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Sixty Sensational Minutes Scupper Salford
Posted by southstander on July 15 2005 - 23:33:51

Superb
It was a bit of a wierd night.

The Rhinos team had undergone major tinkering, and the Salford line-up looked pretty handy.

The Rhinos then excelled for the first forty and got the game in the bag, before switching off for twenty and letting Salford control the game.

In the end I left the ground feeling a little disappointed, despite us winning by forty clear points, more than I'd have hoped for before kick-off!

54

Rhinos

v

Salford Reds

14

Superleague X

15th July 2005

Sixty Sensational Minutes Scupper Salford

When the teams were announced, the Rhinos were without Bailey (due to being diagnosed with Mumps) and this forced a major re-shuffle with Ali Lauiti'iti staring his first game at prop for the Rhinos, and Francis Cummins returning to the seventeen after a ten month absence.

Diskin got a start at hooker against a tasty looking Salford side including the likes of Robinson, Alker, Rutgerson and Fitzpatrick. In the form book it looked as though we might be in for a tough night, but the Rhinos ripped it up and set about demolishing the visitors.

The Rhinos received the kick-off defending the scoreboard end and immediately set about the visitors. On the second set of six, a superb break started by Ellis was supported by Mathers who passed inside to McGuire to go in next to the posts. The Burrow goal gave us a six point lead after just two minutes.

On seven, Senior, then Bai broke down the left wing before a bounce pass from Bai allowed Burrow to collect and cross unopposed. He converted his own try for a 12-0 lead and it all looked so easy. Some of us remembered last week and were a little more cautious.

The Reds then struck back and enjoyed three sets of six deep in the Rhinos half, but the home sides defence held strong and just as you thought it was inevitable that Salford would get a try two breaks from Bai in advance, and then support, of Diskin found Walker and the Calderwood to cross in the corner and improve the angle.

The Burrow goal gave us 18-0 and we were running at more than a point a minute.


Barnstormer

It was another eleven minutes before we crossed the whitewash again, and this one was a little more fortunate. Willie intercepted a Salford pass on half-way and broke before passing to Ali. Ali went another ten metres before finding Mathers with a superb inside pass to allow the eager full-back to cross for an easy try under the sticks. Burrow fourth from four made it 24-0.

On thirty-three the Rhinos put the game out of reach of the Reds, now suffering the backlash from last weeks awful result in France. Poching broke close to the line, before Dunners spun out of two tackles to cross next to the posts. Burrow made it 30-0 and the Rhinos were running hot, despite a spirited Salford defence.

The second of three tries in six crucial minutes before the break came on thirty-seven with a sensational Ali offload allowing Mathers over for his second. How Lauiti'iti got the ball away, only he will know, but it stuck beautifully in Mathers hands for the try. Burrow made it six from six and 36-0.


Magical Hands
The first half, point a minute tally was broken on thirty-nine when a strong Leeds attack down the right saw a selfless pass from Cummins, when he could have gone over, allow Calders to get his second. Burrow converted from the touchline to send the SouthStand wild, and his side in with a 42-0 half-time lead.

It was a first half that had been nothing short of sensational for Leeds. Great defence, and the ability to score at will, making a well drilled side like Salford look like a bunch of amateurs.

The first half display made what happened in the opening twenty of the second all the more strange. It was almost as though the two sides had exchanged shirts at half-time as the Reds gave the Rhinos a dose of their own medicine.

With the half just two minutes old, a quick tap after Leeds were penalised for offside on half-way caught the Rhinos defence napping. Littler took full advantage to skin Calderwood in the corner. Charles missed the conversion, and worrying for Rhinos fans, McGuire limped off, having failed to run off a knock picked up early in the first half.

On fifty-two a superb Salford break, with sensational support play, saw Hartley across the whitewash and this time Charles goaled. When awful Rhinos defence allowed Littler over for his second, on fifty-five, the scoreline was back to 42-14. Although the game was still beyond Salford in terms of the two points, the change in fortune was staggering.

Leeds had twenty-minutes left to send their fans home happy, and they regained dominance of the game.

On sixty-three with Leeds getting fired up, Diskin and Ellis combined to put Calderwood over for his hat-trick. Burrow lost his 100% record with the boot for 46-14. Two minutes later and Senior and Bai combined down the left wing before Bai hurled a ball inside for Willie Poching to muscle out of three tackles a score brilliantly in the corner.

WIth nine minutes left, Burrow completed the scoring for the day with a great solo effort. After a Salford tackler went high, and Burrow ducked, he sprinted thirty-five metres to the line, evading the full-back Fitzpatrick and dived full length to score. He failed with his third conversion in eight minutes which left the score at 54-14, a good nights work.

At half-time this looked like it would be a massacre, but all creidt to Karl Harrisons men who came out for the second half and regained some pride. Salford are no pushovers this season, and a forty-point win is a great result, but it still feels a little hollow compared to what it could have been.

Onwards to third placed Warrington next week for what should be a belter of a game, we'll have to be at our best for the full eighty there to come away with the spoils!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Burrow59%
8
Ellis15%
6
Lauiti'iti8%
6
Mathers8%
2
Bai3%
2
Calderwood3%
2
McGuire3%
2
Poching3%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
2
15
Fitzpatrick
2
Calderwood
3
2
Hodgson
3
Walker
3
Littler
2
4
Senior
12
Sibbitt
5
Bai
28
Smith
6
McGuire
1
1
Beverley
7
Burrow
2
7
7
Robinson
11
Lauiti'iti
10
Rutgerson
9
Diskin
9
Alker
10
McDermott
14
Highton
18
Jones-Buchanan
16
McAvoy
12
McKenna
11
Shipway
20
Ellis
13
Charles
2
22
Scruton
17
Haggerty
16
Poching
1
8
Coley
14
Dunemann
1
22
Baldwin
27
Cummins
25
Hartley
1

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
42-00
Attendance:
13,904
Referee:
Karl Kirkpatrick


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