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Costly Night Out in Hull
Posted by southstander on May 31 2013 - 23:22:46

Only Leeds Try
The Rhinos, low on confidence after three consecutive losses, travelled to the Kingston Communications Stadium to take on a Hull FC on the rise after five consecutive wins and eight victories in their last nine games.

Leeds needed two points to keep in touch with the top three but the Airlie Birds were also desperate for another win on their charge up the top eight.

The bookies could barely split the sides and everything pointed to a bruising night on the East coast....little did we realise how brutal.

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06

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

18

Superleague XVIII - Round 17

31st May 2013

Costly Night Out in Hull

We didn't get off to the best of starts, attacking towards the end of the ground that was wrecked by the placement of a squash court. But the state of the pitch where we should be scoring tries would turn out to be of little importance in a first half which was comprehensively dominated by the home side.

It took just over a minute for the Airlie Birds to get their opening score of the night when Westerman followed a Crooks break and was on hand to take the pass and run ten to score. There was some suspicion of crossing in back play, but referee child, resplendent in 'refcam' pointed to the spot. Holdsworth goaled well from wide and the home side were 6-0 up.

On eight Holdsworth extended the lead to eight points after Jamie Jones-Buchanan had interfered at the play-the-ball directly in front of his own sticks and on eleven minutes an unconverted try from Crooks after a forty metre break from Lineham edged Hull to a 12-0 lead.


Nasty Knock
Make no mistake, they were good value for it as the Rhinos struggled to get any kind of foothold in a game.

Great Hull defence thwarted any Leeds attack before it got to half way and the Hull counter was devastating. On twenty it looked like Yeaman had got onto a grubber to extend the lead but the video referee ruled a knock-on. A minute later and disaster was added to an already depressing night when Watkins sustained a nasty looking ankle injury on a rare Rhinos attack and was helped to the touchline.

On the half-hour it looked like a Singleton gifted penalty would allow the boot of Holdsworth to extend the lead but he slid the ball wide. The Rhinos needed to run the clock down and escape to the dressing rooms with a twelve point deficit, but Hull wouldn't let us.

With ninety seconds of the half remaining the Rhinos defence parted and allowed Houghton to scoot from dummy half for an easy try. Holdsworth added the extras for a very deserved 18-0 half time lead for the Black & Whites.

The Rhinos had never been in the game. Stifled in attack by brilliant defence, and found wanting on the three occasions that FC had crossed the whitewash. It was like the first half against Wigan last week, or the second half against the Saints the week before. There was no shortage of Leeds effort, just nothing but second best to show for it.

But at three converted tries down the Rhinos had come back from worst situations and we still had hope.

Any hope of a second half revival appeared to have been quashed after ten minutes of the second half as McGuire twisted his ankle while being tackled and immediately signalled the bench knowing he'd sustained a big injury. He joined Watkins on the bench and the Rhinos were down to two interchanges for the rest of the game.

Just over the hour mark and the Rhinos scored the only try of the second half a Sutcliffe broke downfield from a Sinfield pass and found Delaney in support to ground in the corner. Sinfield added the two for 6-18, but try as they did, the Rhinos couldn't find their way through a resolute Hull defence to muster any more points.

On seventy, McShane tried to ground through his legs with his back to the line but lost the ball and two minutes later Joel Moon was held up over the line. It wasn't to be our night but we did keep the home side scoreless in the second half thanks to some great defence.


Bad Injury

We didn't show up for the first half and allowed the Black & Whites to run the game. The second half performance was much improved and we showed great spirit to win the half by 6-0 but it is still our fourth successive loss and despite a real team effort we are still a long way from the game that we were playing just a month ago.

It looked like nasty long-term injuries to both Watkins and McGuire and they will be added to an ever increasing Rhinos casualty list. I'm not certain that Delaney was 100% either and may have come back a little too soon after his spell in hospital with fatigue.

McDermott has his work cut out to find seventeen fit players for next week as we look to avoid a Castleford Tigers double.

Our mid-season blip is going on for a little too long for my liking.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
McDonnell
25
Vickery
25
Lineham
3
Watkins
23
Crooks
1
4
Moon
4
Yeaman
5
Hall
5
Briscoe
13
Sinfield
1
6
Holdsworth
3
6
McGuire
33
Heremaia
8
Leuluai
8
O'Meeley
7
Burrow
9
Houghton
1
16
Bailey
21
Green
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Ellis
15
Delaney
1
13
Westerman
1
18
Clarkson
19
Pitts
17
Kirke
10
Lynch
23
Singleton
15
Galea
9
McShane
17
Watts
26
Sutcliffe
20
Johnson

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
0-12
Referee:
James Child
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