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Rhinos Show True Mettle
Posted by southstander on June 19 2006 - 17:27:13

Genius
By Phil Caplan

Approximately 9.40pm on Friday 16th June could well turn out to be a pivotal moment in the race for the ultimate leadership of Super League XI.

Just as Paul Deacon was lining up the penalty that sunk Saints at Odsal, Danny McGuire launched a desperate 30 metre drop goal attempt with a minute remaining, the ball languidly skimming the right side of the crossbar to ensure the Rhinos seemingly customary summer success over the Reds.

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SLXI - Round 17

16th June 2006

Rhinos Show True Mettle

For the twentieth time in succession the blue and amber were triumphant but the tense and dramatic finale was a throwback to the early seventies when Friday nights at the Willows produced some stirring contests between top quality teams.

This was a victory for graft, resilience and most importantly, resolute character – all the qualities needed to win trophies. At times, it wasn’t pretty – some desperate one-out charges being needed to clear the lines; occasionally it was heroic – Chev Walker and Danny Williams in arguably his best game for the club producing some sensational tackles to keep the visitor’s line in tact but ultimately Leeds dragged themselves into a position to take the spoils.

Salford considered themselves desperately unlucky not to claim at least a point and certainly their quick, short passes principally from Malcolm Alker and Luke Robinson that launched big men up the middle, notably in the early stages Andy Coley, caused the Rhinos defence problems. They felt aggrieved about the refereeing and although 17 penalties was far too many and often disrupted the flow, that was not the cause of their undoing.

The otherwise impeccable Andrew Dunemann losing the ball within striking distance of the Leeds posts in the 78th minute to deny Salford their shot at glory was more pertinent, as was the ground Leeds made from a subsequent penalty when David Hodgson held down Keith Senior for too long, the Rhinos still being 80 metres from salvation. Kevin Sinfield deposited the kick to touch at half way and purposeful charges by Chris Feather, Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan paved the way for a third helping of McGuire magic. Some wondered about the wisdom of leaving the thrilling pivot out for last week’s game against Wigan but in setting up a try for Walker, scoring one on the hour to haul Leeds back into the contest and then with the decisive strike, that omission was fully justified.

Salford’s decision to go for goal with two penalty shots in the middle of the first half, when they were at their most dangerous, also ultimately backfired. Although they claimed four points, they failed to put the Leeds defence under even more pressure which, most likely, would have had a payback when it really mattered at the end. Instead, they were ones back pedalling and with the Rhinos finishing up by scoring three tries to two, justice was seen to be done.

Jamie Peacock, Walker and Gareth Ellis worked overtime in defence early on, Lee Smith being held just short by Alker and Karl Fitzpatrick. Williams saved an attempted 40/20 from Robinson and following a lively McGuire interchange, Rob Burrow knocked on in the force of a tackle from Alker and Coley. From the scrum, Robinson’s snap pass sent Coley powering 40 metres up the middle to open the scoring in the eighth minute. Robinson’s innocuous kick at the end of the next set was straight to Scott Donald, McGuire beating Aaron Moule on the outside and drawing the pursuing Sean Rutgerson to send Walker storming to the posts on the inside in a glorious 60 metre move in swift reply.

Gareth Haggerty and Paul Highton maintained Salford’s pack mobility and they were unlucky to have a try disallowed for crossing as Dunemann combined with Andrew Brocklehurst to send Hodgson across. Twice Jones-Buchanan was penalised in front of his own posts – the second occasion after Walker had pulled off an excellent tackle to deny Simon Finnigan – to put the hosts 10-6 ahead. Salford were fortunate to get the put in after Burrow’s cross kick had caused havoc out wide but Alker’s short ball to Fitzpatrick set Robinson clear only for Williams to cover brilliantly to avert the danger.

On the half hour, Leeds showed tremendous resolve to keep their line in tact from a drop out; Williams denying Stuart Littler, McGuire halting Junior Langi and Lee Smith doing superbly to hold up Fitzpatrick. At the end of the half, the roles were reversed, Walker forcing a drop out after Williams’ great kick return and Alker and Brocklehurst holding out Millard and rejuvenated Ali Lauitiiti. There was a critical 12-point turnaround at the start of the second half. Following good work by Robinson, Alker, Dunemann and Littler, Salford elected to run a power play, Finnigan knocking on and the chance for Moule on the overlap going begging.

Two quick penalty awards, their fifth and sixth in succession, took Leeds up towards the variety centre end and Willie Poching stormed over by the posts from Shane Millard’s inside pass. From the restart, Williams was penalised for not playing the ball correctly for the second time and Hodgson levelled at 12-12 with the penalty shot. Salford’s offloads were becoming increasingly telling, Williams again crucially denying Littler and when Smith lost a Dunemann bomb, the mounting pressure told. Walker hauled down Robinson and Finnigan with exceptional efforts on the line but a quick transfer from Dunemann, Charles and Littler put Hodgson over in the corner, the scorer landing a superb touchline conversion. Alker split the markers with a trademark dummy but Chris Charles knocked on and from the scrum McGuire and Peacock made significant yardage, Sinfield turning Burrow’s pass along the ground back on the inside for McGuire to arc away for a classic touchdown on the hour.

The final twenty minutes were fraught with excitement and endeavour in equal measure, Salford’s better kicking game giving them territorial advantage but Leeds’ scrambling defence exemplary in response, McGuire making another notable stop on Moule. Salford, as befitting of a top six side, showed immense pride in their line, a posse – with Langi and Brocklehurst prominent - pushing first Poching and then Walker into touch before McGuire’s dramatic climax; Leeds even managing to survive the final short kick off. The only remaining mystery of the evening was where were the fans? On Easter Monday, this fixture attracted 7,500 and with both sides playing well and with very little other way of keeping up to date with the on-going action, a drop of 3,000 for such a nerve-jangling contest was odd – despite the capriciousness of the M62.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
McGuire70%
7
Ellis10%
7
Williams10%
3
Lauiti'iti3%
3
Peacock3%
3
Poching3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
5
Smith
1
Fitzpatrick
2
Donald
2
Hodgson
1
5
3
Walker
1
19
Littler
4
Senior
4
Moule
26
Williams
15
Langi
6
McGuire
1
1
6
Dunemann
7
Burrow
7
Robinson
18
Jones-Buchanan
8
Coley
1
9
Diskin
9
Alker
19
Feather
10
Rutgerson
10
Peacock
23
Brocklehurst
12
Ellis
12
Sibbit
13
Sinfield
3
11
Finnigan
14
Millard
21
Myler
11
Lauiti'iti
13
Charles
8
Bailey
17
Haggerty
16
Poching
1
14
Highton

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-10
Referee:
Ben Thaler
Crowd:
4,517


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