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Youngsters Clinch Minor Premiership
Posted by southstander on August 21 2005 - 06:17:08

Man-of-the-Match
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos Senior Academy went to Laund Hill in Huddersfield looking for the victory that would wrap up top spot and a home semi final. After the 80-0 victory at Headingley earlier on in the season it was difficult to give Huddersfield any chance at all.

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Senior Academy

League Phase

20th August 2005

Youngsters Clinch Minor Premiership

The Rhinos showed changes from the victory over Salford, John Gallagher has departed on loan to Batley for the rest of the season, Francis Cummins was moved to full back and Dale Harris got a debut on the wing. Scott Murrell making his comeback after a knee injury. Nick Scruton who missed out for the first grade last night also got a run out.

Leeds were on the board within 90 seconds of the start of the match, a quick play for ball from Matt Gardner saw Danny Williams go down the short side and he had Iain Gordon on his outside and the stand off went in at the corner. Gibson was off target with the conversion. Three minutes later the Rhinos were in again, on the back of a penalty they were putting pressure on the Huddersfield line when Jamie I’Anson went from dummy half and gave Jordan Tansey a walk in. Gibson this time successful to take the gap to 10 points.

It was one way traffic to the Huddersfield line again, the home side not helping themselves when Gareth Hull spilled a high kick from Tansey. The ball was moved right but Chris Buttery who found Francis Cummins, who had chimed into the line from full back. He found Dale Harris and the winger put on some neat footwork to go over for a debut try on 8 minutes. Three minutes later the Rhinos were in again off the back of yet another penalty, this time a short side move down the left and quick hands from I’Anson, Gordon and Gardner sent Williams in at the corner. Gibson was off target with both conversion attempts to leave the Rhinos 18-0 up.

Huddersfield hit back on 18 minutes when Jason Golden spilled the football 35 metres out from his own line, the ball was snapped up by Bolu Fagborun and he brushed off the attempted tackle by Buttery to speed over the line. Patrick Walker added the extras and from nowhere Huddersfield were back in the game.

It was though over as a contest by half time as the Rhinos rattled in three tries. First on 31 minutes Leeds attacked from deep as Chris Buttery released Jordan Tansey. The scrum half had Gibson in support, but did a superb in and out on the fullback to go over the line. 2 minutes later Buttery helped himself to a try as he burst through some poor Huddersfield defence to go in under the posts. And just before half time they made the game safe when an excellent kick return from Danny Williams created the field position, the ball was moved right from Tansey and it was a sheer numbers game for Buttery, he threw the dummy to go over the line. Gibson converted all three to give the Rhinos a 36-6 half time lead.

Leeds were first on the scoreboard in the second half with three minutes showing on the clock when Harris ran across the Huddersfield defensive line and his superb pass found Danny Williams, it was a straight footrace to the line and the winger wasn’t to be stopped as the chasing defenders gave up. There minutes later the Rhinos were in again, Gardner and Michael Haley going desperately close to scoring before Jamie I’Anson switched the direction of play and Gardner and he barged his was over the line. Gibson converted both to take the Rhinos 48-6 in front.

Leeds were then dealt a huge huge blow in the 48th minute when Michael Haley went down in a harmless challenge. Play was held up for over 6 minutes as the medical staff attended to him, it ended with the young prop leaving the field on a stretcher with a suspected broken arm.

Scott Murrell made his return from injury and had an immediate impact in the 53rd minute when his offload found Williams. The winger this time deciding to use the support on hand and Karl Gunney went in from 35 metres out. Gibson’s conversion hitting the post and bouncing out. Murrell was heavily involved in the next try as his pass sent Nick Scruton charging up field. Murrell was then on hand to take the pass from the play the ball and wrong footed the Giants defence to go over. Ashley Gibson though was having a shocker with the boot and missed his fifth kick of the day but the Rhinos led 56-6.

Leeds hit the 60 point barrier in the 62nd minute when from another penalty the ball was moved right by I’Anson to Murrell, and the substitute’s long pass found Tansey who again had the number and threw the dummy to go in at the corner. He took over the goal kicking duties and landed a superb sideline conversion. The home side got a consolation try on 66 minutes capitalizing on a penalty they worked the ball deep into Leeds territory before a pass from Peter Robinson saw Fagborun sneak in at the corner for his second try. Walker was off target with conversion but the Giants had got to double figures.

There was time though for Leeds to stamp their authority on the game with one last try when Dale Harris again went across field and this time popped a short pass to Iain Gordon who outpaced a tiring Huddersfield defence to go over the line untouched. Tansey added the extras. The referee then blew for full time some four minutes early but the final score was 68-10 in the Rhinos favour.

To be fair to the Giants they were on a hiding to nothing today and seemed almost resigned to their fate before kick off, it was only thanks to some strange calls from the match official that saved them from a bigger beating. For the Rhinos Dale Harris impressed on debut, Karl Gunney showed some neat touches from the bench and yet another hat trick from Jordan Tansey. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Chris Buttery, again playing in a number of positions he’s taken to the loose forward role like a duck to water and was behind a lot of good things the Rhinos did today.

The Rhinos have now clinched the Minor Premiership and this means a week off in the playoff series. The next game is provisionally scheduled for Thursday 8th September when Widnes will be the visitors to a venue to be confirmed. Keep an eye on the message board and main site for details.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Cummins
1
Hull
2
Williams
2
2
Faborun
2
3
Gibson
6
3
Tsang
4
Gardner
1
4
George
5
Harris
1
5
O'Brien
6
Gordon
2
6
Walker
1
7
Tansey
3
2
7
Knight
8
Scruton
8
Southwell
9
I'Anson J.
9
Robinson
10
Stenchion
10
Houston
11
Hart
11
Gledhill
12
Golden
12
Holdsworth
13
Buttery
2
13
George
14
Murrell
1
14
Herbert
15
Gunney
1
15
Gee
16
Haley
16
Tillotson
17
Burgess
17
Wilkinson

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
36-06
Penalties:
7-6
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Chris Dean (Selby)


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