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Rhinos Batter the Terri-Bulls
Posted by southstander on April 17 2014 - 23:28:38

Hat-Trick

This once sparkly local derby had lost some of it's shine in recent years as the Bulls have slipped from being the side to beat and become the side not to lose to.

Recent financial problems and player losses have left them a shadow of their former selves as tonights crowd of just ten thousand (half that of the early noughties derbies) assembled to watch a match even SKY couldn't be bothered to broadcast.

The Rhinos still had a job to do and despite a flat atmosphere they set off as though their lives depended on it.

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46

Rhinos

v

Bulls

06

Superleague XIX - Round 9

17th April 2014

Rhinos Batter the Terri-Bulls

Jamie Peacock and Ryan Bailey were both rested as Rob Burrow made his 400th Leeds appearance, McDermott confident that his side could see the points home without two big hitters. Hardaker and Delaney were back in action and took little time to roll up their sleeves and get the scoreboard ticking over.

As early as the fourth minute the Rhinos grabber the lead after a McGuire grubber bounced off a Bulls foot and into the hands of the skipper who walked in one of the easiest tries of his career. He added the extras, silencing an already quiet home crowd.

Five minutes later and it was 10-0 as Rob Burrow and Ryan Hall put Joel Moon over through a gap off an inside ball to score just in from the left touchline. Sinfield hit the post with his conversion attempt in a swirling wind. But three minutes later he was successful after two beautiful McGuire side-steps saw him ease past the defence and ground next to the sticks.

Big Game
On fifteen the lead was further extended against a Bulls side who'd barely touched the ball. A brilliant break from Briscoe saw him offload twenty out and a nice passing move from left to right allowed Hall to go over in the corner. Sinfield missed the conversion but after just a quarter of an hour we were 20-0 ahead, and it was almost possible to feel a little sorry for a hapless Bulls side who were being slaughtered by a confident Rhinos.

On twenty-three it looked like the Rhinos were in again but a poorly placed kick from Hardaker went straight into the arms of Gaskell who raced ninety metres, outpacing Kallum Watkins, to score by the sticks. Gale converted and totally against the run of play the Bulls had thrown themselves a lifeline.

The Rhinos survived some good Bulls pressure as the first half plodded to a conclusion, the single Bulls try seeming to upset the Rhinos rhythm as we became increasingly frustrated that we couldn't start scoring again.

The frustration continued at the start of the second half with a few Leeds errors meaning that we were unable to move the scoreboard along. It took until the fiftieth minute, almost a full half hour since our last score, for Hardaker and Moon to combine to put Ryan Hall in for his second. Sinfield again hit the post with his conversion but at 24-6 the Bulls needed four scores and the game was seemingly over.

On fifty-five it was 30-6 as two good breaks, one from Briscoe, saw the Rhinos make good metres before a lovely flick pass from Moon let Hall walk in to complete his hat-trick. Sinfield converted, his last action of the game as McDermott rested him ahead of Mondays visit of the Salford Red Devils, and the Rhinos were home and dry at 30-6. But they weren't finished.

On sixty-five Achurch, in a rich vein of form, put Sutcliffe over by the posts enabling Hardaker to kick a simple conversion.


Angel & Demon

On seventy-two, Watkins scored Leeds try of the night when he bust through two tackles to run thirty metres to score, this time Hardaker hit the post with the conversion (the third time this had happened on the night). The final score came on seventy-eight when Ablett found a gap in an exhausted Bulls defence and release Burrow to go under the sticks. Hardakers conversion made it 46-6 and a comprehensive win against a terrible Bulls side whose only brag on the night was that they managed to keep us scoreless for almost thirty minutes in the middle of the game.

Leeds never really got out of low gear, and there was no need to. Achurch is looking much improved and Singleton had a massive game with carries and tackles to make his mentor JP very happy. Moon was superb and Hall clinical with the finish. If it hadn't been for a Hardaker brain-fart we'd have nilled the Bulls, and that would have sent me home wearing the broadest of broad smiles. But I'll settle for the grin of a forty point win.

Special mention should go the Bulls announcer, so unprofessional I though I was watching an episode of 'Phoenix Nights'. I can only think he owns the Public Address System and lets the Bulls borrow so long as he controls the microphone!

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Bulls
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
2
1
Kearney
20
Briscoe
2
Kear
3
Watkins
1
4
Blythe
4
Moon
1
3
Purtell
5
Hall
3
21
Henry
6
McGuire
1
17
Gaskell
1
13
Sinfield
1
3
7
Gale
1
8
Leuluai
14
Manuokafoa
7
Burrow
1
19
O'Brien
23
Singleton
30
Fakir
12
Ablett
12
Ferguson
19
Achurch
28
Bridge
15
Delaney
18
Donaldson
14
Ward
16
Addy
21
Sutcliffe
1
15
Sidlow
18
Clarkson
13
Walker
17
Kirke
11
Olbison

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
20-06
Referee:
Rob Hicks
Crowd:
10,106


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