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12 Man Rhinos Blacklocked
Posted by southstander on April 09 2006 - 14:52:28

Rhinos MoM
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos travelled to Brantingham Park to take on last season’s Senior Academy Champions Hull FC.

Mark O’Neill made his return after picking up an injury on Boxing Day while a strong Hull FC line up included Nathan Blacklock, Peter Lupton and Liam Higgins with Graeme Horne only on the bench.

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14

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

30

Senior Academy

8th April 2006

12 man Rhinos Blacklocked

As the 2pm kick off approached the heavens darkened and when Leeds received first use of the football, they were playing into a strong wind and driving hailstones. It sent most of a decent sized crowd running for cover and what it was like for the players was not worth thinking about.

Leeds started brightly, being the dominant team and despite the conditions managing to gain a foothold in the Hull half. A clever kicking game and Hull errors making this possible. It was the home side that took the lead against the run of play in the 17th minute. A needless pass from James Endersby, after fielding a kick, was dropped by Danny Williams. It gave Hull a scrum on the Rhinos 10 metres line and four tackles later they were in. A kick through from Tommy Lee, and Nathan Blacklock was on the spot to touch down. Joe McLocklan adding the extras to give Hull the lead.

The momentum suddenly swung and Hull struck again three minutes later, a super pass from Liam Higgins releasing Anthony Thackeray but the halfback was just bought to ground by Endersby. From the quick play the ball the Rhinos defence was all at see as Lee found Blacklock who slid over for his second try of the afternoon by the posts giving McLocklan an easy conversion to double the Hull FC lead.

It went from bad to worse for the Rhinos in the 34th minutes, when a tussle between Jamie I’Anson and Liam Higgins resulted in both sets of players coming together. The referee, Mr Kidd, took advice from both Touch Judges before dismissing I’Anson for use of the head and sin-binning Higgins for his retaliation. The Rhinos had a uphill task now but while there was still equality in the teams the managed to strike back, a last tackle play saw Jordan Tansey fake the kick before finding Mark O’Neill on the charge for his first try in Leeds colours. Tansey added the conversion and the whistle went for half time with the Rhinos 12-6 down.

Playing with the elements it was a question now if Hull could make their extra man pay from the 44th minute and it was the home side who drew first blood in the second half nine minutes later. Another little kick through from Tommy Lee this time hitting the post and confusing the Rhinos defence and Anthony Thackeray was on the spot to touch down. While McLocklan was on the bench Craig Hall added the extras to take the Hull FC lead to 18-6.

The Rhinos were now in a big hole and they were doing everything they could to get back in the game against the 13-men. Try and try they did, but errors at crucial times were costly. But in the 64th minute there was a glimmer of hope when Tansey found Jason Hart and his superb offload released Ashley Gibson. He then found the support of Dale Harris on the inside and winger went over in the corner. Tansey was off target with the conversion but the gap was down to 8 points and it was game on.

The Rhinos continued to chip away at the Hull FC defence and set up a thrilling final six minutes when Tansey and O’Neill doing a run around, Nathan McAvoy ran a superb line before floating a pass for Michael Brown to go in at the corner. The conversion from Tansey was blown off target by the strong wind but the Rhinos were back to within 4 points.

Sadly it wasn’t to be, firstly with three minutes to go Thackeray found a gap in the Rhinos defence out wide. He sprinted downfield and only had Endersby to beat with options either way. He chose Blacklock on the inside and the former Dragon went in for his hat-trick. And after Tansey kick off out on the full to gift Hull field position and neat reverse pass from Lupton found Liam Higgins to go in under the posts. McLocklan converted both to give the home side a 30-14 victory.

For the Rhinos there were many positives today despite the defeat, the return of both Mark O’Neill and Chaz I’Anson after picking up injuries in pre-season was a boost for the side. Luke Burgess seemed to lift his game in the presence of O’Neill and Jason Hart was strong from the interchange as well. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Carl Ablett, who worked manfully on both attack and defence for his team in what was proved to be a lost cause.

The Under 21’s return to action in two weeks time when they take on Castleford Tigers at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, prior to the engage Super League clash.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Endersby
1
Blacklock
3
2
Harris
1
2
Close
3
Gibson
3
Washbrook
4
McAvoy
4
Hall
1
5
Williams
5
Adebisi
6
I'Anson, C.
6
Lee
7
Tansey
1
7
Thackeray
1
8
Burgess
8
Benson
9
I'Anson, J.
9
McLocklan
4
10
O'Neill
1
10
Higgins
1
11
Faal
11
Scott
12
Buttery
12
Sloan
13
Ablett
13
Lupton
14
Brown
1
14
Last
15
Hart
15
Peacock
16
Tootill
16
Horne
17
Halliday
17
Mitchell

Kick Off:
14:00
Half-Time:
06-12
Referee:
Matthew Kidd


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