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Second Rate Rhinos Hold on for Win
Posted by southstander on June 22 2014 - 17:45:22

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All the signs were good for a Rhinos win. Aiton, Jones-Buchanan, McGuire and Ablett were all back against a side coming off the back of two good-hidings, one as recently as Wednesday at the hands of the new league leader, Wigan Warriors.

Surely all we had to do was turn up and claim the two points? Widnes had different ideas and ran us all the way to the final hooter with a never say die attitude.

Perhaps resting Peacock and Leuluai wasn't the brightest idea that the gaffer has had in recent weeks, but he just got away with it.

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38

Rhinos

v

Vikings

28

Superleague XIX - Round 17

22nd June 2014

Second Rate Rhinos Hold on for Win

I've rarely seen the Rhinos as dominant as they were for the opening twenty minutes, attacking towards an empty stand with two and a half-thousand travelling Rhinos supporters at their backs.

The opening try came on just three minutes when two knock-ons and a penalty were punished when Watkins went over in the right corner, although from where we were sat he looked to have been dragged touch-in-goal before he grounded. Sinfield failed to addd the extras but with the game still in it's opening stages, you felt it would be his first of many attempts.

The first play the ball in the Leeds half came on the eleventh minute, but it was a Leeds play. On fourteen a nice passing move culminated in a great pass from Watkins to McGuire who over by the sticks making the Sinfield conversion a far easier one for a 10-0 lead.

The travelling support was bouyant, at last it seemed that we were going to give a side a real drubbing.


Good & Bad
It was the twenty-second minute when Widnes first had the ball in their hands in the Leeds half, and from that first set of attacking six they fashioned a try as Hanbury put Dean over from ten metres as Leeds failed to make the tackles. Ah Van goaled for 10-6.

On thirty-three, the unthinkable happened when a kick to the corner was knocked on by Ryan Hall and picked up by Hanbury who crossed unopposed and rounded behind the sticks making it easy for Ah Van to add the extras and give his side the lead.

A first twenty which had been absolutely Leeds had drifted into a second twenty in which the home side dominated.

And the icing on the Widnes first half cake came after the hooter on the last play when a kick to the corner should have been pushed into touch by Tom Briscoe but instead found its way into the hands of Ah Van to ground spectacularly in the corner. He failed to convert but his side had snatched an amazing 10-16 half-time lead in a game which should have been 'all over' after an impressively dominant Rhinos opening twenty failed to amass the points tally that it should have.

Widnes weren't simply going to give us the points, we'd have to work for them, and McDermott must have read the half-time riot act.

On forty-four it looked like the ideal start as Hall went over off a McGuire long pass but referee Thaler ruled 'forward'. On forty-eight we did level the score thanks to Widnes stealing the ball illegally on their own line and four plays later Sinfield went over off a McGuire pass, getting winded in the process. He recovered to add the extra two for 16-16.

Two minutes later and we struck again after Sinfield had turned down the chance to kick two after Bailey had been interfered with at the play the ball. We used our tackles and with a couple left Sutcliffe roke the line and stretched to score. Sinfield kicked the two and re-established the lead.

On sixty-four we made some breathing space with a sixty metres try started and finished by Briscoe with a strong run and fend in the middle by Ryan Hall. Sinfield kicked the two for 28-16 and we were all breathing a little better.


Mixed Game

Ten minutes from the end and the game was won by some electric passing and a McGuire juggle before stretching over for his second of the afternoon. Sinfield failed to kick the conversion but at 32-16 with ten minutes left we were beyond the home side.

Three tries in the last five minutes narrowed the scoreline. On seventy-five Widnes benefitted from Rhinos indiscipline as two penalties put Gore in a position to strike from close range and Ah Van kicked the two for 32-22.

With just a couple of minutes remaining a Sinfield kick along the ground was chased and scored by Josh Walters with no defender within twenty metres of him and Sinfields goal stretched the lead to 38-22.

Just as they had in the first half, the Vikings scored on the hooter, this time after Hall failed to pick up a pass aimed at his shoe laces and Mellor the loose ball on his own ten metres and motored the ninety to score in the right corner.

Ah Van kicked a difficult conversion but with the hooter already sounded it was the Rhinos who had scraped a 38-28 win over a very determined Widnes side who really should have got more from the game than they did.

It was good to see the returned players back and McGuire and Ablett had good games. Jones-Buchanan and especially Aiton looked well off the pace, but will need a few games to get back to full fitness. We were, however, devoid of ideas close to our opponents line and woeful in defence allowing far too many breaks and half breaks. We got the benefit of the referees whistle and without it the scores would have been even closer.

It's not really good enough, We're in our mid-season lull, and with a home game against the resurgent Dragons next week we will need to be on much better form to get the two points against the French.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Vikings
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
2
Jones-Bishop
1
Hanbury
1
20
Briscoe
1
20
Flynn
3
Watkins
1
14
Dean
1
Moon
4
Marsh
5
Hall
5
Ah Van
1
4
13
Sinfield
1
5
7
Mellor
1
6
McGuire
2
21
Craven
16
Bailey
10
Kavanagh
29
Ward R.
15
White
Singleton
25
Gerrard
12
Ablett
19
Lawton
15
Delaney
11
Allen
21
Sutcliffe
1
24
Leuluai
9
Aiton
18
Johnson
Jones-Buchanan
23
Joseph
17
Kirke
Isa
28
Walters
1
28
Gore
1

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Half-Time:
10-16
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