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Rhinos Keep Devils in their Place
Posted by southstander on July 25 2014 - 23:29:14

Ten Points

It was a Leeds side without Sinfield, Delaney or Bailey who took the field with a vociferous Salford home support at their backs. McDermott wound back the clock and started with Burrow and McGuire in the halves and Jamie Jones-Buchanan was the loose forward. It was a youthful Leeds team taking on the vast experience of the Red Devils old timers and looking to stop their late bid for the play-offs in its tracks.

We knew it was going to be tough, but perhaps not quite as tough as it turned out to be.

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

22

Rhinos

v

Devils

18

Superleague XIX - Round 22

25th July 2014

Rhinos Keep Devils in their Place

Salford were in Leeds faces right out of the gate in a lightening quick opening where both sides were keen to play. Salford turned pressure into points when on twelve minutes a grubber from Locke was grounded simultaneously by Hall and S'au and when Silverwood went to the video referee they awarded in the home sides favour. Josh Griffin goaled the two for an early lead and the Salford fans were hoping to end twenty years of home hurt against Leeds. It was their perfect start.

On twenty the Rhinos showed that they could score from a grubber too as McGuire angled a kick into goal which was brilliantly scored by Hardaker with a couple if inches to spare.


Great Try
In Sinfields absence the Rhinos full-back converted his own try to level the scores.

Two minutes later and we were in again with the double whammy in the form of a length of the field try which was started by Aiton, supported by Watkins who put Briscoe free for a great break down the wing and an offload to the supporting Watkins to throw off the last defender and score. Hardaker added the two and the Rhinos were starting to dominate, but the superiority didn't last long.

As half-time drew near the Devils eased their way back into dominance and with just second left on the clock Fages collected a Chase kick to score easily under the sticks and make the Griffin conversion a formality.

The scores were all tied up at half-time and it was a reasonable reflection of the game. In Leeds favour we'd seen the back of the inspirational Locke who had left the field with a first half injury, but now we knew we were in for a real game of it in the second half.

We regained the lead on forty-six thanks to dogged determination from Ablett who spun over off a McGuire pass, despite the attention of three tacklers. Hardaker goaled for 18-12.

On fifty-two we looked to be pulling away when pressure paid as Ward received the ball in the line, dropped his shoulder, threw the dummy and walked over for a four pointer. Hardaker failed to convert leaving the margin at ten points, it wasn't over yet.

It took five minutes for the Red Devils to heap on the pressure as the Rhinos tacklers failed to stop Jordan Walne who spun out of three lazy tackles to score under the sticks making the Griffin conversion a formality.

Just four points behind and the Devils and their supporters could smell Leeds blood. Koukash was fist pumping on the sidelines and riling anyone whose eye he could catch.

Leeds nervousness showed on sixty-six when they decided to kick for goal when awarded a penalty forty metres out, but Hardakers effort was a poor one and slid wide of the sticks.


Ran Leeds Show

For the last ten the Rhinos were forced to fight a rearguard action. On seventy-two a brilliant Hardaker tackle denied S'au a certain try and with a few seconds left Briscoe was forced to ground a Chase grubber and make Leeds drop-out. As the final hooter sounded there was still chance for Salford to snatch victory but as they kept the ball alive Chase was finally penalised for a forward pass and the travelling support from Headingley breathed a sigh of relief.

We're not on song, but we are also looking very young. The kids, supported by a few old timers, are doing the business and it shows great promise for the future as the next generation get their grounding in tough games like this. Salford will count themselves unlucky not to have picked up the points and it was a game which could have gone either way, right up until the final whistle from Mr Silverwood.

It's a nervy time to be a Leeds fan, next up a home banker against the relegated Bulls bossed by Jimmy Lowes, the man who knows the Leeds set-up inside-out....what could be easier?

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Match Facts

Rhinos
Devils
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
1
3
38
Locke
20
Briscoe
23
Johnson
3
Watkins
1
4
S'au
1
4
Moon
40
Caton-Brown
5
Hall
33
Griffin, J.
3
6
McGuire
6
Chase
7
Burrow
14
Fages
1
8
Leuluai
15
Griffin, D.
9
Aiton
35
Tomkins
10
Peacock
8
Morley
12
Ablett
1
19
Ashurst
28
Walters
13
Hansen
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Puletua
21
Sutcliffe
21
Walne, J.
1
26
Minchella
18
Rapira
23
Singleton
22
Walton
14
Ward
1
26
Evalds

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-12
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
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