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Quality Shines Through
Posted by southstander on April 07 2006 - 21:43:06

Inspirational

Leeds went to the east coast looking for some revenge for last years single point loss in the Challenge Cup Final. Hull were under the interim stewardship of Richard Agar, and all seventeen of their players had a big point to prove.

The game proved to be a titanic battle for the Rhinos, as Hull punched well above their 2006 weight. In the end, those privileged to be there witnessed a classic.

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

34

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

26

SLXI - Round 8

7th April 2006

Quality Shines Through

Chev Walker was finally named in the Rhinos starting thirteen after being absent for the last three weeks. Shane Millard and Willie Poching also made it back into the seventeen after being rested last season, Kirke was unlucky to miss out. Hull, on the other hand, were without a coach after the dismissal of Kear. They had also been knocked back by first coaching target Steve McNamara after making an approach to Bradford for his services. They did welcome back Richard Swain to add some direction.

The Rhinos started the game receiving the kick and defending the masses from LS6.It was not the start that we wanted. With just two minutes on the clock a Cooke long pass to the wing found ex-Rhino Gareth Raynor to score in the corner. Cooke converted for 6-0. The home supporters were in raptures, the Rhinos fans were in shock. We had to hope that they were just throwing everything at us early on and would quickly run out of steam.

On eight minutes the Rhinos struck back with a great try. On the last, a poor McGuire kick went ten metres and bounced back into the hands of Mathers. Richie shaped to kick but passed out to Donald who went down the wing, using Walker inside who then passed to McGuire to dive over the line. Sinfield squared the scores, and normal service looked like it was resumed.

On thirteen, Senior knocked on a kick through and conceeded a scrum. From the set-piece the Airlie Birds moved the ball left and Yeaman skinned Walker to score in the corner. Cooke failed with the conversion but Hull were showing that they were here to give us a game.

Sinny put the kick-off out on the full...criminal, and Hull kicked the penalty to within twenty. In the next set, Sinfield went over badly on his right ankle, and in running out the ball from his own sticks, Lee Smith did is ankle too. Was this going to be more costly than just the two points? A bad injury to the skipper was the last thing that we wanted at this point in the season.

On twenty minutes, Chester dropped the ball and then knocked it forward into the hands of Domic to crash over from five metres. It should have been an easy decision for the video referee, but somehow he gave a Hull try. Cooke goaled for 16-6. With Smith limping and Sinfield off on a stetcher, it was looking very bad for the Rhinos.

On twenty-nine the Rhinos regained some composure. Upping the speed at the play-the-ball, JP flicked the ball to McGuire and McGuire went forty metres to score in the corner. Burrow converted from the touchline for 16-12.


Best in Blue & Amber

On thirty-three, Donald stood by and watched Raynor push the ball back to Yeaman. As Yeaman went to the line, Mathers put in a try saving tackle on the last, to retrieve posession. It was temporary relief as Hull started to find holes in the Leeds defence. As Hull moved the ball wide, Donald was nowhere to be seen as Raynor went in for his second. Brough hit the post for 20-12.

We needed half-time, and fortunately we'd not conceeded any more. There was no doubt...this was going to be a tough second half if the Rhinos were to get anything out of the game.

We needed a different Rhinos in the second half, and when Hull gifted us the ball in their twenty with the half just four minutes old, Willie Poching bulldozed over and grounded. Burrow converted in off the post for 20-18. Game on!


In Charge
On fifty-two, Bailey was wrongly penalised for stealing the ball in a one-on-one tackle. Hull found touch way down field and Horne used the referee as a foil, pushing off Richie Mathers, to score. Brough converted for 26-18. Kirkpatrick was helping the home side.

Three minutes later and the Rhinos scored a great try. Mcguire, Feather, McGuire, and then Senior all interchanged to put Walker over in the corner. Burrow converted brilliantly from the touchline and we were back within two.

on sixty-five, Leeds hit the front for the first time. Having forced the drop-out, a McGuire grubber on the last tackle in the second set hit the posts. The ball was picked up by Millard who dove full length to score next to the sticks. Burrow added the extras for 30-26. The travelling masses were now in full voice.

There were fifteen minutes left, and Leeds had turned the tables, we were bossing the game.

Seventy-one minutes on the clock, and class showed through. Another drop-out was forced and from the return, Ali went for twenty-metres to score in the corner. Burrow slid the ball just wide but Leeds were eight points clear with eight minutes left.

With two minutes left, McGuire did brilliantly to keep out Brough, and the Rhinos then ran the clock down to seal an eight points win. It was two more points for the Rhinos and kept us in touch with the league leaders Saints. With five minutes left, Thackray dropped the ball in the Rhinos goal area, and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.

This was a sensational Rhinos win against a very determined Hull FC side with a point to prove. After losing the skipper, and Smith early on, and Diskin just before half-time, the remaining fourteen performed brilliantly to get the two points. This was JP's best game in Rhinos colours, and McGuire and Mathers were both sensational. The lads stood up...and were counted.

Bring on the Bulls!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
McGuire37%
8
Peacock28%
6
Mathers18%
4
Burrow7%
3
Ellis4%
3
Millard4%
1
Walker1%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
14
Tony
2
Donald
5
Raynor
2
3
Walker
1
4
Domic
1
4
Senior
3
Yeaman
1
5
Smith
23
Dixon
6
McGuire
2
13
Cooke
2
7
Burrow
4
7
Horne
1
19
Feather
8
Dowes
9
Diskin
9
Swain
10
Peacock
10
Carvell
12
Ellis
11
Radford
16
Poching
1
28
Hill
13
Sinfield
1
17
Chester
14
Millard
1
6
Whiting
11
Lauiti'iti
1
21
Brough
1
8
Bailey
22
Thackray
20
Scruton
26
Wheeldon

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-20
Referee:
Karl Kirkpatrick
Crowd:
10,958


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