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Chances Missed as Leeds Squashed by Giants
Posted by southstander on June 12 2014 - 22:43:07

Good Start

This was a Rhinos side that had not managed to beat the Giants in the last five meetings. It was also a Rhinos side without the services of; Hardaker, McGuire, Burrow, Aiton, Jones-Buchanan, Achurch, Ablett and Singleton.

McDermott had recalled Luke Briscoe from Wakefield and was forced to play the soon-to-be-departed Jones-Bishop at full-back. Walters was given another game, and joined youngsters Robbie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe, and Stevie Ward in an increasingly young looking Leeds line-up.

Despite the bookies making the Rhinos the favourites, the feeling in the South Stand ahead of kick off was that we'd be lucky to take anything from this game.

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

22

Rhinos

v

Giants

24

Superleague XIX - Round 16

12th June 2014

Chances Missed as Leeds Squashed by Giants

Leeds got off to the dream start, attacking the Carnegie Stand and with the lowering sun at their backs.

Good early pressure was rewarded with a penalty after Bailey was held for too long in the tackle and after initially moving the ball to the left it was passed back right and Watkins ran the angle to score without an opposition hand being laid upon him. Sinfield kicked the two and all was looking good. The defence was strong and the forwards had the get-up-and-go missing in last weeks cup win.

The lead lasted just three minutes before Wood found a gap to step through and ground by the posts. Brough made no mistake with the conversion to level the scores.


Poor Game
It was end to end stuff and on seventeen the Rhinos again hit the front as a nice passing move through six different pairs of hands finally found Jones-Bishop who ran through a gap and despite appearing to have the ball knocked from his grasp in the act of scoring the video referees gave the try. Sinfield obliged with the boot for 12-6 and the Rhinos chances continued to come as the home side began to dominate the game.

Excellent Leeds pressure failed to bear fruit for the remainder of the half and despite calls from the crowd for a drop-goal to increase the margin the half-time hooter sounded without any further addition.

The Giants came out for the second half like a different team and had their purple twenty minute patch straight after the break.

On forty-seven they levelled the scores when Jones-Bishop lost the ball on a kick return and the Giants took advantage with quick play-the-balls eventually seeing McGilvray over in the right corner with a one-man overlap. Brough goaled brilliantly from the touchline.

Then the double-whammy as the Giants scored twice in two minutes. The first was on fifty-five after Leeds were, ironically, penalised for holding down (the Giants speciality) and on the last tackle Crabtree crashed over next to the sticks.

From the kick-off return there were big gaps in the Leeds defence and the Giants took full advantage with Wardle running the last twenty metres to score and make the Brough conversion for 12-24 a formality. It looked like the game was beyond us.

Then the game turned back to Leeds who dominated the last twenty minutes.

On sixty-two Bailey was dragged over the line by Grix and despite the video-referees scrutinising the play for an age, they couldn't find anything to rule out the score. Sinfield, crucially, missed the goal.

Three minutes later and a Sinfield cross-field kick was fluffed by the Giants defence allowing Sutcliffe to run the angle and score in the left corner.


Massive Hits

Sinfield converted brilliantly and the margin was just two points at 22-24.

As the clock ran down the Giants continued to thwart and frustrate the Rhinos until the final hooter sounded with Leeds in possession. The Rhinos kept the ball alive brilliantly with offloads and couple of kicks before Tom Briscoe hacked the ball forwards and then chased his own kick to muscle Brough out of the way and score the winning try. After an absolute age the video referees decided that Briscoe had fouled Rhinos nemesis Brough in the act of scoring and what had seemed like a miraculous victory was snatched from us as a disappointing loss.

There was much more fight on show from the Rhinos youngsters than last week against Leigh. Some of the old timers also showed their worth with Leuluai and Peacock both putting in great performances. A couple of players let themselves down with Jones-Bishop having a nightmare as stand-in full back and Kevin Sinfield having a poor night by his high standards.

In the end we can have few complaints. This was a game that we should have won in the first half, and with all our possession the margin should have been more than the six points that we took into the sheds. We didn't take our chances and then in the second half our indiscipline let us down badly.

Next up is a trip to high-flying Widnes in ten days time - the only good news is that they have to play twice between now and then. Hopefully they will be shattered.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
2
Jones-Bishop
1
1
Grix
20
Briscoe T.
2
McGillvary
1
3
Watkins
1
5
Murphy
4
Moon
4
Wardle
1
5
Hall
19
Broughton
24
Sutcliffe
1
6
Brough
4
13
Sinfield
3
18
Wood
1
8
Leuluai
8
Crabtree
1
29
Ward R.
7
Robinson
10
Peacock
23
Johnson
14
Ward S.
11
Ferres
15
Delaney
14
Lawrence
16
Bailey
1
13
Bailey
17
Kirke
12
Chan
18
Clarkson
15
Patrick
30
Briscoe L.
16
Faiumu
28
Walters
17
Ta'ai

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-06
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
13,104


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