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Rhinos Youngsters Come of Age
Posted by southstander on March 14 2008 - 23:43:55

8 Goal Haul

Leeds task tonight was to prove that despite injuries and suspensions last weeks loss at Castleford was simply a blip, a hiccup, a minor aberration. It was a mission which they chose to accept as two debutants and a home debutant came of age and helped the Rhinos to a comprehensive win over the side who had been in second place going into this weekends fixtures.

This was a great all-round Leeds perfomance despite missing McGuire, Toopi, Kirke, Smith and Diskin. This was a lot more like it.

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Superleague XIII

Round 6

14th March 2008

Rhinos Youngsters Come of Age

Short handed due to injury and suspension, three youngsters were asked to make their Headingley Carnegie debuts, and all three of them couldn't have wished for a better start to their first team careers. Luke Burgess, Ben Kaye and Simon Worrall all fitted into the side as though they had been there for seasons and all played their part in a great Leeds win.

Brian McDermott will have briefed his team well for tonight and after nilling the Giants last week they will have been sky-high on confidence. The 'Quins team coach will not be a happy place on their long journey back down to the capital tonight.

Leeds had the best of the early exchanges, keeping the 'Quins pinned inside their own half, but it took seven minutes to break the line. A superb short ball saw JJB come from nowhere, and at speed, to crash onto the ball and over the line from five metres. Sinfield converted easily from in-front and his consecutive game scoring run stretched to forty-seven. Within two minutes a piece of genius saw JJB turn from scorer to provider.

A beautiful flicked pass, under the tackle of two London players, found Peacock who ran the angle like a centre to score just in from the touchline on the right hand side. Sinfield kicked his most difficult conversion of the night and we were at more than a point a minute. Last week had obviously taught us some hard lessons, we weren't going to make the same mistakes two weeks running.

The 'Quins kept us at bay for the next eighteen minutes with some good defence but a Senior flip pass unlocked their defence for a third time after twenty-seven minutes. His pass, just inside the Leeds half, set Scott Donald off down the wing and as he drew the last defender he found Jordan Tansey inside who scored with his first touch of the ball after coming on as an interchange.

With monotonous regularity, Sinfield added the two for 18-0. We were already well on our way.


Superman

There was one more score before the interval. Leeds were working hard to keep the ball alive with some nice passing in the 'Quins red zone. On thirty-six one such display of handling skills saw Burgess giving an inside pass to Superman Brent Webb who dived over to score. Sinfield two gave Leeds a 24-0 half time lead. This was just what the doctor ordered. Quality flowing attack and rock solid defence. Already you thought that the 'Quins would be in for a long night.

The second half was just three minutes old when Scruton hit a short ball at speed and went from the twenty to three metres out before being felled. The tackler slipped off the tackle before it was complete and Scruton crawled over the line on all fours to score. Not pretty, but very effective. Sinfield made it 30-0, and all hope the handful of 'Quins supporters had was finally extinguished.


Big Hitter
On fifty it was Ali Lauiti'itis turn for a bit of magic as he combined with Scott Doanld to put Burrow over for his 100th try for the Rhinos. Rob scored close to the sticks and Sinfields goal was a formality. 36-0 and the 'Quins were starting to look shell-shocked.

It was twenty minutes before Leeds were over the line again, but it wasn't for lack of trying as the game was played entirely in the visitors half.

On seventy-one Leeds had benefitted from several consecutive penalties before Burgess crossed from close range. Sinfield converted for 42-0 and you began to wonder whether fifty was on the cards.

With second remaining, debut boy Ben Kaye burrowed under the tacklers as he went from dummy half to score a short range try. His team mates celebrated his first try as Sinfield added the extras for a 48-0 win and a shut-out of the visitors.

An injury hit Rhinos with Ellis, Sinfield and JJB all playing out of their normal positions, had scored eight unanswered tries against a side who had themselves kept a clean sheet last week and who had only conceeded eighty-seven points before tonights game. The youngsters impressed greatly and Kaye, Burgess and Worrall all more than justified their inclusion in tonights seventeen. The future is very bright when we have youngsters like that coming through the ranks and available to step into the first team.

Last weeks result is now condemned to the dustbin of freak results. This was the real Rhinos, the one we want to see week in and week out. Great spirit, great defence and great flair in attack. Once again it is great to be a Rhinos supporter tonight.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Scruton34%
7
Burgess11%
7
Peacock11%
3
Burrow9%
3
Donald9%
3
Kaye9%
1
Jones-Buchanan6%
1
Sinfield6%
1
Webb6%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
'Quins
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
McLinden
2
Donald
2
Wells
12
Ellis
19
Clubb
4
Senior
4
Howell
22
Hall
5
Sheriffe
13
Sinfield
8
7
Orr
7
Burrow
1
14
Rinaldi
8
Leuleui
8
Temata
26
Kaye
1
9
Randall
16
Bailey
17
Ward
10
Peacock
1
22
Barker
14
Lauiti'iti
13
Purdham
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
18
Mbu
21
Tansey
1
10
Heckenberg
17
Scruton
1
11
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
24
Burgess
1
20
Grayshon
28
Worrall
27
Worrincey

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
24-00
Referee:
Ben Thaler
Crowd:
14,557


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