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Garbage Rhinos Totally Outplayed
Posted by southstander on July 30 2006 - 17:45:30

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Two hours at Odsal Stadium this afternoon summed up what it means to be a Rhinos fan.

We arrived full of expectation, looking forward to a weekend away in the big smoke, and with the next eighty minutes being just a formality against the massive underdogs, the Huddersfield Giants.

Our lads took the field, collectively had their worst game of the season in arguably the most important fixture, and were totally outplayed by a side who until the last couple of weeks were looking relegation from Superleague squarely in the face.

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12

Rhinos

v

Giants

30

Challenge Cup Semi Final

Odsal - Bradford

30th July 2006

Garbage Rhinos Totally Outplayed

The Rhinos were without Danny McGuire, a surprise to few after he picked up a knock last weekend and struggled all week to regain some fitness. Smith was back at full-back (although by the end of eighty he will have been wishing he hadn't been) and Ian Kirke got a long overdue recall to the bench.

The Rhinos were in their home strip, with the Giants in all white away, and started the game attacking towards a travelling support which outnumbered that of our opponents by a ratio of 4:1. An early scare set the scene for the battle ahead, and it was a scare for the Rhinos.

A high kick was fielded badly by Lee Smith who appeared to knock on against a Giants player with the ball ricocheting into the hands of Paul Smith for him to turn and touch down. The video referee had a good luck and ruled offside with a Leeds penalty, when a scrum to the Giants would have been a fairer decision. Smith was now a marked man and would be peppered for the rest of the afternoon.

On fourteen, Rob Burrow made a sensational tackle on the touchline and dragged Donlan into touch when he had no-one left to beat and a clear run down the left touchline. It had been a shaky Rhinos start and we neded to steady the ship.

On fifteen, and after getting possession from a scrum resulting from the excellent Burrow tackle, Leeds moved the ball right through several sets of hands for Donald to score in the corner. The video referee looked at a possible obstruction by Bailey but there was a sigh of relief from the Rhinos fans as the word 'TRY' came up on the big screen. We had been a little lucky but Sinfield took full advantage with the two.

We were now 6-0 to the good, somewhat against the run of play.


One of the Few

On twenty, Lee Smith once again put his colleagues under pressure as he knocked-on from a high kick. The Giants probed left and right before good hands allowed Nero to step inside and score. DeVere kicked the goal to level the scores.

Five minutes later and the Rhinos were stunned. A grubber through on the last saw Donlan win the footrace with a lethargic Donald to touch down with millimetres to spare. DeVere kicked the goal from the touchline for 12-6 and it was no more than the underdogs deserved.

With five minutes of the half remaining Leeds benefitted from Thorman kicking the ball out on the full as they built towards the Giants line from forty metres out. After a penalty for the markers not being square the ball found its way to Poching in the centres who stepped past Thorman to dive over. The Sinfield goal levelled the scores at 12-12 for half time in a game which we should have been losing.

The feeling on the terrace was that we couldn't possibly play that badly in the second half and it was only a matter of time before we stepped up a gear and took the initiative and the game. How wrong we were...


A Trier
On fifty-three minutes, and the first Giants attack of the second half, Smith missed a tackle and allowed Nero to cross. DeVere goaled but we had plenty of time left.

On the hour mark, the Giants took advantage of a massive overlap with a long ball to Donlan on the wing who went over and improved the angle. DeVere missed the conversion but we were now 22-12 down with twenty minutes left. We needed to start playing, but as the lads kicked tried, there was no gear to move up into.

On sixty-three, DeVere kicked a penalty after a high tackle by Bailey on Crabtree. We still had time...but we were staring to cut it fine.

The game was over on seventy-two when a flop by Peacock, having the worst game of his life, gifted DeVere another two. Three tries needed in eight minutes, even the most optimistic Rhinos fan knew that it was all over.

The icing on the Giants cake came in the last minute when a pass to the wing was missed, kicked into the in-goal and dropped on by DeVere. The video referee ruled try and the DeVere miss of the conversion meant nothing to the outcome. The Rhinos had lost 30-12 after being nilled in the second half and totally outplayed for eighty minutes.

This was a total embarrassment for the Rhinos, the administration at the club, and the thousands of supporters who deserve so much better. This is now the third loss in three games and with Hull FC and Wigan the next two up it could well be five! At the start of the season we didn't look big enough or strong enough and at the point when it really matters our weaknesses have shown themselves. We've recruited as lethargically for next season as we played today, as other sides have signed international star after international star.

Some of those players out on the park today were a disgrace to their badge. Peacock had an absolute stinker and I wouldn't have Lee Smith in an Under 11's side the way he's playing at the moment. Sinfield, inspirational last week against Saints was totally devoid of any creative play, and the forwards seemed to go missing in action.

Congratulations to the Rhinos for channelling their money into the new Carnegie Stand to the benefit of the rah-rah fans (League supporters will have the sun in their faces for evening kick-offs) at the expense of playing staff, it may well be the biggest white elephant in the world next season when there are no fans to sit in it.

This simply isn't good enough...the rot needs to be stopped now or we are looking at a second consecutive trophyless season.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
-
Burrow32%
-
Ellis32%
-
Poching23%
-
Sinfield6%
-
Gibson4%
-
Jones-Buchanan2%
-
Senior2%

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
13
Wild
4
Senior
4
De Vere
1
5
27
Gibson
5
Donlan
2
13
Sinfield
2
6
Thorman
7
Burrow
7
Paul
18
Jones-Buchanan
15
Jackson
9
Diskin
9
Drew
20
Scruton
10
Gannon
10
Peacock
11
Nero
2
11
Lauiti'iti
17
Smith, P.
12
Ellis
14
Jones
8
Bailey
8
Crabtree
14
Millard
20
Smith, S.
16
Poching
1
20
Raleigh
22
Kirke
26
Mason

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
12-12
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
12,574


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