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Rhinos Tower Over Giants
Posted by southstander on July 02 2006 - 19:50:30

Try Machine

It was the kind of afternoon when you really wanted to be relaxing by the pool with a six-pack of beer in the chiller. Instead, the Rhinos faithful packed into the 'Pink' Stand at the Galpharm Stadium to watch their heroes literally run their blood to water in the quest for the two points to keep up the pressure on the league leaders.

The sweltering heat took its toll on both sets of players, but moreso on the Giants, most of whom finished the game at no more than walking pace.

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36

Rhinos

v

Giants

14

SLXI - Round 19

2nd July 2006

Rhinos Tower Over Giants

The biggest shock which greeted the reading of the teamsheets was the absence of Danny McGuire, who had 'picked up a deadleg' during midweek training. Ablett therefore made it into the seventeen which saw Sinfield switch to stand-off and Ellis at thirteen. The Giants side looked strong enough on paper to give us a stern test, and in the first half they would.

The Rhinos started the game well enough with their opening try on the fourth minute. A Sinfield cross field kick to the right was knocked backwards by Walker and picked up by Donald to dive under the tackler and stretch to score. Sinfield hit the post with the conversion but it was four points in four minutes. But then we ground to a halt as the sun in our faces and the searing heat took its toll.

There was no scoring action for over half an hour as errors and strong defence were the order of the day. Klein frustrated the Rhinos followers, but there were plenty of groans coming from the Giants fans too.

On thirty-eight De Vere kicked a penalty after an infringement that only Klein seemed to see, and then on thirty-nine Ali was ruled to have knocked-on in chasing a charge down and the Giants went eighty metres from the scrum for De Vere to score and convert his own try. The half-time score was 04-08, somewhat against the run of play.

In the second half we started as we had the first, with an early try. This time we had to hope that we would kick on and follow it with others.

There were just two minutes on the clock when the Giants defence opened up and let Ablett make a fifty metre break. As he was hauled down he offloaded to Walker who mode the remaining twenty to score in the corner. Sinfield failed to convert but the scores were tied up at eight apiece.


Excellent

Three minutes later and O'Neill was in trouble, and on report, for an off the ball tackle on Reilly which had the Giants fans baying for his blood.

Ten minutes after the first try of the second half, the Rhinos extended the lead. Ali Lauiti'iti broke well down the left wing before passing inside to the ever eager Burrow to go thirty-five metres and score in the corner. The Sinfield conversion gave us some breathing space at 14-8.

On fifty-six it got even better for the Rhinos and their vociferous supporters. Another break by Ali Lauiti'iti saw a pass to Senior who stepped out of an attempted tackle and passed the perfect inside ball to Williams who went over. Sinfield converted for 20-8.


Awesome Ali
With twenty-minutes left, the Rhinos sealed the victory. From the kick-off Smith returned the ball, used Williams who broke a tackle, and then passed to JJB who ran the angle for seventy metres, right under the sticks. Sinfield goaled for 26-8 and the Giants had been blitzed by 22 points in 18 minutes. They were now visibly wilting in the heat as the Rhinos bandwagon rolled all over them.

When Bailey was penalised for a high tackle on the Rhinos thirty (an offence which Klein had not bothered to punish the Giants for all afternoon) the Giants took just two tackles before Brown crossed for a try on his debut. De Vere clearly missed the conversion, by several metres, but somehow the touch judges signalled a goal!

It was to be the last Giants score of the day, but the Rhinos still had some energy left in them.

On sixty-nine, Willie Poching steppedl, broke the line and offloaded inside in the tackle for Williams to go in for his second. Sinfield missed the conversion but was successful on seventy-six when a Smith break used Senior before Jamie Peacock charged over to round off the days events with a convincing 36-14 win for the Rhinos.

Leeds were poor in the first half, but the Giants defence had enough energy to keep us out. Whenever we got near the Giants try line it we were like a kid on Christmas Day morning with so many nice toys to play with we didn't know which one to choose. We can score the sensational long-range efforts seemingly at will, but to progress to the next level we need to convert territory into tries.

It didn't matter today against a Giants side who ran out of steam and ideas far too early in the piece. Not a vintage performance but plenty to give the Giants a rugby lesson and plunge them deeper into the relegation battle.

Next up...the Bulls...Headingley - 8pm - friday. Be there!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Ellis437%
8
Williams17%
6
Burrow14%
4
Lauiti'iti12%
3
Peacock5%
2
Donald2%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
5
Smith
1
Reilly
2
Donald
1
2
Aspinwall
3
Walker
1
27
Brown
1
4
Senior
4
De Vere
1
3
26
Williams
2
5
Donlan
13
Sinfield
4
6
Thorman
7
Burrow
1
7
Paul
8
Bailey
26
Mason
14
Millard
14
Jones
18
Jones-Buchanan
1
10
Gannon
16
Poching
13
Wild
10
Peacock
1
20
Raleigh
12
Ellis
11
Nero
11
Lauiti'iti
9
Drew
17
O'Neill
18
McDonald
21
Ablett
12
Snitch
20
Scruton
8
Crabtree

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
04-08
Referee:
Ashley Klein
Crowd:
7,416


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