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Rhinos Thrash Wire Academy
Posted by southstander on April 15 2007 - 18:55:14

Much Better

Paul Cullens eighteen announcement yesterday saw the omission of Briers, bringing the number of absent first teamers to ten. This was the sort of game that the Rhinos should have been able to win in their sleep.

We were at full strength against what could only be described as little more than the Warrington Academy side. My notebook was checked for adequate space and my pencil sharpened, I awaited the points onslaught.

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

52

Rhinos

v

Wolves

10

SLXII - Round 10

15th April 2007

Rhinos Thrash Wire Academy

Clinton Toopi paid the price for last weeks debacle against Wigan by being demoted to the bench. Lee Smith replaced Ali Lauiti'iti in the seventeen and was straight in on the wing with Ash Gibson moved in to replace Toopi in the centres. Kylie Leuleui was also given another change after dropping or knocking-on every time he went near the ball last week. Both would have far better games in the Warrington sunshine.

Far from being the early walkover that we all expected, the Wolves put in a brave start to the match. The Rhinos had started where they left off on thursday with some criminal ball handling early on Smith, Peacock and Webb all lost the ball under little pressure and Senior managed a carbon copy of his last minute blunder on tuesday, thankfully when we were in attack this time.

It was on the seventeenth minute when with the run of play, the Wolves took the lead. As the home side broke down the left wing, Smith missed a tackle by Ellis had tracked back to save the day. From the play-the-ball, quick hands saw the ball moved right and Westwood went in on the overlap. He converted his own try brilliantly for 6-0, and that is how it would stay until the half-hour mark.

Bang on thirty minutes, and following a forced drop out, Sinfield gave a short ball to Ellis who stepped through a tackle and scored next to the posts. It was just reward for the hardest working Rhinos player on the pitch. Sinfield aded the extras to square the game. Five minutes later and Rhinos 'supersub' Clinton Toopi was put over by Mcuire and scored with his first touch of the ball. Sinfield goaled again to give us a six point lead.

Just as it seemed that the game was turning our wa, Warrington hit back with a score just before half-time to deliver the message that they were going to scrap for this.

A high kick to the corner was knocked-back by Barnett, under no real challenge from Smith, and into the hands of Grose who dropped over the line to score. Mercifully Westwood failed to convert and we looked like taking a two point lead into the sheds.

But as the hooter warmed up, we snatched the initiative.


Stormer

Senior broke from in his own half, passed inside to McGuire and as McGuire set off for the corner he realised he was going to be caught and passed back inside for Donald to score ten from the posts. Sinfield converted for an 18-10 half-time lead. We were reasonable comfortable, but as long as Warrington could keep going they looked like they could cause us trouble.

It took only two minutes of the second half before McGuire put Keith Senior through a gap to go behind the sticks and make the skippers conversion a formality. Four minutes later and a McGuire grubber on the last, after the Wolves had coughed up the ball in the middle of the field, was read perfectly by Burrow and he touched down before he slid out of the goal area. Sinfield added the extras and in the ten minutes around half-time we'd stretched the lead to 30-10. The young Wolves looked dejected and it was now a case of how many rather than the result.


Genuis
On fifty-five Thackray scored a superb solo effort from twenty-metres, spinning out of two tackles before grounding. Sinfields conversion gave us 36-10. It was all over for the home side and their supporters started the 'Warington Walk'.

With fifteen minutes remaining the Rhinos had forced another dropout and from the resulting set of six a short ball from Diskin put Webb over. The Sinfield extras took us to 42-10. Warrington were still trying to play, not resorting to the dirty tactics that so many other sides in their position would, but it was a lost cause.

On seventy, Diskin should have scored but decided to pass ten metres out. The ball was knocked down by a Warrington defender but collected brilliantly by Lee Smith who kept the move alive with Ellis eventually putting McGuire over. Sinfield missed the conversion, his first miss of the afternoon and the ony blot on his copybook.

Four minutes from the final hooter and Leeds scored their best try of the day with great handling up the mid-field saw McGuire make the Wolves forty. McGuire chipped over the top and with four other Leeds players in support Burrow hacked forward and won the race to ground the ball with an outstretched hand. Sinfields goal gave us 52-10 and a very satisfying day at the office.

Let's not get carried away, this was a comprehensive win against a decimated Warrington side. Having said that we went and did the job that we should have done, absorbing early pressure and then sinking them either side of half-time. Special mention to three players who contributed to last weeks nightmares. Toopi, Leuleui and Senior all had good games today, with the former pair possibly showing up the best that they have in Rhinos shirts. Seniors one early blemish was overshadowed by his workrate throughout the rest of the game. Gaz Ellis and Robbie Burrow also deserve a big mention, these two are the heart and soul of the Rhinos side.

So, who's next?.......oh, no....it's the Saints!

See you all at Headingley next saturday for what is likely to be a lot less one-sided (we hope!).


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Thackray25%
8
McGuire20%
6
Burrow18%
6
Ellis18%
4
Senior10%
3
Toopi5%
2
Donald3%
2
Sinfield3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
Reardon
2
Donald
1
2
Fa'afili
20
Gibson
3
Gleeson, Martin
4
Senior
1
5
Grose
1
5
Smith
18
Bennett
6
McGuire
1
13
Anderson
7
Burrow
2
9
Clarke
16
Bailey
10
Rauhihi
9
Diskin
14
Gleeson, Mark
10
Peacock
21
Bracek
11
Jones-Buchanan
12
Westwood
1
1
12
Ellis
1
23
Wainright
13
Sinfield
8
22
Harrison
8
Leuleui
24
Riley
15
Thackray
1
28
Jerram
3
Toopi
1
25
Cooper
18
Kirke
19
Pickersgill

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
06-10
Referee:
Ben Thaler
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