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Mis-reffed then Out-played
Posted by southstander on September 15 2013 - 11:05:04

Big Time Bottler

The image to the left probably gives an indication of the way that this match report is going to pan out.

At half-time last night I was so furious with the incompetent and cowardly officials that I must have been close to 'spontaneous human combustion'. I've delayed writing the report by twelve hours in the hope that it would give me some perspective, but I don't think that I've calmed by much.

Over two thousand travelling supporters paid good money to see a cowardly and incompetent referee lose control of the weekends flagship fixture and gift the Warrington Wolves a week off.

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

20

Rhinos

v

Wolves

40

Superleague XVIII - Play Off I

14th September 2013

Mis-reffed then Out-played

Everything was set up for a belter. The Rhinos travelling army had made the Saturday afternoon trip over the Pennines and were in good voice, we had a fully fit squad to choose from, and this fixture had served up some belters over the last few years.

With the exception of McShane's number nine shirt the Rhinos ran on in one to thirteen, complemented by Ryan Baileys sixteen jersey returning from a week on the sidelines after defending himself against Damian Blanch a fortnight ago.

From the off both teams were at it 'hammer and tongs', what had arrived on our Rugby League table matched the expectation raised by the menu.

The game was seven minutes old when Warrington drew first blood after Joel Moon conceeded a penlaty. On the fifth play Westwood collected a Briers grubber and despit being tackled short stretched his arm to ground on the line. Ratchford goaled for 0-6.

Leeds struck back on thirteen thanks to a brilliant Burrows scamper which saw him fend off two tacklers before releasing Watkins to walk in from five metres. Sinfield levelled the scores with his kick.


Try & 2 Goals
Leeds hit the front, deservedly so, on nineteen after Briers had been caught by Ablett on the last tackle and forced to offload to Hill who kicked the ball into touch on the full. Leeds drove forwards and Burrow was again the provider as he involved Watkins and Jones-Bishop who ended a fifty metres passing move by passing inside to the skipper who crossed the lilne going backwards but still managed to ground the ball. Sinfield failed to convert his own goal but we were making in-roads.

Then on twenty-three the games first moment of controversy as Ablett tackled Briers, again on the last, and Briers lost his cool running three steps before punching Ablett across the back of the head.

It was directly in front of the referee and he had no option, the rules of the game insist on a red card in such situations and Briers petulance after being caught in possession twice on the last tackle by Carl Ablett would cost his side his services for the remaining three-quarters of the game.

Child took reports from his touch judges and then simply awarded the Rhinos a penalty. Instead of losing their main playmaker for the remainder of the game for a cowardly punch, Child has signalled that it was okay with the RFL to punch a player in the head when his back is turned. The Rhinos players were incredulous, and the travelling support from Headingley were stunned.

The game then shifted from an equal contest into a Warrington walkover, the Leeds players having received the signal from the officials that they would help Warrington in whatever way they could.

On twenty-eight Grix found a gap and then embarrassed Hardaker as he stepped left and then right to cross under the sticks making the Ratchford goal a formality and edgeing a Wolves lead by 10-12.

A couple of minutes later and Joel Moon was free to go under the sticks when Child imagined a Leeds forward pass and blew his whistle, the video replays on the big screen showed that the ball clearly travelled backwards on both passes before ending up in Moons hands for a walk-in.

With four minutes of the half remaining Hardaker did a brilliant job to prevent Westwood from scoring as he got his arms under the ball. Child went to the video referee, Phil Bentham who spent thre minutes watching slow-motion replays while both sets of players set up for a tap on the twenty, and then gave a baffling 'TRY - Benefit of the Doubt- decision to bring further ridicule on the officiating team. The desire for a Warrington win looked as though it went deeper than just the on-field officials.

Ratchford kicked the two for a 10-18 scoreline and rather than being 16-12 ahead with Warrington down to twelve men, we were eight points adrift with the cowardly Warrington play-maker still on the pitch.

There was only one way that the second half would go and a demoralised Rhinos let the Wolves, and Briers, take them apart.

On forty-six Ablett missed a tackle on Higham and he went through a gap to put Westwood in for his hat-trick. Ratchford missed but it was 10-22.

On fifty-eight Warrington appeared to knock-on, twice, under the Rhinos sticks and Briers picked up the loose ball to dive over. Child went to the video referee, Bentham, but on the terraces we already knew the outcome, Warrintgon 'TRY'. Briers converted his own for 10-28 and we were already mentally preparing for Saints next Friday night.

A Hardaker try on sixty-four gave brief hope of a Rhinos fightback but a Briers inspired Westwood fourth snuffed it out as Briers added the conversion for 14-34.

With seven minutes left Hardaker got his second for 20-34 but it was the referees favourites Warrington who ran in the last points after a big Leeds mix-up on their own twenty allowed Atkins to kick the ball forward and collect himself to go under the sticks. Ratchford added the extras for a comprehensive 20-40 win for the Wolves who now get the club-call and a week off.


Great Performance

This game turned on twenty-three minutes when the official failed to enforce the rules and signalled the end of his own 2013 season. In one wrong decision he told the Rhinos that they were not going to win the match and sadly they listened, allowing the perpetrator to run the second half and ease his side to a comfortable win.

There is no denying that we were outplayed for the last hour and that the best team on the day won, but it could have been so very different if the rules of the game had been enforced.

Now we have to do it the hard way, starting at Headingley against the Saints on Friday night. Cancel everything that you had planned and get yourself to HQ, the lads need your support.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
2
19
Ratchford
4
2
Jones-Bishop
2
Riley
3
Watkins
1
3
Bridge
4
Moon
4
Atkins
1
5
Hall
5
Monaghan J.
13
Sinfield
1
2
6
Briers
1
2
6
McGuire
15
Grix
8
Leuluai
18
Hill
7
Burrow
14
Higham
10
Peacock
16
Wood
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Waterhouse
12
Ablett
12
Westwood
4
16
Bailey
13
Harrison
15
Delaney
8
Morley
23
Singleton
9
Monaghan M.
17
Kirke
10
Carvell
26
Sutcliffe
1
Cooper

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
10-18
Referee:
James Childs
Crowd:
8,695


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