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London Calling
Posted by southstander on August 09 2014 - 23:09:18

Awesome

Despite being pre-match favourites, many Rhinos supporters will have made the journey to Langtree Park more in hope than expectation. Last weekends horrific loss at the hands of the Bulls has dented fan morale, but with a squad looking close to full strength there was hope that recent bad form has been just a blip.

The skipper was back in charge after his two game suspension and the big guns were back in a side who had trained well in the week and were up for a return to Wembley after missing out in 2013.

But the Warrington Wolves were not going to just roll over, this had the makings of a stonker.

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

24

Rhinos

v

Wolves

16

Tetley's Challenge Cup

Semi-Final - Langtree Park

9th August 2014

London Calling

If you'd asked most Rhinos fans to choose their first choice seventeen from the currently fit squad, most would have selected the side in which coach McDermott trusted our 2014 Tetley's Challenge Cup future. Tony Smith had also named a strong squad and both sides looked 'steely' as they entered a sunny Langtree Park for a match which both sides new was crucial for their season.

Leeds set off on the front foot and took early possession into the Wolves half. On two minutes the Wolves have away a stupid penalty running the ball from their own line and Sinfield laid out his stall by slotting over the penalty.

In the ninth minute it looked like Jamie Jones-Buchanan had got the first try of the afternoon but as he passed an impossible ball back to Burrow, the Rhinos hooker knocked on.


Great Game
We hoped that it wouldn't be a frustrating afternoon.

It was a full twenty-five minutes of what had seemed like constant Leeds pressure before we finally registered the opening try, and even then it was with a big dose of luck. Ryan Hall went over in the corner but Bentham went to the video referee who gave Leeds the 'benefit of the doubt' when it looked as though Hall may have lost control of the ball before grounding.

Sinfield added the extras from the touch line for 8-0.

The Rhinos were in total control but excellent Warrington defence was keeping the scoreline down and frustrating the Rhinos players.

Four minutes before the break and the Rhinos finally got a second breakthrough after Hardaker had returned a Wolves kick with interest and McGuire threw a miss-out pass to Hall to walk in for his second. Sinfields conversion went in off the far post for 14-0 and the Rhinos held onto the lead to the interval.

It had been the perfect first half defensively but there was a nagging feeling that we should have more points in the bag. Warrington would throw more at us in the second half, this game was far from won.

With the second half two minutes old it looked like Atkins was going to open the Wolves account before an excellent Ablett tackle, but two minutes later Warrington got over the line when a Myler kick to the corner was collected by Joel Monaghan and passed to Bridge for a walk in. The Wolves centre failed to convert his own kick.
On fifty-two the Rhinos re-established the lead when McGuire put Moon over to score after two great breaks by Ablett and Sinfield. Sinfields goal made it 18-4.

Three minutes later and it could have been all over but Hall lost the ball over the line, and on the hour mark the pressure was back on as the Wolves took advantage of three back-to-back sets for Westwood to put Ratchford over to score one-handed. Bridge gaoled for 18-10 and the fight back was on.


Inspired

Leeds nerves were settled on sixty-six when Tom Briscoe picked up a loose ball on his own forty and went sixty metres, fending off Rhys Evans to score under the sticks. Sinfield goaled for 24-10 and the Rhinos place at Wembley was booked.

A bizarre try, when Bailey reefed to ball into the hands of Westwood who was stood behind him, allowed Westwood to score a simple try. Despite the Bridge conversion it only narrowed the gap to 24-16 and the Rhinos ran down the clock to a great eight point victory.

When Briscoe diffused a bomb with twenty second on the clock the game was all over and the. Rhinos fans thoughts turned to a sunny Wembley afternoon in a fortnights time.

This was a quality Rhinos performance and after recent weeks was unexpected. It was clear that the Rhinos wanted this from the first kick-off and they weren't going to let the Wolves take it off them.

Well done lads, let's make this the first win since '99.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Russell
20
Briscoe
1
5
Monaghan, J
3
Watkins
4
Atkins
4
Moon
1
3
Bridge
1
2
5
Hall
2
18
Evans, R
13
Sinfield
4
6
Ratchford
1
6
McGuire
7
Myler
8
Leuluai
8
Hill
7
Burrow
14
Monaghan, M
10
Peacock
19
England
12
Ablett
11
Waterhouse
15
Delaney
12
Westwood
1
11
Jones-Buchanan
15
Harrison
9
Aiton
10
Asostasi
21
Sutcliffe
9
Higham
17
Kirke
16
Wood
16
Bailey
13
Grix

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
14-0
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
12,132


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