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Beaten By the Better Side
Posted by southstander on July 16 2006 - 18:00:08

100% Burrow

This was a match that the Rhinos couldn't lose! Even Tony Smith believed it as he 'rested' Sinfield and recent talisman Gareth Ellis, showing the relegation threatend Tigers little respect. There was no doubting that the lads on show would be able to take the two points, but we didn't allow for the determination and effort that the Tigers would put in.

It was a game that the Rhinos would lead for just thirteen minutes, as the Tigers triumphed in one of the closest eighty minutes of the season.

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30

Rhinos

v

Tigers

31

SLXI - Round 21

16th July 2006

Beaten by the Better Team

It must have been blisteringly hot as the teams took to the field. We were melting stood in the shade of the stand, so I pitied the Rhinos fans behind the sticks, and our lads who would have to run around for eighty minutes in this mid-July heatwave. Sinfield and Ellis were both missing, with Lauiti'iti in at loose forward. Diskin was back from injury on the bench and was joined by SouthStander.com sponsored Ashley Gibson.

The first four minutes were breathless, and not punctuated by a single stoppage. The Rhinos caused the first stoppage with a try. After being camped on our own line we regained posession and moved the ball left. Senior broke for forty metres before passing inside to Rob Burrow who went fifty to score under the sticks. Rob goaled and we were off to a great start at six-nil.

It was a lead that lasted four minutes and was broken by the most unlikely of sources. Danny Ward received the ball on the Leeds forty, threw a dummy and went forty to score under the sticks. Brough goaled to level the scores.

Leeds still looked comfortable but it was the same old staory, and inability to convert ball into tries. On twenty-three a shocking first touch from Diskin gifted the Tigers the ball inside their own twenty. They moved the ball downfield with great skill and Fletcher won the footrace with Williams to score in the corner. Brough failed to convert but the Cas fans were in raptures.

WIth six minutes of the half remaining Leeds were in the Tigers twenty. A McGuire step saw the GB stand-off over next to the sticks and the Burrow goal regained the lead. It looked like we just had to hang on to take the advantage into the break.

Senior hadn't read the script and he managed to knock the Cas kick-off into touch under pressure. The Tigers moved the ball left, and then right, before Shenton ran over the top of Burrow. Brough missed from the touchline but the home side took a 14-12 lead in at half time.


Two Tries

Within two minutes of the restart, a JJB foul gifted Broiugh a two point penalty for 16-12 and three minutes later a suicidal pass by Danny McGuire on the Tigers forty metre line allowed McGoldrick to intercept and go sixty to score. Brough goaled and the margin was far too wide for comfort. The Rhinos were being made to look like the side struggling for survival, rather than pushing for the minor premiership.

There was still time!

On fifty-one, Walker stepped out of four attempted tackles and passed to McGuire who ran forty metres on the angle to score under the sticks. Burrow goaled to close the deficit to four points at 18-22 but a Senior interference in chasing back the kick-off gifted Brough another two points.

On fifty-eight, Brough missed a simple penalty after Leeds stole the ball in the tackle, but he made amends with what was to prove a decisive drop goal with the clock showing twenty-minutes remaining.


Poachers Try
With eleven minutes left a McGuire grubber on the last was fumbled in goal by Dyer and Donald pounced on the loose ball to score. Burrow goaled to narrow the deficit to the single point.

With seven to go, a Tigers grubber on the last was missed by the Rhinos defence and collected by Fletcher for his second. The Brough goal re-established the seven point lead and some Rhinos fans started to make for the exits.

A short range Millard effort, with the clock showing three minutes remaining, set up a nailbiter of a finish, but the Tigers held out for a famous single point win.

The Rhinos were not at the top of their game and made a number of uncharacteristic errors. The heat got to the players and tempers frayed. Kirkpatrick did not have his most impartial of games and it did seem that most of the 50/50 calls went in favour of the home side, but atthe end of the day, the Tigers played better, retained more ball, and took their changes better than the Rhinos.

Take nothing away from Castleford, this was a great win in their 'cup final' and they can hold out more hope of retaining their Superleague status as a result. This may be a kick-up-the-arse for the Rhinos at an important time of the season and to be honest, it is a defeat that has been coming for a few weeks.

I think we can now wave goodbye to the Minor Premiership and will need a confidence building win over the Saints next week at Headingley. If we play like this again, we'll get trounced.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Burrow41%
7
Peacock15%
7
Luiti'iti15%
4
Donald9%
4
McGuire9%
2
Poching6%
2
Walker6%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
5
Smith
1
Platt
2
Donald
1
4
Dyer
3
Walker
19
Viane
4
Senior
3
Shenton
1
5
Williams
30
Fletcher, A.
2
6
McGuire
2
23
McGoldrick
1
7
Burrow
1
5
31
Brough
5
1
18
Jones-Buchanan
8
Sculthorpe
14
Millard
1
9
Henderson
20
Scruton
10
Nutley
10
Peacock
21
Manu
16
Poching
27
Ward
1
11
Lauiti'iti
29
Lupton
9
Diskin
15
Huby
8
Bailey
20
Fa-aosa
27
Gibson
13
Roarty
17
O'Neill
17
Fletcher R.

Kick Off:
15:30
Half-Time:
12-14
Referee:
Karl Kirkpatrick
Crowd:
11,016


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