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So Near But Yet So Far
Posted by Number 2 on August 30 2007 - 20:57:43

Sin Binned
By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos travelled to the Grattan Stadium with possibly one of the youngest Senior Academy sides ever seen, 9 players still qualifying for the Junior Academy and there was a debut on the bench for Ben Collins.

It was going to be a tough test for the Rhinos as they looked to overturn the comeback defeat against the Bulls at Headingley Carnegie in June.

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28

Rhinos

v

Bulls

34

Senior Academy Championship

30th August 2007

So Near But Yet So Far

It was the home side who got on the scoreboard first with 5 minutes on the clock, after conceding a penalty inside their own half the Rhinos defence was put under pressure. The ball was moved left by Mennell and Helliwell and Richard Johnson eventually spun out of some poor defence to touch down. Luke Helliwell converted to give the Bulls an early 6 point lead.

The Bulls doubled their lead 5 minutes later, Craig Kopczak with the offload in midfield. The Rhinos defence was short on the right hand side and a long ball from Mennell found David Clayton. He went down the touchline and the Rhinos defence seem to have him covered, but neat footwork saw him evade Simon Brown and cross the line. Helliwell again added the conversion to the home side 12-0 ahead.

It was all one way traffic and the Bulls extended their lead further in the 16th minute. Again the Rhinos gave Bradford a repeat set after conceding a penalty on the last tackle. When the try came it was simple, Mennell finding Craig Kopczak on the charge and he carried 3 defenders over the line with him to touch down under the posts. The conversion from Helliwell was a formality to extend the lead to 18 points.

Leeds finally got over the line in the 19th minute; a kick through from Kyle Briggs was claimed by Jodie Broughton but was disallowed by the touch judge who ruled there had been a knock on.

Four minute later though Leeds were over the line and this time it counted, Michael Haley's offload finding Danny Allan. He then found James Archibald who rounded Dave Halley score. Kyle Briggs added the conversion to bring the deficit down to 12 points.

Things got even harder for the Rhinos in the 29th minute when Liam Brown was sin binned. It was the fourth high tackle penalty conceded by the Rhinos in the half. The referee initially called the tackle fair before changing his mind, awarding the penalty and issuing the card.

The Bulls finally made their man advantage count three minute before half time, the Rhinos defence running out of numbers as the ball was moved right as Jason Crookes gave Frenchman Francois Theresin a run in at the corner. Helliwell missed the conversion but added a penalty on the stroke of half time to take the Bulls into a 24-6 half time lead.

Leeds started the second half brightly and after forcing a repeat set struck first with 45 minutes on the clock. The ball was moved to the right, the pass from Simon Brown wasn't the best and caught Jodie Broughton on the leg but as the Bulls defence stopped Broughton played on and touched the ball down over the line. After consulting with his touch judge the referee awarded the try and Kyle Briggs added the conversion to reduce the gap to 12 points again.

Three minute later Leeds were in again, this time Michael Brown releasing Danny Allan down the right hand side. The centre had options to the right and left and came back inside to Michael Brown who just evaded to covering defence to go in under the posts. Briggs maintained his 100% record with the boot to bring the Rhinos back into the game.

The comeback was complete 13 minutes into the half; Kyle Briggs stole the ball in what didn't look like a one on one tackle. Again the Bradford defence stopped but Briggs played on and set off downfield, he got to the 10 metres line before finding Jodie Broughton who just managed to reach out and score his second try. Briggs converted, it was all level and the two points were there for the taking.

The Rhinos then took the lead for the first time in the 58th minute, a 40-20 kick gave the Rhinos field position deep in the Bradford half, the ball was moved to Danny Allan and his superb offload found Joe Howey who carried three defenders over the line with him. Briggs missed the conversion but somehow the Rhinos lead 28-24.

The lead lasted barely three minutes. Leeds were caught on the hop when a quick tap penalty from Helliwell caught the Rhinos defence asleep. Paul Mennell burrowed his way in from dummy half but Helliwell couldn't add the extras and it was all square.

Bradford edged ahead again though with 16 minutes left when Joe Chandler was penalised for saying something to the official and Luke Halliwell tagged on the penalty to edge the Bulls 30-28 ahead.

The Rhinos would finish the game with 12 men after Ben Kaye was sin binned for dissent after a close decision went again the Rhinos. The Bulls took immediate advantage, finding big gaps in the Rhinos defence on the right hand side and Halley sent Clayton in at the corner for his second try of the game. Helliwell couldn't convert, the gap was only 6 points and Leeds were still in with a faint hope of snatching something from the game. Leeds had one last chance when Jodie Broughton went up the main stand touchline but he just couldn't escape the Bradford cover. Kyle Briggs tried a cross field kick on the next play but it was put dead by Johnson and the Rhinos fell short at the final hurdle and a 34-28 defeat.

After a poor first half showing it was a stirring comeback from the Rhinos in the second half with Michael Brown, Kyle Briggs and Danny Allan to the fore. The game hinged on the decision that went against Leeds that saw Ben Kaye subsequently sin binned but the better team on the night took the points home. The Rhinos will now finish outside the top 2 and will have to take the long route to reclaim their title.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
Halley
2
Archibald
1
2
Theresin
1
3
Broughton
2
3
Crookes
4
Allan
14
Johnson
1
5
Reittie
5
Clayton
2
6
Briggs
4/5
6
Helliwell
5/8
7
Brown, S
7
Mennell
1
8
Haley
8
Kopczak
1
9
Kaye
9
Carlisle
10
Jones
17
Cherryholme
11
Brook
11
Armitage
12
Hart
12
Szostak
13
Brown, M
1
13
Shepard
14
Collins
18
Shackleton
15
Chandler
20
Flanagan
16
Howey
1
15
Kilroy
17
Brown, L
10
Crossley

Kick Off:
19:00
Half-Time:
06-24
Referee:
Charlie Nielson


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