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Moon-light Robbery
Posted by southstander on August 30 2014 - 07:06:10

Moon-light for 60

A loss tonight would gift the minor premiership to Saints for the first time since 2008, the Rhinos win that the rest of Superleague were praying for would re-open the race for top spot.

The omission of Rob Burrow was the surprise news on the Rhinos teamsheet and alongside the absence of Danny McGuire, who had picked up an injury in the Cup Final, indicated that it might be a tough night for the home side.

As the game started the rain came, it almost felt like a Grand Final night.

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

12

Rhinos

v

Saints

13

Superleague XIX - Round 25

29th August 2014

Moon-Light Robbery

The Saints put their cards on the table after just three minutes when rather than push for the line Percival kicked a penalty from thirty metres out after Delaney was harshly judged to have stolen the ball. In a tit-for-tat move, Sinfield levelled the scores on tenafter good pressure on the Saints line earned a Rhinos penalty. You could already sense that it was going to be a close one.

On twenty-one Ryan Bailey looked to have scored with a drive to the line but Silverwood didn't want to consult the video referee and possession was handed over and as Percival brough the ball away from his own line Joel Moon went into the tackle to help Bailey bring him to ground. Despite initially ruling a knock-on as Percival released the ball, Silverwood took advice and decided that Moon had shoulder charged and showed the Rhinos centre a straight red card.

We now had just under an hour to play with a man less against the top side in the competition. Sinfield called his men into a huddle and laid down the law.


Leeds Opener
It was the catalyst for the Rhinos to step up a gear and on twenty-seven we took the lead when Sinfield kicked a two-pointer after Peacock was held down by Roby.

Two minutes later and a nice step by the ever-improving Sutcliffe saw him bamboozle the Saints defence and dive over for the opening try of the game. Sinfield kicked an easy conversion for 10-2 and the Rhinos were looking like the side with a player more, not less.

When Manu should have scored on thirty-seven, but was penalised for an offside when crossing behind Turner, you just started to believe that it might be our night.

A minute before the break and Sinfield took the lead to 12-2 after Hohaia stripped the ball from Liam Sutcliffe, and we'd deserved nothing less for an excellent second twenty to the half.

Leeds had been brilliant in defence and gained good metres in attack. The sending off had galvanised the side and we'd really taken the game to Saints, we needed to keep it up in the second half.

On fifty-three a rare Sinfield 40/20 put Saints on the back foot but we couldn't convert it into points and as the half wore on, Saints came back into the game.

On sixty-two the Rhinos were forced to drop-out under their own sticks and on the fourth tackle McCarthy-Scarsbrook broke the Rhinos line for the first time in the game. Jordan Turner missed the easiest of conversions but Saints were within a converted try at 12-6.

Leeds then had some good possession in the Saints half but rather than go for a drop-goal we tried to get the four-pointer, a decision we'd come to rue.

On sixty-nine it was Jordan Turners time to kick a 40/20 and and on the third tackle Roby went over from dummy half. The referee put the square in the air and despite it looking like Roby lost possession in the act of scoring they credited him the 'TRY'. Makinson took over the kicking duties and levelled the scores.


Four Goals

The first chance they got, Hohaia kicked a forty-metre drop-goal to edge his side into a one-point lead and the Rhinos couldn't engineer a response.

Sutcliffe had the ball stripped in the Saints half but was ruled to have knocked-on, Watkins spilled the ball on a promising looking Leeds attack when under no pressure, and in the dying seconds Silverwood gave feed at a scrum to Saints when everyone else in the ground knew it should have been to Leeds.

The Rhinos missed their chances to put the lead beyond the Saints and in the end the loss of Moon after just twenty minutes proved the difference as the Rhinos tired towards the end.

The chance of the treble is now over, Leeds are five points behind Saints with just two games left, and with the closeness at the top it is now looking like we might be edging towards our preferred fifth spot going into the play-offs. We could still finish as high as second, but there is a chance we could drop to sixth, how those crazy losses to; Wakefield, Bradford and London have cost us.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
38
McDonnell
20
Briscoe
2
Makinson
1
3
Watkins
22
Percival
1
4
Moon
4
Jones
5
Hall
26
Dawson
13
Sinfield
4
6
Hohaia
1
21
Sutcliffe
1
17
Wellens
16
Bailey
16
Amor
9
Aiton
9
Roby
1
10
Peacock
18
Walmsley
12
Ablett
10
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
1
11
Jones-Buchanan
14
Laffranchi
15
Delaney
3
Turner
8
Leuluai
8
Masoe
29
Ward
11
Soliola
19
Achurch
13
Manu
23
Singleton
15
Flanagan

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-2
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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