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Rhinos Put Dragons to the Sword
Posted by southstander on September 15 2006 - 23:23:17

Terrific Tansey

As we said in the preview, this was a nothing game.

The best that we could hope for was a solid performance, a few decent tries, and to enter the play-offs with no more injuries and a successful return for Danny McGuire.

Over thirteen thousand still turned out for the non-event, a very small fraction of which were the merry band of Frenglish who have attached themselves to Les Cats in their inaugral season.

We bring you all of the action here......

60

Rhinos

v

Dragons

12

SLXI - Round 28

15th September 2006

Rhinos Put Dragons to the Sword

Tony Smith sprung a major pre-kick-off surprise with the announcement that the Rhinos would be lining up without Jamie Peacock. Danny McGuire was in the starting thirteen with Sinfield back at stand-off. Starting props were Scruton and JJB with Ian Kirke getting a start in the second row, although that wouldn't last very long. It was a massively young Rhinos side, but then the Catalans teamsheet also contained several names unfamiliar even to those who have been following the Dragons all season.

The Rhinos wasted little time getting the scoreboard moving as they attacked the new Carnegie Stand in perfect weather conditions. With just three minutes on the clock Scott Donald diffused a bomb and worked the ball up field. A couple of plays later Donald, always looking for work tonight, received a pass and broke down the right wing before putting a (suspiciously forward) pass into the hands of the supporting Tansey who went forty metres to score under the sticks. Sinfield converted from close for 6-0.

On seven minutes Les Catalans knocked-on from a high bomb and then conceeded a penalty on the first play after the scrum. JJB went close before the ball was moved wide to the left wing and Danny Williams went over after a quick pass from Senior. Sinfields boot gave us 12-0 and the visitors must have been getting a bad case of Deja Vu. On ten minutes a good jinking mid-field run by Burrow saw him find some space to pass to Senior. Keith found a gap and went twenty before putting Tansey over under the sticks. The Sinfield conversion gave us 18-0, the same lead we had after seven minutes in Perpignan. I was beginning to like playing the French.

But it wasn't to all go our way. On fourteen the Rhinos conceeded a penalty only ten out from our line and as Les Cats moved the ball to the left Bosc found space to cross.Frayssinous goaled no narrow the margin.

After a frenzied start it took until the twenty-seventh minute for the next score. Les Catalans were penalised for interference and Leeds passed right through several pairs of hands before DOnald went over off a Toopi pass. Sinfield goaled superbly from the touchline for 24-6.


Williams Brace

Just after the half-hour mark a sensational overhead offload by Thackray went left and Ellis took two tacklers over the line with him for a try. Sinny made it five from five for 30-6.

Les Catalans struck back on thirty-five after Tansey had knocked-on from the kick-off and keeping the ball alive well they moved play from left to right before Murphy went over in the corner. Frayssinous goaled well and narrowed the margin to eighteen, but this would be the closest that the visitors would get.

The last action of the half saw an excellent break from Toopi and a pass inside to Donald for a mini-break before releasing Tansey to score his hat-trick try under the sticks. With Sinfield taking a well earned rest, Burrow converted to send the sides in separated by a twenty-four point margin, with the Rhinos to the good.

It has been a decent first half with the visitors two tries coming from a daft penalty and a careless knock-on. There was very little to be afraid of an with the poor state of the french sides defensive line it was clear that there would be plenty of opportunities for tries in the second forty.


Seven from Seven
Leeds started the second half as they had the first. On forty-two a short ball from Burrow was taken by Senior at speed and he broke the Dragons line to score under the sticks. Burrow's conversion made it 42-12.

On fifty, the Rhinos were keeping the ball alive well in the visitors twenty. The ball ended up with McGuire and he buried under the defence to ground the ball. Burrow added the extras and it was now 48-12 and we were coasting.

With the game won we eased off the gas, and saw a twenty-one minute try drought, as Smith made several changes which included the withdrawal of MGuire after sixty-five minutes on the field.

On seventy-one the Rhinos once again kept the ball alive well and JJB went over. Sinfield was back on the field and made it a personal six from six.

The last scoring action ofthe game was a second try for Danny Williams who went over in the left hand corner as the Rhinos gave the ball some air. Sinfield made it seven out of seven and gave the Rhinos a 60-12 win, exactly the same margin (48 points) that we won by in Perpignan.

This wasn't a great Rhinos performance and there were plenty more points there for the taking if we had wanted to humiliate Les Cats. Danny looked fine for his sixty-five minutes and hopefully he was withdraw due to fatigue rather than any nasty recurrence of the injury. There were a few sloppy mistakes but I'd have rather seen them tonight than in the first play-off next friday night. This now gives us a platform upon which to build...hopefully towards Old Trafford.

Now the real business is about to begin!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Tansey64%
8
Burrow13%
6
McGuire8%
5
Ellis5%
5
Sinfield5%
3
Donald3%
2
Senior3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Dragons
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
28
Tansey
3
14
Bosc
1
2
Donald
1
2
Murphy
1
30
Toopi
29
Khattabi
4
Senior
1
18
Sadaoui
26
Williams
2
5
Verges
6
McGuire
1
6
Frayssinous
2
7
Burrow
3
7
Jones
20
Scruton
30
Griffi
9
Diskin
9
Berthezene
18
Jones-Buchanan
1
20
Fellous
22
Kirke
13
Mounis
12
Ellis
1
10
Guisset
13
Sinfield
7
12
Hindmarsh
14
Millard
22
Fakir
29
Thackray
19
Chan
11
Lauiti'iti
8
Beattie
8
Bailey
21
Touxagas

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
36-12
Referee:
Karl Kirkpatrick
Crowd:
13,391


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