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Rhinos Edge Out Warriors
Posted by Number 2 on April 05 2008 - 16:13:06

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After an enforced weather break the Rhinos Reserve Grade were back in action when they entertain Wigan Warriors at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in the warm up to the big engage Super League clash. It was a battle of the giants, Wigan were Minor Premiers last season and the Rhinos were Grand Final runners up.

Ashley Gibson made a return to action after the injury he sustained at Castleford a month ago.

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25

Rhinos

v

Warriors

24

Reserve Grade Championship

5th April 2008

Rhinos Edge Out Warriors

Leeds opened the scoring on two minutes, after a wigan mistake gave them early field position. A penalty then game then a repeat set and Danny Allan stepped his way through the Wigan defence to reach out and touch down under the posts. Simon Brown converted to give the Rhinos an early 6-0 lead.The visitors his straight back, San Tomkins recovering the kick off the put the Warriors on the front foot, The ball was moved right and Lee Mossop went over with four Leeds defenders around him. Tomkins converted to level the scores up.

Wigan then went ahead with 7 minutes on the clock. An error from Ben Jones-Bishop gave Wigan field position and on the last tackle Tomkins put a kick on over the defensive line and Andy Thornley was there to collect and touch down. Tomkins missed the conversion and the Rhinos were suddenly 10-6 down.

The Warriors almost collected their third try after 24 minutes when Ross Bradley was put through by Tomkins, but Bradley attempted pass to Shaun Ainscough was intercepted by Ryan Hall. Leeds then levelled the game seven minutes later. Follwing a scrum on half way the ball was moved left and Ben Jones-Bishop chimed into the line perfectly to outpace the Wigan defence and get in at the corner. In the difficult wind, Simon Brown was unable to add the conversion.

Two minutes later, Leeds were ahead. After going down the short side on the last tackle Ryan Hall put the little kick through and it was fumbled by Shaun Ainscough. Simon Brown hacked the ball on won the race to the ball. He then went to miss the conversion. But a mistake from on the kick off allowed Wigan field position and they took full advantage when the ball was moved left and Liam Farrell found a way through the Rhinos defence to get in at the corner. Tompkins was unable to convert and teams went into half time level at 14 all.

Leeds made the perfect start to the second half, scoring on their first possession. An offload by Danny Allan gave the Rhinos fresh imputus to attack the Wigan line. Ben Jones-Bishop put a kick in behind the Wigan line, the ball took a wicked bounce away from Sam Raye and Kallum Watkins was on hand to pick up his 10th try of the season. Simon Brown was unable to convert, and the Rhinos edged 18-14 ahead. The Rhinos then extended their lead 5 minutes later, a kick into the in goal by Paul McShane was dropped by Liam Farrell and Joe Howey was on hand to touch down. Ashley Gibson added the extras and the Rhinos suddenly had a ten point advantage.

Wigan hit back on the 60 minute mark, after an error gave Wigan a repeat set from a drop out the Warriors took full advantage to build pressure on the Rhinos line. The Rhinos were eventually breached when Chris Tuson powered his way over the line. Josh Vievers took over the kicking duties but only managed to hit the post. It left the Warriors still 6 points behind.

With 5 minutes to go, the Warriors levelled things. Mark Flanagan with the little kick through the Leeds defensive line, he then managed to regather his kick and Liam Farrell was on the inside to pick up the pass and go in by the posts. Josh Vievers converted and the scores were level. We were set for a grandstand finish.

Wigan then lost the ball bringing the ball away from their line. It gaves Leeds one last shot at winning the game. On their first opportunity, the went for the try but managed to force a goal line drop out. The call came from Willie Poching that there wasn't long left in the game and to go for the drop goal. Leeds went for it on the third tackle and Simon Brown slotted the ball between the uprights to edge Leeds ahead. The referee blew the whistle for full time to give the Rhinos the narrowest of victories.

To be fair Leeds could and shuld have won this game at a canter, they bombed at least 5 chances to score and didn't help their cause with a lot of dropped balls. With Leeds being light on the bench it was up to the forwards to tough it out and they came to the fore, with Joe Howey and Joe Chandler setting the platform Simon Brown and Danny Allan to direct the team around the pitch. Paul McShane and Ben Kaye worked effectively in rotation to give the Rhinos the victory they deserved and keep their 100% record intact.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
1
Raye
2
Hall
2
Ainscough
3
Broughton
3
Amor
4
Watkins
1
4
Bradley
5
Sheldrake
5
Priest
6
Allan
1
6
Flanagan
7
S Brown
1
1/4
1
7
Tompkins
1/3
8
Chandler
17
Davies
9
Kaye
9
Gee
10
Howey
1
10
Tuson
1
11
L Brown
11
Mossop
1
12
Williams
12
Thornley
1
13
Clarkson
13
Farrell
2
14
Collins
14
Vievers
1/2
15
Archibald
15
Howarth
16
Gibson
16
Roden
17
McShane
8
Brindle

Kick Off:
15:15
Half-Time:
18-06
Referee:
Clint Sharrard


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