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Made it...just!
Posted by southstander on May 31 2008 - 18:09:36

Gave Everything

All the Leeds pre-match talk was of a desperation to get past Wigan and ultimately all the way to lift the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

What stood in our way was one of the only two teams to beat us so far this season, and a side under the talismanic management of Rhinos nemesis Brian Noble.

In front of millions on national television just one side could progress, and all of us in the Southstand hoped, perhaps more than believed, that it would be us.

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

23

Rhinos

v

Warriors

16

2008

Carnegie Challenge Cup

Quarter Final

Made it...just!

There were no surprises in the Rhinos seventeen as Smith and Williams missed out. 'Here 'til 2011' Webb took the pre-match cheers, as he took his place is a side as good as we can put out bearing in mind our injury crisis and the enforced absence of Eric Anselme. All the surprises went to Brian Noble who dropped Richie 'Turnstile' Mathers, preferring Pat Richards at full-back. New Aussie signing Phelps was the other of his nineteen not to make the start.

Leeds were defending the Carnegie stand in the first half, and it didn't take long before Wigan showed their intentions. With just ninety seconds on the clock Ablett was caught offside and Richards slotted over a simple penalty for a Wigan lead. But it was a lead that would last just three minutes.

Leeds had moved downfield well before the ball was dislodged from Sinfields grasp in the tackle. The ball went backwards and was picked up by Diskin who went close before being hauled down. Two plays later and Diskin took the ball from acting half and went over under the sticks in a melee of players. Sinfield kicked the two and we were in front.

On thirteen a Sinfield cross-field ball was collected, on the jump, by Donald who went over the back of a Wigan defender and appeared to groud the ball. Silverwood called on the video referee who seemed bound to give a 'benefit of the doubt' try but instead ruled it out. The decision seemed to knock us back and push Wigan on.

On twenty-five, and after some Wigan pressure, Richards took full advantage of Sinfield being penalised for loitering at the play-the-ball and kicked the penalty for 6-4.


Inspirational

Two minutes later and we snatched a dry from near disaster. A high kick by Richards on the last was allowed to bouce before Webb leapt an knocked the ball back, off a Wigan player, to Rob Burrow who evaded the tacklers to go seventy metres to score under the sticks. The referee asked for video confirmation which was forthcoming and we had a bit of breathing space.

Then came the Wigan onslaught, ten minutes of extreme pressure culminating in a somewhat dodgy try. Wigan had forced three drop-outs before a kick on the last went near the Rhinos line. Donald caught the ball but it was stolen, over the line, by Calderwood in what looked like a two man tackle. Silverwood consulted the video and the try was given, much to the chagrin of the SouthStanders. With two minutes remaining Richards' conversion reduced the margin to two, and the two sides took this into the interval.


Commanding
Both sides came close early in the second half. On forty three Ellis knocked on in the act of scoring and ten minutes later a Richards try was ruled out for an obstruction.

We were approaching the half-hour mark when Leeds scored the try of the game. McGuire passed to Diskin, who threw a dummy before breaking through a gap, making thirty and passing inside to the supporting Webb to cross under the sticks. Sinfields goal was a formality and we were back eight points clear at 18-10. Now we needed to hold on.

With fifteen minutes remaining Wigan got reward for some good pressure. A kick, on the last, was charged down by Bailey and the count re-set. Wigan picked up the loose ball and Leuluai went over. Richards extras once again narrowed the margin to two at 18-16, and the mood in the SouthStand changed as we sensed that this one may be slipping.

Leeds soaked up Wigan pressure and then with four minutes left Senior made a great break down the centre of the field, stepping (and crawling) out of three tackles. Two long passes later and Donald crossed in the left hand corner and the Leeds crowd went potty, as much with relief as anything else. Sinfield missed the kick so the margin was still just the six points.

Wign made a hash of an attempted short kick-off and Leeds regained posession using the tackles to work downfield. On the fifth we set up for a drop goal right in front of the sticks and Sinfield executed it perfectly. There was no time left for a Wigan comeback and we'd sneaked a seven point win.

This was a rough and tough game with Bailey and Fielden both put on report, as should Hock have been for his off-the-ball attack on Sinfield. Both sides battled against some bizarre refereeing decisions, with Leeds probably coming off the worse. In particular Silverwood missed a blatant Wigan knock-on from a kick in the first half and then penalised McGuire for a knock-on when he obviously offloaded backwards. He had a bit of a nightmare and could have effected the result, fortunately in the end he didn't.

As for Leeds there were some big performances from the likes of Peacock, Sinfield, Burrow, Diskin and Ellis - but the BBC got it right in goving Trent Barrett the Man-of-the-Match as he was awesome.

I'm really very nervous when Tansey is on the pitch, and Wigan neutralised Danny McGuire today. Fortunately we had enough in the locker and now we're in the hat for Mondays draw.

Great gritty, workmanlike, performance.

Please vote for your man-of-the-match in the front page poll.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
5
Richards
4
2
Donald
1
2
Calderwood
1
12
Ellis
3
Goulding
4
Senior
1
4
Carmont
22
Hall
14
Colbon
6
McGuire
6
Barrett
7
Burrow
1
7
Leuluai
1
8
Leuleui
15
Coley
9
Diskin
9
Higham
16
Bailey
19
Prescott
10
Peacock
11
Hock
19
Ablett
12
Bailey
13
Sinfield
3
1
16
Hansen
24
Burgess
8
Fielden
21
Tansey
10
Paleaasina
28
Worrall
17
McIlorum
17
Scruton
22
Tomkins

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
12-10
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
10,129


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