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4k for a Rhinos Half Century on Sinfields' Decade
Posted by southstander on January 13 2008 - 18:12:12

Ten Top Years

Three months ago seventeen players sent Leeds into raptures as they demolished Saints to lift the Superleague Trophy for the second time in four years in front of over seventy thousand at Old Trafford.

Today just over four thousand managed to make their way to Headingley to show their appreciation of the side and lend their support to skipper Sinfield for his decade of dedication to the club.

Frankly, it was embarrassing, my heart went out to the lads and especially Kevin.

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Rhinos

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Oldham

04

Pre-Season

Kevin Sinfield Testimonial

13th January 2008

4k for a Rhinos Half Century on Sinfields' Decade

The terraces felt very empty as the rain started and the teams took the field for Kevin Sinfields Testimonial fixture. The part-timers from over the hill had managed to muster a coach-full to pay tribute to their boy who has never pulled on an Oldham shirt but it was the lack of Rhinos fans that must have shocked the lads as they arrived on the field and went towards the Carnegie Stand to start the game. The pitch was in shocking condition, large sections taped off for the warm-ups, as out lodgers continue to wreak havoc.

It was obvious from the choice of opposition that the game was never going to be any kind of spectacle, but by the end of eighty minutes I would have a great deal of respect for the visitors defensive effort. Early in the game, however, it looked like there might be a Leeds landslide.

The clock showed just three minutes when Toopi found himself retreating with the ball on last tackle. As he rapidly ran out of options he put in a grubber towards the sticks and a new-look short-haired Webb won the race and touched down as Oldham boots tried to kick the ball dead. Sinfield added the extras.

On ten minutes it was JJB's turn to chase a grubber and he also got a hand to it before the defence could arrive. Once again Kev kicked the goal and we'd gone to a 12-0 lead in less minutes.


Opener

On thirteen the Rhinos scored the try of the day with play that resembled the Harlem Globetrotters. The ball must have passed through around thirty pairs of hands as Leeds kept the ball alive despite tackle after tackle. As the defence tired, Burrow threw a long pass to Scott Donald who came inside, dummied, and dived over. Sinfield failed to convert from the touchline.

Oldham then entered a great defensive period, blocking every Rhinos attack and on accasions making good ground themselves.

It took until the half-hour before the Rhinos crossed again, and this one from long range. A break by Senior found Donald in support who went ten mentres before passing back inside to Senior who went thirty metres to score next to the sticks. Sinfield kicked the goal for 22-0, and it looked like that was how we'd get to half-time.

But with a minute left on the clock two big hacks forward from Mick Nanyn, the second after Rob Burrow had failed to collect the loose ball, saw the ball sit up in the Rhinos goal and Nanyn get a hand to it to score. He missed his own conversion but the the visitors had avoided the nilling and celebrated like they'd won. The hooter sounded, and the lads went to get their instructions from the new boss.

The second half was just three minutes old when a McGuire kick through and chase almost brought results but Oldham kicked the ball dead. From the drop-out the Rhinos worked the ball intelligently downfield and Senior crossed in the corner for his second. Burrow took over the kicking duties and goaled excellently from the touchline in a swirling strong wind.


Hat-Trick
On fifty, and after just being involved in 'handbags' with an Oldham forward, Bailey stretched over for a try. Burrow converted again and now it was 34-4, any thoughts of an Oldham fightback were condemned to the rubbish bin.

On sixty-four Keith completed his hat-trick after Thaler wiped the tackle count down on the Oldham line. Sinfield missed a difficult cobversion from the touchline but the Rhinos were edging closer to victory.

On seventy-one the skipper, and reason for the game kicked into scoring mode. His first try was from twenty out and involved a dummy, drop of the shoulder and strong run to score under the sticks. He added the extra two. On seventy-seven the skipper completed an eighteen point haul when he dove over from close range. He again kicked the extras and gave the Rhinos a 50-4 against a brave Oldham side.

It was a shame that the game was not better supported, although the weather was foul and it was obviously never going to be much of a contest. All credit to a brave and dogged Oldham who came to give it their best, and who defended brilliantly at times. It is a confidence boost for the lads ahead of the Australia Day challenge against the Rabbitohs, but apart from that it will have shown nothing except that the lads are all back from their short breaks, fit and ready to start honing themselves for the start of the season in three weeks time.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
Oldham
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
O'Connor
2
Smith
2
Langley
3
Toopi
3
Halliwell
4
Senior
3
4
Nanyn
1
5
Donald
1
5
St. Hilaire
6
McGuire
6
Roden
7
Burrow
2
7
Coyle
8
Leuleui
8
Boults
9
Diskin
9
Hoyle
10
Peacock
10
Stevens
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
11
Robinson
12
Ellis
12
Roberts
13
Sinfield
2
5
13
Baines
14
Lauiti'iti
14
Brooks
15
Bailey
1
15
Goulden
16
Kirke
16
Houston
17
Scruton
17
Tamghart
21
Tansey
18
Hough
22
Hall
19
Joseph

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