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Grand Theft Leeds
Posted by southstander on July 10 2009 - 23:44:11

Last Gasp Winner

The Rhinos travelled to Belle Vue unbeaten in the last four in Superleague and not having lost to Wakefield away in fourteen games going back to 1992. This was a game targetted by John Kear in pre-season as a target win and we all know how he can get a side 'up' for a one-off game.

Sinny must have lost the toss as we started the game facing into a stong sun defending the Benidorm flats end of the ground, and the Wildcats took full advantage.

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32

Rhinos

v

Wildcats

30

Superleague XIV

Round 20

10th July 2009

Grand Theft Leeds

The opening eight minutes saw Wildcats domination as they kept us deep in our own half. Rhinos mistakes were evident from early on, with a couple of dropped balls gifting possession, but the home side couldn't convert. On Leeds first real attack Ablett broke down the touchline from half way and on the twenty he passed inside to the supporting JJB who scamered in for the opening score. We'd weather the early 'Cats storm and hit back wuth the sucker punch, converted by Sinny for 6-0. So far, so good.

After Leeds allowed the ball to run dead in-goal on fifteen, the return throw to the twenty was stupidly intercepted by the hand of Wakey second row Steve Snitch and Ganson had no option but to brandish the yellow. Now it was time to rattle in some points.

But the unthinkable happened. Down to twelve men Brough broke through a gap and made a great break downfield before putting in a cross-field kick which was collected but the winger halted. From the next play the ball was moved inside and with the Leeds defence nowhere to be seen Blaymire picked up a grubber kick to score. Brough goaled to level the scores.

As the Wildcats awaited Snitch's return they hit the front when on twenty-five when after Smith knocked the ball down in an attempted intercept Ablett argued too loudly with 'Saint' Steve and he gave Brough an easy penalty. The ten minutes of twelve men had seen a six point deficit turned into a two point lead. What was going on?

A minute later and Leeds indiscipline cost another Brough two-pointer this time after Leeds stole the ball in the tackle. If I had any hair then Leeds shocking discipline this season would be sending it grey.

On the half hour we were back in it as a double interchange of Burgess and Diskin worked instant magic when within second Senior crashed over off a Webb pass. Sinfield failed from the left touchline but the scores were squared up at 10-10.


Big Game

It looked like a tie would be the half way score but that didn't allow for a thirty-seventh outrageous Obst dummy, which the Leeds defence bought, allowing him to walk in a try. Brough, as ever, was accurate with the kick for 10-16 and Bluey had plenty of work to do at half-time.

We were still in this game and had bombed a couple of gilt edged first half opportunities. As the sun dropped we'd have no second half advantage, but also no second half disadvantage.

It took fifty seconds for the McClennan team talk to bear fruit.

Leeds used four tackles from the kick-off return to disjoint the Wildcats defence before working the ball wide and Hall breaking down the wing off an excellent Sinfield offload. As Hall neared the line he found Burrow inside who accelerated over the line to score under the sticks. Sinfield added the two and we were back all square. Now we needed to kick on and take the game to the 'Cats, but they had different ideas.

On forty-seven Ganson outrageously penalised Peacock for an obstruction and marched Leeds an extra ten when Ablett had the temerity to point out the error of his ways. Brough took the two on offer for 16-18.

The fifty-first minute saw a superb Wakefield cross-field kick which was collected well by Grix who scored unopposed. The Brough conversion made it 16-24.

Five minutes later and another kick to the corner appeared to be knocked on by Petersen before Atkins touched down. Ganson went to the video referee who must have hit the wrong button because he gave the try. Brough couldn't believe his luck but stopped laughing long enough to slot over the extras and give his side what was looking like an unassailable lead at 16-30.


On Form
With the clock ticking down it was looking like the excellent Belle Vue run was over and that we'd slipped up in the Saints pressure game.

But with fifteen minutes to go Ali Lauiti'iti threw us a lifeline when after a couple of previous bombed opportunities he broke a tackle and went twenty to score next to the posts. Sinfield converted and narrowed the margin to 22-30 but it still looked too much to do to take the points.

When, on sixty-nine, Webb did well to track back and make a last ditch try saving tackle it looked like Ganson had killed the tie after he reached for the yellow card despite having his back turned when the Wakefield player acrobatically threw himself to the ground looking for the penalty. Down to twelve men, could we do a Wakefield and score eight points against thirteen men? We'd go one better.

With two minutes left Burrow scored his second of the night off a Senior pass and with a Lee Smith conversion (Sinny off injured) we were within two with seconds left.

With the clock showing just fifteen seconds to the hooter we were in the Wildcats forty with a couple of tackles left. A McGuire grubber was collected by Ablett who passed to Buderus to the left. Buderus made metres and threw the pass right to McGuire who stumbled and fell before regaining his feet and passingout to Scott Donald who ran the remaining ten to score in the corner. Ganson looked desperate to disallow it but obviously couldn't think of a good enough excuse and went to the video referee who could find no fault and awarded the try. Smith missed the goal but it was academic as the final hooter greeted a 32-30 win for the Rhinos with the most dramatic of last minute steals.

This was a poor Leeds performace, littered with missed tackles, poor kick collects and indiscipline. But we won and got the two points and in the end that is all that matters.

In the end we outscored the home side by six tries to four but in reality they murdered us. Their kicking game was superior, as was their defence, and how they contrived to throw the game away in the dying seconds is one of those great rugby league imponderables.

We'll not say anything too much against 'Saint' Steve but when he watches the game back off tape he'll have a sick feeling in his stomach and be waiting to hear Stuart Cummings voice on the other end of every phone call. The penalty count was 10-4 in favour of the Wildcats, and that was made to look respectable after two dodgy awards after he thought the game was beyond us. On this occasion he couldn't help his beloved Saints keep their two point Superleague lead.

All eyes will now be on tomorrows Cheshire Cup Final as we keep everything crossed that Tony Smiths new side can do us a favour and keep the Saints Superleague advantage down to points difference.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Senior34%
8
Burrow21%
6
Sinfield17%
4
Ablett14%
3
McGuire7%
2
Buderus3%
2
Donald3%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wildcats
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Blaymire
1
2
Donald
1
13
Grix
1
3
Smith
1
19
Gleeson
4
Senior
1
4
Atkins
1
5
Hall
5
Petersen
6
McGuire
8
Demetriou
7
Burrow
2
7
Brough
7
8
Leuluai
16
Bibey
9
Buderus
14
Obst
1
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
23
Korkidas
12
Lauiti'iti
1
11
Snitch
18
Ablett
12
Wilkes
13
Sinfield
3
20
Teo-Latu
21
Worrall
15
Stosic
14
Diskin
25
Moore
19
Burgess
24
Ferguson
10
Peacock
9
Drew

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
10-16
Referee:
'Saint' Steve Ganson
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6,425


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