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U21's Make Fools of 'Quins
Posted by southstander on May 06 2006 - 16:16:00

16 Points
By Matthew Horton

The Senior Academy looked to make it three wins in a row as they entertained Harlequins RL on a sunny evening at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Tom Sheldrake was promoted from the Under 18’s for his first start and Steve Brooke got his chance in the run on team for the first time. It was again a young line up as coach Hallas gave a chance to some of his fringe players.

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48

Rhinos

v

Harlequins

16

Senior Academy

5th May 2006

U21's Make Fools of 'Quins

It was Leeds attacking the Western End of the ground who got the first points of the evening on 10 minutes, after a scrum 25 metres from their own line Chris Buttery found Mike Ratu from the base, he ran across field and found Luke Gale with a perfectly timed pass and the scrum half went in at the South West corner. Carl Ablett had the kicking duties but pushed his attempt wide of the posts.

Leeds got a wake up call on the set after the kick off, they went on a short side move down the Southern touchline but the pass from Carl Ablett landed straight into the hands of Tim Hartley and the former Salford City Red went over untouched from 40 metres out, he then tagged on the goal to put the Quins into a shock 6-4 lead.

It took Leeds 7 minutes to regain the lead, on a last tackle move Leeds again attacked the short side and Luke Gale and Ayden Faal combined to send Michael Brown in at the corner, Ablett was again off target with the conversion but more than made up for that in the 24th minute when he showed great strength to carry four people over the line from 10 metres out to touch down under the posts. This time the conversion was successful and Leeds were 14-6 in front.

Leeds hit the visitors with a quick try double in the four minutes up to half time, first Buttery found Jordan Tansey and after he’d juggled the pass he batted the ball back to Dave Tootill and the front row man powered his way over the line. Then Carl Ablett, again attacking the short side, found the gap in the Quins defence in his own 20, he made it to half way where Ayden Faal was on his shoulder to go over under the posts. Ablett converted both and the Rhinos were 26-6 to the good at half time.

The second half was a different story all together and it was full credit to the visitors who came out and buckled down to some serious work on defence. Helped by Leeds errors they gained a foothold in the Leeds half but the defence was resolute at time and it was against the run of the play when Leeds scored first when the second half was 21 minutes old. Jordan Tansey running across the Quins defence before finding the gap and going in under the posts. The conversion from Ablett was tagged on and the Rhinos were 32-6 in front.

Harlequins never gave up and after Ken Dowding fooled the Rhinos defence with a short kick off the visitors struck while the home side’s defence was re-organising. John Sullivan scooting from dummy half to reach out and touch down. Dennis Tuffour added the conversion.

Play was swinging from one end to the other and it was Leeds who were next on the scoreboard. The Quins lost the ball in the set after the kick off. Leeds made them pay when Buttery, Faal and Steve Brooke combined to send Ryan Hall in at the south east corner. Ablett’s conversion attempt was off target but Leeds were home and safe at 36-12.

Harlequins never gave up through and the willingness to fight to the end was shown in the 71st minute after the kick off was knocked on the Quins created the space and Dowding and Joe Mbu created the space for Irvin Greenwood to force his way over. Tuffour’s conversion was wide but it was what the visitors deserved for their efforts.

The score line though got an unbalanced look as Leeds went in for two tries in the last 5 minutes, first Mark Watts threw an outrageous dummy 1 metre from the line and strolled in and then another short side move, this time involving Watts and Tansey saw Carl Ablett reach out to touch down in the corner. Tansey took over the kicking duties and added both conversions to give the Rhinos a 48-16 victory.

A low key game tonight, after the 56-4 victory in the capital 6 weeks ago the Rhinos could be forgiven for thinking they were on easy street but full credit to the Harlequins they were a much better team tonight and the inclusion on Joe Mbu certainly helped their cause. For the Rhinos Tom Sheldrake made a steady debut in the 21’s and Ryan Hall continues to impress after his promotion. Carl Ablett is slowly making the number 6 shirt his own and the forwards again built the platform for a solid performance. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Steve Brooke. On his first start in the side he was solid on both attack and defence and grabbed his opportunity with both hands.

Match Facts

Rhinos
harlequins
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Sheldrake
1
Bryan
2
Endersby
2
Madigan
3
Brown, M.
1
3
Williams
4
Ratu
4
Clubb
5
Hall
1
5
Tuffor
1
6
Ablett
2
4
6
Price
7
Gale
1
19
Hartley
1
1
8
I'Anson
8
Williams
9
Watts
1
9
Sullivan
1
10
Halliday
10
Isaac
11
Faal
12
Worrincy
12
Brooke
11
Greenwood
1
13
Buttery
13
Mbu
14
Tansey
1
2
7
Dowding
15
Faal
1
15
Lane, I
16
Burgess
16
Aderiye
17
Tootill
1
17
Purslow

Kick Off:
17:45
Half-Time:
26-06
Referee:
M.Kidd


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