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U18's Complete Rhinos GF Treble
Posted by southstander on October 03 2005 - 06:40:11

Another Grand Final?
By Matthew Horton

The last chance saloon for the Under 18’s as they travelled to Widnes RUFC to take on a Widnes side looking to bounce back from defeat at Wigan in the Major Semi Final last week. Jordan Tansey and Luke Burgess dropped back from the successful Senior Academy side to strengthen the Rhinos with that all important Grand Final berth at stake.

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Rhinos

v

Vikings

16

U18's Academy

Grand Final Eliminator

2nd October 2005

U18's Complete GF Treble

Leeds were on the board first after 11 minutes, taking advantage of an error from the home side, Leeds made deep inroads into the Widnes half and it was Jordan Tansey who got on the outside of the Widnes defence and he found Mike Ratu with the offload and the Leeds captain made the angle easier for Kyle Briggs to convert.

Widnes hit back and built up the pressure but superb defence from Leeds was keeping them at bay but eventually the pressure told and Leeds were caught short out wide, the huge second rower Sidlow threw the dummy and stretched out to go over. Yates converted to drag the home side level after 22 minutes.

Leeds hit straight back three minutes later. Mike Ratu recovered another basic error from Widnes and he went charging downfield. Two tackles later, while the Widnes defensive line was still trying to reorganise, the ball was moved left and Briggs sent James Archibald in at the corner. Briggs converted superbly to give the Rhinos a 12-6 lead.

It was a rough and tumble game with both packs smashing into each other, no quarter being asked and non given. It was Leeds who struck again crucially before half time. After referee Carr awarded Leeds a penalty for feeding the scrum, (yes, that’s feeding. It’s not a mistake). It gave Leeds the perfect base to start from only 30 metres from the line, after the forwards made the hard yards the ball was spun right and Briggs and Ratu combined to send Danny Allen in at the corner. It was too far out for Briggs to convert but it gave the Rhinos a 10-point barrier.

Then the crucial play of the game right on half time. Widnes were attacking looking for that confidence boosting score just before half time. The Leeds defence again were doing everything they could to stop the home side from scoring, it looked like Bowman was a certain scorer in the corner but somehow Michael Brown and Archibald combined to force the Widnes centre touch in goal. It was a magnificent piece of defending.

Leeds now had the slight breeze at their backs and the first score of the second half was going to be crucial. And six minutes into the half it went the way of the Rhinos. James Archibald making a run from dummy half from his own 10 metres line, he brushed aside some poor Widnes defending and set off up field. As the Widnes defence converged on him he flipped the pass to Jordan Tansey on half way and he set off to touch down in the corner. Briggs again converted to give the Rhinos a 22-6 lead.

Leeds were denied a try on 53 minutes when a Luke Gale pass to Michael Brown was ruled forward but 10 minutes later they assured themselves of a Grand Final berth. Mark Watts making the break up field. He was grounded 10 metres from the try line but the ball was moved right to Joe Walsh, he was held short but somehow managed to squeeze the ball out for Mike Ratu to get his second try of the afternoon. Briggs converted again to take the Rhinos out to a 28-6 lead.

Credit to Widnes, they were not going to give up and two minutes later they were in again. The short kick off was recovered and as the Leeds defence was reorganising second rower Donoghue went in. Yates converted and then to ensure a nervy last five minutes Millington’s cross field kick was taken by Lui and he sent Bowman in at the corner. Yates was unable to convert that and it left the Rhinos 28-16 victors.

It was a fantastic performance from the Rhinos and now sets up a clash with Wigan Warriors next weekend. Leeds will though need to tighten up on the discipline, tem penalties conceded on the day and some at stupid times as well. Liam Halliday and Luke Burgess were magnificent, hitting the ball up and some crunching tackles. The centres Ratu and Archibald were at the heart of everything good the Rhinos did. Its unfair to really single anyone player out as this was a magnificent team effort from all 17 players on the day but the vote for SouthStander.com man of the match went to Kyle Briggs. He controlled everything the Rhinos did from midfield and set the example for everyone else.

Keep an eye on the main site for details of the Grand Final arrangements during the week but the game will be played at Headingley.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Vikings
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Tansey
1
1
Yates
2
2
Allen
1
2
Lui
3
Ratu
2
3
Bowman
1
4
Archibald
1
4
White
5
Brown M.
5
Barton
6
Briggs
4
6
Millington
7
Kaye
7
Keavney
8
Burgess
8
Howard
9
Burgess
9
Grundy
10
Halliday
10
Morrison
11
Brooke
11
Donoghue
1
12
Walsh
12
Sidlow
1
13
Gale
13
Draper
14
Sheldrake
14
Ostick
15
Reitte
15
Smith
16
Brown L.
16
Banks
17
Chandler
17
March

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
16-06
Penalties:
3-10
Sin Binnings:
None
Referee:
Paul Carr (Castleford)


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