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Comeback Kings
Posted by southstander on July 03 2010 - 21:33:05

Brace

Once again the Rhinos were involved in the game of the weekend and this week the other leading character was St Helens.

Injury had stripped both teams of a number of their stars so there were plenty of youngsters making their way onto the teamsheet. The game would be won and lost in the half back and while the Rhinos had the now usual Sinfield and McGuire, Saints were equally well equipped with Pryce and Eastmond.

The scene was set for a thriller, and for the second week running we weren't disappointed.

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

28

Rhinos

v

Saints

24

Superleague XV - Round 20

3rd July 2010

Comeback Kings

Saints, with their many travelling supporters at their backs, took the early initiative with the kick-off return. Making good ground a high ball on the last was knocked on by Lee Smith and the tackle count wiped clean. At the end of the second set Pryce put a high ball into the corner and as Scott Donald flapped at it the ball was knocked back and Flannery picked up the ball to score. Lomax converted well from the touchline and we were six down.

Eight minutes later and Leeds copied the Saints tactic as a Sinfield kick to the corner was knocked back by Donald and picked up by Clarkson to score unopposed. Sinfield missed the conversion and we were still behind.

Leeds were growing in confidence and on twenty-two we hit the front. Once again Sinfield kicked to the corner and this time Delaney benefitted from the Donald knock-back to pick up and score in the corner. Sinfield converted brilliantly and it was all going to plan as 10-6.


The Boss
Two minutes later and we twisted the knife.

On the last tackle, and with nothing on as we were held on the half-way line, Sinfield put in a speculative kick which bounced kindly for Leeds and was collected by Eastwood who took on a man before finding Senior to go close and offload to the perennial poacher Danny Mcguire to score. Sinfield kicked the tqo and it was 16-6, Saints were on the ropes and all we had to do was lend the killer punch.

But Saints had different ideas.

All we needed to do was run the clock down to half time, but with five minutes of the half left Leeds were penalised for a ball strip and after Saints made good yards they passed out left for Lomax to step nicely and score. He missed the extras but the margin was a converted score.

Two minutes before the break and Saints levelled things thanks to a Flannery solo try from half way as Leeds failed to make the tackle. Lomax converted and rather than a ten point lead we went into the sheds all square. The tide looked to be swinging back towards Saints.

With the second half just two minutes old Saints looked to be in again but the touch judge ruled forward pass and we all breathed a massive sigh of relief. The sigh lasted until the fifty-first minute when it turned into a groan.

Leeds were penalised for offside defending close to their own line and Pryce took the opportunity of confusion in the Rhinos defence to drop his shoulder and scoot in. Lomax added the extras for 16-22.

Four minutes later and Lomax added another two, increasing the margin to eight, after Bailey came in late on the kicker, the game appeared to be drifting away from us, but this is a never say die spirited Rhinos side.

With seventeen minutes left Bailey turned from sinner to try provider as he bust a tackle and passed inside for Danny McGuire to score his second of the night. The skipper added the two for 22-24.

On sixty-seven the Rhinos got the lucky break when confusion reigned in the Saints defence after a Bailey offload failed to be collected by McGuire but was picked up by Buderus who passed out to Ryan Hall to cross in the corner. Sinfield converted from the touchline for 28-24.


Try Scorer

We managed to hold on for the remaining twelve minutes thanks to some resolute defending, good discipline and a cool head from the skipper who ran the clock down whenever he could. We'd managed to come from behind twice to pick up the win over the Saints, always a sweet one, and jump a place to fourth in the table just three points behind the Saints.

There were three turning points in the game. Two of them were when Saints lost both Eastmond and then Pryce through injury, but crucially the third was when McClennan brought Buderus back on for his second stint, and we looked like a different team.

This was another great Rhinos win, in the curtain-raiser for next months Challenge Cup Semi-final, and one which signals that we really are in the running for the 2010 Grand Final. We've beaten all sides currently above us in recent weeks, and who is to say that we can't go all the way.

Brilliant...again!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Sinfield33%
8
McGuire24%
6
Buderus19%
4
Clarkson14%
3
Peacock10%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
28
Smith
1
Wellens
2
Donald
2
Gardner
3
Delaney
1
13
Flannery
2
4
Senior
3
Gidley
5
Hall
1
24
Lomax
1
4
13
Sinfield
4
6
Pryce
1
6
McGuire
2
7
Eastmond
16
Bailey
10
Graham
9
Buderus
14
Roby
10
Peacock
15
Hargreaves
11
Jones-Buchanan
17
Clough
18
Ablett
22
Dixon
28
Clarkson
1
16
Moore
25
McShane
8
Fozzard
17
Kirke
19
Dean
24
Ambler
18
Ashurst
15
Eastwood
25
Emmitt

Kick Off:
17:45
Half-Time:
16-16
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
17,200


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