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Outclassed and Outfought, Another Bad Day at the Office!
Posted by southstander on May 12 2006 - 23:43:01

Rhinos Season?

After we lost to Warrington I urged caution against panic...it was a bad day at the office. Last week, when we again performed badly against the Harlequins, I showed my disquiet, but the finger was still not on the shiny red button. Tonight, after what can only be described as a disasterous opening hour, I am pretty close to getting very worried about what the rest of the season holds.

Has the Rhinos season turned into a train wreck?

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

28

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

44

SLXI - Round 14

9th May 2006

Outclassed and Outfought, Another Bad Day at the Office!

It was the very worst of omens when the Radio Aire Dance Team took to the field in Black & White outfits and were roundly booed by a SouthStand which usually adors them. Whoever had that brilliant idea should be picking up their P45 on monday morning. Even the tribute Lennon and McCartney were dressed in Black & White, it looked like even the Rhinos events organisers were backing the visitors.

Ali Lauiti'it was a late withdrawal from the side and Carl Ablett was on the bench instead of carrying the water. Ian Kirke had been drafted in as late cover but ended up as eighteenth man. Chev Walker was back in the centres and Peacock and O'Neill started as props with Scruton and Bailey on the bench. Hull were also without several key players and on paper the sides looked pretty even. We were all set up for a good game as the Rhinos kicked-off defending the new stand end.

Clumsy Leeds mistakes, coupled with good last ditch defence meant that we didn't trouble the Hull line early on, but managed to repel several attacks where they looked like scoring. It was nine minutes before we could defend no longer and Rochard Horne picked up a grubber kick, on the last, and crossed unopposed to score. Cooke converted to sent the large and vociferous travelling crowd into raptures.

On the quarter hour Leeds got back on level terms, somewhat against the run of play. A brilliant thirty metre run from Peacock saw him to the Hull thirty. A fast play the ball saw Burrow jink from acting half-back and pass to Diskin who in turn found Mathers to cross from ten metres. Burrow goaled for 6-6. It was to be the last time that the Rhinos would have parity with the visitors.

On twenty-one Senior gave away a penalty for holding back and lightening fast play-the-balls saw Hull ever closer to the Leeds line before McMenemy went over for the only forwards try of the night. Cooke converted for 6-12.


Opener

There was then a procession of Hull tries as the Rhinos coughed up easy posession and showed the fragility of their defence.

On twenty-six Raynor went over in the left hand corner off what looked like a 3m forward pass which was missed by the officials. Cooke converted brilliantly from the touchline. With five minutes of the half remaining a grubber into the Rhinos in-goal was totally missed by Donald and touched down by Raynor for his second. Once again Cooke was accurate from the touchline.

At 24-6 down at half-time the Rhinos were going to need a second half miracle for respectability, let alone to get the points.

The Hull FC side started the second half where they had left off the first. On forty-four, and the last tackle, the ball went to ground in a desperate offload and Raynor collected to go over in the corner. Once again Cooke slotted the extras for 30-6. Three minutes later and a sensational break by Tony saw him close to the Leeds line. A fast play saw the ball moved left and Yeaman went through a massive gap in the Leeds defence to score an easy try. The obligatory Cooke conversion took the score to 36-6 and the Rhinos were dead and buried.

The Rhinos grief was compounded on fifty-three when the hard working Mathers was carried off with what looked like a serious knee injury, he failed to return to the field for the rest of the game.

With just over twenty minutes remaining it was like a switch had flicked and the Rhinos started to play a little. A McGuire fifty-metre solo effort on fifty-seven remained at four points as Burrow missed a seemingly easy goal.


Two Tries
Three minutes later and McGuire was the try-maker as a superb step took him past his man and he found Senior inside to go thirty-metres to score. Burrow converted this one for 16-36.

A Cooke penalty after Smith was harshly penalised for pouncing on a loose ball at the play-the-ball extinguished any outside hope of a fightback as the score went to 16-38.

Those who had already left, and there were so many it was like being at the JJB, missed three tries in the last ten minutes.

On seventy-four a McGuire short pass put Senior over for his second of the night, and Burrow added the extras. On seventy-eight, as Leeds tried to be more expansive, Blacklock was put away down the right wing and went fifty metres to score in the corner. And finally, as the hooter sounded, a Smith grubber through and collect on the Hull FC twenty was the last scoring action of the game. Burrow goal gave us a final score of 28-44 and the referee took the players off the field to the boos of the SOuthStand.

The Rhinos were awful in attack for thr first hour of this game. Dropped ball, trying to be too clever, and a total drought of ideas within the oppositions twenty were as frustrating to the players as they were to the supporters. We had to put in long stints in defence, and as a result you are always going to tire and allow gaps to be exploited.

All credit to Hull FC. They came, they saw and they conquered...but they caught the Rhinos in the same disarray that they have been since Sinfield picked up the injury that has kept him out for too long.

Tonight loss isn't the end of the world. We are still second, all be it in a more fragile situation, and another two points behing Champions elect St. Helens. Rochdale may well fancy their chances next week in the cup, and if we play this badly don't back against them. The week after that were away to Oldslum to face another club in crisis...now that could be a thriller!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Mathers43%
8
Burrow25%
6
Senior9%
4
Ellis7%
4
McGuire7%
2
Peacock4%
1
Ablett2%
1
Millard2%
1
Smith2%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
1
14
Tony
2
Donald
2
Blacklock
1
3
Walker
4
Domic
4
Senior
2
3
Yeaman
1
5
Smith
1
5
Raynor
3
6
McGuire
1
13
Cooke
8
7
Burrow
3
7
Horne, R.
1
10
Peacock
8
Dowes
9
Diskin
9
Swain
17
O'Neill
22
Thackray
18
Jones-Buchanan
11
Radford
16
Poching
12
McMenemy
1
12
Ellis
24
Washbrook
14
Millard
19
Horne, G.
21
Ablett
21
Brough
8
Bailey
26
Wheeldon
20
Scruton
10
Carvell

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-24
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
17,700


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