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U21's Fight Back in Vain
Posted by southstander on May 13 2006 - 13:33:19

Man of the Match
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos came into this game looking to avenge the defeat at Brantingham Park five weeks ago. Again changes for the Rhinos as Chris Feather and Ian Kirke returned to the line up.

Danny Williams returned from the injury he picked up in the first team against Castleford. It was an eagerly anticipated clash and both teams didn’t disappoint.

We bring you all the action ......

22

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

30

Senior Academy

9th May 2006

U21's Fight Back in Vain

It was an evenly matched opening period at Headingley Carnegie Stadium for the curtain raiser to the engage Super League game as these teams, both in the top 6 of the Senior Academy Championship went head to head. And it was Hull who took first blood on 17 minutes when England Academy international Tommy Lee put a grubber kick through the Leeds defence. The ball took an awful bounce and was missed by Tom Sheldrake and Craig Hall was on hand to touch down. Kirk Dixon added to conversion to give the visitors a 6 point lead.

Leeds, despite making a decent start to the game, were now behind and it was the inspiration of Jordan Tansey who got them back into the game. He combined with Luke Gale and went through the gap and Tom Sheldrake was on the inside to go over by the posts for his first Senior Academy try. Tansey converted to bring the scores level. Leeds were then denied just before half time when Ryan Hall had a try disallowed for a forward pass from Luke Gale. It was a mysterious decision from the referee, overruling the touch judge who though the final pass was fine and the teams went into half time level.

Hull got the perfect start to the second half, Dave Tootill looked to have the ball stolen in a two on one tackle while returning the opening kick off, but the referee ruled a scrum. From that scrum Tommy Lee went across field causing confusion in the Rhinos defence, he found Craig Hall who got on the outside of Mike Ratu to go in at the corner. Dixon converted to edge to visitors in front.

Leeds then suffered a big blow after 46 when Luke Gale went down injured and while he was receiving treatment Hull struck again. On the last tackle they went to the short side and Tommy Lee and Adam Scott combined to send Craig Hall in for his hat trick try. Dixon’s conversion attempt drifted across the front of the posts. It then got worse for the Rhinos when Hull attacked from under their own posts, the initial pass from Anthony Thackeray to Craig Hall was a country mile forward, he went up the Southern touchline and Thackeray got the return pass to go in from 40 metres out. Dixon converted; the game had been turned on its head and Hull were 22-6 up.

Leeds had half an hour to rescue the game and they struck back three minutes later. After a break by Danny Williams took Leeds deep into Hull territory, they got a penalty from the referee. Leeds had no option but to run the football and from the tap Dave Tootill was held up just short of the line. From the play the ball Mark Watts forced his way over from dummy half to go under the posts. Tansey added the extras and the gap was reduced to 10 points.

Then came a contender for try of the season after Jordan Tansey pass saw Jason Hart charge into the gap, he managed to pop the ball out to Tom Sheldrake and despite looked a doomed man he showed great strength and agility to somehow get through the Hull defence and go over by the posts. It was a try that brought a rapidly filling South Stand to life as they appreciated the effort made. Tansey converted and with 23 minutes left the game was there for the taking.

Leeds drew level after 64 minutes and confirmed their dominance in this period of the game when Chris Buttery went to the blind side, his long pass found Danny Williams and he managed to pop the ball out for Michael Brown to squeeze in at the North East corner. Jordan Tansey has the opportunity to give Leeds the lead for the first time but his conversion attempt was waved away.

The game was there for the taking and Leeds continued to charge down field and pressure the Hull line. Hull had another escape on 70 minutes when Anthony Thackeray intercepted a pass from Buttery on his own 10 metre line and set off up field. He was hauled down on the 40 metre line by Jordan Tansey and despite the referee being stood over the play the ball Thackeray lost control of the football but Tansey was penalised for interference. There was no sin bin for Tansey, Hull took the shot at goal on offer and Dixon nudged Hull in front again.

Leeds were still in this game and trying everything they could to get back in front and with two minutes left they thought they had snatched the game when Chris Feather found Dave Tootill with a superb pass, the referee was out of position and ruled it forward much to the annoyance of the coaching staff and the South Stand. It was a killer blow for Leeds as from the scrum it was Thackeray again with the break, the Rhinos defence was struggling to reorganise. Andy Last and Tommy Lee combining to send Craig Hall in for his fourth try of the evening, Dixon added the extras to take the visitors to a 30-22 victory.

It was a frustrating night for those in attendance, a game spoiled by some poor refereeing from Mr Smith. Very picky and penalising technical offences there were 21 penalties in the game and not one for a high tackle. The Rhinos had to run a three man bench in the second half after Ian Kirke was taken for first team duties and the loss of Luke Gale further limited the options available. Chris Feather should be knocking on the first team door after his performance and Gale was going well until his unfortunate injury. Luke Burgess again made the hits and the hard yards with Chris Buttery as versatile as ever. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Tom Sheldrake. Only his second appearance at Senior Academy level and it looked like he had been there all season. His second try is one that will definitely feature on the end of season highlights.

The Senior Academy are back in action on Friday 26th May when they take on Bradford Bulls at Odsal. Kick off is at 5.40pm.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Sheldrake
2
1
Mitchell
2
Hall
2
Close
3
Ratu
3
Dixon
5
4
Brown
1
4
Hall
4
5
Williams
5
Wildbore
1
6
Gale
6
Lee
7
Tansey
3
7
Thackeray
1
8
Feather
8
Benson
9
Watts
1
9
McLocklan
10
Burgess
10
Lynch
11
Kirke
11
Scott
12
Faal
12
Sloan
13
Buttery
13
Whiting
14
I'Anson
14
Last
15
Hart
15
Peacock
16
Brooke
16
Steen
17
Tootill
17
Bell

Kick Off:
17:45
Half-Time:
06-06
Referee:
A.T. Smith


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