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Rhinos Expose Tigers Weaknesses
Posted by southstander on March 05 2006 - 18:40:15

Eleven from Eleven

After friday nights late, late postponement, the ground was still packed to the rafters as the Rhinos welcomed near neighbours Castleford for the first time since their return to Superleague.

This was the home banker to end all home bankers, and the Rhinos didn't disappoint as they ran in a massive win. The big disappointment was that we never had to get out of second gear to trounce a woeful looking Castleford side who are destined for an early return to the lower divisions.

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

66

Rhinos

v

Tigers

14

SLXI - Round 4

5th March 2006

Rhinos Expose Tigers Weaknesses

Rhinos supremo Tony Smith took a minor gamble. He rested JJB, sensational in last weeks defeat at Saints, dropped Nick Scruton and decided to give Lee Smith an extra week to recover from his recent injury. These changes meant that last weeks debutant Danny Williams got a second chance, and that Chris Ablett and Ian Kirke were brought into the seventeen to see what they could deliver.

The Tigers had a handful of familiar names in; Sculthorpe, Huby, Viane, Bird and Nutley, but on paper they looked far too weak to be able to stay close to the Rhinos. It was men against boys from the outset.

The Rhinos try avalanche started with just four minutes on the clock. Ali Lauiti'iti started the move when he bust a Cas tackle on his own ten metres. He passed out to Williams who went forty metres before passing inside to the supporting Burrow to run fifty to score under the sticks. Sinfield converted, as he would with every attempt this afternoon for an early six-nil lead.

The Tigers defence kept the Rhinos at bay for another ten minutes until a superb short ball from Burrow put Poching free to run twenty metres and score in the corner. Sinfields touchline conversion made it 12-0 and the Rhinos were already close to the comfort zone.

When, on sixteen, Sculthorpe was sin-binned for stealing the ball in the tackle it looked like the flood gates might open, but the opposite was true. Two minutes after Sculthorpe marched to the bin and Haughey went straight through Senior to get the Tigers on the board, Huby goaled to narrow the margin to six. On twenty-one Huby kicked a penalty goal after a high tackle from Ali and the visitors were back within four points, but the Rhinos didn't panic.

From here on in the rest of the first half belonged to the Rhinos.

On twenty-six the Tigers were trying to keep the ball alive on the last tackle deep within the Rhinos five when the ball went to ground and was picked up byWalker. Chev stepped out of an attempted tackle and then went ninety metres to score under the sticks.Sinfield made it 18-8.

Four minutes later and Feather went close before a fast play the ball allowed McGuire to find Ian Kirke to score with his first touch of the football, on his first team debut. What a great start for a lad with buckets full of promise. Sinfield goaled for 24-8 and the game was already beyond the Tigers.


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On thirty-three, and the next Rhinos attack, Burrow threw an outrageous dummy which was bought by the inexperienced Cas centres and he went over in the corner. Sinfield conversion gave us 30-8 but we were far from finished.

On thirty-six, the Tigers once again coughed up posession on the Rhinos line and this time Walker and McGuire put together a great one-two before Walker sprinted fifty metres for his second under the sticks. With the hooter sounding, Leeds kept the ball alive and Senior bought Walker the space he needed to get over the line and round behind the sticks for a fourteen minute hat-trick. Sinfield converted both and the Rhinos took a commanding 42-8 lead into the interval. The Tigers and supporters must have feared what the second half had in store.


Debut Try
Leeds were first to score in the second half. On forty-six Richie Mathers found a gap, broke for forty metres and found McGuire and Burrow in close support. He drew Platt and passed inside to McGuire who accepted the opportunity to go twenty metres and score next to the posts. Sinfields boot gave us a forty point lead...but not for long.

On fifty-two Senior dropped the ball on the Tigers twenty and it was the Tigers turn to score a breakaway try as one play-the-ball later and McGoldrick went over. Huby converted for 48-14, but it was to be the last time that the Tigers would bother the scorers.

On fifty-seven, McGuire was the provider before Mathers stepped from the defence and scored a walk-in try.

Comedy moment came on sixty-seven when a Cas play-the-ball found no acting half-back and Diskin pounced on the ball from second marker to gain Rhinos posession in the Tigers ten. Fast hands saw Ali Lauiti'iti power over for his first, but the Rhinos tenth of the afternoon. Sinfield added the goal for 60-14.

The Rhinos had one last try left in them. On seventy-three a Bailey solo effort from the half-way line showed just what a poor side the Tigers are as he went over between the sticks, making Sinfields eleventh conversion, to the eleventh try, a formality. At 66-14 the Rhinos had hammered the visitors, but it could have been a very lot worse for them.

The Rhinos never needed to, and therefore never did, get out of second gear. Many mistakes, dropped balls and missed opportunities kept a scoreline which could easily have been in excess of eighty to something half respectable for the Tigers. The Tigers were, however, woeful and it wouldn't surprise me if they have alreay won their one and only game this season.

Not a classic game, not classic conditions, but a scoreline which lifts us to third in the table and continues to show that we have a Rhinos side with plenty of potential. Brilliant game from Burrow, Walker and McGuire...and special mention to Ian Kirke who has more than a bit of a young Adrian Morley about him.

Onward an upward (literally), enjoy your trip to France next week, see you all there!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Walker51%
7
Burrow13%
7
Mathers13%
4
Kirke8%
3
Millard7%
2
Lauiti'iti4%
1
Sinfield3%

See here for season standings.



Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
1
1
Platt
2
Donald
2
Pryce
3
Walker
3
3
Shenton
4
Senior
4
Dyer
5
Williams
19
Viane
6
McGuire
1
23
McGoldrick
1
7
Burrow
2
6
Handforth
8
Bailey
1
8
Sculthorpe
9
Diskin
9
Henderson
10
Peacock
10
Nutley
11
Lauiti'iti
1
11
Huby
2
16
Poching
1
16
Whittaker
13
Sinfield
11
12
Haughey
1
14
Millard
14
Bird
19
Feather
7
Kain
21
Ablett
5
Blanch
22
Kirke
1
24
Boyle

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
42-08
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
16,660


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