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Brilliant Rhinos Tame the Wolves
Posted by southstander on April 07 2013 - 22:35:10

Opener
When the Rhinos line-up was announced we found out that we were to be without Delaney and Kirke to add to our woes over the loss of TMFMISL to a four match suspension. There was some hope in the form of a long-overdue return for Zak Hardaker and the news that Kylie Leuluai was sufficiently fit to make the starting line-up after his absence in the South of France.

The visitors weren't without their problems as talismen Briers and Morley are both missing with long term injuries.

The early Sunday evening kick-off felt very strange, we'd see over the next eighty how it would suit our lads.

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28

Rhinos

v

Wolves

22

Superleague XVIII - Round 11

7th April 2013

Brilliant Rhinos Tame the Wolves

You would have expected the Rhinos to be battle weary after an exhaustive Easter weekend which saw them draw with the Bulls and then secure a twelve man victory in Perpignan. But from the first hooter the Rhinos were in the Wolves faces and off the front foot. It took just four minutes for some fancy footwork from McGuire to open the scoring as he darted from acting half back to dive over the line. Sinfield goaled and the Southstanders could hardly believe the start, the travelling support from Warrington (far less than usual for this Sunday night fixture) were stunned to silence.

On eight minutes Sinfield added another two to the lead after a high tackle on Rob Burrow, just seconds after a Peacock barnstorming run had seen us deep into the Wolves twenty.

Leeds seemed totally in control and then an uncharacteristic mistake from Sinfield, passing to the ground rather than a team-mate, allowed Joel Monaghan to pick up the loose ball and go eighty metres for the visitors opener. It had been totally against the run of play but as Hodgson slipped over the extras, Warrington were back in the game at 8-6.


57% Kicking
As we reached quarter point in the game, Ryan Hall scored an acrobatic try in the left corner by touching down one handed with both feet in the air above the sideline. Child went to the video referee who ruled in favour of the WBW. Sinfield missed a difficult kick for 12-6.

Anything Ryan can do, Kallum can also. On twenty-six Watkins, freed to the wing from the full-back berth, touched down in the right corner after a brilliant acrobatic Hardaker ball field and break. Sinfield again failed with the conversion for 16-6. We should have been fourteen ahead but uncharacteristically, Sinfield was not punishing the opposition with the boot.

The Rhinos lead was reduced with five minutes remaining when two Rhinos defenders rushed out of the defensive line leaving a massive gap for Myler to run through and score without a Leeds hand being laid on him Hodgson added two.

It looked like there would be just four points separating the sides at half-time but a brilliant Hardaker run with seconds remaining saw him tackled on the Wolves twenty. A fast play-the-ball saw a couple of drives close before McShane went over from acting half-back, carrying three defenders with him to ground. Sinfield again missed the conversion (just two from five) but we took a 20-12 lead into the sheds.

It was going to be a nailbiting second half, we just couldn't finish the visitors off and they kept bouncing back despite a massive advantage in possession and position.

It took ten minutes of the second half to extend the lead, and again it was thanks to a positive video review, this time after a flying Hall appeared to ground the ball on the corner flag. Bentham was in the box and gave the four pointer, kicked excellently from the wing by Sinfield for 26-12. Surely Warrington were going to roll over now?

For ten minutes the Wolves battered the Rhinos line and for ten minutes we somehow managed to hold them out until the sixty-third minute when a Ratchford grubber using the side of his boot found Joel Monaghan who juggled the ball before regaining control and touching down. Hodgson goaled for 26-18 and the nerves came back.


Brilliant Comeback

With seven remaining Sinfield accepted the offer of a two pointer after McShane had been tackled high to make it 28-18 and the Rhinos set about running down the clock.

With just a few seconds remaining a 'panic play' from the Wolves saw the ball through a dozen pairs of hands and the Rhinos defence scrambling for all they were worth before Atkins touched down in the corner. Hodgson heard the hooter before missing the conversion and the Rhinos had a famous 28-22 win.

This was a great win for the Rhinos and signalled an amazing five points from the last three tough games. Leeds were imaginative in attack but the mainstay of the victory was a sensational defence which kept the usually free-scoring Warrington at bay for long periods and frustrated them into making mistakes.

For once we got the majority of the 50:50 decisions from Mr Child, but the way that Hardaker, Burrow, Watkins, McGuire and Hall ran their blood to water truly deserved the win that lifts us to fifth spot in Superleague, perfectly poised to take full advantage of our two games in hand to climb to the pinnacle.

Job done, lack of Delaney and Kirke survived, onwards to the Broncos game next Friday.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Hodgson
3
3
Watkins
1
2
Riley
12
Ablett
4
Atkins
1
4
Moon
15
Grix
5
Hall
2
5
Monaghan J.
2
13
Sinfield
4
19
Ratchford
6
McGuire
1
7
Myler
1
8
Leuluai
18
Hill
7
Burrow
9
Monaghan M.
10
Peacock
17
Cooper
14
Ward
11
Waterhouse
19
Achurch
12
Westwood
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
Harrison
23
Singleton
10
Carvell
9
McShane
1
14
Higham
21
Moore
16
Wood
18
Clarkson
24
Currie

Kick Off:
18:45
Half-Time:
20-12
Referee:
James Child
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15,059


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