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Rhinos Win In Mudbath
Posted by southstander on March 28 2008 - 22:17:37

Match Winner

When the lads arrived at Knowsley Road in torrential rain, and after a torturous journey over the M62, it must have dawned on them that they were in for a tough night. When JJB and Danny McGuire both left the field injured within the opening ten minutes the remaining fifteen players must have believed that they had a mountain to climb.

But climb they did.

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

14

Rhinos

v

Saints

10

Superleague XIII

Round 9

28th March 2008

Rhinos Win In Mudbath

The Rhinos began the game into the teeth of a gale and into driving rain. Tansey and Jones-Bishop dropped out of the nineteen named earlier in the week and Ryan Hall got another start on the wing ahead of Lee Smith. It looked a strong Saints squad, despite Cunningham and Sculthorpe both still missing with long term injuries. Cayless was back, and Leeds would need to keep an eye on him.

Depite JJB going straight to the dressing room after two minutes, Leeds had the luck of a couple of early refereeing decisions from Ashley Klein. One resulting in a Sinfield penalty goal on eight minutes after Saints were ruled offside. But when Danny McGuire limped off after ten the Rhinos were a playmaker down and would need to re-organise.

With the wind at their back Saints knew that they needed to take first half advantage. On twelve it appeared that Pryce had slid over for the opening Saints try but the video referee ruled double movement. We breathed a sigh of relief. On eighteen the Saints were level as Long goaled a penalty after Worrall gave away a penalty some twenty metres out.

Four minutes later and it was indiscipline from Bailey that allowed the boot of Long to give the home side a 4-2 lead. Saints were starting to make the conditions work in their benefit.

Leeds struggled to get into, and then stay in the Saints half. Then, on twenty-seven, the breakthrough. Senior was tackled short and Webb passed quickly from acting half to put Lauiti'iti through a gap on the wraparound. Sinfield goaled superbly for an 8-4 lead. We were doing brilliantly against the conditions.


Total Control

The remaining ten minutes of the half turned into a Long kick-athon.

On thirty-one he goaled after a Leeds tackle, but then he missed relatively simple looking chances on thirty-five and thirty-seven, both from around forty metres. As the sides went into half time we were two points up and would have the advantage of a following wind in the second half. The conditions weren't improving as the pitch markings started to disappear under the deluge.

Leeds looked to have got off to a brilliant start to the second half. A high kick into the corner from Burrow was fumbled by the Saints defence and Donald looked to have got a hand on it to score. The video referee took a good look and ruled 'NO TRY'.


Awesome
On forty-eight, Saints hit the front again. A daft penalty from Ali on half way gave Saints good field position and five tackles in Wellens was allowed to run the angle to score. Long missed the extras but it was 8-10. Leeds needed to use the wind in their favour.

On fifty-two Sinfield missed a penalty, and the opportunity to level the scores. We hoped that it wouldn't be our last chance.

But on sixty, young Luke Burgess came to Leeds rescue as he burrowed under the tacklers from close to ground the ball and slide over. The video referee looked for a double-movement but could not find one and the try was given. Sinfield coverted for 14-10 and a narrow lead.

Saints then proceeded to throw everything that they had at us for the last twenty minutes. They came close several times, forcing drop-outs. We got very lucky when Lauiti'iti knocked-on in front of the sticks just three minutes from the end, and the officials missed it. And wen in the last minute a Saints ball wide was knocked-on we could finally believe that we'd got the victory. We ran the clock down and then the celebrations could begin.

With the Castleford exception, this was probably Leeds biggest test so far this season, and we really had to grind out the win against a tough opponent in shocking conditions. Big mentions for Burgess, Scruton, Peacock and Captain Kev who controlled the game with his pin-point kicking.

In the end the difference between the sides was two Long missed goals...what a shame!

Bring on the Warriors next saturday.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Sinfield60%
8
Peacock15%
6
Burgess10%
4
Ellis6%
3
Lauiti'iti4%
3
Webb4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Wellens
1
2
Donald
2
Gardner
12
Ellis
3
Gidley
4
Senior
4
Talau
22
Hall
5
Meli
6
McGuire
6
Pryce
7
Burrow
7
Long
3
8
Leuleui
17
Graham
9
Diskin
14
Roby
10
Peacock
18
Hargreaves
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Gilmour
14
Lauiti'iti
1
16
Flannery
13
Sinfield
3
15
Bennett
17
Scruton
10
Cayless
16
Bailey
12
Wilkin
24
Burgess
1
21
Clough
28
Worrall
23
Fa'asavalu

Kick Off:
19:30
Half-Time:
08-06
Referee:
Ashley Klein
Crowd:
11,180


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