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Rhinos Blast the Bulls
Posted by southstander on May 26 2006 - 22:27:58

Brilliant!

Just to prove me a liar with the match preview, the game which saw second pitted against third, started in bright sunshine.Fortunately I'd put few off from making the journey as the Rhinos fans crammed the terrace behind the goal.

What we were about to witness was a sensational eighty minutes and one which would leave every Rhinos fan delighted.

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

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Rhinos

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SLXI - Round 15

26th May 2006

Rhinos Blast the Bulls

Ali Lauiti'iti, Carl Ablett and Ian Kirke were the three Rhinos to miss out on the action. Bradford were getting their excuses in early with Ferres and Withers out with a stomach bug that was a concern to the rest of the Bradford players and their coaching staff.

Leeds kicked off with their backs to their supporters and with the advantage of a strong breeze. Leeds had early advantage with a decent kicking game as the Bulls struggled to have any posession in the Leeds half. On seen minutes, Williams lost the ball to Pryce on the Leeds ten, but fortunately Hape knocked-on in the process of scoring.

On eleven there was a one-on-one steal by Sinfield. As Leeds moved the ball right, McGuire ran the angle for the line and passed to Smith five metres out from the line for Smith to score. Ganson inexplicably went to the video referee who ruled the try out, Lord alone knows why?

Moments later and Senior gave the ball to Ben Harris. With the try-line beckoning, Burrow made a sensational tackle and forced the knock-on to save four points. What followed was enthralling, but pointless, as both side gave their all in defence as offences probed and pushed.

With thirty-four minutes on the clock, the Rhinos deservedly hit the front. Burrow collected the ball from Senior on the half-way line and zig-zagged through the Bulls defence, outrunning Pryce to go over in the corner. Sinfield kicked brilliantly, using the wind frm the left hand touchline.

The Rhinos were six-nil up, and it was nothing less than we deserved.

The Bulls welcomed the hooter more than the Rhinos, and as the sides trudged off the home side would have started looking forward to having the wind at their backs in the second half.


5 from 5

Leeds started the second half off brilliantly. After tapping on our twenty we worked the ball to half-way before Lynch charged down a Sinfield kick and gave us an extra six. Pushing downfield Sinfield put a grubber through on the last and Poching picked up and took two tacklers over the line to score. Sinfield added the two from under the sticks for a 12-0 lead.

The Bulls upped their game and came close twice before the fifty-minute mark. Good Rhinos defence and some good fortune kept the sheet clean.

Leeds fans were delighted after fifty-five when Harris went clean through a gap and then spilled the ball, with no Leeds player anywhere close. Even better that the error from the ex-hero would lead immediately to a Rhinos try.


Tormentor
The clock showed fifty-seven when the Rhinos increased the lead. Out of contract Walker benefitted from a brilliant pass from Burrow to stretch over and score in the corner. Sinfield converted sensationally into the wind and from the touchline. We were eighteen-nil ahead and the gathered masses from Headingley were starting to feel more confident.

Two steals from Matt Diskin both relieved pressure and gave attacking options,but came to nothing.

On sixty-nine the Rhinos put the game beyond the Bulls. Ryan Bailey got the ball on the Bulls twenty and first receiver and used all his power to drag four tacklers with him and drop over the line. Sinfields extras made it 24-0 and we were witnessing on of the all time great Rhinos performances.

On seventy-five, McGuire went through a gap for thirty metres on the last. With tacklers approaching he flung the ball out left, but Williams couldn't get to it before it went into touch. With two minutes remaining Sinfield found Senior on the Rhinos fourty. Keith ducked under a tackle and went sixty metres to scorein the left corner. Sinfield converted for 30-0 and the Bulls humiliation was complete.

This was a great night for the Rhinos and all their supporters. Not only had we hammered thirty points past the Bulls, but they were unanswered. Did we just the rebirth of the Rhinos? Is this start to the second half of the season the signal that we will kick-on towards Old Trafford success?

Smith, Sinfield, Burrow, Diskin, Walker and Peacock were all sensational. If we can keep this up, and build upon it up until the end of the season, we are in for a real treat.

We've now gone over 160 minutes without conceeding a single point...now that's a good defence. The 'Quins must be more than worried about next week.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Burrow56%
8
Smith26%
6
Sinfield13%
4
Ellis4%
3
Peacock1%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
5
Smith
31
S. Hilaire
2
Donald
17
Pryce
3
Walker
1
3
Harris, B.
4
Senior
1
4
Hape
26
Williams
5
Vainikolo
6
McGuire
6
Harris, I.
7
Burrow
1
7
Deacon
18
Jones-Buchanan
29
Fielden
9
Diskin
13
Newton
20
Scruton
14
Lynch
10
Peacock
10
Myers
12
Ellis
12
Johnson
13
Sinfield
5
16
Langley
8
Bailey
1
8
Vagana
14
Millard
9
Henderson
16
Poching
1
15
Gene
19
Feather
26
James

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-00
Referee:
Steve Ganson
Crowd:
16,603


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