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Gallant Rhinos Done at the Death
Posted by southstander on July 05 2013 - 23:17:41

Two Great Tries

Few people gave a young and inexperienced Rhinos side any hope of even getting close to a near full-strength Warrington Wolves. The bookies, the pundits and even myself all thought that we'd be in for a bit of a tonking.

But the coach and the players thought different and for eighty minutes the lads gave it 110% and almost pulled off one of the upsets of the season.

In the end Lee Briers broke our hearts, but only at the third time of asking.

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Rhinos

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Wolves

19

Superleague XVIII - Round 21

5th July 2013

Gallant Rhinos Done at the Death

Brian McDermott sent out the same seventeen that played so well last Sunday at Widnes, with everything crossed that his patched up side of youth and experience could hang onto the shirt-tails of the high flying Warrington Wolves, keen to keep their challenge on the top of the table alive.

The Rhinos were on the defensive foot from the off, the vocal travelling support from Headingley struggling to be heard over the home din.

After two consecutive sets of six on the Rhinos line, Higham dabbed through a grubber which he chased himself to touch down, raising the noise level from the home fans. There were just five minutes on the clock as Hodgson slotted over the extras and already you felt that we might be in for a long night.

But far from capitulate, the young Rhinos faught back, and faught back in some style.

On nine minutes the home side were penalised for a high tackle on Rob Burrow and in the resulting six Moon received a long pass from McShane and flicked it behind his back to Hall to dive over in the corner. Hardaker missed a difficult conversion but it was points on the board.


Missed 3 Goals
Three minutes later and we were in the lead thanks to a Liam Sutcliffe length of the field try after picking up a ball spilled from the Warrington attack deep in the Rhinos red zone.

Running out of breath and with the defence coming across to cover, Sutcliffe did the smart thing and got the ball on the ground. Unfortunately it gave Hardaker another difficult conversion attempt which he mis-kicked. The Rhinos were two points ahead, against the run of play and against expectations.

The rest of the first half was a real arm wrestle. There is no denying that Warrington had the upper hand, but sensational speedy Leeds defence kept them at bay util the interval, the Rhinos going into the sheds with the lead.

Warrington started the second half in attack but as they pushed towards the line Hall came out of the Rhinos defence and intercepted, juggled and caught the ball before going ninety metres to ground in the left corner. Hardaker again had his work cut out and missed the extras. We were three tries to one ahead but only 12-6 on the scoreboard. We knew it wouldn't be enough.

On fifty-four Richard Moore was penalised for a high tackle and the Wolves used four tackles before Ratchford went from acting half-back to burrow under the Rhinos defence to score. Hodgson's boot levelled the scores at 12-12.

This was turning into a real nail-biter.

On the hour Mark the Rhinos were back in front thanks to a Hardaker power-play.

The Rhinos had been defending heroically and finally managed to put a set together in the Wolves half. On the last tackle, Hardaker found a gap off a Sutcliffe pass and scored by the uprights. He converted his own try for an 18-12 lead.

But it lasted just three minutes. A Briers kick to the corner saw Monaghan beat Hall in the air and knock the ball back to Hodgson to dive over and ground. As he slid ove rthe conversion to again tie the scores, he set up a grandstand finish.

The remaining quarter of an hour was dominated by the Wolves with the Rhinos spending very little time in the Wolves half. The Wolves were frustrated at every turn by a stoic Leeds defence and Briers resorted to drop goals to try and win the game.


Another Great Game

His first two attempts slid wide before a third, with just over a minute remaining, went between the sticks and won the game for the home side.

This was a game that we didn't deserve to lose. I am not sure that we deserved to win it either, but the way that the lads tackled, absorbed the pressure, and put 110% in to everything, they really didn't deserve to retrun to Headingley with nothing to show for their efforts.

It looks like the night might have cost us two more players with Singleton and Achurch picking up injuries. Two weeks off to recouperate and lick our wounds, and then the push to try and finish in the top four.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
1
1
Hodgson
1
3
2
Jones-Bishop
2
Riley
3
Watkins
4
Atkins
4
Moon
15
Grix
5
Hall
2
5
Monaghan J.
26
Sutcliffe
1
6
Briers
1
7
Burrow
19
Ratchford
1
21
Moore
18
Hill
9
McShane
14
Higham
1
10
Peacock
16
Wood
12
Ablett
11
Waterhouse
18
Clarkson
12
Westwood
23
Singleton
17
Cooper
17
Kirke
8
Morley
19
Achurch
10
Carvell
22
Keinhorst
3
Bridge
30
Foster
24
Currie

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