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In a Different Class
Posted by southstander on May 16 2008 - 23:36:29

Poachers Hat-Trick

It was the clash of two of Superleagues in-form teams as John Kear brought his Wakefield Wildcats to Headingley for their a real test of their mid-season improvement. He was looking to banish an early season humiliation and had been 'bigging it up' for his fans all week.

All credit to the Trinity fans, they travelled in numbers, hopeful rather than expectant of a Wildcats win.

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

58

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

12

Superleague XIII

Round 14

16th May 2008

In a Different Class

Despite being named in the nineteen, Ali Lauiti'iti didn't make the final selection. Lee Smith was the other to miss out as Bailey, Webb and Anselme all made welcome returns after being absent last week. Youth was still very much in evidence with Hall, Worrall and Tansey all figuring.

As the sides took to the field, Leeds attacking the Carnegie Stand in the first half, the 17,647 crowd made their way to their places and Richard Silverwood got proceedings under way.

Wakefield had first use of the ball but struggled to get to half-way before the kick. When they did give the ball to Leeds, we instantly made good use of it. Ablett broke down the right side after selling an outrageous dummy and passed over his left shoulder to the supporting McGuire who was ankle tapped as he dove for the line. Sinfield converted equalling Andy Farrells record of 48 consecutive scoring Superleague rounds to give Leeds a 6-0 start. It couldn't have begun any better.

As thoughts turned to a cricket score, Wakefield dug deep and kept us out, and kept us out, and kept us out again. Then the unthinkable. A Wakefield pogression downfield, thanks to a couple of borderline penalties from Silverwood and Obst crossed under the sticks on a switchback move. Brough goaled and the sides were level. This wasn't in the script.

But that was it. Trinity were spent. Leeds play the ball had been turbo-charged from the off and Wakefield score seemed to switch them off.

On twenty-two a high ball was caught by Hall but then stolen by Wakefield in a two man tackle. Leeds made good use of the penalty and we moved towards the line, Anselme went over on the angle off a McGuire pass. Sinfield goaled for 12-6.

Wakefield held on until the half-hour mark and then we were treated to a sublime ten minutes of scintilating class which saw the Rhinos add twenty-four points.


Record Breaker

On the half-hour, Ellis and Webb both made half-breaks with great offloads and fed Burrow down the middle who crossed under the sticks. On thirty-four Hall broke down the right wing and was supported by Ellis, then Webb, before McGuire juggled the ball, re-gathering in time to score.

Two minutes later, and direct from the kick-off return, Senior broke downfield, used Webb, who in turn found Donald who finished off the move with an inside pass to the supporting Worrall for his first Leeds try.

And, on thirty-nine, another flowing move down the centre of the field saw Burrow pass just as he hit the ground in the tackle so that the supporting Senior could score under the sticks. Sinfield goaled all four and we'd taken a 36-6 half-time lead against a shell-shocked Wildcats side who simply had no answer to a sensational passage of Rhinos play.

The game was already won, now it was just a matter of how badly we'd humiliate the side from down the road.

Leeds withstood thirteen minutes of Wakefield pressure at the start of the second half, as they threw everything at us in an attempt to get back in the game, but there would be no 'Quins like capitulation. On fifty-three, and somewhat against the run of play, a penalty on our own line launched us downfield and Ablett crashed over off a short pass with space on the right wing. Sinfield hit the post with the conversion but we were up to forty.


Home Debut Try
On the three-quarter mark a running, jinking move from Sinfield found poacher McGuire in support to scamper over for his hat-trick. Sinfields goal gave us 46-6 and the 'Cats were getting drubbed.

With twelve minutes left there was a small consolation for the visitors as two Silverwood penalties gave Trinity the position to use a grubber which was grounded by Brough under the sticks. He converted his own, but that would be the last scoring interest for his side.

On seventy-one Leeds were mauling the ball around the Wildcats line when Diskin broke free and stretched down to score, looking from a distance as though he may have dropped it. Burrow, in Sinfields absence, goaled the two for 52-12.

The last score of the game came on seventy-five when two dummies from Senior, both bought by an exhausted 'Cats defence, allowed the veteran centre to score his second of the game. Burrows goal concluded the action at 58-12.

This was an awesome Rhinos performance and showed what class we really have. We played classy football, giving the ball air, and delighting the crowd. We're still several injured players short of our best side, and with this kind of performace I sometimes wonder when I will wake up from this dream. Bluey has the lads playing great entertaining rugby, and rugby that wins games. For Kear it is back to the drawing board, and the chasing pack.

Bring on the Bulls.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
McGuire61%
8
Ablett12%
5
Diskin9%
5
Sinfield9%
2
Anselme3%
2
Peacock3%
2
Senior3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Blaymire
2
Donald
2
Blanch
12
Ellis
3
Martin
4
Senior
2
4
Atkins
22
Hall
21
Grix
6
McGuire
3
6
Rooney
7
Burrow
1
2
7
Brough
1
2
8
Leuluai
25
Moore
9
Diskin
1
14
Obst
1
10
Peacock
18
Wilkes
19
Ablett
1
12
MacGillivray
35
Anselme
1
23
Golden
13
Sinfield
7
10
Sculthorpe
21
Tansey
33
Dale
16
Bailey
16
Bibey
17
Scruton
20
Leo-Latu
28
Worrall
1
9
Drew

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
36-06
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
17,647


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