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'Cats Neutered
Posted by southstander on February 15 2008 - 23:40:04

Super Disco

It was a bitterly cold and clear night as ten thousand supporters descended on Belle Vue in the hope that the action of the field would keep them warm. The bookies had given a slight advantage to Leeds, but with both sides winning last week it promised to be a close affair.

Kear had spouted off his mouth about his charges being ready for the challenge and the Wakefield fans had bought it hook, line and sinker. How wrong they were all about to be proved as the Rhinos put on an exhibition to win the game in the opening forty minutes.

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44

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

08

Superleague XIII

Round 2

15th February 2008

'Cats Neutered

I'm going to have to learn that Bluey likes surprises. We all knew that Lee Smith had been brought back in to replace last weeks two-try scorer Ryan Hall but I don't think anyone except the coach saw the absence of Kylie Leuleui in their tea leaves. The battering ram was out (flu?) and straight into the starting line-up was Nick Scruton in with a chance of making the World Club Challenge in a fortnights time. Kear had Rooney back in his side after coming close to selection last weekend.

The fact that there was nothing between these sides on paper seemed to dominate both sides thoughts for the opening seven minutes when despite Rhinos field dominance neither side could find a way through defences. With Leeds testing the 'Cats try line they forced a dropout and then worked the ball back to ten metres out. As the ball was passed left it hit a Wildcats hand but went straight to Keith Senior on the overlap who walked in the try. Sinfield missed the goal but the already quiet Wakefield crowd were silenced.

It took another ten minutes before the Rhinos registered their second score. As McGuire made a half-break he put in a marvellous inside pass to Diskin who dove over under the sticks. Sinfield scored this one, making it 43 consecutive scoring games, an at 10-0 up the flood gates were on the verge of opening and drowning both Wakefield and their fans high expectations.

On twenty a high cross-field bomb from Burrow his the Wakefield defender on the shoulder and bounced straight into the hands of the skipper who walked in the try. He converted his own for 16-0.

Another three minutes later and a Peacock midfield tackle bust sawa great iffload to Webb who went forty, drew the last defender and passed to Donald who outran the cover tackler on the angle and scored. Sinfield missed his second of the night for 20-0. The game was already edging beyond a now shell-shocked Trinity.


Top Form

Just four more minutes had passed when a McGuire bomb was allowed to bounce by the Wakefield defenders and big Ali collected the ball to cross without challenge. Sinfield converted for 26-0. It was like an exhibition for the Rhinos. Everything they tried worked and the ball was bouncing for us on every occasion.

On thirty-one Burrow broke out of a tackle and then stepped out of another before passing inside to McGuire who motored forty metres to score under the sticks. Sinfield once again added the extras for 32-0. It was just the second tackle from fielding the kick-off before Webb broke the line and passed outside to Donald who went over in the corner. Sinfield extras made it 38-0 and the Wakefield players were as dejected as their supporters. They had been beaten all ends up by a sensational Rhinos side who had scored seven tries and thirty-eight points in an amazing twenty-seven minute spell.

As the hooter sounded the game was already over, all that was left for the home side was the chance to salvage a little pride.

Leeds had dominated every aspect of the first half. A half in which I have never seen so many bust tackles and half-breaks and a half in which the Rhinos had exploited the defensive frailities of the Wildcats right wing without showing any mercy. It had been a delight to watch.


Scotty Brace
Then...just like last week at the Galpharm...it was over.

I can only think that Blueys half time talk was along the lines of 'Okay lads, that'll do. Give them a break. We don't want to embarrass them it is bad for the game. Ease off. Just do enough to make sure of the win. And...No...Injuries!'.

Because in the second half we'd switched off and gone home, showing mercy to the wounded 'Cat and sparing it further pain.

On sixty-two the home side actually made the manual scoreboard operator stretch to credit his side with four as a chip into the corner was touched down by Luke George. Brough couldn't better it, but it was immaterial and many Wildcats supporters were already flooding into the surounding narrow streets. With ten minutes left a short ball saw Atkins run fifty metres unopposed to score with a flamboyant flourish, but style doesn't get extra points and Brough couldn't make the conversion.

With five minutes left Diskin dove over from acting-half from two metres for his second, which Sinfield converted for 44-8. With the hooter already sounded, Leeds kept the ball alive with Seniorbreaking down the wing and chipping to the centre of the field. The Wakefield defender misfielded and knocked the ball back into his goal area where Burrow touched down. But Bentham had seen enough and called time without giving the try, denying Leeds the fifty, and meaning that the Wildcats scant consolation was a second half win.

You can't blame the lads for taking their foot off the pedal in the second half, the game was already well won, but it is a frustration for the supporters. We were eighty points better than Wakefield tonight and that should have been the winning margin but we'll have to settle for a thirty-six point win.

There were some outstanding and massive performances from the forwards tonight and I'd pick out Diskin, Peacock and Ellis as worthy of special mention.

One more win next week against the Catalans and we'll be heading into the WCC unbeaten in Superleague XIII.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Peacock32%
8
Diskin26%
6
Ellis13%
4
McGuire10%
3
Bailey6%
3
Webb6%
1
Sinfield3%
1
Lauiti'iti3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Blaymire
2
Donald
2
26
George
1
3
Toopi
3
Martin
4
Senior
1
4
Atkins
1
5
Smith
5
Reilly
6
McGuire
1
14
Obst
7
Burrow
7
Brough
17
Scruton
16
Bibey
9
Diskin
2
9
Drew
10
Peacock
25
Moore
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Ferres
12
Ellis
24
Ferguson
13
Sinfield
1
6
13
Demetriou
14
Lauiti'iti
1
6
Rooney
16
Bailey
10
Sculthorpe
18
Kirke
17
Henderson
19
Ablett
18
Wilkes

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
38-00
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
9.863


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