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Like Rams to the Slaughter
Posted by southstander on July 03 2005 - 06:45:34

1st Team Soon?
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Senior Academy took on Dewsbury Rams on friday night in a curtain raiser to the Bradford clash.

It was an opportunity for Matt Diskin to progress in his recovery from injury and a chance for some of these young blokes to play in front of a huge crowd. Dewsbury weren’t expected to provide a stiff test to the Rhinos but the surprised a few people with their performance.

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1st July 2005

Like Rams to the Slaughter

It wasn’t the best start for Leeds, attacking the Eastern Terrace the kick off from Tansey went sailing over the dead ball line to give the visitors a platform to start with. And they nearly took full advantage of it, on the last tackle a kick from Liam Morley rebounded off a Leeds player into the hands of Tom Marsden, he found Richard Tillotson but Anthony Thewlis dropped his superb offload over the line. It didn’t get much better, Scruton losing possession on the first tackle to give Dewsbury another chance and this time, again on the last tackle, it was Chris Woolford who just failed to touch down a kick from Morley.

Leeds had been under heavy pressure from Dewsbury but struck after 8 minutes with a classic sucker punch. Francis Cummins scooted from dummy half ten metres out and headed cross field. The Dewsbury defence were unorganised and he threw the dummy and set off upfield, he got to the half way line and there was only Skerrett to beat but Jordan Tansey was on the inside and he outpaced the covering defence to go over. Gibson converted to give the Rhinos the lead against the run of play.

On 11 minutes Matt Diskin made a break before a desperate ankle tap stopped him. From the play the ball the Rhinos went right, Murrell found Dave Tootill. He popped the ball out for Carl Ablett to send Gibson in at the corner. Three minutes later Leeds were in again, after getting a friendly call from referee Hicks who awarded the Rhinos a scrum on the Dewsbury 10 metre line. The Rhinos went to the short side and Tansey was held up just short of the line. From the play the ball Matt Gardner had too much strength and power and he forced his way over. Gibson was off target with both conversions.

Then in the 16th minute it was Jason Hart who cut through the Dewsbury defence. He had options both side, but for some unknown reason he decided to hold the ball. From the resulting play the ball Murrell found Nick Scuton and he superb offload send Tansey in for his second try of the night. It was harsh on Dewsbury, they had the bulk of the first few minutes and by the time they got the ball back again they were 20 points behind.

Dewsbury never gave up trying and they were looking to fling the ball out at any opportunity. They were providing the Rhinos with a real challenge. Much better than some other teams this season. They were denied again, when another kick through from Morley was pounced on in the in-goal by Skerrett only to be denied this time by the referee who ruled out the score. Leeds though, got a little sloppy and at times the ball control was poor but the score remained unchanged up to half time, the Rhinos 20 points to the good.

Leeds struck first in the second half on 47 minutes. The ball was moved right by Diskin to Jamie I’Anson and his super offload found Scott Murrell, he had options either side but back himself to carve through the Dewsbury defence to touch down under the posts for his 9th try of the season. Gibson converting to stretch the lead to 26. Leeds though were still guilty of making some silly errors at time and another chance went on 51 minutes when a pass from Murrell ended up in the North Stand.

Leeds began to build the pressure and it told on 57 minutes, Jamie I’Anson went from dummy half and he found Chris Buttery. The centre popped a perfect pass for Danny Ireland to go in at the corner. Two minutes later the Rhinos were in again, Murrell releasing Gibson down the Southern touchline before he turned the ball inside for Francis Cummins to go over. It was a popular score with a filling South Stand. Gibson converting. On 62 minutes the Rhinos were in again, after more pressure on the Dewsbury line a last tackle cross field kick from Scott Murrell was claimed by Matt Gardner, who out jumped Ben Sykes. Gibson converting to take the Rhinos through the 40 point barrier.

Then on 65 minutes Dewsbury finally got the reward their enterprising play deserved. On the last tackle loose forward Woolford chipped over the top and regathered, he found support from Tillotson who passed onto Danny Wray, he was collared by the Rhinos defence but managed to offload back to Tillotson who went in at the South-East corner. Mick Hill was off target with the conversion but it was the least the visitors deserved.

Unfortunately this only spurred the Rhinos on as they hit the Rams for four converted tried before the final whistle went. First on 69 minutes Murrell again broke through the line and found the supporting Scruton, the Dewsbury defence scrambled but he offloaded to Dave Tootill who went in under the posts. Three minutes later, Murrell was again at the heart of things when he and Francis Cummins combined to send Ashley Gibson through a gap. The centre glided though the Dewsbury line before turning the ball inside for Jordan Tansey to get a hat trick in the fourth consecutive game and take his total to 17 for the season.

Then with 6 minutes left it was Murrell and Scruton again who were at the heart of a Rhinos scores. The Dewsbury defence parted like the Red Sea to allow the prop forward through, he popped a super ball out of the back door to the supporting Murrell who turned it inside for Francis Cummins to get his second try of the night. Then in the last minute another popular score as Matt Diskin burrowed his way over from dummy half to take the Rhinos final total to 66 points.

The Dewsbury team can hold their head up high after that performance last night they were magnificent compared to the game at Tetley’s Stadium. Again stand off Liam Morley was at the heart of everything they tried and he got the back up from Chris Woolford and Mick Hill. Richard Tillotson was all over the field and worked his socks off. They looked to play enterprising football all the time and fling the ball about.

For the Rhinos there were some stand out performances, Jordan Tansey made it 12 tries in the last 4 games. Scott Murrell ran the show from Stand Off and Nick Scruton played like a man with a point to prove. Matt Diskin moved closer to a first team recall with a much improved performance on last week. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to a young guy who is pulling up trees at the moment. He was unlucky not to get the vote at the Keighley game and a return to the first team can’t be far away for Francis Cummins.

The next game is the big clash against Widnes, both teams have only lost once this season and something has to give. The game is at Scatchered Lane, the home of Morley RFC on Wednesday night. Kick off is at 7.30. If you can’t get to Perpignan, get along and get your rugby fix for next week.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Rams
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Tansey
3
1
Skerrett
2
Cummins
2
2
Sykes
3
Buttery
3
Smith
4
Gibson
1
9
4
Tillotson
1
5
Gardner
2
5
Marsden
6
Murrell
1
6
Morley
7
Gordon
7
Hill
8
Scruton
8
Burns
9
Diskin
1
9
Haigh
10
Stenchion
10
Lockwood
11
Hart
11
Kelly
12
Tootill
1
12
Thewlis
13
Ablett
13
Woolford
14
Ireland
1
14
Bostock
15
I'Anson J.
15
Wray
16
Burgess
16
Ruddy
17
Golden
17
Stubley

Kick Off:
17:30
Half-Time:
20-0
Penalties:
5-5
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Robert Hicks (Oldham)


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