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Rampant Rhinos Roll-On
Posted by southstander on March 24 2008 - 17:13:53

14 Points

I've experienced a first today, my first 20 game of regular season Superleague.

What was served up by the home side to their supporters must have been an embarrassment to the money men at the KC and would have left me asking for a refund, but as a Rhinos supporter it was excellent value for money as the Rhinos bandwagon rolled on. Three games after that loss at Castleford I'm still left wondering how on earth it happened.

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30

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

04

Superleague XIII

Round 8

24th March 2008

Rampant Rhinos Roll-On

Danny McGuire completed his rehabilitation with a nod for a bench place and Bluey decided to experiment with Scruton and Burgess in the starting prop positions for the first time this season. Tansey dropped to the bench with Sinfield staring at stand-off with thursdays star JJB in at loose forward. On paper it was a Rhinos win, and the bookies had given a battle weary and war wounded Hull FC a ten point start, I didn't feel it would be enough.

As expected the home side threw everything that they had at us in the opening few minutes. They were looking for a fast start, but the Rhinos easily absorbed it. On eight minutes a Sinfield opener was disallowed by the video referee, the screen was malfunctioning and the play too far away from the two thousand plus travelling supporters so I couldn't even give you a clue as to why.

It was a short-lived let off as on twelve Sinfield went from scored (not) to creator as a reverse grubber bounced nicely for Burrow and he collected to score next to the posts. Sinfield added the two, making it fifty consecutive scoring games for the Rhinos skipper. We were underway.

On twenty-one the Rhinos were already enjoying themselves. Superb passing and offloading saw the bll move through more than six pairs of hands before sinfield went through a gap and passed inside to an unmarked Webb as he drew the last defender. Superman went under the sticks and made his captains conversion a simple one for 12-0. Hull weren't even at the party.

Two minutes later and Leeds were on the board again. This time Ellis and McGuire combined to mesmerise the Hull defence and put Smith over as he came in off the wing on the angle. Sinfield goaled for 18-0 and the Rhinos were in total charge.

Leeds then really started to throw the ball around and bombed several chances to increase the lead. The Airlie Birds managed to keep us out until the half-time hooter, and must have been relieved to have done so. The Rhinos had barely broken ino sweat but Hull FC were already looking out on their feet.


Strong

Leeds were attacking towards their amassed supporters in the second half and looked to put on a real show. On forty-seven some sensational Leeds passing (I lost count of the number in the sequence but it must have been over twenty) before Ellis was hauled down just short of the line. A fast play-the-ball saw a Diskin short bullet pass to Ablett to score. Sinfield made it 24-0. The home side were in real trouble and looked to have nothing left to give.


Good Return
On fifty-six the Rhinos once again played great rugby after getting a lucky penalty on the Hull line. Scruton went close and put in a sensational offload to allow Sinfield to collect the ball and dive over a mound of players to score next to the sticks. Sinfield took it to 30-0 and the game was well and truly won.

On sixty-eight Leeds had a gilt-edged chance but Tansey was taken into touch when he had three unmarked Leeds players inside him.

On seventy-six Hull FC became the first side to cross the Rhinos whitewash in three hours and fifty-six minutes. A scrappy Raynor dribble down the touchline saw him win the race to touchdown in the corner, but he was too far wide and the conversion was missed.

With the score at 30-4 it looked like the Rhinos would have the last try of the game when in the dying seconds a Sinfield reverse grubber apeared to be scored by Danny McGuire. The video referee ruled out another Rhinos try and we had to settle for a twenty-six point winning margin.

This was another comprehensive win over a side who should be challenging but who are carrying their own share of injuries. A Leeds victory was never in doubt and you could tell by us starting with the 'clever stuff' so early in the game that we were supremely confident. Probably not as good a showing as last thursday against the Bulls, but nevertheless a very good performance.

With Saints losing at Huddersfield this afternoon, they will be looking to make amends next friday night. They will aslo be looking for revenge from the Old Trafford humiliation last October - now that will be one hell of an encounter.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Sinfield52%
8
Peacock26%
6
Ellis12%
4
Diskin5%
4
Lauiti'iti5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
Tony
2
Donald
25
Byrne
12
Ellis
4
Hall
4
Senior
3
Yeaman
5
Smith
1
5
Raynor
1
13
Sinfield
1
5
9
Berrigan
7
Burrow
1
7
Dykes
17
Scruton
18
Wheeldon
9
Diskin
23
Lee
24
Burgess
26
Cusack
10
Peacock
11
Radford
14
Lauiti'iti
12
Tickle
11
Jones-Buchanan
13
Washbrook
6
McGuire
6
Horne, R.
16
Bailey
30
Fellous
21
Tansey
22
Burnett
19
Ablett
1
27
Briscoe, T.

Kick Off:
13:00
Half-Time:
18-00
Referee:
Phil Bentham
Crowd:
14,113


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