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Blueys Babes Bash Bobbing Robins
Posted by southstander on April 26 2008 - 00:11:14

Impeccible

As the Rhinos fans struggled through friday night rush hour on the M62, the team coach had similar problems and only made it to the ground with fifty minutes to spare. It was a big crowd that gathered at Craven Park to welcome the Champions, but the home supporters were filled with hope that they'd add another top four scalp to those of Saints and Bradford.

The Robins are a side not to be underestimated, we'd need our wits about us and our best game to escape from east Hull with the all important two points.

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36

Rhinos

v

Hull KR

22

Superleague XIII

Round 12

25th April 2008

Blueys Babes Bash Bobbing Robins

When the teams were announced Bluey has sprung a few surprises. While the backs were fairly orthodox, the pack looked like it had been drawn at random. Kaye was selected at hooker with Diskin starting at loose forward and Kevin Sinfield named in the second row alongside Simon Worrall. Jamie Peacock was on the bench and was still recovering from a flu virus that had laid him low during the week. It was nothing if not experimental.

It took the unfamiliar line-up a while to sort itself out and to be honest we were lucky not to be twelve points behind in the opening seven minutes as the Robins twice spilled the ball with the line beckoning. Into the wind in the first half the KR speed at the play-the-ball was killing us and breaks from acting half were making massive yardage. If they kept up this pace the home side were threatening to run riot as we barely got a look in.

On fourteen KR finally made their possession and territory count when super-fast plays made great territory before a short pass allowed prop Mills to crash over under the sticks. Paul Cooke had an easy conversion and the lead. There was already a creeping fear that this might not be out night as we looked unable to match the home sides pace and inventiveness. Fingers crossed that it was just a slow start.

It took five minutes for the Leeds response.

Good breaks and runs from Lee Smith and Robbie Burrow made good ground before Brent Webb hit a bullet pass at pace and dive over the whitewash to the left ofthe uprights. Sinfield added another game to his ever extending scoring run and levelled the scores. It was against the run of play, but we took it gladly.

Two penalty goals from Cooke on thirty-two and thirty-six, the first for a high tackle from Burgess and the second for holding down, appeared to have given the home side the lead at half time, but that hadn't accounted for the genius of Rob Burrow.

With seconds left the pocket-rocket jinked and stepped to score an individual effort from thirty metres and Sinfields' goal gave the Rhinos an unlikely and against the run of play half-time lead of just two points. We'd need to be more convincing in the second half.


Through the Pain

We got the second forty off to a great start after just three minutes when Kylie Leuluai used brute strength to drag three KR tacklers ten metres to the line and then stretch out a free arm to score. Sinfield gave us eight points of daylight with the kick.

On the fifty-minute mark KR spilled the ball in the tackle and Rob Burrow picked up the loose ball, pinned back his ears, and went forty metres down the wing to evade the tacklers and score in the corner. Sinfield goaled brilliantly from the touchline for 24-10.


Brilliant
The suffing was starting to fall out of the home side, but they weren't broken.

On fifty-four Murrell somehow got the ball down over the line, although the celebrations from the seated Rhinos supporters would have led you to believe that he'd dropped it. Cooke goaled and the gap was back to eight.

Eight minutes later and the nail-biting was back with a vengeance. A KR kick to the right corner was flapped at by Donald and dropped in goal for Fox to pounce for an easy try. Cookes' extras narrowed the gap to two at 24-22, was thegame slipping from our grasp?

We needn't have worried as our lads galvanised to control the last fifteen minutes.

On sixty-six some good Leeds passing saw Senior get the ball, in traffic, about twenty metres out. He evaded a couple of tackles and then dragged two tacklers to the line to reach out and score, sending the visiting fans packing the southern terrace wild. Sinfield goaled another difficult one for 30-22.

As KR tried to push down field to make up what was turning into an impossible deficit they started to make mistakes. On the back of these the Rhinos made good ground and with just a couple of minutes left on the clock Diskin pushed his was over from close range to score under the sticks. Sinfield goaled and the Rhinos randown the clock for a 36-22 victory.

This was not a classic Rhinos performance and in all honesty we lost out in both possession and ground. Hull KR dominated for long periods but a combination of excellent defence and mistakes by the home-side meant that their dominance came to nought. If we can win games with six and seven regulars out, whilst not playing well, and whilst playing a number of players in unfamiliar positions then how can we grumble. It wasn't pretty, but it was a great two points to win which could so easily have been lost.

If Bradford can do us a favour and beat Wigan tomorrow then we will be six points ahead of the chasing pack aswehead towards the half-way mark of the season. Come on you Bulls!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Burrow65%
7
Peacock9%
7
Sinfield9%
3
Diskin4%
3
Leuluai4%
3
Senior4%
3
Webb4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull KR
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
1
Briscoe
2
Donald
2
Fox
1
19
Ablett
15
Cockayne
4
Senior
1
4
Webster, Jake
5
Smith
5
Fitzhenry
6
McGuire
6
Cooke
5
7
Burrow
2
7
Webster, James
8
Leuleui
1
20
Vella
26
Kaye
9
Fisher
17
Scruton
10
Mills
1
28
Worrall
11
Newton
13
Sinfield
6
14
Gene
9
Diskin
1
12
Galea
24
Burgess
8
Crossman
10
Peacock
13
Murrell
1
21
Tansey
18
Lovegrove
32
Watkins
22
Netherton, Kirk

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12-10
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Richard Silverwood
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