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Supermen
Posted by southstander on September 05 2013 - 23:24:24

Sensational

It was quite simply a shoot-out for third spot and a Saturday night trip to the Halliwell-Jones over a Thursday game at the John Smith's.

Leeds were looking for a rare regular season win at the DW and welcomed back Jones-Buchanan and Delaney, while the Cherry & Whites were looking to halt a league freefall which had seen them slip from certainties for the minor premiership just a couple of months ago.

The stage was set for a classic, and the Rhinos delivered it!

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

20

Rhinos

v

Warriors

06

Superleague XVIII - Round 27

5th September 2013

Supermen

The opening twenty can only be described as brutal as both sides showed that they were up for the challenge and wanting to secure third spot, for no-one has reached the Grand Final from fourth.

It looked like Carl Ablett had opened the scoring for the Rhinos after early Leeds domination but the video replay showed a double movement and the four points were chalked off.

Leeds dominated but couldn't find their way past a strong Warriors defence but on the rare occasions that Wigan got into the Leeds half they looked dangerous, having a try of their own ruled out for a marginal forward pass.


Brilliant
On twenty-three the Rhinos broke the deadlock thanks to a brilliant Jones-Bishop intercept which saw him run ninety metres with Sam Tomkins in hot pursuit. Just as it looked like Tomkins would make the all important tackle, BJB found another metre of pace and went over. Sinfield missed the conversion but with the Rhinos in full control there was the feeling that it might be the first of many.

Onthe half-hour it looked like a Hardaker grubber, flicked back by Watkins into the hands of Jones-Bishop would extend the lead but referee Silverwood ruled it our for offside.

With two minutes to go to the hooter, we got mugged.

Sam Tomkins stole the ball deep in his own twenty and three play-the-balls later Green broke for forty metres before passing to the supporting Richards to go over and send the home fans barmy. Richards converted his own and took his side into the interval with an unexpected and mostly undeserved 6-4 lead.

It was a bit of a knock-back but with the possession and position that we'd had in the first half, along with the sheer defensive effort from the Warriors, we were in the box seat for the second half.

It took just two minutes of it for the Rhinos to regain the lead a Moon ran towards the Rhinos left corner, drew in three defenders and then offloaded to Carl Ablett to step out of three attempted tackles and score. Sinfield kicked the extras for 10-6.

On sixty, the Rhinos still in total control, Moon extended the lead with a brilliant one-handed grounding next to the left corner flag off a Ryan Hall pass. Sinfield converted brilliantly from the touchline for 16-6.


Awesome

The game was finally put beyond Wigans reach thanks to a moment of Watkins brilliance as he collected his own short kick through and dove over the line to score. Sinfield added the extra two for 20-6 and it was game over.

Wigan didn't give up but the Rhinos defence held strong to secure a famous victory and send the Warriors to the minor premiers in the opening play-off rounds.

This was a mighty team performance against a strong Wigan side who could muster no answer. Ablett, Singleton and Peacock were awesome in the forwards and McGuire, Sinfield and Burrow combined brilliantly in the halves.

It was a delight to watch and the remainnig six sides in the play-offs will have been watching the game with growing alarm that the Rhinos are once again hitting form and getting back to full strength as we approach the business end of the season.

This was a great Leeds performance to behold, bring on next Saturday afternoon and a trip to Warrington.

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Warriors
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Tomkins S.
2
Jones-Bishop
1
2
Charnley
3
Watkins
1
3
Goulding
4
Moon
1
17
Thornley
5
Hall
5
Richards
1
1
13
Sinfield
2
6
Green
6
McGuire
7
Smith
8
Leuluai
10
Mossop
7
Burrow
9
McIlorum
10
Peacock
38
Powell
12
Ablett
1
11
Hansen
11
Jones-Buchanan
12
Farrell
23
Singleton
15
Flower
15
Delaney
16
Tuson
19
Achurch
23
Tomkins L.
17
Kirke
26
Crosby
26
Sutcliffe
21
Taylor

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
04-06
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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