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Wildcats Maul the Rhinos
Posted by southstander on July 20 2007 - 23:21:02

Rhinos Pack

As the full-time hooter sounded, and we all trudged out of Headingley with our chins firmly on our chests, I received a text message.

A message of never mind, chin-up? An invite to the pub to drown my sorrows?

No, it was a message from a mate in Huddersfield who gloated, 'Even the Giants can beat the Wildcats!'. And he's right. How poor were we to lose at home to a bunch of no-names like that? It simply isn't good enough.

Full report here...

16

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

23

SLXII - Round XXII

20th July 2007

Wildcats Maul the Rhinos

Tony Smith opted for the same seventeen who under-performed in the rain at the JJB last week. Once again Scruton was eighteenth man and he must be wondering what anyone has to do to get dropped. The relentless rain continued until after kick-off and it felt more like a winters night than mid-summer.

Leeds dominated the early play, with the visitors rarely getting outside their own half for more than a kick chase. But despite all of the early Leeds pressure an excellent Wakefield defence kept the scores blank for the firt quarter of an hour. On sixteen, however, the Rhinos gottheir breakthrough from the unlikeliest source.

A McGuire chip kick on the last tackle was caught in the air by Bailey who spun over the line and grounded the ball. Sinfield converted from in-front and silenced the wet, but high-spirited visiting support. This should have been the launch pad for the Rhinos to kick-on from, but we'd not manage another point in the half.

On twenty, Wakefield got their first points from the boot of Rooney after Toopi was judged not to have played the ball correctly on the Leeds twenty. The 'Cats stand-off added another two some nine minutes later after Bailey was ruled to have stripped the ball in the tackle.

Once again our opponents were taking full advantage of our poor discipline an racking up the penalty points.

What should have been a comfortable half time lead ended up being a narrow two pointer, but we were attacking the Carnegie stand in the second half, things must surely get better.


Opener

With the second half just seconds old, it looked like Lauiti'iti would certainly score, but with the line beckoning he slipped an inside ball to no-one and Wakefield collected the loose ball. It was a massive chance wasted, for a seconds stupidity.

On forty-seven the Rhinos scored a belter. McGuire passed to Toopi who stepped off both feet to beat three tacklers before passing back inside to McGuire. Danny drew the defence and then passed inside to Burrow who went over from thirty metres to score under the sticks. Sinfield goaled for an eight point lead. It was a good platform.

But then we just dried up, and seemed to sit back and let the Wildcats come at us.

On sixty-two Elima crashed over after a good 'Cats pressure and Rooney added the extras for 12-10.


Gave 110%
Leeds answered within five minutes, but not without a bit of luck and controversy. A McGuire grubber on the last appeared to be touched down on the dead ball line by Scott Donald but after consulting with the other officials, Silverwood gave the try. Sinfield missed the goal but we were back in a six point lead at 16-10.

The decision spurred the visitors on and after the Rhinos spilled the ball on half-way a superb flowing passing move downfield saw Atkins go over and Rooneys goal levelled the game at 16-16. You felt it was slipping away as we had run out of ideas.

On seventy-six the Wildcats managed their set well to give Rooney a simple twenty-metre drop goal for a one point lead. The Rhinos short kick-off was too short and from the resulting penalty the pressure was too much and George scored a try off a grubber kick when the Rhinos defenders failed to clear the ball dead.

Another too short, short kick-off saw the game end with a Wakefield penalty, and total humiliation for the Rhinos fans who had braved the apalling weather.

All credit to Wakefield. This was a big performance for them, and one that shows that they have the players and determination to be a top-sic side. They out-thought and outplayed us tonight and deserved the two points.

We, however, have a team that don't look as though they can, let alone want to play. We have a coach who appears to have both eyes on his new GB coach and neither on what is happening to his current club side. And, we have a chief executive who tantalises us with a potential new signing and then doesn't bother putting his hand in his pocket. Is there an wonder that more and more supporters are getting disillusioned?

Get your Superleague money on Saints, they are through their rocky period. We are just getting started on ours!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Hall18%
7
Burrow15%
7
Webb15%
5
Donald12%
5
Leuleui12%
3
Bailey9%
3
McGuire9%
1
Toopi6%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
21
Blaymire
2
Donald
1
22
Fox
3
Toopi
17
Henderson
4
Senior
4
Atkins
1
25
Hall
28
White
6
McGuire
6
Rooney
5
1
7
Burrow
1
7
Jeffries
16
Bailey
1
8
Watene
23
Tansey
9
Obst
10
Peacock
16
Bibey
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
Ferres
12
Ellis
18
Elima
1
13
Sinfield
2
3
Demetriou
14
Lauiti'iti
25
Moore
15
Thackray
11
Catic
8
Leuleui
20
Latu
18
Kirke
26
George
1

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-04
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
16,654


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