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Rhinos Win Bruiser To Stay On Top
Posted by southstander on August 13 2005 - 21:39:03

Four of the Best
This was the Rhinos fifth outing against the Broncos this season, but the previous game that will stick in everyones mind was the awful performance and embarrassing loss in Perpignan.

That loss let the Saints right back into the race for the minor premiership, and it was essential that the Rhinos didn't commit the same mistakes again.

We came close, and the visitors gave us one hell of a game, but in the end we scraped the two points.

44

Rhinos

v

Broncos

24

Superleague X

13th August 2005

Rhinos Win Bruiser to Stay Top

It was somewhat of a different Rhinos side. Sinfield, Bai and Burrow all returned to the line-up with Gibson, Ward and the injured Poching absent. Smith tried McGuire and Dunemann at halves with Sinfield playing loose on his return from his enforced lay off. Smith and Scruton joined Ali and Burrow on the bench.

The Rhinos started the game attacking the scoreboard end, and into the first bright sunshine of the day, and immediately set about attacking the London line. It took five minutes to register the first score when Sinfield broke from the back of the scrum following a London knock-on. Sinfield pass, under pressure, went to ground but was picked up by McGuire who threw a long ball out to Bai who crossed in the corner. Sinfield failed with the conversion, Leeds biggest downfall of the night would be their kicking, for a four-nil lead.

London had shown in the early stages that they wouldn't be a pushover and on thirteen, with the assistance of Silverwood, they took the lead. The London build up contained a blatant forward pass, missed by the officials, and then Mathers gave away a stupid penalty near his own line. London tapped the penalty and moved the ball right for Wells to catch the ball well above his head and score next to the posts. The Sykes goal took us to 4-6.

Three minutes later and it got worse.

Sinfield missed a tackle on the restart and Dorn benefitted to score under the sticks, making the Sykes conversion a formality. Now the nerves started to jangle as memories of Perpignan came flooding back.

We needed to re-establish control.


Awesome

On nineteen and following a scrappy passage of play, McGuire put Calderwood over in the corner. Sinfield once again failed to convert for 8-12. London redoubled their effort in defence.

On twenty-eight, the Rhinos scored a belter witha superb passing move. Ali, Marcus Bai, Mathers, Dunemann with a sensation pick-up off his boot laces, and Ellis all played a part before McKenna went over in the corner. Burrow had a go at the conversion but he also failed, although we were now back on level terms at least.

The last action of the half saw another scrappy try after Leeds made the most of a penalty in the London twenty for holding down. Bailey and Diskin both went close before Senior picked up a loose ball and spun out of a tackle to score. McGuire had a shot at goal, but he missed. That was four on the bounce, and we were lucky to be taking a 16-12 lead into the changing rooms.

It had not been clever or pretty, but London had come to put us off our game, and all credit to them, it was working.

Leeds took a half-time ear bashing and made an immediate second half impression. On the last tackle after receiving the kick-off, Dunemann put in a kick which was charged down by London. The ball went straight to Ali Lauiti'iti who broke down field and put in a switch pass to McGuire who went fifty metres, outstepping Wells to score. Burrow failed to convert, but there was daylight at 20-12.


In Control
On fifty-four a high bomb was knocked sideways into the path of two Rhinos players, neither of whom could bend their backs to collect the ball and the opportunity was lost.

But a minute laterSenior went over for his second, this time after a London kick was charged down and Burrow pucked up the loose ball. Burrow finally managed a conversion for 26-12. We were starting to pull away, but London weren't done yet.

On fifty, Calderwood knocked-on as he tried to collect a bomb. Four drives later for London and Sykes walked over the top of Burrow to score a simple try. The conversion gave us 26-18.

As the last twenty approached, London tired. On sixty-two a dogged Senior break saw his step out of four takles to break tirty metres before passing the McGuire to score, and get knees in his back from Armour as he did so. Sinfield goaled for 32-18.

On seventy-two. London dropped the ball on the Leeds forty and Ali picked up and broke for tweny metres before passing to the supporting McGuire who went under the sticks for his hat-trick. Sinfield goaled for 38-18 and it was game-over.

Straight from the kick-off, Senior broke down the left wing, drew the defence, and put McGuire over for number four of the night. Sinfield again goaled for 44-18 but a lst minute lapse of concentration allowed Sykes under the sticks for a consolation try which he converted.

With a final score of 44-24 the bookies were exactly right with their handicapping. Leeds found it hard going against a well drilled a disciplined side. On their performance tonight I hope that the Broncos give Saints a tough game next week, and I can't see them missing out on the play-offs. We did it tough, and were, at times, our own worst enemy. Lots of dropped ball and silly mistakes, as well as some poor disciplice could have cost us. Hopefully this is a blip and next weeks 'big one' against the Bulls will see us back on top form.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Senior43%
8
McGuire18%
6
Ellis13%
4
Burrow9%
2
Dunemann5%
1
Bai4%
1
Lauiti'iti4%
1
McKenna4%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Broncos
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
2
Wells
1
2
Calderwood
1
5
Kirkpatrick
3
Walker
24
Smith
4
Senior
2
1
Sykes
2
4
5
Bai
1
3
Bradley-Qalilawa
6
McGuire
4
6
McLinden
14
Dunemann
21
Dorn
1
8
Bailey
10
Trindall
9
Diskin
12
Hopkins
10
McDermott
18
Armour/font>
20
Ellis
11
Haumono
12
McKenna
1
30
Mateo
13
Sinfield
3
16
Mbu
22
Scruton
14
Williams
11
Lauiti'iti
17
Tookey
23
Smith
8
Stephenson
8
Burrow
1
19
Highton

Kick Off:
18:05
Half-Time:
16-12
Attendance:
13,318
Referee:
Richard Silverwood


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