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Rhinos Feast on Battered Cods
Posted by southstander on September 18 2011 - 22:48:59

18 Points
It's knock-out rugby all the way to Old Trafford, should we get that far, and of all the games we are likely to face over the coming weeks this was the easiest on paper.

The Rhinos (5th) were taking on a Hull FC side (8th) who had not beaten them in recent memory. The prize, a trip to the Galpharm next friday night.

The Rhinos were nailed on as the bookies favourites.

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42

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

10

Superleague XVI

Elimination Play-Off

18th September 2011

Rhinos Feast on Battered Cods

Brett Delaney found himself back in the centres, a position he abandoned earlier this season, as cover for the injured Ablett. He was alongside Zak Hardaker and if we had any weakness, it was this pairing. We looked big and strong up-front and when we heard that Westerman has been forced into the stand-off role for the visitors, you already felt that the Airlie Birds had an uphill struggle.

A good number of supporters made the early sunday evening trip across from East Yorkshire and boosted a pitiful home turnout to just a smidge over the nine thousand mark. The Leeds board must be fearful of the apparent supporters apathy and be worrying about the likely attendences in 2012.

Leeds started the game with their backs to the visitors fans and spend the early few minutes defending in their own half.

It took eight minutes to open our account and it was a try fit for the top table of rugby league. A cross field kick from Webb was caught by a high jumping Hall who passed the ball back inside from above his head to Jamie Jones-Buchanan who ducked under the defence and scored. Sinfield goaled for 6-0, we were up and running.


Scorer
On sixteen, Sinfield showed the visitors respect when he opted to kick a penalty for 8-0 rather than run it for the six points.

And it was with just cause as a resolute FC defence then kept us at bay until the thirty-third minute. Leeds unlocked the Hull defence with a fast play-the-ball and then a scooped pass from Webb which Ben Jones-Bishop picked up off the floor and carried fifteen metres to score in the corner.

Sinfield missed the kick but we were 12-0 up.

Leeds had defended brilliantly to keep Hull out and the second try seemed to deflate the visitors.

With a couple of minutes to go until half-time a great battling run from Bailey got close before he offloaded to Webb to dive over next to the sticks. Sinfield kicked the extra two and we took a comfortable, if hard earned, 18-0 into the interval.

The game was there for the losing, but hopefully we weren't thinking like that.

Hull must have had a good yelling at by Agar, and it worked a treat.

With the second half just two minutes old the Rhinos conceeded a penalty for interference and Hull used the ball to move wide right and Whiting went over in the corner, picking up what looked like a nasty injury in the act of scoring. Tickle goaled well from the touchline for 18-6. But it was just brief respite for the visitors.

On forty-six Burrow went close from acting half-back. On the next play Hauraki went on the angle to score next to the sticks making the Sinfield conversion a formality for 24-6.

But the Rhinos points just kept coming.

On fifty-five Delaney made a great break before passing inside to the skipper to run forty to score, ignoring the supporting Burrow. Sinny converted his own for 30-6 and the game was in the bag.

On seventy-two a brilliant McGuire dmmy and step saw him over for his 200th career try for Leeds, and Sinfields goal gave us 36-6.


Great Game

With four minutes left Briscoe scored a consolation try for Hull which Tickle couldn't convert. But the last scoring play of the game came for Leeds and it was the 2011 surprise package Ryan Bailey who hit the floor a couple of metres short but with noc tackler attached he managed to crawl to the line and ground the ball for his second of the season.

As Sinfield slotted over the extras the Rhinos had secured a comprehensive 42-10 and signalled the exit of Hull FC from the end of season competition. Their season ended a day later than their red neighbours, but with a similar amount of ignimony.

The Rhinos seem to be building their game on great defence and today was no exception. The forward built the platform on which the backs could prosper. We are definitely looking a more rounded team at the moment. Strong in defence, full of flair in attack. We've cut out the mistakes and most of the stupid penalties, could we be peaking at the right end of the season?

Next friday we're back at the Galpharm, scene of our win last weekend. But this time it will be a very different Giants, this time they really do have something to play for.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
20
Phelps
23
Jones-Bishop
1
3
Whiting
1
27
Hardaker
19
Turner
3
Delaney
4
Yeaman
5
Hall
5
Briscoe
1
13
Sinfield
1
7
11
Westerman
6
McGuire
1
6
Horne
8
Leuluai
8
O'Meley
9
Buderus
9
Houghton
10
Peacock
23
Moa
11
Jones-Buchanan
1
16
Manu
20
Hauraki
1
12
Tickle
1
21
Clarkson
10
Radford
17
Kirke
15
Lauaki
16
Bailey
1
17
Dowes
14
Lauiti'iti
2
Sharp
7
Burrow
14
Washbrook

Kick Off:
17:15
Half-Time:
18-00
Referee:
Ben Thaler
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9,075


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