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Rhinos March Over Saints
Posted by southstander on March 02 2013 - 00:37:14

Brace
Traffic chaos on the M62 didn't stop the Rhinos squad getting to Langtree Park on time, but some of those who left work at five to make the journey to St Helens didn't arrive until well into the second half, and those were the lucky ones who actually made it.

Leeds played the first half in a spare Under 19s kit with the Rhinos kit man not making it until after kick-off.

But after eighty minutes it looked more like it was the Saints who'd had an exhausting journey.

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

20

Rhinos

v

Saints

12

Superleague XVIII - Round 5

1st March 2013

Rhinos March Over Saints

Mitch Achurch was relegated to a start for Hunslet on Sunday and Bailey was never going to be fit, so the Rhinos seventeen picked itself. Moore got the nod and took Achurch's place on the bench, but apart from that it was the same line-up that lost narrowly to Melbourne last week.

Saints had their own disruption, losing Alex Walmsley in the warm-up and bringing Anthony Walker into the staring thirteen.

Saints kicked-off and had the ultimate nightmare start as Jordan Turner put the ball out on the full. Leeds used the penalty to gain good ground and when Saints were given offside on their own twenty Sinfield took the opportunity to slot over an opening two pointer.

It was Saints who'd be first to cross the whitewash as Lomax took advantage of an overlap down the left hand side of the Leeds defence to run twenty and score in the corner. Wheeler drifted his conversion attempt wide but Saints had a 2-4 lead.


Scorer
Both side spend the next quarter of an hour pushing up blind alleys in the centre of the field and finding no space on the few occasions that they moved the ball towards the wings.

On twenty-three Sinfield broke the deadlock, again with a penalty two points, after Saints held Peacock for too long in the tackle. The scores were tied at 4-4 and it was clear that this was going to be a grind.

Three minutes later and the Rhinos got their first try of the night, a result of their first clear break.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan did the early work before Sinfield found a gap passing to McGuire who went close before passing out to Hall to go the last couple of metres and dive over in the corner. Sinfield missed the conversion, after forty-one consecutive Leeds successes. But we had a 8-4 lead and we managed to protect it into half time.

We were good value for the lead, against an under par Saints outfit, but the points weren't in the bag. We needed to keep awake early in the second half and not fall victim to the early slumbers which cost us last weeks World Club Challenge.

On forty-two it looked like we'd made the best possible start as Kirke went over. But Bentham referred the decision to the video referee and on the replay it could clearly be seen that he'd dropped the ball over the line.

Saints survived a scare on fifty-seven when they just managed to scramble the ball dead, but it was brief respite.

On the hour mark a bit of Rhinos genius.

A McGuire kick to the corner was caught and passed back by Hall. The ball bounced of McCarthy-Scarsbrook into the hands of Kylie Leuluai and the big man muscled his way to the line to score. Sinfield added the extras for 14-4.

Two minutes later and the game was won as a jinking Burrow run saw him find Clarkson who put Moon through a gap, off a Saints defender and offloading into the arms of an onrushing Hall to score again out wide. Sinfield's goal gave us a 20-4 lead.


Man Possessed

It should have been a Hall hat-trick on seventy-three but a double movement was correctly spotted by the video referee and the try ruled out.

Two quick tries by Meli on seventy-four and seventy-seven, the first off an outrageous Percival forward pass, took some of the gloss off what was a great win. Our first in St. Helens for five seasons.

Turner failed with both conversion attempts and the Rhinos had ground out a confident, although not comprehensive win.

Great work from Peacock, Sinfield, Moore, McShane and Watkins in a decent all-round team performance without the indiscipline and errors which we saw last week.

This was a great win against a side we have a tendency to struggle against during the regular season. It gives some hope that we may be able to give current league leaders, Huddersfield Giants, a bit of a game next Friday night.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
3
Watkins
7
Lomax
1
25
Vickery
2
Gardner
12
Ablett
3
Turner
4
Moon
30
Percival
5
Hall
2
5
Meli
2
13
Sinfield
4
17
Wheeler
6
McGuire
12
Wilkin
8
Leuluai
1
14
Laffranchi
7
Burrow
9
Roby
10
Peacock
27
Walker
14
Ward
4
Soliola
15
Delaney
13
Manu
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Puletua
17
Kirke
10
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
9
McShane
16
Clough
21
Moore
19
Jones
18
Clarkson
24
Greenwood

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
08-04
Referee:
Phil Bentham
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