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Rhinos Survive Second Half Bulls Comeback
Posted by southstander on May 05 2013 - 11:58:56

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by David Bywater

A year on from when twenty thousand people were hood-winked into thinking it was going to be the very last game ever played at Odsal. Does this local derby still hold a similar fascination at it used to now the gap in the success of both sides has polarised? Judging by the sparsely populated Rooley Avenue end perhaps not or maybe some have taken their caravans off for the weekend. This is surprising given the close fought game of only five weeks ago.

Both sides are missing their best young forwards: Bateman for Bradford and Stevie Ward for Leeds. The club are suggesting a four month layoff for Ward, hopefully – like Watkins – he will get all his injuries over at a young age. It does highlight the challenges of preparing young players for the rigors of a high speed collision sport. The Rhinos welcome back Ryan Bailey in an otherwise unchanged side from the victory at Hull KR. The Bulls include four ex Leeds players in their line up, which Bateman apart looks as strong as they have.

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Superleague XVIII - Round 14

3rd May 2013

Rhinos Survive Second Half Bulls Comeback

Bradford kicked off with Leeds playing towards the function rooms under the control of Mirfield’s finest.

In the first set the Rhinos looked like a score was possible a cruel bounce of the ball denying them. Is this a taste of how the match will pan out or will Bradford give as good as they get?

An attempted 40/20 by ex Leeds youngster Gayle is fielded over his head by Hall who passes inside to Watkins he dances through some feeble defence to run 80 metres for the first score. A carbon copy of his try last week at Kingston upon Hull, hopefully not the last – in full flow Watkins is a beautifully balanced athlete.

The Rhinos just look half a yard quicker than the men in white, especially in their defensive line speed. A few minutes later JJB puts Delaney through the same hole as Watkins – not Chev’s finest few minutes – he passes to McGuire who gives a great stunning short pass to his captain, the ball ends up with Achurch who scores. Sinfield converts 12-0 Rhinos after only 8 minutes is it going to be rout?

Much has been said about the Rhino’s improved defensive attitude, never was this better illustrated than JJB’s total domination of Diskin in one tackle. The Bradford man was pushed back 10 metres in the wrong direction. Bradford got into the game and enjoyed a period with the ball, a Sinfield kick through on the quarter hour was knocked dead by Kearney. Bradford ball as Kearney was deemed to have a foot over the line – surely such a negative rule needs a review? More pressure from the Rhinos and Sammut proves no match for Ablett’s power, 18-0 Rhinos.

Ben Evans – on loan from Warrington – forced his way over for a deserved try despite Kylie’s attention to his head. Was the comeback on? Sinfield’s punt out on the full from the kick off did nothing to reduce the concern. Order was restored a few minutes later following some excellent work from McShane who put McGuire through for a simple touchdown – Sinfield added the extras 24-6 Rhinos.

On the stroke of half time Bailey’s strength was too much and after his second referral to the video ref Bailey was not to be denied this time. Half time Rhinos 30 – Bulls 6 surely game over?

As the second half kicked off the question from the terraces was how many would the Rhinos score?

Two unanswered tries by the Bulls from Kear and Kearney had the Rhinos fans thinking about Easter and how the Bulls stole a point from the home side, 30-16 to the Rhinos. Could the Rhinos steady the ship ?

With 15 minutes to go Hardaker scrambled over for the try that finally put the game to bed.

Rhinos fans could breath easy for the final ten. The game concluded with a second try apiece for Ablett and Kear Rhinos 42 Bulls 22.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
1
Kearney
1
3
Watkins
1
5
Kear
2
12
Ablett
2
4
Blythe
4
Moon
3
Lulia
5
Hall
2
Purtell
13
Sinfield
7
6
Sammut
3
6
McGuire
1
7
Gale
8
Leuluai
8
Scruton
7
Burrow
14
Diskin
10
Peacock
10
Manuokafoa
15
Delaney
16
Olbison
19
Achurch
1
12
Whitehead
11
Jones-Buchanan
15
Walker
18
Clarkson
9
L'Estrange
9
McShane
19
Addy
17
Kirke
23
Evans
1
16
Bailey
1
27
Sidlow

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
30-6
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
12,016


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