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Rhinos: A Bad Day at Work
Posted by southstander on May 30 2014 - 22:49:21

Bad Day at Work

Everyone has had one, some of us have had many.

Whether you spilt the bosses coffee over his brand new designer suit; accidentally sent an e-mail to all your colleagues containing photos of your drunken night out; or told your manager to stuff his job before remembering that you'd got your mortgage and car loan to pay.

Today the Rhinos had one of those days...and just to compound the problems the Wolves were there to poke fun at our every mishap.

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

6

Rhinos

v

Wolves

24

Superleague XIX - Round 15

30th May 2014

Rhinos: A Bad Day at Work

Leeds welcomed back Peacock but lost Delaney to illness before kick off. Ryan Bailey was on the water bottles again but it was the Wolves who were struggling having lost Westwood and Waterhouse from their first seventeen.

The game started off at breakneck speed and the opening exchanges were end to end. With just a couple of minutes on the clock the home side spurned the first opportunity when Ratchford failed to ground a difficult chance. On five it looked like the Rhinos would get the scoreboard ticking but Ablett lost the ball over the line while he was in the act of scoring.

Even in the opening exchanges it was the Wolves who had the upper hand as the Rhinos tacklers failed to hold their quarry and Warrington found gaps where there should have been none. Last ditch Leeds tackling kept the scores blank until the seventeenth minute when Bridge broke the line in centre field before selling a dummy to Hardaker and crossing to score without a hand being laid on him. He converted his own.


Only Scorer
Leeds had their chances, but spend more time defending than attacking and on the half-hour mark the Wolves doubled their lead when Myler found another mid-field gap and went to the Leeds ten before passing to the supporting Hill to cross under the sticks making Bridges conversion a simple affair.

The Rhinos just weren't being allowed any time to play, and even less time to organise their defence as the home side continued to play at breakneck speed. On thirty-four Leeds again opened up as Bridge ran the angle to score his second. As he kicked the extras for 0-18 there was a feeling amongst the good Rhinos crowd that the game may already be over.

With seconds left on the first half clock it looked like Warrington may add to their tally but a brilliant last ditch chase back and tackle by Ablett denied Joel Monaghan a score in the corner. The half-time hooter was a blessed relief.

Leeds had been totally outplayed, stunned by the Warrington pace, and were finding it difficult to stop Warrington breaks and half-breaks. There could be no argument, the Wire fully deserved their lead and we were lucky that it wasn't more.

As the first half had ended with a try-saving tackle, the second half started. This time it was Hardaker who did brilliantly to chase back and deny Rhys Evans in the corner. It should have been a Leeds booster.

But on fifty-three the boot of Bridge gave the home side a 0-20 lead after Stevie Ward picked up a loose ball from an offside position. Now we were four scores behind and hope was definitely fading.

On fifty-eight the Rhinos avoided the embarrassment of a nilling when after a passage of play resembling the Harlem Globetrotters, Peacock put Leuluai through a gap to muscle over the line. Sinfield added the extras for 6-20 and some small hope of an incredible fightback.


One of Few Leeds Stars

But probe as they might the Rhinos were unable to breach the Wolves defence for any more points.

As the game ran towards its conclusion Joel Monaghan stretched for another four points (unconverted) and despite Bridge sliding a last minute drop goal attempt wide, he had led his side to a 6-24 win.

There is no argument that the best side on the night got the two points. Warrington were brilliant, but the Rhinos were awful. If you'd come to this game cold then you would have thought that it was the Rhinos who were fighting for a play-off place and the Wolves who were top of the league.

McGuire and Sinfield were neutralised and only a few Rhinos players can hold their heads up high; Hardaker, Peacock, Leuluai and Ablett (despite his on-report kick at the scoring Monaghan).

Probably a game best forgotten, regroup for the visit of Leigh in the Cup next Friday and hope that they don't turn out to be a colossally embarrassing banana skin!

Please vote for your Man-of-the-Match in the front page poll.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Russell
20
Briscoe
29
Ormsby
3
Watkins
3
Monagham, J
1
4
Moon
4
Atkins
5
Hall
18
Evans, R
6
McGuire
3
Bridge
2
4
13
Sinfield
1
6
Ratchford
8
Leuluai
1
8
Hill
1
29
Ward. R
14
Monaghan, M
10
Peacock
19
England
12
Ablett
17
Currie
19
Achurch
23
Laithwaite
18
Clarkson
15
Harrison
14
Ward, S
7
Myler
21
Sutcliffe
9
Higham
17
Kirke
10
Asotasi
23
Singleton
25
Evans, B

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
0-18
Referee:
James Child
Crowd:
10,312


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