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Leeds Season Fizzles Out
Posted by southstander on September 05 2014 - 23:37:25

Where Next

As soon as the teamsheet was made public, and we were again to be without McGuire and Burrow, you just got that sinking feeling.

This was a must win game to keep alive our chances of a top four finish and we were again without two of our major play-makers. A trip to the DW is tough enough, but now we'd a game to play with one hand tied behind our backs.

Would this be the Rhinos ramping it up towards the play-offs or a fourth consecutive Superleague loss, our worst run since July 2006?

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

06

Rhinos

v

Warriors

21

Superleague XIX - Round 26

5th September 2014

Leeds Season Fizzles Out

With Keinhorst in the centres for the suspended Joel Moon and Sinfield and Sutcliffe as the half-backs we started the game very brightly and kept the Warriors pinned in their own half for much of the opening ten minutes. But we couldn't convert field position into points as the Warriors defence held firm and foiled all attempts at line breaks.

When the Warriors finally made it into Leeds half they had more success, although it was the Rhinos indiscipline which gifted the opening points as Peacock interfered with the play-the ball close to his own line gifting the home side a repeat set. With a couple of tackles left Crosby saw an overlap and rather than pass he slotted through a grubber which was collected by Burgess who dived over for the try. Smith goaled well for 0-6.


Boo'd By Wigan
On twenty-two the Rhinos gifted Wigan a second try when Hardaker, roundly boo'd by the home support every time he touched the ball, threw an unnecessary pass which was easily intercepted by Smith on the Rhinos forty and the Warriors half-back showed a clean pair of heels to cross under the sticks making his own conversion for 0-12 straightforward.

Wigan were now dominant and the Rhinos were defending in their own half and starting their own attacks from their own twenty. Silly mistakes and stupid penalties, coupled with an awesome Wigan defence, were making the Rhinos ineffective.

As the half-time hooter was warming up, Peacock again held down in the tackle and from the resulting penalty Smith kicked a forty-metre goal to send his side in with a convincing and deserved 0-14 lead.

Already you felt that there would be no coming back from this for the Rhinos.

The start to the second half gave the Rhinos and their fans a false hope when the scrappiest of tries including missed attempts to field the bouncing ball and several hacks forward with the boot finally saw Hall pick up the ball and pass to the supporting Sutcliffe to cross. Sinfield converted brilliantly from the touchline and now we trailed by eight.

Leeds were much brighter in the early stages of the half and were taking the game to Wigan, who seemed a little taken aback, but they held firm and thwarted every Leeds attack.


Some go-forward

As the Rhinos became increasingly frustrated they became increasingly clumsy and it soon became clear that we were unlikely to score another point.

On sixty-three Wigan went close but a try was ruled out for a dropped ball over the line and there was still the slightest glimmer of hope, snuffed out on seventy when Flower danced his way out of two feeble tackles to score. Smith added the extras and as Wigan continued to push for more points the clock ran down with Smith slotting over a one-pointer in the dying seconds to tie up the game at 6-21.

We can have few complaints. We were totally outplayed by a Wigan side who defended brilliantly and would have kept us scoreless but for the most bizarre of clumsy tries. Leeds got mullered on the penalty count, and rightly so, and just couldn't keep hold of the ball.

There is no denying the effort that the lads put in tonight but there was just no spark, no imagination, nothing to inspire against a rock solid defence. We posed no questions and had no answers to Wigans.

If McDermott's big plan is for us to go into the play-offs with the rest of the league thinking we are just making up the numbers, then I think he's got us convinced. Mathematically we can still finish fourth, but realistically sixth looks like it might be our final spot, and it's never been won from there.

Hull FC away in the final round next week. The last time we lost five consecutive Superleague games was in March and April 1996, now that really was a horrible season!

Please vote for your Man-of-the-Match in the front page poll.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Bowen
20
Briscoe
2
Charnley
3
Watkins
14
Hughes
22
Keinhorst
23
Sargison
5
Hall
32
Burgess
1
13
Sinfield
1
6
Green
21
Sutcliffe
1
7
Smith
1
4
1
16
Bailey
10
Flower
1
9
Aiton
9
McIlorum
10
Peacock
17
Crosby
15
Delaney
11
Tomkins
12
Ablett
12
Farrell
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
O'Loughlin
19
Achurch
19
Powell
14
Ward, S.
22
Pettybourne
8
Leuluai
24
Crabb
23
Singleton
25
Bateman

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20:00
Half-Time:
0-14
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