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Leeds Hang On for a Draw
Posted by southstander on March 07 2014 - 23:24:21

Important Try

The Rhinos travelled to the John Smith's Stadium with a one hundred percent record to defend, but in the knowledge that they'd got a four game losing streak against the Giants which needed overcoming.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan was a welcome return to the squad but he'd cost Ryan Bailey his place, a case of 'he doesn't play when he wants'. Clarkson was the other squad player to miss out on selection as McDermott sprung a surprise and went for Singleton and Achurch.

The Giants has a point to prove after only gaining one point from their last two outings, and all the press talk during the week was about how they would put it right against the Rhinos.

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

12

Rhinos

v

Giants

12

Superleague XIX - Round 4

7th March 2014

Leeds Hang On for a Point

The stage was set for a classic as just under nine thousand, including a great contingent from Leeds, made their way to a cold but dry Stadium of the ever changing name.

The Rhinos looked good out of the blocks and it took just six minutes of pressure before they opened the scoring when McGuire played the ball to Aiton who threw a miss-out pass into the hands of Stevie Ward who accepted the invitation to walk between two defenders and touch down. As Sinfield slotted over the extras we couldn't have hoped for a better start.


Tackling Miracle
But it was a good job that we'd opened the scoring before the Giants awoke from their slumbers, as the home side would totally dominate the next thirty minutes and put the video referee to work on six occasions, only one of them resulting in the Giants favour.

Most notably Grix and Broughton both had tried ruled out after long video consultations as it became evident that the Rhinos were, at time, just holding on.

On thirty-two the dam finally broke when after being forced to drop out from under their own sticks the Rhinos failed to defend the overlap out left allowing Broughton to cross in the corner. Brough failed with the goal attempt, as he did from forty-two metres out with seconds of the half left, and the Rhinos took the narrowest of leads into the sheds.

The Rhinos fared little better in the second half as they failed to find a way through a tight and ferocious Giants defence, giving away good ground with silly penalties.

On fifty-three a high tackle from Jones-Buchanan allowed the boot of Brough to level the score at 6-6, but ten minutes later the Rhinos regained the lead thanks to a Sinfield penalty after Peacock was prevented from playing the ball quickly.

We had a two point lead, but we were just hanging on, and you felt like it was only a matter of time before the Giants took, and held, the lead.

With just over ten minutes left, Robinoson offloaded brilliantly in the tackle and as the ball was moved through four pairs of hands to the Giants left wing, Wardle dived to score by the corner flag and his skipper converted brilliantly from the touchline.

The Giants had an 8-12 lead to defend, and they thoroughly deserved it on the balance of play.

But their lead lasted just three minutes.


Mercurial McGuire

On seventy two a Leeds try set up a nailbiting last eight minutes as great Rhinos build up, on a rare foray into the Giants twenty, saw Hardaker offload brilliantly to Watkins who crashed over by the right corner flag to level the scores at 12-12.

Sinfield had a big kick to regain the lead, but he slid the ball across the front of the sticks, and with most of the ground on their feet we knew we were in for a great finish.

The sides traded drop goal attempts with McGuire kicking wide, Sinfield hitting the left upright and Brough pushing his attempt wide and left of the Leeds sticks.

The final moments were farcical as both sides lost their early game calm, and the hooter sounded a draw at 12-12.

The Rhinos got out of jail and we escaped the John Smith's with a point which we had no right in taking. The Giants were the better side for sixty minutes and it is testament to the Rhinos defence that we managed to hold on a secure a draw. The Giants defence was equally awesome and we saw nothing of the flowing back line play that had graced our opening three matches as the home side simply didn't let us play our expansive game.

We had witnessed a classic, and the Giants fans had seen their second successive home draw, and that doesn't happen very often.

At the end of the day I suspect that McDermott, the lads, and any realistic Leeds fan will be relieved that we got a point. The Giants, on the other hand will be gutted that they couldn't turn their dominance into the full two.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Grix
20
Briscoe
2
McGillvary
3
Watkins
1
3
Cudjoe
4
Moon
4
Wardle
1
5
Hall
19
Broughton
1
6
McGuire
6
Brough
2
13
Sinfield
2
7
Robinson
8
Leuluai
20
Kaufusi
9
Aiton
18
Wood
10
Peacock
10
Kopczak
12
Ablett
11
Ferres
14
Ward
1
12
Chan
15
Delaney
14
Lawrence
7
Burrow
8
Crabtree
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
Bailey
19
Achurch (DNP)
16
Faiumu
23
Singleton
22
Fairbank (DNP)

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