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Rhinos Overcome Tigers Negative Tactics
Posted by southstander on April 21 2006 - 23:36:59

Ten Point Ash

The opening SouthStand chant as the match kicked off was 'You're too S#^% for SKY TV', and it set the scene for what would be an eighty minute slog of some of the ugliest rugby, and worst refereeing that you'd be unfortunate enough to see.

Castleford came with no illusions...they knew that they could not win the game. Their two tactics were to slow the game down at every opportunity, and to rile the Rhinos players as much as possible. The poorest and weakest refereeing performance I have seen for a long time as Mr Laughton let them get away with it. It turned out to be a long night!

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42

Rhinos

v

Tigers

06

SLXI - Round 11

21st April 2006

Rhinos Overcome Tigers Negative Tactics

It was a Rhinos side without a whole host of regulars. The missing included; Walker, Feather, Sinfield, Smith, Millard and Poching. Some were out with injuries, but others were rested as Smith took pity on our lowly visitors from just down the road. Instead of the seasoned pro's, the future of the club was on show with Tansey, Gibson, Williams, and Kirke all getting a run out in a game which also saw the long awaited debut of Aussie import Mark O'Neill.

The first Rhinos penalty came after just twenty-two seconds, and it would set the scene for the whole night. Laughton will be hoping that they never bring in a 'whistle tax', he'll be broke!

For the opening few minutes I couldn't work out whether Laughtons biggest wager on the game was; on Cas to be the first scorers; or that he'd gone high on a 'penalties in the game' spread bet. On nine minutes it became clear that it was the former.

As Laughton marched the Rhinos back into their own twenty, after two nothing penalties, we conspired in our own downfall with knock-on in our own twenty. From the scrum the Tigers moved the ball left and as Platt stretched over to score the fifty or so visiting supporters must have thought that they were dreaming. McGoldrick converted, it was money in the bank for Laughton!

On fifteen the Rhines were back in it, no thanks to the muppet with the whistle. A McGuire grubber was blocked by the Tigers defence and re-claimed by the stand-off. Laughton failed to wipe the tackle clean but from the next play-the-ball Burrow put Ellis over off a short pass. Burrow missed the conversion from right in front, must to his, and the crowds, astonishment.

Tempers were already starting to fray. Every refereeing decision was met with an inquest from the Tigers, as they made every effort slow the game down. Less time with the ball in play, less points they'd concede. It was a brilliant plan, but was winding up the Rhinos and the crowd.


Two Tries

On twenty-six Senior went over off a McGuire pass to extend the lead, and when Gibson (Sponsored by SouthStander.com) took over the kicking duties and slotted the two it was 10-6 to Leeds.

Cas had their spoiling tactics, and they weren't going to let a game of rugby get in the way. On twenty-nine the Rhinos frustration boiled over and JJB and Fa'aoso exchanged punches in what developed into a decent bit of biff. Both players got ten minutes to calm down. Leeds were still all over the Tigers, and on thirty-seven Peacock managed a one-handed stretch over the line to score off a Diskin pass. Gibsons conversion gave us 16-6 at half time.

Leeds had dominated posession, but were getting increasingly frustrated at the spoiling of the visitors, spoiling which the officials were letting them get away with. It was an awful spectacle.

Leeds started the second half like they had just had a rocketting in the team-talk. On forty-three Diskin scooted from dummy half to go over on his back and ground the ball. Gibson hit the post from right in front - it was not a good night for the Rhinos kickers. On forty-seven, and following a shocking head-high tackle on Donald, Leeds moved the ball down field and Donald benefitted by crossing in the corner. Gibson again missed, but the game was well beyond the Tigers at 24-6.

On fifty there was a shocking McGoldrick 'straight arm' tackle on McGuire after he'd set off on a brilliant jinking run. The referee and both touch judges saw the incident, as did the fourteen thousand spectators, and the referee put the incident on report when it should have clearly been a red card. The 'on report' ruling has simply got to go!

Two minutes later and the referee finally took action, sending Cas skipper Nutley to the sin-bin for laying on once too often. It was too little and too late as the game was looking like it would boil over at any second.


Brace
With twenty minutes to go, the Rhinos turned on the style. A McGuire chip and chase on the half way line saw him collect and go fifty to score under the sticks for a sensational try. Gibson goaled for 30-6.

Nutley had been back on the field for second when he 'clothes lined' Mathers, this time the incident wasn't even put on report. Fortunately Mathers got up quickly.

A minute later and Leeds forced a droput which was caught and returned well by O'Neill who offloaded to Gibson in the tackle. Ash went forty metres down the right wing to score in the corner. He failed with the goal.

On seventy-two, Nutley was sent to the sin-bin for the second time after arguing too strongly with the referee after a late hit on McGuire (after a kick had been put in). At least that was the last we'd see of him.

From the resulting penalty, Leeds too just two tackles before Diskin went over on the angle to score his second of the game. Gibson again missed, his fourth miss and five on the night so far.

WIth a minute remaining Leeds got a penalty for holding down. The ball was moved left and after powering through a couple of tackles, Ali Lauiti'iti passed to Senior for him to get his second. McGuire attempted the conversion and he missed too. The final hooter came as a relief to the assembled crowd. Relief in a 42-6 win for Leeds, but also relief that we would not be subject to any more of the Tigers negative tactics, and the ineptitute of a referee who has been promoted way beyond his capability.

This wasn't a great night at Headingley, but all credit to the youngsters who showed that they are maturing into the stars of the future. Gibson and Tansey were outstanding, in a game which also saw great performances from Diskin and Burrow. There were glimpses of the old McGuire, and hopefully he's coming through his recent blip...but my goodness, how much are we missing Sinny?

Ten days off for the lads now, and then we're off to the Halliwell Jones!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Burrow34%
8
Mathers25%
6
Ellis16%
4
Scruton7%
4
Williams7%
2
Gibson5%
2
Peacock5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
1
Platt
1
2
Donald
1
2
Pryce
27
Gibson
1
3
14
Bird
4
Senior
2
22
Franze
5
Williams
4
Dyer
6
McGuire
1
23
McGoldrick
1
7
Burrow
28
Davis
8
Bailey
27
Ward
9
Diskin
2
9
Henderson
10
Peacock
1
10
Nutley
11
Lauiti'iti
21
Manu
18
Jones-Buchanan
16
Whittaker
12
Ellis
1
13
Roarty
28
Tansey
7
Kain
22
Kirke
15
Huby
20
Scruton
20
Fa'aoso
17
O'Neill
12
Haughey

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
16-06
Referee:
Ron Laughton
Crowd:
14,054


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