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JJB Jitters Strike Again
Posted by southstander on July 05 2008 - 00:22:23

Mid Season Wobble

Of all the Superleague grounds, in recent years the JJB must be our least favourite. We've lost repeated league games there, and the occasional cup semi-final.

Tonight was the Rhinos chance to start to set the record straight with a win against Brian Nobles side weakened through injury. We were back to almost full fitness, and the bookies had us as favourites. But the masses of Rhinos fans arriving at the ground were not so sure.

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

22

Rhinos

v

Warriors

23

Superleague XIII - 2008

Round 20

4th July 2008

JJB Jitters Strike Again

The Rhinos internationals were back in the camp, and nack in the side for the tricky journey across the Pennines to face the Warriors. It was another Cup Final like game with the home side determined to avenge their Cup exit and month ago and to complete a league double over us. I'd had a bad feeling all day.

Wigan set off like a train and set out their stall from the outset.

With just one minute on the clock Wigan returned the kick-off to the Leeds twenty and a grubber kick was collected by new Aussie signing Cameron Phelps to score. Richards added the two points for a six point start which stunned the Rhinos. Wigan dominated the next twenty minutes of play with imaginative and penetrating attack and a rock solid defence.

On ten a JJB fumble gave Wigan head-and-feed and two plays out from the scrum Phelps went over next to the left hand corner flag despite a valiant attempt by Danny McGuire to turn him. Richards missed the goal but made amends on fourteen with a penalty after Leeds were ruled to have interfered when it looked from the replay as though Hock had just dropped the ball.

We were twelve behind on the scoreboard but trailing by miles on the pitch. Wigan had closed us down, were playing the ball faster than we could regain the line and forcing Leeds errors as we looked for room to play our expansive game. The 'nemesis' Noble was at it again.

On twenty-seven the lead was extended after a chip over the top was collected by Colbon who fell to the ground un-tackled and crawled over the line. Richards missed again but now it was 16-0 and we didn't look like scoring.


Scorer

The closest that we came in the half was a Diskin effort on thirty-seven when he crossed the line but lost the ball to the tacklers in the act of trying to ground it. Two minutes later and Wigan were back in our twenty for a Richards drop goal to end the half. At the time it seemed a strange decision, but in the end it would be vital.

Wigan started the second half as they had ended the first. Dynamic attack and solid defence. They dominated the opening ten, and then, somewhat against the run of play the Rhinos threw themselves a lifeline.

On fifty a superb Burrow jinking run saw him motor from the Rhinos forty to the Wigan ten before he was tackled. In being grounded he offloaded the ball to Danny McGuire who juggled before crossing to score. Sinfield kicked a tough looking openeing conversion for 6-17. At least we'd opened the account.


Better Form
On fifty-five Ryan Hall got back to stop a certain try with a great tacle but as he held on o the player for too long he was penalised with a penalty and lucky not to be sin-binned for a professional foul. Richards kicked the goal and Leeds needed three tries once more.

With twenty-minutes left Goulding scampered over for the home side after a woeful attempted Leeds tackle. The only lifeline was that Richards missed the conversion leaving the deficit at seventeen points - still three converted Leeds tries. We looked as though we had a mountain to climb.

But we set about it.

On sixty four a brilliant dummy and wraparound by McGuire saw a long pass which found Hall who crossed in the corner. Sinfield missed a difficult conversion for 10-23.

A minute later and Leeds generated some scoring momentum with a gamble on the last after McGuire had gone close on the previous play. A Burrow kick to the corner was palmed back by Donald and dropped on by Senior for the easiest try of his long career. Sinfield kicked the goal for 16-23 and now we needed just eight to take the game with plenty of time on the clock.

With seven minutes to go the dream looked like it might become reality when Ali Lauiti'iti appeared to have the ball knocked out of his hands, only to regain it and see the count wiped clean. On the next tackle the ball was moved right and a bounce pass from McGuire found Ellis who crossed and improved the angle. With Sinfield having limped on a couple of minutes previous it was down to Burrow to kick the extras, which he duly did.

Now it was 22-23 and the Wigan players and fans hearts must have been in their mouths as another great Rhinos fightback looked on the cards.

As the hooter beckoned Wigan were penalised on their own forty for not clearing the ruck and the responsibility fell on Rob Burrow to kick a massive penalty goal to win the game. The atmosphere was deafening, as with three seconds on the clock, the kick went a couple of feet wide, and a couple of feet short. Calderwood carried the ball dead and the clock wasn't stopped by Klein, being allowed to run down to a Wigan one-point win.

Leeds were awful in the first half, and Wigan awesome. In the second it was almost a full reversal with the Rhinos playing as we know they can and taking the half by 22-6. But it was all in vain and the Rhinos have now lost three from four making what was a mid-season blip look more like a late-season trough.

We'll be back from this bigger and stronger, but this was Wigans night. They played very very well and won their cup final, and their fans celebrated like it at the end. This is what it is like to be Champions, everyone looks at you as the ones to beat. We need to get used to it and be 100% at every game and play for the full 80.

Fingers crossed the skipper Sinnys injury wasn't as bad as it looks. It could be a long few weeks without him if it was anything serious.

Onwards and upwards, the Giants next week at HQ, lets hope that we are still defending top spot.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
McGuire48%
7
Burrow28%
6
Lauiti'iti8%
6
Senior8%
4
Donald4%
4
Peacock4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
5
Richards
3
1
2
Donald
2
Calderwood
12
Ellis
1
3
Goulding
1
4
Senior
1
4
Carmont
22
Hall
1
21
Phelps
2
6
McGuire
1
6
Barrett
7
Burrow
1
7
Leuluai
8
Leuleui
15
Coley
9
Diskin
9
Higham
10
Peacock
8
Fielden
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Hansen
14
Lauiti'iti
22
Tomkins
13
Sinfield
2
11
Hock
24
Burgess
14
Colbon
1
16
Bailey
17
McIlorum
5
Smith
24
O'Carroll
25
Allan
30
Tuson

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
0-17
Referee:
Ashley Klein
Crowd:
14,911


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