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Simply Outplayed
Posted by southstander on April 24 2010 - 22:24:28

Immense

The Rhinos paid what could be their last ever visit to Knowsley Road as St. Helens prepare to move into their new stadium next season.

With neither side setting the 2010 league on fire both teams would be looking for a commanding performance and the two points, Leeds slightly more desperately than the Saints.

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

20

Rhinos

v

Saints

41

Superleague XV - Round 12

24th April 2010

Simply Outplayed

There were a couple of surprises for the Rhinos with both Brent Webb and Carl Ablett missing from the nineteen named. Lee Smith switched to full back and Tom Bush got another deserved run-out in Leeds colours. Saints also had a number of players missing, notably Wilkin and Pryce. The sides looked evenly matched on paper.

It was a great start for Leeds. Eastmond kicked-off and put the ball out on the full and the Rhinos started the game with a penalty and good field position. On the second play-the-ball, with fifty seconds on the clock, Kirke offloaded brilliantly around Eastmonds back for Smith to receive and dive over. Sinfield added the extras and we were six up, great start.

Six minutes in and the Saints looked back to being on level terms as Cunningham went over from dummy half but the video referee ruled that he'd not grounded it and that Leeds had stolen it in the process. Still, a penalty was better than a try.

On ten minutes a kick to the corner was knocked back by Gardner as he climbed over over Bush right into the hands of Flannery. Flannery touched down and it looked like it was Saints opener. Silverwood went to the video referee and replays showed that Flannery put his foot over the dead ball line before grounding the ball. NO TRY.

Already it looked like we were in for a cracker.

Leeds went on the attack. Sinfield and McGuire combined to put Ryan Hall in the corner but once again Silverwood called on Mr Childs and once again the try was ruled out. We'd seen what looked like four tries but it was still just 6-0 to the Rhinos.


Tried Hard
On sixteen, Silverwood finally found a try that he didn't need to refer to the video referee. Cunningham made Leeds pay for two penalties and put a bullet pass to Moore who crashed over. Jamie Foster added the extras for 6-6.

Five minutes later and Saints started to make posession count after Leeds were forced to drop-out for a third time. On the last Cunningham was once again provider as Puletua went in. Foster goaled for 6-12.

Saints were bossing the game.

On twenty-four Burgess was involved with Diskin in a two-man ball steal. Foster took the opportunity to extend the lead to 6-14.

On thirty-six Saints benefitted from a Hall knock-on as they used posession to get to the Leeds sticks and Roby went over the top of Sinfield off a step to score under the posts. Foster goaled and we were 6-20 behind and could have little complaint.

Apart from the opening five minutes this had been Saints half, we'd given away too many penalties, been pinned in our own half for too long and made too many kicking errors. Bluey needed to give the lads a monster team talk.

From the kick-off Fozzard knocked-on and on the last of the resulting six a Burrow grubber was almost collected by McGuire but was knocked dead in goal. A great chance had gone begging.

On forty-seven it looked like Saints had taken the game beyonds Leeds reach when Flannery crossed off an Eastmond pass. Foster kicked the extras for 6-26 and the Rhinos were really up against it.

On fifty-one Saints sprang a shock when after gaining good field position Eastmond slotted over a drop-goal, almost out of nothing. Saints were up 6-27.

On fifty-four we should have scored with a Buderus-Senior combination but Buderus putthe ball to ground under the tackle. Chances were slipping away.

One minute later and we finally broke the Saints line. Sinfield user McGuire who put in a long pass to Delaney who went in five metres from the touchline. Sinfield failed to convert but we were into double figures at 10-27.


Consolation

On sixty there was a glimmer of hope. Leeds had seen a scrum turned into a penalty when Eastmond had a go at Silverwood. Leeds moved downfield and McGuire and Delaney combined to put Hall over. Sinfield goaled brilliantly from the touchline for 16-27. Two converted tries required.

The sixty-fourth minute saw Sinfield gift Saints by holding Eastmond down on the Rhinos twenty. Foster slotted over the kick to extend the lead to thirteen points at 16-29.

On sixty-six it was all over. Some excellent passing and handling rocked Leeds before Ashurst went in as Saints had men in numbers all over the scrambling Leeds defence. Foster kicked the goal for 16-35. It was Saints night.

On sixty-eight Flannery should have scored but a Smith ankle tap brought him down and he dropped the ball as he hit the ground with the line begging.

The seventieth minute and Cunningham put Roby over next to the sticks. Foster goaled again and it was all starting to look a little one-sided at 16-41.

On seventy-six Saints knocked-on with the Leeds line begging and Burrow picked the ball up and went the length of the field to score, despite being tracked back by Graham. Sinfield missed the kick for 20-41.

There is little room for complaint. Saints played us off the park in attack and to be honest we did well to keep them to just forty-one points. It was one of those games, we had the team to get a win, but Saints got a roll on and simply shut us out. As we tried to force it we made too many mistakes and Saints capitalised.

No one singled out either for praise or criticism, on to next week and the start of another unbeaten run.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Buderus38%
8
Kirke31%
6
Delaney23%
4
Sinfield8%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
28
Smith
1
1
Wellens
26
Bush
2
Gardner
3
Delaney
1
13
Flannery
1
4
Senior
21
Wheeler
5
Hall
1
30
Foster
8
6
McGuire
16
Moore
1
7
Burrow
1
7
Eastmond
1
8
Leuluai
15
Hargreaves
14
Diskin
9
Cunningham
16
Bailey
10
Graham
17
Kirke
22
Dixon
11
Jones-Buchanan
17
Clough
13
Sinfield
2
11
Puletua
1
9
Buderus
8
Fozzard
19
Burgess
14
Roby
2
24
Ambler
18
Ashurst
1
10
Peacock
23
Fa'asavalu

Kick Off:
17:45
Half-Time:
06-20
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
11,048


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