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Rhinos Swat the Hornets
Posted by southstander on May 19 2006 - 23:24:26

Comeback

This was a 'no win' situation for the Rhinos. We were expected to beat the Hornets, and by a decent score. A large win and it would be 'I told you so.', a small win and 'you could only win by that!.

When the final hooter sounded, the Rhinos had acquitted themselves well against a spirited side from over the hill. We'd scored a hat full, stopped them getting over the whitewash, and got a bit of self confidence back.

A good nights work.

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Challenge Cup - Round 5

19th May 2006

Rhinos Swat the Hornets

In the end it was a Rhinos side with more than a smattering of youth that took to the field in front of a paltry 4,700 for tonights Challenge Cup fifth round game against the Rochdale Hornets. Diskin was named as eighteenth man and Williams, Ablett, Scruton and Kirke all got a game. O'Neill started as did Nick Scruton and Ali Lauiti'iti was back in the seventeen. Abram had been playing games as he named several of his supposedly doubtful players in a squad which bore the name of one ex-Rhino and rugby league journeyman Phil Cantillon.

It took no time at all for the Rhinos to get started. With two minutes on the clock, and on the Rhinos first attack the ball was given air before a Burrow grubber was pounced upon by Danny Williams in front of the fans on the Western Terrace. Burrow failed to convert be we were out of the blocks and running.

On ten minutes the Hornets were marched back an extra ten for backchat and a Poching overhead pass found Williams to cross for his second. It was to be a night for wingers. The Burrow conversion gave us 10-0 before Rochdale found their feet and steadid their nerve.

A barren twenty minute spell followed as the Rhinos tried to breach a resolute defence. Impotent in attack, the defencsive effort of the visitors was to be commended as they repelled wave after wave of Rhinos attack.

On thirty Millard broke the deadlock when he toook a McGuire pass and stepped out of a tackle to score under the posts. Burrow converted for 16-0.

Three minutes later and a Sinfield cross-field kick early in the tackle count was collected by Donald who continued his spriint to ground in the corner. Burrow failed with the touchline conversion attempt.

The last scoring action of the half came on thirty-eight when, after a good stint in defence, Ablett broke from his own half and interplayed with Burrow and McGuire before being in position to finish off for his first ever Leeds try. Burrow converted by bouncingtheball over off the crossbar and we took a 26-0 lead into the sheds.


Hat-Trick Hero

We hadn't been totally convincing and should perhaps have been more creative in the 'doldrums' period from 10 to 30 minutes. We were toally in control and most of the lads were performing well. We just needed to build upon it in the second half and rack up a good score.

Smith must have had the same idea as it took just one minute for us to start the second half scoring. A good break by Ali went close before Sinny and Burrow combined to put Donald over in the corner for his second. Burrow missed the conversion.

Leeds continued to dominate and on forty0seven a Sinfield bomb hit Walker on the Hornets goal line and went backwards to be collected by Donald for his hat-trick try. Burrow goaled and it was now 36-0 and well beyond the visitors.


Big Game
On the fifty minute mark Smith broke with McGuire in support to finish off the break with another try, this one converted by Sinfield in the absence of the substituted Burrow. It was now all too easy and the Rhinos were scoring almost at will as the part-timers tired.

On sixty-one some good go-forward from Ali and Feather took us close before Kirke ran the angle for the corner and passed inside for Walker to collect and dive over. Sinfield goaled for 48-0 and the fifty was on the cards.

Leeds grabbed three more tries in the last ten minutes to finish off a rounded performance.

On seventy Leeds got a penalty after McGuire had been jumped on in the tackle. As Leeds drove for the line O'Neill put Scruton over off short pass. The try was under the sticks and a formality for Burrow. On seventy-six two superb offloads from Smith and then Bailey allowed the ball to be moved to the left wing. A grubber kick was pounced on by a deserving Feather who had worked his socks off tonight. Burrow goaled for 60-0.

As the clock ticked over to the eightieth minute Rochdale knocked on at the Rhinos forty and Ali picked up the loose ball and fed Ablett who went sicty to score his second under the sticks. Burrow converted and the hooter signalled a confidence boosting 66-0 win for the Rhinos.

No disgrace on the Hornets, they put up a battle and at time proved impossible to breach. The Rhinos showed flair and determination, perhaps more so in defence than in attack. This will greatly boost confidence ahead of next fridays trip to Odsal and the chance to beat the old enemy.

We're in the hat for mondays draw, that is all that really matters.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
Sinfield51%
Donald28%
Feather13%
Burrow2%
Kirke2%
McGuire2%
Millard2%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hornets
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
5
Smith
1
Giles
2
Donald
3
2
McCully
3
Walker
1
3
Varkulis
4
Senior
4
Anderson
26
Williams
2
5
Patterson
6
McGuire
1
6
Butterworth
7
Burrow
6
7
Firth
20
Scruton
1
8
Hill
14
Millard
1
9
McConnell
17
O'Neill
10
Strum
16
Poching
11
Gorski
22
Kirke
12
Doran
13
Sinfield
3
13
Goulden
8
Bailey
14
Cantillon
21
Ablett
2
15
Farrell
19
Feather
1
16
Robinson
11
Lauiti'iti
17
Norman

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
26-00
Referee:
Peter Taberner
Crowd:
4,717


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