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Leeds Pass Tough Test
Posted by southstander on May 08 2014 - 23:07:00

Brace

Few expected that the Tigers would have the start to the season that Daryl Powell has managed to coach from his ramshackle collection of has-beens and rejects, but they've thoroughly deserved the praise that they have received as a side who plays together, and plays for one another.

This was never going to be a walk in the park for the Rhinos and there was every chance that this could be the game where we came unstuck.

We'd need to be on the top of our game as it was certain that the Tigers would give us a thorough test.

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

22

Rhinos

v

Tigers

14

Superleague XIX - Round 12

7th May 2014

Leeds Pass Tough Test

From the first whistle the Tigers set out their stall. This was their crowd, their loud crowd, and they had every intention of taking the two points and narrowing the gap at the top of Superleague to a solitary point.

Both sides traded early sets with the ball handling on show belittling the wet conditions. It would be down to who made the first critical mistake, and it was the Rhinos throught Briscoe who dropped the ball in a carry on his own thirty. The Tigers used their tackles well and on the fifth Carney put Dixon over from three metres to score in the corner. Sneyd goaled brilliantly to open up a 0-6 lead.

It was still early in the game but on thirteen the concerns continued to grow when Achurch gave away a penalty on his own twenty and Sneyd added a couple of points to the margin with a penalty kick. Castleford were holding their own, and taking the game to us, the scoreline was no fluke.


Epic Peacock
On eighteen we got our opening score and narrowed the lead to just two points. Sinfield, Hardaker and Watkins combined with good hands to put Ben Jones-Bishop over in the corner, taking advantage of the injury to Hall to add volume to his calls for more frequent inclusion.

There had been some brutal hits and they just kept coming and both sides tried to batter their ways to the try line. Defences were enormous and there was little scope for more than a half-break.

All indications were that this would be tight to the last minute.

On the half-hour mark Hardaker performed miracles with a cover tackle, holding the opposition up over the line when a score looked a formality and two minutes later we took full advantage and Sinfield, McGuire and Hardaker combined to give Watkins a four pointer which still took some scoring. Sinfields goal made it 12-8 and it looked as though we'd carry a lead into the interval.

Two minutes from the break and the Rhinos had a lapse in attention when we were caught in possesion on the last and then Ablett gave away a penalty for interference at the play-the-ball. Sneyd went through a gap before totally wrong-footing both Hardaker and Ablett to dive over under the sticks. The on-loan player converted his own and gave his side a 12-14 half-time lead. We were doing it tough.

We'd been our own worst enemy and made some dumb calls and silly mistakes but all credit to the Tigers, they had set out their game plan and they were sticking to it. We were getting battered in the forwards and it was working for the home side.

Six minutes after the restart we re-established the lead thanks to some great play as Hardaker caught a McGuire kick and fed Watkins who found Jones-Bishop in space to get his second of the night. The skipper missed the conversion but a two point half-time deficit had become a two point lead.

On fifty-three Sutcliffe went through a gap and found Watkins who, despite the attention of a couple of Cas defenders, crawled over the line and grounded the ball. Sinfield added the two this time for an eight point advantage at 22-14.


Couple

Castleford didn't give up, but the Rhinos defence held firm for the remaining twenty-five minutes and the Rhinos had a hard-faught win.

It was a game that had lived up to the billing. Hard, played in the right spirit, full of skill and ferocious defence. A great advert for the game and enjoyable for the neutral, but a bit too close for a Rhinos fan.

There were some great individual performances with Clarkson, Moon, Jones-Bishop and Watkins all showing up well as Sinfield and McGuire controlled the game in the middle of the park.

We'll head into next weeks return match with the Warriors in top spot, bring on a magical weekend.

Please vote for your Man-of-the-Match in the front page poll.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
Tansey
2
Jones-Bishop
2
2
Dixon
1
3
Watkins
2
21
Gibson
4
Moon
3
Shenton
20
Briscoe
5
Carney
6
McGuire
7
Sneyd
1
3
12
Ablett
26
Finn
8
Leuluai
8
Lynch
13
Sinfield
3
9
Milner
10
Peacock
18
Mariano
18
Clarkson
4
Webster
19
Achurch
16
Holmes
15
Delaney
19
Weeldon
16
Bailey
14
Clark
21
Sutcliffe
11
Millington
14
Ward
12
Hauraki
23
Singleton
10
Huby

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