
1
10
Manuokafoa
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Olbison
1
15
Delaney
12
Whitehead
16
Bailey
15
Walker
17
Kirke
13
Langley
19
Achurch
1
9
L'Estrange
21
Moore
11
Bateman
14
Ward
27
Sidlow
1

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-12
Referee:
Phil Bentham
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