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Dragons Slayed
Posted by southstander on August 20 2010 - 23:31:05

Sensational Hat-trick

Bluey made it clear with his team selection that fourth place was at the forefront of his mind, taking precedence over any thoughts of Wembley. As a result he named the strongest seventeen available with Ambler and Donald the unlucky two to miss out.

The lads approached the game as though places were still up for grabs and although Kirke seemed to pick up a knock in the warm up the Rhinos coach sent out his clearest message yet that this was the seventeen that are likely to get the nod next weekend.

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52

Rhinos

v

Dragons

06

Superleague XV - Round 26

20th August 2010

Dragons Slayed

Sinfield, Buderus and Delaney were all back after missing out last week against a Catalans side looking forlorn and devoid of many of their key players. A massive downpour an hour before kick-off meant that the surface was greasy and when the teams took the field it looked like we'd lost the toss as we unusually started attacking the Carnegie Stand in the first half.

Leeds dominated from the outset and when the scoreboard got moving after just five minutes it was no surprise. A McGuire miss-out pass found Smith who palmed off Vaccari with alarming ease before coming inside and finding McGuire to cross. Sinfield goaled for 6-0 and the visitors heads immediately went down. A few minutes later and a similar move once again saw Smith push Vaccari away before putting in a kick straight to the hands of Webb who despite crossing was rightly ruled offside.

On thirteen the Dragons were penalised for holding a Leeds player back and three plays later Buderus found Webb who fed Hall to cross in the corner. Sinfield goaled from the touchline and it was 12-0. The Dragons already looked as though they knew there was no way back. It was looking like men against boys.

On sixteen Senior broke the line and passed inside (although very forward) to Burrow and despite Child being inline he pointed to the spot for Robs try. Sinfield converted in off both posts (the first time I've ever seen that) for 18-0. The game seemed already won.


Eight from Nine
On nineteen the Dragons were penalised for a spear tackle on Clarkson (fortunately without any ill effects) and Leeds used three plays before Webb went close and flicked out a pass to Hall to go in for his second. Again Sinfield did the honours from wide for 24-0.

Some brief respite for the visitors on twenty-seven when Casey McGuire went over from acting half back, admittedly after Child had wrongly wiped the tackle count to zero when the ball hit a Leeds heel on the last play kick-through. Bosc added the extras but it would be the Frenchmens only joy of the game.

Leeds still had more first half punishment to dish out and on thirty-five the Dragons lost the ball on the Rhinos twenty and it was picked up by Diskin who went five metres before passing to the supporting McGuire to go seventy-five under the sticks for his second. Sinfield goaled for 30-6.

Just as the hooter was about to sound Leeds benefitted from yet another penalty and as they moved the ball right Webb found Smith who ran over the top of the hapless Vaccari to score in the corner. Sinfield missed the extras but it was 34-6 and the two points were already in the bag.

The second half was just more misery for the visitors.

On forty-seven Ryan Hall crossed in the corner for his hat-trick of an Ali Lauiti'iti pass and Sinfield kicked the goal to rack up the forty.

On fifty -five a delightful McGuire chip found Delaney on the first bounce who grabbed the ball and slid over. Sinfield again converted for 46-6 and when a quick twenty-metre tap saw Senior put McGuire through another gap for yet another seventy metre super try, the Sinfield conversion took us past fifty to 52-6.


Hall Three

The game was won and Leeds eased right off the gas. Key players were spelled and we saw some bizarre out-of-position spells in the last twenty as Leeds conserved some energy abd tried to avoid any more bumps and bruises. This was a professional effort from the lads who saw off any Catalans threat early and absolutely destroyed the competitions basement club without really breaking out into a sweat.

Kirke battled through the full game, finishing it on the pitch, despite looking out-of-it during the pre-match warm up. Bailey went off in the first half with a small thigh problem and wasn't risked at all in the second half, but it shouldn't be a problem for next week.

I'm pretty certain that this will be Blueys starting seventeen with the only potential change being Ablett for Clarkson, although I think that the youngster did enough tonight to secure his place. Great performances from McGuire, Sinfield, Burrow, Buderus, Webb and Delaney. If we play like that next week we'll be coming home with the silverware.

Hull FC lost to the Wolves tonight to add the icing to the cake. It makes little difference but does elevate us into the top four and means a draw in a fortnights time will be enough to secure a trip to the DW in the opening round of the play-offs.

Let the Wembley build-up begin!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
McGuire32%
5
Burrow5%
5
Hall5%
5
Sinfield5%
5
Smith5%
5
Webb5%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Dragons
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
26
Stacul
28
Smith
1
2
Bell
4
Senior
18
Carlaw
3
Delaney
1
23
Walker
5
Hall
3
28
Vaccari
6
McGuire
3
7
Bosc
1
7
Burrow
1
30
Sherwin
8
Leuluai
8
Ferriol
9
Buderus
9
McGuire
1
16
Bailey
24
Casty
27
Clarkson
11
Elima
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Elima
13
Sinfield
8
17
Gossard
14
Diskin
19
Touxegas
12
Lauiti'iti
20
Bentley
15
Eastwood
25
Gigot
17
Kirke
4
Sa

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
34-06
Referee:
James Child
Crowd:
15,154


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