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Rhinos Rampant Against Reds
Posted by southstander on August 12 2005 - 06:44:11

Man-of-the-Match
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Senior Academy faced up to the only team to defeat them in league action last night as the Salford City Reds arrived at Scatchered Lane looking for a league double over the Rhinos. The Rhinos had 10 Under-18’s in the side but it was Ashley Gibson, fresh for a top performance in First Grade at the weekend that stole the show.

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50

Rhinos

v

Reds

12

Senior Academy

League Phase

11th August 2005

Rhinos Rampant Against Reds

The Rhinos kicked off attacking the Scatchered Lane end of the ground and it was five minutes into the game before they got their hands on the football, a superb start from the visitors saw them camped on the Rhinos line but they held firm after defending four consecutive sets. It was the Rhinos though who were first on the board, Chris Buttery was held short but Jamie I’Anson was on hand to barge over from dummy half. Ashley Gibson adding the extras to give the Rhinos a 6-point cushion after 6 minutes.

The City Reds hit back six minutes later, an error from the unfortunate Matt Gardner gifted the visitors field position and two tackles later the Rhinos defence as all at sea as Dean Gorton strolled over for a try. Adrian Dootson converted and the game looked like heading the way of the clash at the Willows in May.

The Rhinos hit back with a quick two try salvo, first on 22 minutes Luke Stenchion and Jason Hart combined to free John Gallagher; he was brought to ground by Darren Bamford. A quick play the ball saw Jordan Tansey find Francis Cummins and he stretched out to score in the corner. Then five minutes later Luke Stenchion was heavily involved again after he collected an offload from Jason Golden. Stenchion made the bust and had Iain Gordon and Gibson to choose from, he went right to Gibson and the centre went in for try 19 of the season. He converted both tries to take the Rhinos 18-6 to the good.

The Rhinos went to sleep at the kick off as it was allowed to find touch, from the resultant scrum, two tackles later the visitors were right back in the game as Andrew Dobson strolled through a huge hole to go over. Dootson added the extras to bring the City Reds back in the game at 18-12.

The pressure was on the Rhinos, but they stepped up to the plate and it was Ashley Gibson who was stealing the show. First on 33 minutes, he out jumped Greg McAvoy to claim a high kick from Tansey and spun out of the attempted tackle to squeeze in at the corner and three minutes later a Salford error gave the Rhinos super field position. Jordan Tansey attacked the narrow side, found the man of the moment and he showed superb strength to get in again at the corner. Both conversions were missed but it gave the Rhinos a 14-point cushion at the break.

The Rhinos got off to the perfect start in the second half when they scored from the very first set of the half. The visitors defence parted like the Red Sea as Gallagher went through a huge hole, he had options either side and went to Danny Williams who went over for try 14 of the season. The three minutes later, the move of the night saw Buttery and Gibson release Iain Gordon who went on a dash up field. His progress was halted by Darren Bamford, then Gallagher went close but from the play the ball Tansey found Steve Brook and he crashed over for his first Senior Academy try. Gibson converted both to take the Rhinos out to a 38-12 lead.

The Rhinos began to play some superb football, although the handling did leave a lot to be desired at time, but credit to the City Reds they tried as hard as they could to break the Rhinos line but the defence was determined. On 67 minutes Gibson got his fourth of the night when he collected a delicate cross-field kick from Tansey. Then with two minutes to go, a little kick through from Ayden Faal was hacked forward by Williams, he put boot to ball again and just managed to touch the ball down before the dead ball line much to the delight of a decent sized crowd. Gibson maintained his 100% record with the boot in the second half to take the final score to 50-12.

The City Reds turned up with nothing to lose, missing Tim Hartley and John Clough they were always going to struggle but halfbacks Humphreys and Hamilton aided by Darren Bamford tried to fling the ball about at every opportunity they just didn’t have any answers to the Rhinos attacking edge.

For the Rhinos, the back row of Hart, Golden and Buttery were fantastic. Buttery in particular with some big hits on defence. Luke Burgess made a successful return from injury and John Gallagher has probably his best game of an injury wrecked season. But we couldn’t look no further than the man of the moment, 22 points in First Grade on Sunday and another 30 on the night, the SouthStander.com Man of the Match was Ashley Gibson.

The Senior Academy are back in action next Thursday night when they travel to Huddersfield in the final regular season game. This will game be staged at Laund Hill, Huddersfield YMCA. Keep an eye on the message board for kick off time.

As a footnote I’d like to say thanks to the good folk at Morley RFC for staging the last few Senior Academy home games, it’s a cracking venue and they have made us all very welcome. Thanks again.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Gordon
1
Bamford
2
Williams
2
2
Forshaw
3
Cummins
1
3
Dobson
1
4
Gibson
4
7
4
Stevens
5
Gardner
5
McAvoy
6
Tansey
6
Humphreys
7
Gallagher
7
Hutchinson
8
Burgess
8
Tyrer
9
I'Anson J.
1
9
Dootson
2
10
Stenchion
10
Hayes
11
Golden
11
Speight
12
Hart
12
Gorton
1
13
Buttery
13
Gibson
14
Endersby
14
Murtza
15
Faal
15
Tabern
16
Haley
16
Sharkey
17
Brook
1
17
Hobson

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
26-12
Penalties:
3-5
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Peter Brooke (Hull)


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