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Rhinos Hold On
Posted by Number 2 on August 10 2007 - 18:32:37

Impressive
By Matthew Horton

After the dramatic victory at St Mary's College last weekend the Rhinos faced up to the Salford City Reds at Headingley Carnegie with a couple of enforced team changes after Nick Scruton and Mike Ratu were promoted to the first team.

In what was a very young Rhinos side, Simon Brown made his Senior Academy debut alongside Joe Howey who was on the bench.

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

38

Rhinos

v

City Reds

26

Senior Academy Championship

10th August 2007

Rhinos Hold On

After a delayed kick off due to no referee it was a good opening from the Rhinos that saw them attacking the Salford line the visitors stunned them with the opening try after just two minutes. Jason Walton with the break and he found Andy Ballard on half way who sped away to scored in the corner. Ballard then converted his own try to give the City Reds and early 6 point advantage.

The Rhinos hit back six minutes later, after an error giving them good field position. Lee Smith chimed into the line from full back to collect Kyle Briggs pass and despite his offload going to ground Jodie Broughton was able to collect and get in at the corner. Briggs was unable to convert and the Rhinos trailed 6-4.

Leeds took the lead with a quarter of the game gone, a huge bust from Carl Ablett saw him power up field. He had the full back to beat but Lee Smith was on the inside to collect the pass and go in under the posts from 40 metres. Briggs added the goal to edge the Rhinos 10-6 ahead.

The Rhinos were on the front foot, indiscipline and an error from Salford enabling Leeds to get a foothold in the Salford 20. And when Ben Kaye went to the blind side Jodie Broughton powered his way in, carrying three Salford defenders over the line with him. Briggs converted from the touchline to extend the lead to 10 points.

Three minutes later the Rhinos were in again, Carl Ablett with the offload and Lee Smith found a chink in the Salford defensive line to speed away under the posts for his second try of the evening. The conversion from Briggs was a formality to take the Rhinos lead to 22-6.

After again getting a penalty to help them down field the Rhinos struck again the 31st minute. On the last tackle a high crossfield kick was collected by Michael Brown, he found Liam Brown who then gave the return pass for Michael Brown to cross the line. Briggs again converted to extend the Rhinos lead to 22 points.

The City Reds hit back four minutes before half time, after three consecutive sets inside the Rhinos 20 the defence was stretched and Stefan Ratchford found David Gower who went through a huge gap to go over. Ballard converted to bring the score back to 28-12 in favour of the Rhinos. The Rhinos has to contend with some heavy Salford pressure in the last moments of the first half but went into half time with their 16 point advantage intact.

Salford created the first chance of the second half when David Gower made a break down the South Stand touchline, his pass found Stefan Ratchford but Joe Howey managed to get back and strip the ball in a one on one tackle and the ball fell to safety in Michael Brown's hands. With 13 minutes on the clock Salford were denied a try when Andy Ballard was ruled to be in front of a kick through by Luke Adamson.

It was all Salford, Andy Ballard was denied twice in the space of a couple of minutes when he was first held up over the line after collecting a kick through and he was then ruled to be dead in goal after collecting another kick through.

Leeds soaked up the pressure and struck on their first visit to the Salford red zone in the second half. There were 60 minutes on the clock when Carl Ablett and Michael Haley created to overlap to send Jason Hart over. Lee Smith took over the kicking duties and duly extended the Rhinos lead to 34-12.

Salford hit straight back, after a kick went out on the full the visitors had a scrum on the half way line and Stefan Ratchford surprised the Rhinos by putting a kick in over the top. Andy Ballard was too quick for everyone as he touched the ball down over the line. He went on though to push his conversion across the front of the posts to leave the gap at 18 points.

The vistors were building the pressure, on the last tackl Ratchford dummied the kick and set off downfield, his pass was intercepted by Briggs but he could only bat it back towards his own line and Jason Walton tapped the ball over the line to drop on it and score. Ballard converted and the score to 34-22 in favour of the Rhinos.

Salford struck again with 8 minutes to go, after Wayne Reittie was out of the defensive line after picking an injury up Lewis Palfrey put the kick behind the Rhinos defensive line and Damon Forshaw just touched down in the corner. Ballard's conversion was off target to leave the gap at 8 points.

Leeds made the game safe on the last play of the game, Lee Smith with a mazy run through the Salford defensive line before breaking clear to touch down in the corner. Briggs was off target with the conversion but the Rhinos edged home 28-26.

After playing only 5 days ago in hot conditions in London the Rhions visibly wilted in the second half showed great determination to hang on and collect the two points with a very young side. 7 of the team still qualify for the Under 18's. Simon Brown impressed on his debut as did Joe Howey. Michael Haley led the pack and Jodie Broughton took his opportunities well. The ISC Sponsored SouthStander.com man of the match went to Carl Ablett, an impressive showing which created many of the opportunities for the Rhinos.


Match Facts

Rhinos
City Reds
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
3
1/1
1
Fieldhouse
2
Jones-Bishop
2
Ballard
2
3/5
3
Brown, M
1
3
Walton
1
4
Broughton
2
4
Hamilton
5
Reittie
5
Forshaw
1
6
Briggs
4/6
6
Ratchford
7
Brown, S
7
Whitmore
8
Haley
8
Ambler
9
Kaye
9
Berthezene
10
Jones
10
Foxen
11
Brook
11
Gower
1
12
Hart
1
12
Adamson
13
Ablett
13
Gibson
14
Archibald
14
Walker
15
Chandler
15
Murtza
16
Brown, L
16
Kehoe
17
Howey
17
Palfrey

Kick Off:
18:00
Half-Time:
28-12
Referee:
Matthew Thomason


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