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Rhinos Back to Winning Ways
Posted by southstander on June 09 2013 - 08:54:40

Hat-trick
By David Bywater

Summer rugby finally hit Headingley, a lovely evening brought out a crowd of over seventeen thousand. A terrific following from Castleford illustrated the new found confidence since the baton of leadership has been handed to – one time Leeds favourite – Daryl Powell. Rumours were rife throughout the build up: Burrow to Bradford, Briscoe to Leeds and most intriguing of all Leeds to pay a transfer fee for Daryl Clark.

Castleford must have fancied their chances on the back of a poor run of form from Leeds and their own improved application under Powell. Powell seemed confident when interviewed pre-match on local radio. McDermott on the other hand seemed hesitant and grasping for any positives.

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Superleague XVIII - Round 18

7th June 2013

Early Wake-Up Call

Team selection – especially for Leeds – was a topic of discussion on Southstander all week. Would Vickery play, would McDermott play 6 props, where would Burrow play? When the team ran out surprise, surprise Jamie Peacock, he is if nothing else a warrior prepared to play through the pain barrier. Vickery was dropped and Thomas Minns made his debut with Keinhorst starting both was a bold move from a usually risk- averse coach. Sutcliffe and Singleton retained their places on the back of encouraging recent performances. Hall switched to play outside Keinhorst and Burrow started at 7. Castleford lined up almost full strength with the exception of their own ‘Mad Man’ Justin Carney suspended once again for foul play. How would Sinfield go against Chase in the battle of the England half backs?

Leeds kicked off towards the Western Terrace and it wasn’t long before warning signs appeared as Chase passed to Dixon with Hall in no man’s land, fortunately a handling error put paid to a positive move. The Leeds fans didn’t have to wait long for the scoreboard to start turning, a nice move down the left saw Minns go over only four minutes into his debut. Sinfield was off target with the boot 4-0 Rhinos. Kylie lasted all of 5 minutes before retreating down the tunnel with what looked like a serious knee injury – supporting those quads can’t be easy!! Kirke gave early glimpses of what was a great overall performance with an early break down the middle which sadly led to nothing.


Scorer
On the quarter hour Castleford made a great break down the middle with ball eventually ending up with Hauraki who threw Hardaker a brilliant dummy to score under the sticks, Ellis converted 6-4 Castleford. As if stung by a bee Leeds upped the intensity, Bailey, Kirke and Peacock were all held up over or very close to line before a Burrow crab-like run put Keinhorst through a huge hole Sinfield converted 10-6 Rhinos. Castleford kick off on tackle three the ball was passed to Hardaker on the Leeds 20, he rounded the centre and full back to score a spectacular 80 metre solo try – Sinfield converted 16-6 Leeds.

Several minutes of play in the middle of the field followed – highlight being a small bust up between Hardaker and Dixon, the lowlight seeing JJB exit with an ankle problem, or maybe it was just the glare from his orange boots!! Clark showed his class with a break that left the Leeds Captain grasping at thin air, he passed inside for Tansey to touch down under the sticks – Ellis converted 16-12 Leeds. Castleford continued to press and despite an excellent 40-20 from Chase were unable to add points before the close of the half.

During the half time several notables from the 1988 Yorkshire Cup Final were walking round the pitch showing the benefit of beer and Wilson’s pies!!

As the second half commenced Leeds fans were showing concern, this wasn’t helped when Millington ran over Moon passed inside to Tansey to score his second try – Ellis converted 18-16 Castleford. Finger nails were being bitten – cometh the hour cometh the man – a precise kick from Sinfield was plucked out of the air at full stretch by Hall who, before touching the ground, passed to Keinhorst for his second try.

This seemed to inspire Hall to better things, one run saw him replicate a pinball before the ball ended up out wide with Sutcliffe who put in a neat kick for Minns – for the young winger to be foiled by a foot in touch. As if to show the first catch and pass was not a fluke Hall did exactly the same thing fifteen minutes later – Keinhorst in for his hat trick – stunning athletic ability for Hall, Sinfield converted 28-18 Leeds. Castleford weren’t finished a Fleming break through a lack lustre Achurch saw Huby touchdown next to posts – Ellis converted a 4 point ball game 28-24 Leeds. Leeds finished the stronger with two tries in the last five minutes from Kirke and Moon giving a final score of Leeds 40 Castleford 24.


Try Scorer

Leeds who will have been pleased with the win if not the quality of the performance, they have some way to go if they are going to be contenders during the play offs. Castleford were better than the score suggested and in Daryl Clark they have the hottest young prospect in Super League.

Hardaker was my MOM and he seemed to chime more into the line than he has in the past, a solid performance from Minns on debut, Keinhorst had his best game in a Leeds jersey and Singleton is showing he deserves to be a permanent fixture in the starting 17. Kirke and Bailey also had strong games. Concerns must still exist around the pivots and how that will function longer term. Achurch looks a poor option at the moment. A good game to watch, not the greatest standard but close for 75 minutes nevertheless.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
19
Tansey
2
5
Hall
23
Clare
22
Keinhorst
3
3
Shenton
4
Moon
1
18
Thompson
?
Minns
1
5
Dixon
13
Sinfield
7
6
Chase
7
Burrow
7
Ellis
4
8
Leuluai
8
Walker
9
McShane
15
Milner
10
Peacock
10
Huby
1
11
Jones-Buchanan
17
Holmes
15
Delaney
12
Hauraki
1
16
Bailey
16
Massey
17
Kirke
1
9
Clark
26
Sutcliffe
13
Millington
23
Singleton
22
Fleming
19
Achurch
27
Boyle

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
16-12
Referee:
Tim Roby
Crowd:
17,035


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