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Blueys Boys Bash Bulls
Posted by southstander on March 21 2008 - 00:03:17

Superman

Two sides ravaged by injury, a gale blowing into the faces of the regulars of the Carnegie Stand, and an almost packed house to watch it.

On paper is was a game where Leeds had the slight edge, but with Ganson and Klein in control you could never guess which way this one would go.

We fastened our seatbelts and prepared for lift off.

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

44

Rhinos

v

Bulls

02

Superleague XIII

Round 7

20th March 2008

Blueys Boys Bash Bulls

Leeds were without Ryan Bailey as a result of last weeks win over the Harlequins but welcomed back Matt Diskin from suspension. As the sides took to the field it was obvious that the Rhinos were playing the first half into the teeth of a gale, Bluey would have probably settled for all square at the half-time hooter with the chance to make the points in the second half. It was likely to be a tough openeing forty.

On three minutes Steve Ganson set out his stall for the night as he harshly penalised Gareth Ellis for an alleged use of a shepherd, perhaps he was trying to level things up. As Deacon slotted the penalty from thirty-five it was clear we'd have to win this one without his help.

Two minutes later and disaster struck for Leeds as Kylie Leuleui fell heavily after going in to tackle Chris Feather. The stretcher was called for and it took eight minutes to stretcher the big fella off. Now we were down to sixteen for the remainder. It took a while to regroup and get some shape but gradually we took the ground and seemed to spend a long time close to the Bulls line.

On fourteen a Diskin grubber on the last was collected by JJB who walked over the line to score Leeds opener. Sinfield smacked the conversion against the upright for a 4-0 lead.

On twenty-three we were in for our second as brilliant offloads from Burrow and Sinfield put Brent Webb over for the score. This time captain Kev added the extras, his forty-ninth consecutive scoring game. It was 10-02 and we looked perfectly in control.

On the half-hour mark and inspired JJB created our third try. Retrieving a dead ball kick from Bradford the second rower sprinted to the twenty, tooka llighting tap and set off downfield. He broke three tackles as he made it to the oppositions twenty and then passed to the supporting Smith who beat Tadulala to the line to score. Sinfield added the extras for 16-02 and it was all seeming a little too easy.

Five minutes later and the Rhinos dislodged the ball in the tackle on the Bulls twenty. Ellis picked up the ball and passed, off a Bradford hand, to Burrow wo dove over from short range. Sinfields touchline conversion gave us a twenty point lead.


Easy

With second to go to half-time JJB once again broke through a tiring Bulls line and passed to Webb who went forty metres unopposed to score his second of the night. Sinfield missed but the Rhinos took a mighty 26-02 lead into the interval. The players and coach must have been delighted, and we'd have the wind at our backs in the second half.

We started the second half as we'd finished the first. On forty-four Burgess intercepted a Bulls pass and made a few metres before passing to Donald who went seventy to touch down under the sticks. Sinfield kicked the goal for 32-02 before leaving the field to be rested for the rest of the game. The game was already in the bag.


Pocket Perfection
What we then saw was a twenty minute spell where the Bulls threw everything that they had at the Leeds defence, and a Leeds defence that gave everything to stop the visitors crossing the whitewash. There were as many heroes in defence as their had been in the fluid attack.

On sixty-two a Smith intercept broke the deadlock. He was caught on the Bulls thirty but a play the ball later and Burrow crabbed right, evading the tackles, to go in under the sticks. He converted his own.

When a Tansey reverse kick on sixty-nine was collected and scored by Brent Webb it was the icing on the cake and ended a great nights scoring for the Rhinos. Superman had his hat-trick and the Burrow goal made it 44-02, a total humiliation for the Bulls.

This was a night when everyone played their part for the Rhinos. If I was singling out one awsome player it would be JJB who seemed to be into everything and around everything. It was a team effort, and Bluey certainly seems to have built some further spirit to capitalise on last years successes.

That is now two hours and forty minutes without our line being breached, what a sensational defence we have at the moment.

I'd go as far as to suggest that this was the most complete performance of the season so far for Leeds, and how sweet it was to humiliate the Bulls. And bear in mind that it was achieved without Leuleui for almostthe ful match and without the skipper for most of the second half.

I understand that Bailey and possibly McGuire could be back for mondays trip to Hull. Lets hope that the two sides in tomorrows needle Humberside derby batter one another (no pun intended).


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Jones-Buchanan70%
8
Diskin9%
6
Peacock7%
4
Webb5%
2
Burrow2%
2
Ellis2%
2
Lauiti'iti2%
2
Scruton2%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
3
2
Halley
2
Donald
1
25
Tadulala
12
Ellis
23
Nero
4
Senior
4
Hape
5
Smith
1
3
Evans
21
Tansey
22
Jeffries
7
Burrow
2
2
7
Deacon
1
8
Leuleui
10
Lynch
9
Diskin
9
Newton
10
Peacock
14
Feather
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
11
Solomona
14
Lauiti'iti
19
Finnigan
13
Sinfield
4
16
Burgess
28
Worrall
6
Harris
17
Scruton
20
Godwin
24
Burgess
15
Cook
22
Hall
17
James

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
26-02
Referee:
Steve Ganson
Crowd:
19,296


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