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Dirty Dozens French Foray
Posted by southstander on April 02 2013 - 05:27:34

Opener
After a gruelling draw against the Buls on Thursday the Rhinos backed-up with a Monday day trip to a rainy South of France to try and grab the points against a Dragons side boasting a 100% home record in 2013.

Leeds were without the injured Leuluai and had drafted McShane into the seventeen with Bailey and Peacock as the starting props.

We knew it was going to be tough, but nothing could have prepared us for the herculean effort that the lads would put in over the next eighty minutes.

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

27

Rhinos

v

Dragons

12

Superleague XVIII - Round 10

1st April 2013

Dirty Dozens French Foray

From the early exchanges you could tell that it wasn't going to be pretty. There were big hits, high hits and late hits, no quarter was being asked or given.

The Rhinos opened the scoring on eight thanks to some touchline acrobatics from a sliding Joel Moon who managed to keep his legs in the air above the whitewash just long enought to ground the ball in the left corner. Sinfield kicked superbly from the touchline, his first in a seven from seven performance, for a 6-0 lead.

On fourteen a swinging arm from Bailey could have cost him ten minutes in the bin, and a two-pointer for the Dragons, but they declined it and ran the penalty. It came to nothing.

On seventeen it looked like the Dragons had opened their account as Pala and Vickery raced for a delightful grubber kick. Vickery won by a split second and managed to swipe the ball dead in goal from under Palas' finger tips.


15 Points
On twenty-one, Sinfield extended the lead with a penalty after the ball was stolen from Peacock just inside the Catalans half and on thirty five he added another two, this time after a Pelissier 'off the ball' shoulder charge on Burrow which went without further punishment.

The Rhinos had established an excellent 10-0 half-time lead through hard graft, intelligent kicking, resolute defence and the skill of Moon. It was nothing short of what we deserved.

Delaney emerged for the second half with ice packed around his thigh and would take no further part in the game, and Baileys game had just another seven minutes to run before he'd be taking an early bath.

The first real action of the second half was a badly timed TMFMISL tackle on Bosc, hitting him a second after he'd passed and leaving him in a crumpled heap. Thaler took advice from his touch judges who suggested it had been a shoulder charge to the head, and with Baileys previous reputation, the referee harshly reached for the red card. We were down to twelve, with a narrow lead, in the Dragons lair, and you fearedthe worst.

It took the Dragons just a minute to punish the Rhinos as Pryce was given a try by the video referee despite it looking as though Pelissier had pushed Moon off the tackle. Bosc added the goal for 10-6.

On fifty-three the home side hit the front and it seemed like the writing was on the wall. A superb dummy, by the fully recovered Bosc, saw him through a gap and under the posts. His own conversion gave us 10-12 and a feeling that Bailey may have cost us an important two points.

But we were in for a sensational last twenty minutes as Sinfield ruled the games.

On the hour mark the skipper took the opportunity to kick a penalty after Ablett had been held back while chasing a kick through. The ship was steadied at 12-12.

On sixty-seven a nice pass from Peacock almost put Jamie Jones-Buchanan over and a fast play the ball saw McShane dive over from dummy half as the full back Escare moved right to and left a big gap. Sinfield added the two for 18-12 and you could see the belief flooding back into the lads.

On seventy, Sinfield made it a two score gap with a drop goal from twenty metres, we had to hold on for ten more minutes.


Saw Red

But we did much better than that.

On the next Leeds attack, with the Rhinos ten out and under the sticks, JJB ran at the defence, was brought down but not tackled and crawled over the line for the winning try. Sinfield kicked an easy conversion and the points were in the bag.

With five minutes remaining the captain kicked his seventh goal of the night after Pryce was offside by his own uprights and the Rhinos rode out the remaining time to the hooter for a spectacular and well deserved 27-12 win.

The two sides made a mockery of the conditions with some excellent ball handling and skill on show. Despite being crucified in the penalty count, being without Bailey for the last half-hour, Delaney sitting out the second half with a hamstring injury and Richard Moore registering a 'Did Not Play', the Rhinos were awesome and fully deserved the points. This was a clear demonstration of the stuff of which Champions are made, that never say die attitude, and the way that every man in the team will give 110% for the others.

I just wish that we could do it more consistently.

Tonight was a proud night to be a Rhinos fan, we just need to hope that injuries and suspensions don't cost us the majority of our first choice pack for Sundays visit of the Wolves.

Please vote for your Man-of-the-Match in the front page poll.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Dragons
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
3
Watkins
28
Escare
25
Vickery
2
Blanch
12
Ablett
11
Menzies
4
Moon
1
18
Millard
5
Hall
19
Pala
13
Sinfield
7
1
3
Pryce
1
6
McGuire
6
Bosc
1
2
16
Bailey
8
Elima
7
Burrow
9
Henderson
10
Peacock
10
Casty
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
4
Taia
15
Delaney
12
Anderson
14
Ward
13
Mounis
17
Kirke
16
Pellisier
19
Achurch
22
Fakir
21
Moore (DNP)
23
Paea
22
McShane
1
24
Baitieri

Kick Off:
17:15
Half-Time:
10-0
Referee:
Ben Thaler
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