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Who Killed Cock Robin?
Posted by southstander on September 18 2009 - 23:41:13

Brilliant

It was over twenty years since Hull KR had left Headingley with a victory and tonight they knew that it would not be the end of the world if their losing streak remained intact.

With Morgan having Cockayne, Briscoe, Galea and Murrell all either injured or not risked, you could have been mistaken for thinking that KR had already admitted defeat against a full strength Rhinos. The 11.7 million who travelled from Humberside expected their lads to put up a fight. And for forty minutes they did.

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44

Rhinos

v

Hull KR

08

Superleague XIV

Play-Offs - Round One

18th September 2009

Who Killed Cock Robin?

All the birds of the air
Fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
When they heard the bell toll,
For poor Cock Robin.

Bluey welcomed back Sinfield, Jones-Buchanan, Senior and McGuire to the side that struggled to a win at The Willows last weekend to lift the League Leaders Shield. It was a strong looking Rhinos side against a KR team robbed of many of its stars. The bookies ten point start for the visitors was looking a little conservative and there was a confidence in the South Stand that we wouldn't need another crack at the semi-finals and would be watching next weeks games on the telly.

It took just five minutes for the Rhinos to start their scoring when after already going close on a couple of occasions a McGuire high kick to the corner was caught by Donald who passed back into the willing hands of Smith who rounded the last man to score in the corner. Sinfield failed to take the score beyond 4-0 as he missed the conversion.

Three minutes later and a beautiful flowing move saw a final pass from Donald dropped by McGuire and the try line and a certain four points beckoned. It gave new hope to the Robins. Then disaster for the visitors. Walker went down under a heavy but fair challenge from Senior who immediately called for the trainer and after an extensive halt in proceedings Walker was stretchered off and straight to hospital where a broken leg was diagnosed.

Both sides looked stunned for a while and took a while to regain their composure.

KR managed it first but only thanks to indiscipline from the schizophrenic Webb (brilliant one minute and plain stupid the next). A daft penalty for pushing, after being roughed up by Gene, allowed KR to pressure the Leeds line and Fitzhenry went over for a solo try on twenty minutes. Dobson goaled and the visitors had the lead.

On twenty-six Dobson accepted a two point gift after an out-of-sorts Sinfield had put a goal-line dropout into touch on the full. 4-8.

On the half-hour the Rhinos regained the initiative thanks to KR dropping the ball in their own twenty. Leeds probed and tested the KR line before a superb trade-mark one handed offload from Ali allowed us to see the other side of Webb who dove over. Sinfield removed his scrum-cap to kick the goal for 10-8 and the sides battered one another without further points to the interval.


Schizophrenic

Leeds seemed to have weathered the KR onslaught and you felt that they would probably run out of steam part-way through the second half, but it came a bit sooner than we could have hoped or expected.

On forty-eight a McGuire high kick was watched by the KR defenders and caught unopposed by Hall who passed to Senior who broke down field before finding Ali who dragged a tackler over the line to stretch and score. Sinfield missed what would usually have been a simple conversion for 14-8.


Awesome
Leeds then hit top gear with five unanswered tries in twenty-seven minutes, three in the first thirteen of these.

On fifty Ali Lauiti'iti scored his second, this time off a McGuire pass which seemed to pass ghost-like through a crowd of KR players. Sinfield goaled for 20-8 and the game was almost over as a contest.

On sixty-two two first tackle dropped balls (Leeds then KR) allowed Leeds to eventually make good ground before Peacock crahed over under the sticks with three KR tacklers attached. 'Saint' Steve went to the video referee who gave the GB skipper the 'Benefit of Doubt'. Sinny added the extras from under the sticks for 26-8.

On sixty-six Webb broke downfield and found Hall to cross for a simple try. Sinfield kicked the extras before leaving the field to take a well earned rest and continue his recouperation for the semi-finals which we were now surely in.

On seventy-four a McGuire chip bounced mischievously as Smith and three KR defenders went for it. Smith outstepped the others and picked up the loose ball to go over for a simple try. He converted his own for 38-8.

The last action of the game was a brilliant McGuire short dropout from under the sticks which he regained. Fast play-the-balls saw Leeds advance downfield and Senior broke two tackles before rounding off a good evening with a forty-metre solo effort. Smith goaled as Senior was still being patted on the back and the Rhinos had a very comfortable 44-8 win.

Leeds seem to have timed their return to form perfectly. This was a massive demolition of one of the great pretenders to our thrown. I thought we'd win, but didn't expect that it would be this easy.

Ali, Lee Smith, Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock deserve special mention as they hardly put a foot wrong (ignoring Dannys drop on eight). JJB played well on his return, Senior was a monster (in the nicest sense of the word) and if we could just curb Brent Webbs temper and occasional brainstorm he'd be the best player in the league.

We're into the semi-finals now, and will get to choose our opponents! We can sit back and enjoy the rest of the weekend action unfold and then decide who we think looks the weakest.

A good nights work, mission accomplished!

Best wishes to Chev Walker, it looked a shocker, and we at SouthStander.com hope that he makes a full recovery and is back in the game next season.


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Match Facts

Rhinos
KR
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
15
Fitzhenry
1
2
Donald
2
Fox
3
Smith
2
2
3
Walker
4
Senior
1
19
Welham
5
Hall
1
5
Colbon
6
McGuire
6
Cooke
7
Burrow
7
Dobson
2
8
Leuleui
8
Fozzard
14
Diskin
9
Fisher
10
Peacock
1
18
Wheeldon
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Newton
18
Ablett
20
Vella
13
Sinfield
4
21
I'Anson
12
Lauiti'iti
2
24
Lovegrove
17
Kirke
16
Netherton
16
Bailey
14
Gene
22
Worrall
30
Taylor

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
10-08
Referee:
'Saint' Steve Ganson
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