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Rhinos Cup Crash
Posted by southstander on May 11 2013 - 18:05:22

Two Tries
The Rhinos were unchanged and seeking to continue an eight game unbeaten run, the Giants were in the doldrums after getting a hammering at home to the Wolves last weekend and seeing Wigan disappear further into the distance at the top of Superleague.

The bookies could only see one winner and the BBC were there hoping for a cracker.

Surely this would be another rung on the Rhinos ladder climb to a fourth successive Challenge Cup final?

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

08

Rhinos

v

Giants

24

Tetley's Challenge Cup - Round 5

11th May 2013

Rhinos Cup Crash

It looked like Sinfield had lost the toss. We started the game with the sun and wind in our faces and attacking the massed ranks from Headingley who had taken advantage of 8 tickets and were outnumbering, and initially outsinging, the home support. It was clear from the start that the home side would use the wind to gain as much of a first half advantage as they could, and then look to hold on in the second half, and Leeds played right into their hands.

On five minutes a fould by Leuluai on Crabtree allowed Brough to open the scoring with a two pointer and just three minutes later Shaun Lunt went over from acting half back with no Leeds player putting a finger on him. Brough goaled again and we were 8-0 down in as many minutes. This wasn't going to script.

On the quarter hour mark we were right back in the game as we scored a great try into the strong wind. We'd broken for fifty metres before McGuire was hauled down on the Giants twenty. A fast play -the-ball saw the ball moved right to Watkins to score one-handed in the corner. Sinfield failed with a difficult conversion attempt but narrowed the deficit to four points.

But the margin was reduced for just three minutes.


Worker
Leeds defence fell apart down the right hand side as McGillvary broke downfield and then put in a kick to centrefield which went to Giants hands before Leeds made the tackle. A quick play-the-ball and the ball was moved left for Wardle to go over in the corner. Brough missed the conversion but there was daylight again at 4-12.

On twenty-six it looked as though Achurch simply had to ground the ball for a second Rhinos score when he made a suicide offload into the hands of Cudjoe. The Giants winger went all the way from his own five metres outpacing McGuire and Hall to score in the right corner. Brough missed again but it was a worrying 4-16.

On the half-hour mark it seemed that McGuire had finished off a good spell of Leeds pressure as he went over by video referee Steve 'Saint' Ganson ruled 'NO TRY' deciding that McGuire had knocked- on in the act of scoring. It could have been a crucial try, especially when a superhuman effort from Hardaker on the stroke of half-time when he managed to get his hands under the ball to prevent another Giants score.

As the sides went into the sheds it was 4-16 and there was still hope that the Rhinos could kick on in the second half with the wind at their backs.

It looked like we'd got a breakthrough right at the start of the second half when a speculative McGuire bomb caused all sorts of problems for Grix and it seemed that Watkins had grounded the bouncing ball. Once again Bentham went to the Video and again a Rhinos try was chalked off.

Within the space of a minute, Peacock and McGuire were both held up over the line as a superb Giants defence repelled every Leeds attack.

On forty-seven Brough kicked a penalty after Bailey held down in the tackle twenty metres from the Leeds line for 4-18.

With twenty-minutes left the Giants were reduced to twelve men when after an exchange of words Wardle landed four or five punches into the face of Carl Ablett without any retaliation from the Rhinos makeshift centre. Bentham consulted his flag waving colleagues and showed Wardle the red, likely earning him a few games suspension at Tuesdays disciplinary.

With the Giants a man down there was still some hope for the Rhinos.


Punch Victim

On sixty-eight we got our first points for an hour as Watkins walked over to score in the right hand corner, leaving an injured Delaney in back play who would leave the field clutching his wrist. Sinfield failed to convert, ending a thirty-nine game scoring run.

The clock ticked frustratingly quickly as the Rhinos failed to find their way through a resolute Gainst defence and with three minutes left a wayward Leeds pass was intercepted and walked home by Cudjoe for his second of the afternoon and progression to the quarter finals for the Giants.

The best side undoubtedly won as Leeds were outplayed and out-thought. The Giants took full advantage of the conditions, defended with extreme prejudice, and took the few chances that came their way with aplomb.

Leeds lacked pace, imagination and go-forward and left some awful defensive gaps which the home side fully exploited.

There will be no Wembley misery for the Rhinos fans this season. No trip to see us lose in the capital. After three consecutive years at the showpiece event we've ducked out early. No excuse for not going all out for the league now!

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Grix
3
Watkins
2
5
McGillvary
12
Ablett
3
Cudjoe
2
4
Moon
4
Wardle
1
5
Hall
18
Murphy
13
Sinfield
6
Brough
4
6
McGuire
7
Robinson
8
Leuluai
8
Crabtree
7
Burrow
9
Lunt
1
10
Peacock
10
Kopczak
15
Delaney
11
Ferres
19
Achurch
16
Chan
11
Jones-Buchanan
21
Ferguson
16
Bailey
13
Faiumu
9
McShane
15
Patrick
17
Kirke
17
Ta'ai
18
Clarkson
19
Cording

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
04-16
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
11,389


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