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Sinfield Seals Win
Posted by southstander on July 27 2013 - 19:41:52

Kicked to Victory

By David Bywater

Seven days after the first game the re-match, will it be ‘The thriller in Manilla’ or Leonard Duran 2? Wakefield should be confident after a narrow defeat last week at Headingley in a game that could have gone either way. Home advantage should favour the Wildcats in – what should be – a tight contest.

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31

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

24

Superleague XVIII - Round 8

26th July 2013

Sinfield Seals Win

Rumours are circulating that Wakefield may once again be hitting a financial brick wall, however the chairman has insisted that sales of double glazing are buoyant and the raft of CCJs were just administrational errors by Elston and his team.

For the first time I can remember at a rugby game the crowds were segregated, could this have something to do with trouble at the last game where Wakefield hosted Hull. Leeds were allocated the western terrace which proved unfit for purpose as there were more fans than it could hold. The announcer must have worked for the bus company his “Please move down the stand” was typical of the shambles that is the stewarding at this ground. Once again Leeds fans helped to swell the attendance to over ten thousand.

Team selection was always going to be interesting – it seems McDermott put all the names in a hat and picked them in the order they came out!! Leeds fans were delighted to see Sinfield return from his extended absence due to a thumb injury during the exiles game. The delight was replaced with surprise when the captain was named as the starting hooker. Other moves include BJB to full back, Hardaker to centre, Delaney to 13. Contrary to the doom-mongers on the forum Sutcliffe was retained despite Sinfield’s return. Leeds also welcomed Leulaui back as the squad slowly returns to something like full strength. McDermott also included another youngster on his debut James Duckworth on the wing. Wakefield had an early set back with Kirmond pulling up injured in the warm up. He was replaced by Reece Lynne – an error on Agar’s part as Lynne never got a game.

With the weather set fair the crowd were anticipating a close, fast open game where mistakes needed to be kept to a minimum and good defence would be at a premium. Leeds kicked off towards the roofed North stand. Leeds had much of the early pressure so it was against the run of play when Wakefield opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Poore with a great offload saw Aiton – showing a good turn of pace - charged through the Leeds line to score, Smith converted 6-0 Wakefield. Shortly afterwards Thaler awarded the Wildcats a penalty in a very kickable spot, luckily for Leeds Smith failed to land his shot. This seemed to jolt Leeds into action and they exerted significant pressure on the Wildcats defensive line. After three successive drop outs Sutcliffe through what can only be described as a woeful pass but – as often happens – the bounce of the ball lead to a try. How fitting for James Duckworth to follow Thomas Minns with a try on his debut. An audible sigh of relief could be heard throughout the western terrace. The captain duly converted 6-6 and that was the score at half time. Leeds had been unlucky with Thaler disallowing two tries on 50/50 decisions: Hall’s sublime off load to Moon was ruled to have gone forwards, Burrow ran behind his own man before putting Ablett in. Kylie was also held up over the line in a great effort from Mathers.

Surely Leeds would exert their dominance in the second half? Sadly that didn’t happened, Lauitiiti showed he still has his mo-jo working with a great run he offloaded the ball to Lee Smith who in turn passed the ball to Tim Smith who fed Aiton for a great try, Smith converted 12-6 Wildcats.

Wakefield continued to pressure the Rhinos with 3 sets on the Rhinos line but credit to the Rhinos who refused to buckle. In the final set Tim Smith put a weak kick in which BJB picked up and ran the length much to the delight of the western terrace where much air time was had in encouraging the dash. Sinfield duly converted all square again. King Kev obviously felt the game was going to be close because on next set he dropped a goal – not a thing of beauty but a point all the same 13-12 Rhinos. It looked like Leeds might pull away when Smith put the restart out on the full. From the next set Richard Moore gave a great offload to Moon who waltzed in un-challenged Sinfield converted again 19-12 the Rhinos. Smith didn’t make the same mistake again, he managed to get the kick off into touch, Wakefield ball – the ridiculous to the sublime. Lauitiiti once again got his mo-jo humming and was almost over, Aiton passed to Poore who ran over Kirke as if he wasn’t there. Smith converted 19-18 Rhinos – was the drop goal going to decide the game. Not if the Wildcats had any say – with ten minutes to go Mariano got on the end of a top draw feed from Mathers to waltz in, Smith again converted 24-19 Wilcats, no one could argue they weren’t good value for the lead. Champion sides pull things out of the bag when their back is against the wall and so it transpired – a lucky deflection from a Sinfield kick saw the ball in Ablett’s hands who duly crossed the line. The captain added the extras 25-24 Leeds. The champions continued to press until the end when Burrow crossed for the game clincher on the siren – Sinfield duly added the 2, final score 31-24 Leeds.

Wakefield could feel justifiably aggrieved – they could easily have won and no Rhinos fans could have any complaint, they played well above their table placing and Ali gave a glimpse of what a great player he was. A good win for Leeds in a hostile environment just the kind of close game they need as the play offs loom over the horizon. Good tosee Sinfield back he was the difference in my view. Things worked much better when he reverted back to his normal role. The hooking role needs sorting, this hap-hazard approach will not work against the better sides. Good to see another youngster getting a go, how did Vickery ever get a game when we have such talented youngsters?


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Mathers
2
Jones-Bishop
1
2
Fox
32
Duckworth
1
3
Collis
4
Moon
1
4
Smith L.
4
5
Hall
5
Cockayne
26
Sutcliffe
13
Washbrook
7
Burrow
1
7
Smith T.
23
Singleton
8
Poore
1
13
Sinfield
6
1
9
Aiton
2
10
Peacock
15
Amor
12
Ablett
1
17
Mariano
1
18
Clarkson
11
Lauitiiti
15
Delaney
18
Trout
8
Leuluai
20
Lyne
21
Moore
10
Raleigh
17
Kirke
16
Wilkes
30
Foster
32
Tautai

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-06
Referee:
Ben Thaler
Crowd:
10,037


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