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Rhinos Weather the Hull Storm
Posted by southstander on May 24 2014 - 13:29:08

Leeds Opener

by David Bywater

It was always going to be a huge ask for both teams to rise from the disappointment of the magic weekend. Leeds physically beat up by a very enthusiastic young Wigan side and Hull emotional from a heavy defeat by their cousins from east Hull.

Hull are an enigma - on paper a very competitive side, they just donít seem capable of competing with the better sides in the competition. In Lee Radford they have a young British coach who lacks experience but certainly doesnít lack desire. As with all teams Hull are missing a number of key players: Tom Lineham, Richard Whiting, Chris Tucson and Gareth Carvell added to that the continued absence of Richard Horne!! Radford is doing it tough at the moment and you have to question how long Adam Pearsonís patience will last?

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

20

Rhinos

v

FC

6

Superleague XIX - Round 14

23rd May 2014

Rhinos Weather the Hull Storm

Leeds made a few changes from the brutal Wigan game, Jamie Peacock was rested, Ben Jones Bishop and Ryan Bailey was dropped McDermott giving a debut to 18 year old Robbie Ward, an exciting prospect emerging from the youth set up at Headingley.

A torrential downpour about 45 minutes prior to kick off left most fans soaked and cold, could the game lift everyones spirits? A new man behind the microphone tried to render the crowd deaf prior to kick off!! the portents were not looking overly positive. We bring you all the action.

Leeds kicked off towards the Western terrace - fortunately the rain had ceased - but the damage was done, Hull immediately knocked on from the kick off - a regular occurrence during the game. Five minutes in McGuire knocked on giving Hull the ball, in the next set Westerman gave a superb short which provided a clean break with a try only been prevented by a great Briscoe tackle over the line.

Ten minutes in eight knock ons - conditions are tricky but this is supposed to elite sport! Things didnít improve for the next fifteen minutes - Hull it appeared had come with a negative attitude to spoil and not to lose by so many. The crowds frustration began to show with the Southstand making reference to James Childís nocturnal activities. This was quickly followed by the new announcer suggesting - at ear damaging volumes - if we so desire we can report all those responsible via a secret text number, no doubt at premium rate - eh Gary?

Twenty four minutes in a move developed down Leedsí left which saw Ryan Hall release the ball in the tackle for Joel Moon to pick up and touchdown despite the best attempts of Kirk Yeaman. Even this brief highlight was met with muted elation - Sinfield converted 6-0 Rhinos. So it remained until the half time hooter - the only other action of note was a superb run by Watkins whose footwork Hull could not handle - sadly the final pass went astray with the line begging.

Hard to find positives - Leeds had kept Hull scoreless, another example of the commitment to defending the line. Things had to get better in the second half and surely the announcer would quieten down?

Sadly this was not to be the case, continued holding down by Hull in the tackle killed any momentum the game was ever going have. Finally 55 minutes into the game Child awarded Leeds a penalty for said offence. From the penalty Leeds worked the ball down the right it came back to McGuire whose deft kick was touched down by Singleton, an apt reward for a superb performance. Sinfield converted 12-0 Leeds. The only downside to this increased score - you know what I am going to say!! In a rare break Lancaster the young Hull winger was held up over the line, more great defence from Leeds.

With twenty minutes to go Ian Kirke was substituted - honestly I hadnít noticed he had been on the field for the last thirty minutes. Maybe it wasnít just my hearing that was going?

In an attempt to relieve his own boredom Sinfield attempted to convert a penalty for yet another holding down penalty - his miss from near in front was metaphor for the quality on offer. Five minutes later he tried again 14-0 Leeds.

Ten minutes from the end the highlight of the game McGuire kicked through a Hull player missed the ball allowing Robbie Ward a try to cap and excellent debut. Sinfield converted 20-0 Rhinos.

Could Leeds keep Hull scoreless? sadly not, with less than a minute to go Hull picked up a loose ball to move down their right allowing Shaul to score and Westerman to convert, final score 20-6 Leeds.

This was the exact opposite of last weekís fire cracker, turgid, low on skill in a word boring. Leeds did what was required, some excellent performances: Brad Singleton was my MOM closely followed by Ryan Hall. Good performances from Leuluai and Danny McGuire. For Hull Radfordís frustration continues they look distinctly dishevelled looking for a leader and the return of their best players. Gareth Ellis really put in a shift last night. Child allowed far too much holding down which destroyed any flow the game could have had.

On a plus, if the fans didnít know who the clubís sponsors were they will now!!

That is eighty minutes of my life I will not get back but hopefully the hearing loss is only temporary!!


Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
20
Shaul
1
20
Briscoe
27
Colbon
3
Watkins
34
Talanoa
4
Moon
1
4
Yeaman
5
Hall
Lancaster
6
McGuire
32
Rankin
13
Sinfield
4
7
Miller
8
Leuluai
8
Paea
29
Ward. R
1
9
Houghton
23
Singleton
1
17
Watts
12
Ablett
11
Ellis
19
Achurch
21
Hadley
18
Clarkson
13
Westerman
1
15
Delaney
16
Thompson
21
Sutcliffe
25
Paleaaesina
17
Kirke
33
Heremaia
14
Ward. S
28
Sa

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
6-0
Referee:
James Child
Crowd:
15,247


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