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McDermott Signs Off With a Win
Posted by southstander on January 28 2006 - 10:09:09

Old Man Kirke
A very young Rhinos side travelled to a wet Boundary Park to take on Oldham in the return game from Barrie McDermott's testimonial game.

The oldest Rhinos players on show was Ian Kirke at 25 and it was the last chance for the Oldham players to impress John Pendlebury before their Northern Rail Cup campaign...

We being you some of the action here......

08

Rhinos

v

Oldham

16

Pre-Season Friendly

26th January 2006

McDermott Signs Off With a Win

Leeds began defending the Rochdale Road end of Boundary Park, playing up the slight slope and they got a shock on two minutes when Chris Percival intercepted a pass and set off down the Main Stand touchline, it sprung the crowd into life but Danny Williams was on hand to save the day for the Rhinos with a miraculous tackle that forced the ball free. Unfortunately it was the last action of the night for the SouthStander.com Shooting Star as he was forced from the field with an injury picked up while making the tackle.

Then the heavens opened and the games was played in driving rain for the rest of the evening. Luke Burgess was forced off the field with a cut and his replacement Jason Hart went in for the first try of the evening on 10 minutes after good work down he short side by Chris Buttery and Kyle Briggs. Tansey was off target with the conversion attempt but the Rhinos held an early lead.

The game was punctuated by the whistle of Mr Kirkpatrick who seem keen to clamp down on holding down, but it was Oldham who struck back after 20 minutes. After try scorer Jason Hart has been dragged into touch on his own 20 metre line, a set move from a scrum involved Wayne Corcoran, Simon Svabic and Craig Dean, before a return pass from the former Halifax player put Svabic in by the posts, he converted his own try to put the home side into a lead they were not to lose.

The Roughyed's defence was certainly up to the task and the game became bogged down in midfield with neither team finding the break that was to matter. The home side were getting on top and enjoyed the majority of field position but the young Rhinos defence was up to the task and held out wave after wave of Oldham attacks.

Disaster was to strike as the half time hooter sounded and good work down the left from Svabic and Dean create the overlap and Chris Percival was on hand to send Oldham captain Alan Hadcroft in at the corner. Svabic was unsuccessful with the conversion but it sent the hosts into a 10-4 half time lead.

The opening half hour was attritional, Oldham enjoyed the majority of the field position and kept the young Rhinos pinned in their own half thanks to the kicking game of Chris Hough, Gareth Barber and Simon Svabic. Svabic has the first opportunity of the second half when he made a break from a scrum, he looked all ends up a scorer until Jordan Tansey came from nowhere to bring his opposite number down.

The Leeds defence, not helped by poor discipline and handling errors, finally cracked with six minutes to go, and what a popular score it was as Barrie McDermott charged onto a John Hough pass to drag three defenders over the line with him to score a try that would have been popular with both sets of fans. Svabic converted and the game was Oldham's at 16-4.

Leeds to their credit never gave up trying and gained some consolation on what turned out to be the last play of the game when the ever willing Peter Fox barged his was over from dummy half. Jordan Tansey was unable to convert and Barrie's last game ended in victory as Oldham took the spoils 16-8.

Full credit to Oldham, according to most people it was a much better performance than the one at Spotland the week before in the AJ Law Cup. The Corcoran brothers led the way, assisted by Svabic, Ian Hodson and Alex Wilkinson. The official man of the match for the home side was full back Craig Dean, making his way back into professional Rugby League after time out from the game.

For the Rhinos, the early loss of Danny Williams and Dale Harris did not help matters as Jordan Tansey was forced to full back and with that it dented much of the Rhinos options on attack. Chris Buttery made a welcome return after injury in a versatile performance and Jamie I'Anson again impressed with his work from dummy half and he took my vote as man of the match on the night.

Oldham, unfortunately, are in for a hard year in LHF National League 1 but with the young Rhinos managing to keep the score down hopes are high for a successful year for both Academy grades. It may be a similar team that is at the South Leeds Stadium next Sunday to try and recapture the Lazenby Cup and a lot of lessons will have been learned tonight.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Oldham
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Harris
1
Dean
2
Williams
2
Maye
3
Brown
3
Wilkinson
4
Ratu
4
Percival
5
Fox
1
5
Hadcroft
1
6
Briggs
6
Corcoran W.
7
Tansey
7
Svabic
1
2
8
Feather
1
8
Callan
9
I'Anson
9
Kirkland
10
Burgess
10
McDermott
1
11
Kirke
11
Bailey
12
Tootill
12
Corcoran G.
13
Buttery
13
Hodson
14
Endersby
14
Barber
15
Watts
15
Guest
16
Faal
16
Hough J.
17
Hart
17
Gorton
18
Halliday
18
Redford
19
Brooke
19
Hough C.
20
20
Hayes
21
21
Nanyn
22
22
Gorey
23
23
Wingfield

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
04-10
Referee:
Karl Kirkpatrick
Crowd:
3,191


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