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Lacklustre Leeds Squeeze Past Leigh
Posted by southstander on May 20 2005 - 23:44:13

Humble Pie
It's time for me to eat a big slice of humble pie!

I got carried away in the pre-match preview and not only suggested a Leeds win by seventy points, but also a nilling of the side we thrashed at The Coliseum last weekend.

How wrong can one person be? As a fiesty Leigh side ventured into the Rhinos fortress and almost upset all the odds. Well done Leigh, tonight you shocked the Rugby world.

42

Rhinos

v

Centurions

24

Superleague X

20th May 2005

Lacklustre Leeds Squeeze Past Leigh

Leeds were without three regular first teamers as Burrow, Senior and Bailey all sat out the game with a variety of minor injuries. That said, we welcomed back McGuire and Bai and were pleased at a first team debut for Murrell.

Leeds got a lucky break from the kick-off as Sinfields high kick bounced back into the hands of Mathers. Leeds pressured the Leigh line but it held strong. Leigh then took the initiative and recovered from the early shock, forcing eighteen back-to-back tackles on the Leeds line. This time it was the Rhinos who showed resolve and we finally broke downfield towards the western terrace.

On the Rhinos first real attack McGuire was provider and put Mathers through a gap to score the Rhinos opener. It had taken eight minutes, but this was what we had made the trip to Headingley expecting.

Straight from the kick-off, Mathers collected the kick and passed inside to Poching who broke the Leigh line and went for thirty. He found McGuire inside as he started to run out of steam and after five weeks out, last seasons leading try scorer took just ten minutes to find the whitewash. Sinfield converted his second of the night for 12-0. It was already more than a point a minute and I sharpened my pencil!


7 from 7

The notebook was soon called back into action, but this time it was to record a Leigh try. On fifteen minutes, poor tackling in the Rhinos line allowed Leafa to break free and sidestep past a woeful attempted tackle from Mathers to cross. Jones converted and put Leigh right back in the mix.

But Leeds struck straight back. On eighteen minutes Sinfield flung a long miss-out pass into the hands of McKenna who was lurking on the wing. McKenna stepped once and went over in the corner with Sinfield adding a difficult conversion from the touchline.

When, on twenty-six, Dunemann made Leigh pay for a high tackle by putting Ellis over under the sticks, it looked like the Leigh try had simply been a minor blip in proceedings. We were almost back at a point a minute and it was looking good for another big win.

But the Ellis score was to be the last one of the half as a combination of good Leigh defence, and woeful Rhinos ball handling conspired to take the teams into the interval at 24-6. All was not lost, surely the visitors could not put up the same effort in the second half!

It took just six minutes of the second half to put a totally different complexion on the game, and silence the usually noisy south stand. On forty-three Leigh kept the ball alive brilliantly and Jones went over (for the second week running) off a brilliant flip pass. He converted his own try for 24-12.

Three minutes later and Leeds conceeded a stupid penalty on their own twenty. Feaunati took full advantage and drove over in front of a small but vociferous Leigh following to get the visitors within six of the Rhinos. The wheels had well and truly fallen off for Smiths men.

But it was to get worse. On fifty-six McDermott was penalised for interference at the play-the-ball and as Leigh pushed for the Rhinos line Leafa put Wilshire over. Jones converted to level the scores at 24-24. The unthinkable had happened, was this to be another 'Wakefield' moment for the Rhinos?


Solid Game
The deadlock fortunately didn't last long. With twenty minutes remaining, Poching intercepted on half way and broke for twenty metres before finding McGuire supporting inside. Unopposed, McGuire sprinted to the line to ground under the posts allowing Sinfield an easy five from five and re-establishing the Rhinos lead.

With twelve minutes left the game was still in the balance...until Ellis went close and Dunemann took full advantage of disarray in the Leigh ranks by passing the quick play-the-ball to Calderwood to cross. Sinfield made it six from six and we were twelve points ahead. Surely that was the end of Leigh.

On seventy-three Calderwood completed the nights scoring with the try of the night. Walker diffused a bomb on his own line and passed to Bai who stepped out of the tackle and through the line. As he hit half way he found Calderwood in support who went the remaining fifty metres unopposed to score under the sticks. The Sinfield conversion made it 42-24 and the Rhinos had avoided the embarrassment of a loss to the bottom side.

This was a great Leigh performance and they have a lot to be proud of. They were 100% improved on last week and with the scores at 24-24 the game could have gone either way.

The Rhinos were trying to be far too fancy and it was clear that they had very little motivation to get up for this game. We almost came a cropper, but escaped with the two points. Phew!

One quick word for referee Klein. Next time you want to be so blatently biased towards one side, why not put on their colours? Tonight he should have definitely beein in red and white! Shocking!


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Sinfield23%
6
Ellis14%
6
McGuire14%
6
Poching14%
3
Bai12%
2
Dunemann12%
1
Calderwood5%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Centurions
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
1
24
Wilshire
1
2
Calderwood
2
14
Maden
12
McKenna
1
1
Cooper
3
Walker
8
Jackson
5
Bai
27
Feaunati
1
13
Sinfield
7
9
Jones
1
4
6
McGuire
2
10
Kent
10
McDermott
4
Fleary
14
Dunemann
32
Mears
18
Jones-Buchanan
20
Stapleton
16
Poching
16
McCurrie
11
Lauiti'iti
11
King
20
Ellis
1
13
Leafa
1
24
Murrell
15
Marshall
22
Scruton
21
Sturm
15
Ward
18
Rowley
21
Botham
31
Stevens

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
24-06
Attendance:
14,026
Referee:
Ashley Klein


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