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Rhinos Run out of Gas
Posted by southstander on April 10 2009 - 22:55:52

Leeds Only Try

In years gone by this would have been the crunch game that both sets of supporters would spend weeks looking forward to.

But with the Bulls down on their luck, and not having beaten the Rhinos on their own patch for six years, the Rhinos fans that braved the rain and went down the road were expecting an easy victory.

We needed a win by just three to retake the top of the table, the Bulls were looking for their first home win of the season.

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

06

Rhinos

v

Bulls

10

Superleague XIV

Round 8

10th April 2009

Rhinos Run out of Gas

The Rhinos travelled to Odsal without Scott Donald or Lee Smith but with plenty of firepower to get the job done against a Bulls side down on their luck and already in danger of writing off their season at this early stage.

The opening twenty had been almost exclusively Bulls attack matched by excellent Rhinos defence. On twenty the Rhinos got their first penalty of he game after Diskin was hindered by markers not square. Two plays later and a nice short inside ball from Burrow found Jones-Buchanan who went ten metres through three tackles to score. Sinfield added the extras for 6-0.

On twenty-seven a nice 'off the floor' pass from Ablett should have found JJB but he knocked-on with the line begging. On thirty-two Hall went in at the corner off a McGuire pass but the referee brought it back for a dubious forward pass.

On thirty-four the Bulls were back in it, when off a blatant forward pass from Sykes, Worrincey went over. As the Rhinos fans awaited the whistle, Smith gave the try and Sykes added the six to level the scores.

Right on the half-time hooter Leeds got a penalty after a Leeds player was obstructed. But Sinfield didn't have the legs with an attempted penalty from just inside his own half. It was a game that we could have been leading by 18-0 but we went into the break at 6-6.


Hard Work

Right at the start of the second half Leeds were caught offside on their own thirty but mercifully Sykes missed the kick.

On fifty-nine Burrow broke downfield from his own twenty, passed inside to Brent Webb, who then passed back to Rob Burrow who went over under the sticks. Ian Smith went to the video referee ruled that Brent Webb was offside at the play the ball and shouldn't have become involved in the play. Bradford got a penalty on the Leeds twenty metre line. The Leeds players were as bemused as we were.

Once again Sykes missed the penalty and we were all still square at 6-6.


Try ruled out
On sixty-two a high bomb was collected by Webb who was tackled and pushed over the line, he lost the ball, but managed to ground it for the dropout. The Bulls were looking in the ascendancy, and we were looking rattled.

On sixty-six Carl Ablett was shown yellow for pushing Sheriffe into touch, despite the fact that he looked like he was still moving.

The massed Rhinos fans were starting to get a bad feeling.

One minute later and a crossfield kick from Jeffries was missed by Hall, touched back by Menzies and collected by Sheriffe, despite it looking like Newton took JJB out in back play. Smith went to Alibert and he gave the try. Sykes missed the conversion for 6-10. There was still time for a comeback.

On seventy-five a Sinfiled chip over the defence was picked up by Watkins who passed inside to Sinfield off a touch-pass from JJB. Sinfield passed out to McGuire who went over in the corner. Once again Smith went upstairs and once again Alibert ruled out the try, apparently for a knock-on. Perhaps it wasn't to be our night.

As the clock ran down we got the bad rub of a couple more refereeing decisions and the final hooter gave the Bulls a precious win which lifted them from second bottom to third bottom. Leeds stayed seconds, two behind Saints, but only ten points point difference ahead of the Giants.

I can't help but feel that the Bulls were given two dodgy tries and we had two perfectly good ones chalked out. The Bulls played well, didn't read the script, and the Rhinos didn't have enough left in the tank after last weekends cup exploits.

We made plenty of bad mistakes, but not as many as the officials. This was just one of those days.

Back to Headingley on Monday and a game against the side who have never beaten us in Superleague.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Hall32%
8
Burrow26%
5
Kirke11%
5
Peacock11%
2
Bailey5%
2
Jones-Buchanan5%
2
Sinfield5%
2
Webb5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
20
Halley
23
Watkins
2
Sheriffe
1
18
Ablett
3
Sykes
1
4
Senior
4
Nero
5
Hall
5
Tadulala
6
McGuire
11
Menzies
7
Burrow
6
Jeffries
8
Leuluai
1
Kopczak
14
Diskin
9
Newton
10
Peacock
10
Lynch
17
Kirke
15
Cook
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
13
Langley
13
Sinfield
1
8
Burgess
19
Burgess
1
Platt
16
Bailey
16
Worrincy
1
12
Lauiti'iti
17
Scruton
9
Buderus
23
Crookes

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-06
Referee:
Ian Smith
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14,554


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