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Relentless Robins Beat Blueys Babes
Posted by southstander on March 19 2010 - 23:32:42

Great Start

When the Robins arrived at Headingley looking for their first win at Headquarters in a quarter of a century they must have been delighted to see the Rhinos team sheet.

Donald, Ablett, Watkins, Hall, Bailey, Eastwood, Sinfield and Buderus would be the backbone of any side looking for Superleague success, but tonight they were all sat in the stands watching 'Blueys Babes' get involved in an arm wrestle.

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

10

Rhinos

v

Hull KR

17

Superleague XV - Round 7

19th March 2010

Relentless Robins Beat Blueys Babes

It's a few years since any Leeds side boasted three debutants seven games into a new season. Tonight it was Coady, Clarkson and Amor who joined the inexperienced Pitts and McShane. Looking down the teamsheet you were filled with dread at the likely outcomeof the game, and were left to wonder how exposed we would be down the wings with two new boys making their first appearance on the big stage.

Early on and our nerves were calmed with what can only be described as a fluke try.

At the end of the KR first set of six returning the kick-off a kick was charged down by Jamie Jones-Buchanan who then picked up the loose ball and went over next to the sticks. Rob Burrow kicked the conversion and nerves were instantly settled. Perhaps this wasn't goint to be so bad after all.


Try
On eight it looked like we were in for our second when McGuire broke supported by Peacock and Webb. Drawing the last defender McGuire passed to the left and Webb and Peacock both seemed to go for it with the result that the ball ended up on the floor, chance to double the lead gone begging.

Leeds continued to dominate but posession came to nought and when the visitors put together a nice passing move on twenty-one Colbon went over in the corner and reduced the deficit to two, as Dobson missed the conversion.

Four minutes later and KR hit the front. A nice break down an exposed right wingsaw Fox fed with the ball and as he came inside Senior failed to tackle and the ex-Rhino crossed under the sticks. Dobson made sure this time for 6-10.

On thirty-three it looked like we would fall further behind when Senior suicidally palmed back a kick to the corner and Dobson picked up on his own ten metre line and set off downfield. Burrow tracked him back brilliantly and effected the tackle on the Leeds twenty, a faster man would have been in, and in doing so dislodged the ball. A try saved.

But two minutes later and it was all for nothing as a ball was hacked forward on the last, missed by Lauiti'iti and touched down by Briscoe. Dobson kicked the extras for 6-16.

Leeds were within a whisker of narrowing the half-time deficit but a Senior pass, when he should have gone it alone, found Clarkson who was bundled into touch a metre short of the line.

The Rhinos had been given, and squandered, plenty of chances. Dropped ball, daft passes and failure to convert gilt edged chances - it was so reminiscent of last week at the Galpharm.

Leeds needed to score first in the second half, and did.

On forty seven a nice passing move involving Ali, Webb and Burrow saw Senior over in the corner. Burrow failed to convert but it was game on at 10-16.

Six minutes later and Dobson missed a golden chance to extend the lead as he slid a penalty wide from thirty metres out and you felt that might have been the omen for a Leeds fightback.


Tryer

But it wasn't to be as we returned to recent form and became our own worst enemy in the oppositions half. Good Hull defence and a lack of Rhinos ideas and penatration saw the game fizzle out. A Dobson drop goal gave the visitors a seven point winning margin but the game was all over way before then as the Leeds youngsters failed to gell.

No faulting the effort from the young Rhinos, their hearts are in the right place, but with eight first teamers absent we were never going to win a tight needle match like this one. I am sure that we'll be a different proposition when we get half of our walking wounded back to full fitness, I am just concerned at how long that will take.

Much more of this and our season is over before it has really begun. We've still not beaten a side outside the bottom four, and I can see us struggling to get two points out of the next available six.

What a difference six months makes. Top of the pile - to depths of despair.

Who do we play next....only table topping Wigan!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
McGuire47%
8
Peacock35%
6
Burrow12%
4
Diskin6%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull KR
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Briscoe
1
22
Coady
2
Fox
1
3
Delaney
4
Webster
4
Senior
1
3
Welham
27
Clarkson
5
Colbon
1
6
McGuire
9
Murrell
7
Burrow
1
7
Dobson
2
1
8
Leuluai
20
Vella
14
Diskin
21
Hodgson
10
Peacock
30
Clinton
17
Kirke
8
Lovegrove
20
Pitts
11
Newton
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
13
Galea
12
Lauiti'iti
10
Wheeldon
19
Burgess
16
Netherton
21
Amor
17
Fisher
25
McShane
22
Watts

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-16
Referee:
Steve 'Saint' Ganson
Crowd:
15,201


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