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Rhinos Get the Losing Habit
Posted by southstander on September 02 2005 - 23:07:52

Wheels Off
Tonights match at the JJB saw the wheels fall off the Rhinos season. In the space of two weeks, we've lost at home to Bradford, surrendered the Challenge Cup to Hull, and now been beaten by a side that we thrashed 70-0 just a couple of months ago.

There is no denying that the seventeen lads who played tonight did their best for the team, but there is no spark, no confidence, and no consistency. All the great work of the last two seasons appears to have unravelled in the last fortnight, and I'm at a loss to know why.

22

Rhinos

v

Warriors

24

Superleague X

2nd September 2005

Rhinos Get the Losing Habit

Tony Smith, and the Rhinos supporters, suffered a last minute selection shock when Richie Mathers withdrew late on through illness and was replaced by Lee Smith. We needn't have worried, the understudy was more than able and was one of the Rhinos stand-out players. This was a simple one-for-one switch, but the earlier loss of McKenna and Senior forced a strange line-up which saw Ellis in the centres and Dunemann starting at loose forward, the former looking very uncomfortable.

Ian Millward also had a patched up side with little known names such as Allen, Beswick, Hargreaves and Tompkins all playing a part.

On paper the Rhinos still had the edge, but it was going to be a tough one.

In the early exchanges two silly Rhinos penalties gave the Warriors great position, but the defence held fast. It wasn't until the twelfth minute that the home side opened the scoring. Somehow, Orr found a gap and kicked through. Dunemann went back to collect but the ball was kicked from his grasp by Moran who collected it and scored under the sticks. The simple Tickle conversion saw us six-down, not the ideal tonic after last week.

The Rhinos replied on their next set.

Returning the kick-off, the ball was punted on the last and collected by Bai who passed inside to Lee Smith on the Rhinos forty. Lee set off on a sensational jinking solo run which saw his step past and out of half a dozen tackles on his way to the line. Sinfield missed what looked like a relatively easy conversion...how costly would that prove in the final equation?

But we were back in the game at 6-4.


Superb Opener

Half way through the first half and a knock-on by Ali at an attempted intercept gave the Warriors head and feed. As the ball was moved out, Orr sidestepped Dunemann and although Sinfield got hold of shirt, he could only hold on as Orr managed to scramble over the line. Tickle goaled to extend the lead to 12-4.

The Rhinos were next on the board, in what was becoming a real humdinger of a game.

On twenty-seven, Calderwood forced a Wigan goal-line dropout and Leeds' forwards softened the opposition up the middle before Sinfield put Walker in between two defenders to score. Sinfield converted for 12-10.

Three minutes later and we were at it again. A brilliant run from Burrow saw him almost decapitated in the tackle but he got the ball away to Sinfield who made a half-break before putting Dunemann over under the sticks. Sinfields goal gave us a 16-12 lead, this was more like we had expected.

But Wigan weren't giving in that easily. With four minutes of the half remaining, Laughton gave Wigan head and feed after what looked very much like a Wigan knock-on. From the scrum Moran found a gap and went over under the sticks. Laughtons mistake had gifted the home side a try and the Tickle conversion sent Wigan in as 18-16 leaders at the half way mark.


Gave 100%
The openeing twenty-minutes of the second half were all about Rhinos pressure, but a period which saw them bomb chance after chance in the Wigan twenty. The Warriors defence was working overtime and was awesome!

On fifty-nine minutes the line finally broke for a superb Rhinos try. Walker broke from his twenty to half-way, and found McGuire who carried to the Wigan twenty. A quick play-the-ball allowed Burrow to put Smith through a big gap to score under the posts. Sinfield goaled and the Rhinos had the lead back. It should now have been a matter of pushing on and finishing them off.

But it would be Wigan who would steal glory, out of great defence. Leeds dominated the whole of the second half, but one lapse on seventy-six cost us the points, and the Minor Premiership.

Laughton penalised Leeds for obstructing the kick-chase and as Wigan moved the ball downfield Hansen went over a scrambling Leeds defence. Tickle goaled for 24-22 and set up a tense last four minutes.

With seconds left on the clock the Rhinos were camped on the Warriors line. A kick through was collected by a Wigan defender on his own line who dropped the ball for it to be picked up and touched down by Dunemann. Laughton stopped the clock, and from the reaction of the Wigan players within earshot, the in-goal judge, the best placed to see the action, gave the Leeds try. Laughton over-ruled and gave Leeds head and feed for a five metre scrum. Where Laughton got his 'new rule' from I will never know, but the rule-book I've read states that this is play-on and a Leeds try should have been awarded.

In the end we lost this game through not taking the numerous chances that we had, but also due to the ineptness and general incompetence of the official. He was certainly a 'homer', and part me wonders how important it was for the Superleague to keep Wigans play-off hopes alive.

I feel cheated and robbed, but dismayed that the lads didn't bury this game when they had the chance. Confidence must be at a massive low, and I can't remember the last time that we lost three on the bounce.

Warrington next week and the arrival of Mr Johns...the only way from here is up!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Smith37%
8
Sinfield23%
6
Walker20%
4
Bai9%
4
Dunemann9%
2
Burrow3%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
23
Smith
2
2
Dallas
2
Calderwood
5
Carney
3
Walker
1
4
Vaealiki
20
Ellis
14
Brown
5
Bai
3
Aspinwall
13
Sinfield
3
6
Orr
1
7
Burrow
7
Moran
2
8
Bailey
10
Guisset
9
Diskin
9
Newton
15
Ward
27
Hargreaves
11
Lauiti'iti
19
Wild
18
Jones-Buchanan
29
Tompkins
14
Dunemann
1
12
Tickle
4
6
McGuire
16
Sculthorpe
10
McDermott
20
Hansen
1
16
Poching
22
Allen
22
Scruton
24
Beswick

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
16-18
Attendance:
14,158
Referee:
Ron Laughton


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