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Magnifique
Posted by southstander on April 21 2012 - 14:26:31

Roaming Role
There is no denying that McDermott has shaken things up to try and revitalise a team who seemed to be slipping down the table.

This week he brought in Shaun Lunt from the Giants to offer cover at hooker, released Hood on loan for six weeks, and decided to give Ryan Bailey another week in the free-roaming loose forward role.

Rob Burrows miraculous recovery proved to be a little too optimistic as the Rhinos welcomed the high-flying Catalans Dragons, many commentators tip for a first Grand Final appearance in 2012.

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

34

Rhinos

v

Dragons

18

Superleague XVII - Round 12

20th April 2012

Magnifique

Attacking the Carnegie Stand it took just three minutes for a Sinfield moment of genius, perfectly predicted by Jones-Bishop, to open the Rhinos scoring. On the last tackle the skipper put a high ball to the right wing which was caught by a high-flying BJB and scored in the corner. Sinfield goaled from the touchline and immediately the doubters were silenced, myself included.

On ten we imporoved the situation when from the back of a scrum Hall crossed off a Webb pass. Sinfield was on target with the boot and we'd a deserved 12-0 lead. The Dragons looked shell-shocked, this wasn't what they expected.

The visitors got back into the game on twenty-three after a prolonged period of pressure. McGuire was penalised in goal for blocking a Dragons player running through to challenge for the ball and from the resultant penalty the ball was moved wide left for Louis Anderson to score. Dureau added the extras and the margin was back to six at 12-6.


Leeds Opener
Leeds then had to soak up more pressure before countering down the Rhinos right wing. Delaney found Ablett who drew the last two defenders and then passed to Jones-Bishop for his second, seeming to get knees in his back for his trouble.

Sinfield missed the extras and the Rhinos fought off a Dragons onslaught before the hooter to end the half with a ten point advantage. The Dragons must be wondering how a game in which they had played a big attacking part, had seemingly got away from them.

But the game was far from won, the Dragons had all the skill to come back in the second half, we needed to bring out 'A' game back out of the sheds.

It was Hardaker, getting the ball down over the whitewash for the eighth consecutive game, that calmed Rhinos nerves. A nothing kick to the left was fumbled by Stacul as he tried to catch. He failed to ground the ball in goal and it came loose for a grateful Hardaker to pick up and score. The video referee took a long and hard look but came down in Leeds favour and Sinfield kicked the goal for 22-6.

Lesser sides would have thrown in the towel, but the Catalans are not a lesser side.

On fifty-one a nice pass from Pryce put old man Menzies over through a gap and Dureau goaled for 22-12, Leeds had to concentrate again.

The hour mark saw the icing on the cake of a dream debut for Shaun Lunt as he went over from acting half-back off a Leuluai play-the-ball. Sinfield made it 28-12 with the boot and with time running down the Rhinos were close to 'home and hosed'.

On sixty-one a Menzies try was chalked off for a double movement and on sixty-three the free-roaming Ryan Bailey popped up for his second score in as many games. 'He's Ryan Bailey, he scores when he wants'.


8 Games Running

Sinfield kicked the two for 34-12 and we could start celebrating the win.

Leon Pryce did manage a consolation try in the seventy-sixth minute but even with Dureaus' goal it wasn't going to come anywhere near effecting the outcome and the Rhinos finished the game a comfortable 34-18 winners.

This could have been one of those season defining games where a patched up Rhinos side dug deep in defence and were imaginative in attack and beat one of the sides tipped for the top in 2012. Shaun Lunt had a superb debut and fitted in to the World Champions side amazingly quickly. McGuire and Sinfield bossed the game and the forward gave us a good platform with a massive defensive effort.

A week off Superleague now, with just the small matter of a Challenge Cup trip to Manchester to worry about.

Time to build more confidence in readiness for our assault on the top four.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Dragons
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
18
Millard
2
Jones-Bishop
2
5
Stacul
12
Ablett
14
Raguin
4
Hardaker
1
25
Duport
5
Hall
1
28
Cardace
13
Sinfield
5
3
Pryce
1
6
McGuire
7
Dureau
3
8
Leuluai
23
Paea
31
Lunt
1
9
Henderson
10
Peacock
10
Casty
18
Clarkson
11
Menzies
1
15
Delaney
12
Anderson
1
16
Bailey
1
4
Sa
17
Kirke
20
Simon
14
Smith
22
Fakir
20
Griffin
24
Baitieri
21
Moore
26
Fisher

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
16-6
Referee:
Ben Thaler
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