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Magic McClennan is Millennium Mastermind
Posted by southstander on May 03 2008 - 21:11:48

Millennium Mastermind

It was Superleague Round 13, and one of these sides was going to be unlucky.

Rugby league had descended on Cardiff for a weekends celebration of the greatest game. We'd already witnessed a narrow fightback win for the Wolves and a landslide victory for the Wildcats. Now the temperature was rising under the closed Millennium Stadium roof, in more ways than one.

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

40

Rhinos

v

Bulls

26

Superleague XIII

Round 13 - Millennium Magic

3rd May 2008

Magic McClennan is Millennium Mastermind

Six minutes in and the Bulls opened their account. Leeds were penalised for offisde and the Bulls used posession well for Solomona to put Tadulala over in the corner. Deacon slid the ball wide to the right of the sticks.

Then a couple of strokes of luck for Leeds. First the tackle was wiped clean, then Halley carried a missed Leeds pass into touch. Leeds were camped in the Bulls twenty and moved the ball wide left after a Leuluai offload and McGuire pass for Callum Watkins to dive over in the corner. Sinfield slotted the ball straight between the uprights for a 6-4 lead.

On twenty-two Silverwood gave Leeds offside, the latest in a catalogue of penalties against both sides. Deacon goaled from thirty for 6-6.

Three minutes later and a a big hit from Scruton on Sam Burgess gave Leeds head and feed on the Bulls thirty but it came to nothing as Leeds eventually threw the ball into touch on the last tackle.

On twenty-nine Silverwood, once again, caught Leeds offside and Deacon took the two for 6-8.

As we approached half-time some of the Rhinos yougsters started to show a little frailty. Burgess lost the ball in the tackle and then Worrall failed to collect with no tacklers anywhere near. With seconds left a McGuire steal was deemed to be in a two man tackle and Deacon slotted the goal for 6-10.

Leeds had been in charge for most of the first half but control had switched to the Bulls in the second twenty minutes.

It was still all to play for in the second half.


Best Burgess

Just forty-eight second half second on the clock when the Rhinos scored a sensational try, through debutant Frenchman Eric Anselme. Burrow, Webb, Watkins, and Webb again combined over seventy metres before Anselme got the ball twenty metres out to score under the sticks. It was a superb reply to being down at half-time. Sinfield added a simple conversion and we were back in the lead at 12-10.

Forty-six and we were in again. Leeds were in their own half and Worrall found a massive gap to go forty. Senior was supporting on his shoulder and received the ball with thirty to go and had the legs to make the line. Sinfield kicked the extras for 18-10. We'd whammed the Bulls twice in quick succession and their supporters had to wonder if they could get back into it.


Intercept Try
Fifty-one and Tadulala knocked on in his own twenty. Leeds used their tackles before a miss-out pass from Webb found Donald who got the ball down in the corner before being tackled into touch. Sinfield slid the conversion wide but at 22-10 we were two converted tries ahead.

Two minutes later and the Bulls were dead. Burrow found Webb who put a wide pass to Donald who came inside before passing to the supporting Webb who went under the sticks. Sinfield added the extras for 28-10. There were twenty-five minutes left but the Bulls must have known that the writing was on the wall.

On fifty-seven McGuire bombed what can only be described as a 'sitter' when he spilled the ball forward with the line begging.

Sixty-two and the Bulls were looking at a fightback. A grubber on the last from Solomona was collected low by Tadulala and grounded in the corner. Deacon failed with the conversion and the Bulls still needed three tries at 28-14.

Fourteen minutes to go and Hape's desperation to score led to what looked like a double-movement. Bentham looked long and hard in the video van and gave the try. Deacon converted in off the post for 28-20. Was this payback for last year?

On sixty-eight the game was put to bed, thanks to a Ryan Hall intercept from forty out, as the Bulls tried to keep the ball alive. Sinfield goaled for 34-20.

Into the last ten and we were in again. A short ball, suspiciously forward, from Sinfield found Leuluai who took tacklers over the line to score. Silverwood brushed away the complaints as Sinfield kicked the extras for 40-20.

With seconds left Burgess got on the end of a kick through to score and Deacon kicked the extras but it meant nothing as Leeds won by 40-26.

This was a better win than we could have hoped. Even at the end of the first half you felt that there was unlikely to be more than one try in the game. But Leeds were sensational in the second half and demolished a Bulls who had probably had the upper hand in the first forty. The youngsters once again shone for Leeds, and the old hands did what they do best, knuckle down and grind out a win.

Seven points clear and a week away from Superleague as we travel to the capital (of England this time) for the cup game against the 'Quins.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Leuluai44%
8
Webb33%
6
McGuire8%
4
Sinfield5%
2
Anselme3%
2
Donald3%
2
Burgess3%
2
Peacock3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
2
Halley
2
Donald
1
25
Tadulala
2
32
Watkins
1
24
Sykes
4
Senior
1
4
Hape
1
22
Hall
1
3
Evans
6
McGuire
6
Harris
7
Burrow
7
Deacon
5
8
Leuleui
1
10
Lynch
9
Diskin
9
Newton
17
Scruton
16
Burgess
1
10
Peacock
11
Solomona
19
Ablett
13
Langley
13
Sinfield
6
12
Morrison
28
Worrall
5
Tupou
21
Tansey
20
Godwin
24
Burgess
19
Finnigan
35
Anselme
1
23
Nero

Kick Off:
19:00
Half-Time:
06-10
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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