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Rhinos Win Big Again
Posted by Number 2 on March 08 2008 - 19:01:16

22 points
By Iain Sharp

With the first team licking their wounds after the defeat in Round 5 of Super League, it was up to the Rhinos young guns to restore some pride in the club against the Tigers, held on Saturday afternoon at Castleford Panthers ground.

Despite losing three players to first team call ups it was a pretty confident Rhinos outfit that travelled to take on the Tigers. Danny Williams returned after a loan spell at Hull FC and Gareth Moore got his first start at this level.

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58

Rhinos

v

Tigers

6

Reserve Grade Championship

8th March 2008

Rhinos Win Big Again

Leeds kicked off on an overcast afternoon, in to the face of a strong South Westerly gale, blowing from corner to corner of the pitch and it was clear that the weather conditions could have an influence on the match. The Leeds side contained several players with Super League experience, including a run out for winger Ryan Hall and on the opposite wing, Danny Williams, back from his stint on loan on Humberside.

The visitors were the first to strike in the 6th minute, when good work from Liam Brown, fed the ball inside to Ben Jones-Bishop. He in turn passed the ball on to Kallum Watkins to race over 30 metres to open the scoring. Gareth Moore tacked on the goal for Leeds to take an early led.

Castleford equalized on the quarter hour, when a cross field kick hanging in the blustery wind bamboozled Danny Williams in to juggling the ball behind his own line. The ball was gratefully accepted by centre Scott Turner, who merely had to fall over the line to register their first score. With the addition of the goal from Luke Halliwell, the scores were level and the game had the potential to be a close tie.

It was from this point, when Leeds seemed to up a gear and exerted pressure on the young Castleford side. Forcing the home side in to mistakes had a significant influence on their completion rate, coupled with uncompromising tackling to starve the opposition of the oxygen of field possession.

The next break came after 22 minutes, when the link up between Brown and Watkins paid dividends again, leading to a score that was almost a copybook repeat of the opening try, albeit from slightly further out on this occasion. Four minutes later Danny Allan beat his opposite number from close range to add a further try to the tally and with both touchdowns goaled by Moore, who was doing an excellent job in the face of the wind, gave Leeds a comfortable 18-6 advantage.

With Liam Brown playing in the ‘Ali Mould’ of an additional centre on the left side, Kallum Watkins could take full advantage of the space and registered his hat-trick in the 29th minute. Brown was impressive throughout the game with is quality off-loads and work rate.

With Leeds now scoring at around a point a minute during this period, the lead was further extended by Joe Howey, who rolled over from close range and after the referee consulted his tough judge for a second opinion, the try was awarded. Leeds had a chance to make one final try, on the verge of the break, when a re-gathered an ‘up & under’ kick led to score by the posts. With Moore adding yet another set of extras, Leeds entered the half time break a comfortable 36–6 in front.

In the second half, Leeds had the ‘advantage’ of kicking with the strong wind coming from behind them and it took a mere 2 minutes in to the second half for the Rhinos to take full advantage of the conditions. A 40/20 kick lead to field position, where Ben Kaye playing that scrum at loose forward, darted out of the back to feed a line breaking pass to Danny Allan to register his second try.

It took a total of 10 minutes in to the second period for Kallum Watkins to register his fourth try of the game. Showing his power close in, he forced his way over close the line to make the score 46–6. Surprisingly, given the conditions, Moore missed his only conversation of the day after that try.

With the game far beyond any doubt, coach Willie Poching had the luxury of being able to give his bench extended game time and allow players to move position in both the forward and back lines. Whilst this slowed the scoring rate somewhat, as well as Leeds occasionally incurring penalties from the referee for their forthright tackling, the Rhinos stranglehold on the contest was assured.

To top his excellent kicking display, Gareth Moore went over in a typical scrum half darting run to push the score along to bring up the half century and he added the goal to his own try too. Shortly afterwards, there was a moment of concern for Leeds in general with the replacement of Ryan Hall. The flyer, who otherwise had a quiet game on the right wing, appeared to ‘tweek’ a calf muscle during a run and was replaced straightaway. It certainly didn’t look too serious.

The final Leeds score came around 10 minutes from time, with a break by loose forward Simon Worrall and a further Moore goal made the final score 58–6 in favour of the Rhinos.

Leeds performance was excellent, seldom making unforced errors and sticking their tasks very well. Post game, Rhinos coach Willie Poching awarded the Man of the Match to Danny Allan, but there are a number of people that stood out. Kallum Watkins is merely still a teenager, but he was impressive in pre-season performances, bagged three tries last week and another four this week. There is a great working relationship with second row Liam Brown and Watkins always seemed to be there to snap up any of Brown’s off-loads. Whilst it would be unfair to miss out someone who bagged four tries, my personal M O M would have Brown for his work rate, try creation and that fact he spent time playing all over the forward line, including a stint at prop. Gareth Moore’s kicking was also notable, missing only one kick in the whole game and in the face of difficult conditions.

Given that the side was depleted with first team call-ups this week and many of the players would still easily qualify for junior grade matches, the future behind the scenes looks very, very good at the moment and it won’t be long before several of those players will be knocking on the first team dressing room door this season. If you want to see the next ‘bright young things’, who will be first team regulars in a few years time, you could do a lot worse than to check out the reserve grade side at the moment.

The Reserve Grade are back in action next Friday night when they take on Harlequins RL at Headingley Carnegie Stadium as a curtain raiser to the engage Super League clash. Kick off is at 5.45pm.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
1
Fletcher
2
Williams
2
Arundel
3
Watkins
4
3
Turner
1
4
Archibald
4
Cording
5
Hall
5
Jones
6
Allan
2
6
Halliwell
1
7
Moore
1
9/10
7
Thackeray
8
Hardbottle
8
Boyle
9
Kaye
9
Smith
10
Chandler
10
Massey
11
Brown, L
11
Haberecht
12
Howey
1
12
Gledhill
13
Worrall
1
13
Lee
14
Sheldrake
14
Lynch
15
Collins
15
Tasker-Howar
16
McShane
16
Myers
17
Clarkson
17
Potter

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
36-06
Referee:
Richard Cowling


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