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Brian's Babes Fall Short
Posted by southstander on July 04 2014 - 22:35:48

Ineffectual

It would be easy to point out the long list of Rhinos stars who were not fit or eligible to play in tonights visit to Wakefield, and then use it as the reason for our loss.

It would be simple to suggest that the last minute withdrawal of the skipper Sinfield caused disarray amongst his team mates, and contributed to our downfall.

But both of these wouldn't be the real reason for the two-point loss, the real reason was a lack of imagination with the ball in hand which manifested itself in a hard fought battle against a side who we should be putting away with ease. All credit to the Wildcats, the game was there for the winning and they threw everything that they had at it.

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14

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

16

Superleague XIX

Round 19

4th July 2014

Brian's Babes Fall Short

Despite being initially named in the seventeen the news filtered through that the skipper would miss his second consecutive game having failed to overcome a back injury. He joined Ablett, Hardaker, Achurch, Burrow, Jones-Buchanan, Kirke, Clarkson and Leuluai on the 'not available' list which meant Sutcliffe stepping into the half-backs and Mulhern getting the nod on a very youthful bench.

Having been unbeaten in the last three, since the appointment of a new coach, Belle Vue was not the place to have a squad implosion and be forced into blooding the youngsters, but McDermott had no choice.

Despite showing some early promise the Rhinos were lucky not to conceed the first points as soon as the seventh minute when Lyne offloaded to Riley to walk over. The video replays showed the Lyne had brushed the sideline before he passed and the try was ruled out.

On sixteen however, the home side did hit the front thanks to a brilliant chip over the defence from Tim Smith which was grounded by Washbrook after he won the race to the ball with Jones-Bishop. Sykes goaled the two for 0-6.


Worked Hard
It was the thirty-second minute before Leeds got on the scoreboard. A nothing Sutcliffe kick to the left corner was knocked-on by Owen and regained by Leeds and on the second tackle Mathers stripped the ball and gave Leeds a penalty. Two plays later and Watkins ran the angle to score. Sutcliffe missed what looked like a relatively easy conversion attempt.

On thirty-eight we took the lead with a moment of Jones-Bishop brilliance.

Briscoe trapped a kick through with his feet and once he'd picked the ball from the ground he passed inside to Jones-Bishop.

The Rhinos full-back set off on a jinking run which saw him push off three attempted tackles while going seventy-five metres to score a great try. Sutcliffe again failed to add the extras and we went into the interval with a narrow 8-6 lead.

We definitely weren't on top form but we'd been patient and as the Wildcats tired the gaps appeared.

The home side snatched back the initiative at the start of the second half after Aiton was penalised for holding down in the tackle. On the second play the 'Cats put together a nice runaround and Mathers got close enough to the line to stretch out in the tackle and score over his shoulder. Sykes goaled and gave his side an 8-12 lead.

On the hour mark Walters went close off a Peacock pass but knocked the ball on with the line begging but on sixty-seven we regained the lead when a McGuire high kick was plucked from the air, and the grasp of Owen, for the Leeds winger to drop over the line for the try. Sutcliffe was successful with the boot for 14-12.

We needed to hold on for the last ten to get a hard fought win.

We almost went one better on seventy-three when Jones-Bishop made another great break downfield but under the tackle he passed wildly and the ball ended in the hands of McShane.


Tried Everything

The Rhinos maintained the lead until two minutes from time when the found themselves stretched on their left and a Mathers pass put Owen over to score in the corner as Hall was left with two men to tackle. Sykes missed the conversion but the hooter sounded a win for his side by 14-16, a rare Wildcats victory over their biggest enemy sending their supporters home with a spring in their step.

Leeds were devoid of attacking ideas and far too clumsy with the ball, especially in the first half. The home side were desperate for the win and threw everything at us to make sure that they got it an we didn't have the experience or the calm to be able to hold onto a lead that we'd crafted and see out the time for the win.

We need some of our big guns back, and we definitely need to find an alternative kicker than can actually kick.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
2
Jones-Bishop
1
1
Mathers
1
20
Briscoe
33
Owen
1
3
Watkins
1
5
Lyne
4
Moon
19
Keinhorst
5
Hall
1
31
Riley
6
McGuire
6
Sykes
2
21
Sutcliffe
1
35
Smith, T.
16
Bailey
10
Raleigh
9
Aiton
9
McShane
10
Peacock
30
Scruton
14
Ward, S.
34
Gilmour
15
Delaney
15
Ryan
29
Walters
13
Washbrook
1
28
Ward, R.
23
Smith, D.
23
Singleton
7
Godinet
26
Minchella
16
Moore
27
Mulhern
17
Tautai

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