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Panthers Edge Past Valiant Rhinos
Posted by southstander on November 26 2007 - 20:39:11

World Champions

For the first time ever, the English Academy Champions welcomed their antipodean couterparts to Headingley Carnegie for the first officially sanctioned Academy World Club Challenge.

The Rhinos have had just three weeks training to warm up for this game, and the Panthers come to Leeds on the back of trouncing Saints last week.

The best of youth in the game was on show, and as the crowds poured in, we were ready for what should be a cracker.

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

06

Rhinos

v

Penrith

10

Carnegie Academy

World Club Challenge

26th November 2007

Panthers Edge Past Valiant Rhinos

The young Rhinos had the kick-off and a couple of big hits from both sides early on set the game up nicely.

Penrith dominated the early play and after six minutes, and on a repeat set of six, Orton almost found a way over. From the next play Clydesdale offloaded to Mate who went two metres and dropped over the line for the opening points. Mate failed to convert his own try, it wasn't a disaster but we needed the confidence of some points of our own.

Fifteen minutes in and Leeds started to find their feet. Two good chances both resulted in nothing as first the ball was knocked on and then thrown into touch when a ball to hands would surely have seen the Rhinos level the scores. On twenty minutes Gareth Moore thought he'd scored, but as he picked up a loose ball and went for the line the referee had blown up for a ball steal. It forced the Rhinos to redouble their defensive efforts.

As the half wore on the Rhinos started to take the upper hand as the Panthers tired, but they just couldn't get over the whitewash with ball in hand. In the end the halftime hooter came to the rescue of the visitors who must have been mighty relieved, if somewhat unbelieving, that they had maintained their early lead until the break.

Leeds emerged for the second half wearing blue kit, after a tough first half we could now tell the two sides apart. Now we were defending the Carnegie Stand end, and immediately on the back foot as the Panthers came out revitalised.

Then on forty-six the Rhinos breakthrough. Briggs got the ball off a short pass and bust a tackle before making twenty metres, avoiding the full-back and crossing next to the sticks. Kyle added the extras and the Rhinos had the lead at 6-4.

As the half wore on, Leeds once again started to dominate and the Panthers started to try and slow the game by lying on. The referee was losing his patiences and Leeds were benefitting.

Then, on sixty-six, disaster. Waddell spotted a gap in midfield and went through a weak tackle before running the angle and scoring next to the sticks from fifty metres. Mate kicked the conversion and the Australians were ten-six ahead. Leeds had twelve minutes to win the game.

Leeds probed and poked, but in the last few minutes this was more out of desperation than hope. Right on the death Ryan Hall caught a kick through brilliantly and almost made it to the line but released backwards into the hands of a grateful Penrith player. It was the Rhinos last throw of the dice.

It had been a great battle, a really entertaining game, and the youngsters from both sides gave everything that they'd got for an appreciative Leeds crowd. Playing honours were almost even and in all fairness a drawn game would have been a good outcome. But all credit to Penrith, the came, they saw, and they conquered.



Match Facts

Rhinos
Panthers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
Coote
2
Hall
2
Waddell
1
3
Broughton
3
Mate
1
1
4
Allan
4
Ward
5
Archibald
5
Tuigamala
6
Gale
6
Graham
7
Moore
7
Clydesdale
8
Hayley
8
McKendry
9
Kaye
9
Romelo
10
Chandler
10
Orton
11
Howey
11
Penese
12
Brown
12
Goodwin
13
Briggs
1
1
13
Theoharous
14
Sheldrake
14
Islin
15
Ely
15
Cannon
16
Hardbottle
16
Glasby
17
Elkington
17
Cahalane
18
Fox
18
Minto
19
Brown
19
Arona
20
Lawton
20
Watene

Kick Off:
19:00
Half-Time:
00-04
Referee:
M. Dawber
Crowd:
2,221


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