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Academy Rhinos Run Riot
Posted by southstander on February 19 2005 - 01:07:37

Hat-trick Murrell
By Matthew Horton

The Under-21’s began their campaign tonight as the curtain raiser to the main game when they took on the Salford City Reds.

The Reds, who arrived only 25 minutes before the scheduled kick off time, due to traffic on the M62 must be wishing they had turned round and gone home as the Rhinos swept to an emphatic victory.

66

Rhinos

v

City Reds

04

Senior Academy

Grading Phase

18th February 2005

Rhinos Run Riot

The game kicked off 15 minutes late in blustery conditions with the Rhinos attacking the Western Terrace and after an attempted penalty kick to touch from Salford only found Chris Buttery, the centre went on a run down the Southern touchline to put Salford on the back foot. Danny Williams went close from the play the ball, before I’Anson and Botham’s quick hands created the space for Scott Murrell to go over. Liam Botham converted and the Rhinos were 6 points to the good inside 5 minutes.

It took only four minutes for the second try to arrive, Carl Ablett and Liam Botham creating the space for John Gallagher to burrow under three would be defenders to put the ball down, Botham converted. On 17 minutes the Rhinos struck again, a neat kick through from Gallagher had the Salford winger Hamilton in two minds and Danny Williams was first to react, putting boot to ball and getting a favourable bounce to go over. Botham again converted and the Rhinos were 18 points to the good.

The Rhinos continued to go at over a point a minute when on 21 minutes good play from Luke Stenchion found Carl Ablett and he looked to be going over the line before the Salford cover got to him. But he managed to offload the ball in the tackle to Ashley Gibson and the centre went over. He improved the angle for Botham to convert. The Rhinos then seemed to switch off and nearly paid the price on 31 minutes when Clough was denied by a super tackle from Scruton and Botham. The Rhinos had the last laugh of the half though when a kick from Ablett was fumbled by Bamford and Scott Murrell was on hand for his second try of the night, Botham was on target and the Rhinos went to oranges 30 points to the good.

Salford though struck first in the second half after space was created for Todd to go over in the corner. (I actually missed this as I was in the FAE and the half time break was cut short). Clough couldn’t convert. It was then all Rhinos, on 49 minutes the try of the night, a super ball from Joe Walsh set Lee Smith in the clear. He had Iain Gordon on his shoulder but as the Salford defence converged he found Scott Murrell to go in for his hat trick try. Botham converted. Six minutes later the Rhinos were in again, an inside pass from Ablett finding Lee Smith and he jinked his way over under the posts. Botham tagged on the extras and the Rhinos led 42-4.

It was now a question of how many points the Rhinos would score and they found four more tries in the last quarter to entertain the growing Headingley crowd. First on 60 minutes, Salford turned possession over near their own line and Dave Tootill took advantage of the stretched Salford defence to go in. On 68 minutes a flowing move involving Ablett, Murrell and Botham saw the second row man cut infield to find the supporting Jamie I’Anson to go over next to the posts. Botham converting both and it was 54-4.

The Rhinos scored twice in the last three minutes, Ablett, Buttery and Tootill combining to send John Gallagher over, before the scrum half also grabbed a hat trick just before the final whistle. Botham converted both to finish with 11/11 in difficult conditions and a 66-4 win for the Rhinos.

Salford really did not provide a stern enough test for the Rhinos tonight and harder games are on the horizon but it was a good learning experience for the lads. Standouts for the Rhinos tonight were the halfbacks Murrell and Gallagher. And the front row lads of Stenchion and Scruton were impressive. Liam Botham showed why he is knocking on the door for a first grade spot. The SouthStander.com Man of the Match though went to Danny Williams who had an outstanding game on the wing.

The Senior Academy’s next game is on Saturday 26th February away at Warrington, the game kicks off at 2.30pm and will be played at Wilderspool.

Match Facts

Rhinos
City Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
1
1
Bamford
2
Gardener
2
Hamilton
3
Gibson
1
3
Dobson
4
Buttery
4
McAvoy
5
Williams
1
5
Todd
1
6
Murrell
3
6
Humphries
7
Gallagher
3
7
Francis
8
Scruton
8
Hayes
9
I'Anson J.
1
9
Clough
10
Stenchion
15
Mole
11
Golden
11
Stevens
12
Botham
11
12
Sharkey
13
Ablett
13
Gorton
14
Tansey
14
Waterworth
15
Gordon
10
Tyrer
16
Walsh
16
Gooch
17
Tootill
1
17
Gibson

Kick Off:
17:45
Half-Time:
30-00
Referee:
Paul Carr (Castleford)


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