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Worse than Watching Paint Dry
Posted by southstander on August 01 2014 - 22:50:25

Scrappy Try

Does anyone know where I can get the form to complete for my refund?

Don't get me wrong, I fully understand why McDermott rested half of his first team. If we win the semi-final against the Wolves, and get to Wembley, then tonight will be a dim and distant memory. But on a night when Hull FC did the business against the Saints and a victory for the Rhinos would have seen us back at the top of the pile, then to lose to the side second from bottom and already relegated is an unmitigated disaster.

I'm all for the kids getting a chance, but when the wheels came off tonight there was too little experience out there to get them back on again.

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14

Rhinos

v

Bulls

20

Superleague XIX - Round 23

1st August 2014

Worse than Watching Paint Dry

There was a massive list of Rhinos regular first team players absent from tonights match, making James Lowes motivational speech to his players a simple one.'Brian McDermott has disrespected us by resting Peacock, Ablett, Hall, Watkins, Moon and Bailey...let's rub his nose in it!'.

There was consternation amongst the fans who'd paid their hard earned cash to watch their stars secure the bragging rights over a side who have so often been the thorn in our side. When a side containing no recognised centres and a makeshift pack was named, it was too late to turn around and go home, but the writing was on the wall for us before the first ball was kicked.

It took the visitors just four minutes to open the scoring.


Tried
A well placed kick to the right corner was not dealt with by Tom Briscoe and Williams picked up the loose ball to score in the corner. Gale couldn't convert but the decent travelling support from Odsal had got the start that they'd dreamed of.

The rain that had been falling since before the start was making the surface and the ball slippy and the drop-and-knock-on-athon was about to get into full swing as neither side could hold onto the ball long enough to complete a set of six.

On the quarter hour the Rhinos got back onto level terms thanks to a barnstorming run by Singleton which eventually earned a drop-out under the sticks.

Two tackles into the kick-off return and Achurch threw a dummy to round the defence and score. Hardaker, persisting with the kicking, missed the conversion but at least we were level at 4-4.

What we witnessed for the next twenty-five minutes can only be described as awful. Lost balls, knock-ons, and obstruction penalties were the order of the day as neither side seemed to want to take control.

If I could have walked out and got half my entry back I'd have seriously considered it. This wasn't rugby. It was just a good job that the SKY cameras weren't there to record the debacle.

Nine minutes into the second half and the Bull edged back in front thanks to another Tom Briscoe mistake as he tried to recover a kick. Slipping as he went to collect he gave Gale the chance to hack the ball forward with his boot and touch down over the line. This time he coverted his own try for 4-10.

Four minutes later and Leeds hit back with a carbon copy of Bradfords try. This time the Bulls fumbled the kick through and it was Delaney who pounced on the loose ball to get the try. Hardaker was accurate with the boot for 10-10, the game was in the balance and there was still a chance that we could take the points.

After Leeds held down in the tackle on sixty-four, Gale accepted the offer of two points to edge the lead back to the visitors, but with nine minutes remaining it looked like the Rhinos had snatched the win when, after Delaney had gone close with a strong run, McGuire chipped to the corner where Sutcliffe tipped the ball back to the supporting Luke Briscoe to touch down.


Ineffective

Hardaker failed to goal from wide and we'd nine minutes to hold on to a 14-12 lead.

Six minutes from time and a fantastic Gale offload fooled the Rhinos defence and Gaskell was on hand to score a walk-in, which Gale duly converted for 14-18, and when Leeds tackled a Bulls player without the ball with just a minute of the game remaining then Gale ran down the clock and kicked the two to seal his side a 14-20 victory.

There is only one person to blame for tonights result and he wears the tracksuit with 'Coach' emblazoned on it. Any fool could see that Bradford are on the up under coach Lowes, they would be coming to Leeds ravenous for the two points, and anything but a top drawer performance would not be good enough. I like to see the youngsters get their chance, that's how we developed Sinfield, McGuire, Burrow and Hardaker and many more, but not all at once.

We got a hiding tonight and we deserved it. It was massively disappointing and the performance reminded me of the dark days back in 1996/7 when Leeds were in the doldrums and fighting for their very survival.

I'm sure that McDermott learnt very little from tonight and the only good thing is that Tony Smith will be none the wiser about what next week will hold.

The league, and beating the Bulls, may not matter to the coach but it damn well hurts where I'm sitting tonight.

A shambles and an embarrassing night to be a Rhinos fan.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
2
Kear
2
Jones-Bishop
4
Blythe
21
Sutcliffe
21
Henry
28
Walters
34
Arundel
20
Briscoe, T
38
Williams
1
6
McGuire
17
Gaskell
1
7
Burrow
7
Gale
1
3
8
Leuluai
14
Manuokafoa
9
Aiton
19
O'Brien
23
Singleton
30
Fakir
19
Achurch
1
11
Olbison
11
Jones-Buchanan
33
Pitts
15
Delaney
1
18
Donaldson
29
Ward, R
16
Addy
26
Minchella
15
Sidlow
17
Kirke
24
Mellor
30
Birscoe, L
1
12
Ferguson

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