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U18's Overcome Downpour
Posted by southstander on August 24 2006 - 08:21:34

Well Played
By Matthew Horton

The Under 18’s travelled to the DRAM Centre to play the Huddersfield Giants in their quest to overhaul St Helens and claim second spot and a second chance in the Junior Academy Championship. The 6pm kick off was delayed by 20 minutes do to the late arrival of a doctor and with the atrocious weather conditions it was going to be touch and go if the game would be completed before darkness fell.

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Rhinos

v

Giants

12

U18's Academy

23rd August 2006

U18's Overcome Downpour

It was the Rhinos who were first on the board in only the second minute of the game, after forcing a turnover deep in the Huddersfield quarter Gareth Moore put up a kick to the corner on the last tackle. Leroy Cudjoe couldn’t take the ball in and Jodie Broughton was on the spot to claim the touchdown. The conversion attempt from Moore drifted across the face of the posts but it was an early 4-0 lead for the Rhinos.

A good start became a better one four minutes later when the Rhinos claimed their second try of the evening. The ball was moved right by Tom Sheldrake and Simon Brown and Tom Burton got on the outside of Ryan Gorman to score out wide. The conversion from Moore was successful this time and it was 10-0 to the Rhinos.

Huddersfield hit back, aided by some poor options from the Rhinos and forced three goal line dropouts. On the third occasion, a clearance from Wayne Reittie hit Matt Whittaker only 15 metres from the line and he somehow recovered. The ball was quickly moved left while the Rhinos defensive line tried to reorganise and Leroy Cudjoe sent Ryan Gorman in at the corner. Chris Brooke was unable to convert but Huddersfield were back in the game.

The Rhinos defence was then put under huge pressure as Huddersfield gained the advantage territorially and kept Leeds pinned deep in their own half. The Leeds defensive line was split when Whittaker and Craig Williams sent Luke Roberts clear. A desperate James Archibald tackle hauled Roberts back, but the play the ball was quick, the ball moved to the left again and it was Cudjoe again who provided the money ball to send Graham Dobbs in at the corner. Again Brooke was unable to convert but the Rhinos lead was cut to two points.

Leeds though clawed their way back into the game, led by the determination of the pack and their ability to run the ball up field and get the Rhinos into decent field position. Crucially the Rhinos struck right before half time. Sheldrake and Simon Brown again creating the space and James Archibald hit the line at speed to go over the line. Moore converted, the half time whistle went and Leeds were 16-8 to the good.

Leeds then got the perfect start to the second half with 44 minutes on the watch, Joe Chandler making a huge bust through some poor Huddersfield defence. He rounded the full back Cudjoe and looked to be scoring himself before being hauled back but Ben Jones-Bishop was on hand to take the offload and dive over. Moore’s conversion was waved away but Leeds had some breathing space at 20-8.

They had even more breathing space 7 minutes later when Sheldrake split the Huddersfield defence, his offload to Paul McShane as he was falling to the floor was sublime and the hooker sent Joe Howey in by the side of the posts. Moore converted this time and Rhinos were clear at 26-8.

Huddersfield were still a determined outfit and the ferocity of their defence at time was excellent, but they were matched stride for stride by the Rhinos. With Ben Jones, Joe Chandler and Danny Allan leading the way with the big hits. The next score was crucial and again it went the way of the Rhinos with 12 minutes left. Sheldrake again the architect as his pass released Wayne Reittie down the left wing and he outpaced the Huddersfield defence to go over. Moore was unable to convert but at 30-8 the two points were in the bag.

Huddersfield gained a consolation score with 7 minutes to go as a cross field kick from Luke Broady was missed by Sheldrake and Reittie, who collided with each other, the ball ran into the in goal area and Jake Wilson was on hand to touch down in the gathering gloom. Broady missed the conversion and Huddersfield were into double figures.

Leeds though were not done, and put the icing on the cake in the last minute. Paul McShane making the break and releasing debutant Chris Clarkson. He was caught inches short of the try line by Shaun Garrod who then held on too long and was dispatched to the sin bin. Leeds took the tap, Ben Fawcett went close before Paul McShane sneaked over from dummy half, Moore added the conversion and the Rhinos were 36-12 winners. This win keeps the pressure up on St Helens and it looks like it is all going to boil down to when the teams clash at Knowsley Road in the last game of the season.

Superb performance in the conditions, the rain pelted down for the first 65 minutes of the game. Although there was some handling errors, which is to be expected in the conditions, and apart from a 10-minute spell in the first half Leeds were always on top. The props Ben Jones, Ben Fawcett and Joe Chandler were superb, carting the ball up with power and pace. Sheldrake had a hand in almost every thing good Leeds did but the SouthStander.com man of the match went to Tom Burton. Playing out of position on the wing, he caught every high ball put up in his direction. Was powerful ball in hand and set the example for his teammates.

The Under 18’s are back in action on Saturday September 2nd when they travel to Warrington to take on the Wolves. A venue and kick off time is yet to be confirmed for this game.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
1
Cudjoe
2
Burton
1
2
Lopag
3
Archibald
1
3
Lawrence
4
Broughton
1
4
Dobbs
1
5
Reitte
1
5
Gorman
1
6
Sheldrake
6
Garrod
7
Moore
4
7
Brooke
8
Jones
8
Holmes
9
McShane
1
9
Whittaker
10
Fawcett
10
Roberts
11
Brown, L.
11
Wilson, Jake
1
12
Allan
12
Wilson, James
13
Brown, S.
13
Donlan
14
Clarkson
14
Broady
15
Howey
1
15
Williams
16
Elkington
16
Lawson
17
Chandler
17
Prendergast

Kick Off:
18:20
Half-Time:
16-08
Referee:
G Dolan

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