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Rollercoaster Rhinos
Posted by Number 2 on August 17 2007 - 18:26:11

Try Scorer
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos entertained Hull KR looking it to make it three wins in a row. Mike Ratu returned to the side after his excursion in the first team, but hat-trick hero Lee Smith made the opposite journey.

Ex-Rhinos Chaz I'Anson was in the Hull KR line up as they looked to over turn the defeat at Craven Park in March.

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48

Rhinos

v

Rovers

36

Senior Academy Championship

17th August 2007

Rollercoaster Rhinos

It was the visitors who made the better start, a break in the second minute from Tangata-Toa enabling Rovers to get upfield. A quick play the ball allowed Rovers to move the ball left and the overlap was created for Gary King to get in at the corner. Jack Latus converting from wide out. The Rhinos suffered another blow as Mike Ratu was led from the field with a broken hand.

The Rhinos hit straight back, a loose pass from Hull KR in their own twenty was snapped up by Jodie Broughton and he went in untouched under the posts. Kyle Briggs converted to level the score at 6-6 with 5 minutes on the clock.

It immediately got better for the Rhinos, on their next set Kyle Briggs ghosted through some poor Rovers defence. He set off upfield and had options either way to give Steve Brook a run in from 20 metres. Briggs converted again to take Leeds 12-6 ahead. The Rhinos were on a roll, and registered their third try within 5 minutes. After getting a repeat set on the Rovers line, a long pass from Briggs found Danny Allan and he stepped his way into the corner. Briggs added the extras to take the Rhinos 12 points ahead after 12 minutes.

Rovers weren't going to lie down and hit immediately back after the Rhinos turned possession over deep in their own half. A dummy from Ex-Rhino Chaz I'Anson split the defensive line 20 meters out and he round Ben Jones-Bishop to score. Latus converted to bring the gap down to 6 points.

Leeds stretched their advantage in the 21st minute. Kyle Briggs was the creator again, his long pass finding Wayne Reittie and he went down the North Stand touchline and barged his way over the line. Briggs kept his 100% record with the boot to take the lead to 24-12.

The for the second time in the match the Rhinos scored on back to back sets, Steve Brook with the initial break to create the field position, the ball was moved right to Jodie Broughton who found a breach in the defensive line. He then went on a mazy run to the line and ended up dragging 3 defenders over the line with him. Briggs again converted to take the gap to 18 points.

Leeds were denied 6 minutes before half time, after Ben Jones-Bishop collected a high kick on his own line he managed to find a gap up the South Stand touchline, he found James Archibald but Liam Welham came from nowhere to cut the Rhinos winger down just short of the try line.

The Rhinos had a chance to strike just before half time after a 40-20 from Kyle Briggs, but the ball was put down on the second tackle by James Archibald. The ball went in to the hands of Chris Welham on his own ten metre line and he went the distance to score under the posts despite a valiant chase from Michael Brown. Latus converted to take the half time score to 30-18 in favour of the Rhinos.

Leeds got on the board first in the second half with two minutes on the clock, after a scrum on half way a pass was put down by Jack Latus, it was collected by Danny Allan and he sent Ben Jones-Bishop down the South Stand touchline to get in at the corner. Briggs converted to take the lead to 36-18.

Rovers again got themselves back into the game 5 minutes later, a kick through from Scott Spaven sat up for Chris Welham to claim his second try of the game. Spaven took over the kicking duties and was successful to reduce the gap to 12 points. Rovers then got the next score of the game, back to back penalties enabling them to get downfield and Kirk Netherton buried his way over the line from dummy half. Spaven converted again and it was all to play for at 36-30 in favour of the Rhinos.

Leeds edged ahead again with 23 minutes left, Leeds created the overlap on the left hand side and Kyle Briggs long pass allowed Jason Hart to get in at the corner and just touch down. Briggs missed his first kick of the night but Leeds now had a 10 point advantage.

Rovers closed the gap again with 65 minutes on the clock, after Michael Haley was penalised while in possession 10 metres from his own line. Rovers went close with the props Tangata-Toa and Fallon the ball was moved left, Gomersal chimed into the line perfectly and his super offload saw Chris Welham claim his hat-trick try in the corner. Spaven converted superbly from the touch line and the gap was down to 4 points.

Rovers nearly claimed the lead 4 minutes later after Rich Dunham charged down a Simon Brown kick, but the scrum half did superbly well to chase back and prevent Dunham from scoring by somehow getting his body under the ball.

After weathering some heavy pressure from Rovers, including defending 4 consecutive sets on their own line the Rhinos struck against the run of play. Kyle Briggs stealing the ball in a one on one tackle on his own 20 metre line and he outpaced the Rovers defence to go over by the posts. He then added the converstion to take Leeds 10 points ahead again. Briggs then added a penalty in the last minute to take the score to 48-36, a lead they held to the full time whistle.

A good performance from the Rhinos in what was a rollercoaster of a game. Ben Jones and Michael Haley led from the front in the forwards and Steve Brook too his two tries well. The ISC Sponsored SouthStander.com Man of the Match went to Kyle Briggs, who was behind the majority of the points scored by the Rhinos.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Rovers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
1
Latus
3/3
2
Reittie
1
2
King
1
3
Ratu
3
Welham, C
3
4
Broughton
2
4
Welham, L
5
Archibald
5
Gomersal
6
Briggs
1
8/9
6
I'Anson
1
7
Brown, S
7
Spaven
3/3
8
Haley
10
Fallon
9
Kaye
9
Stamp
10
Jones
8
Tangata-Toa
11
Brook
2
11
Morrison
12
Hart
1
12
Dunham
13
Brown, M
13
Netherton, K
1
14
Allan
1
14
Beaumont
15
Chandler
15
Ward
16
Brown, L
16
Harmen
17
Howey
17
Johnson

Kick Off:
17:45
Half-Time:
30-18
Referee:
Chris Dean


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