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Rhinos Leave It Late
Posted by Number 2 on June 17 2007 - 21:43:10

Two Quick Tries

By Phil Caplan

Leeds travelled to the Galpharm Stadium to take on a Huddersfield side that had only conceded more than 20 points in Super League all season.

Brent Webb was missing through injury but Matt Disking returned as the Rhinos began a run of four tough fixtures.

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Rhinos

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SLXII - Round 17

17th June 2007

Rhinos Leave It Late

Leeds scored all but two of their points within four minutes of the beginning and then the end of a fiercely-contested game but this was more a victory for guts, will and utter determination. Under the cosh territorially for the majority of the match, not least because the penalty count against them was greater than the opposition’s score, the Rhinos – majestically led by senior pack men Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield – simply refused to give in against obdurate opponents.

The win was achieved without free-scoring Brent Webb, out with a knee injury suffered against Warrington, although Huddersfield were also missing their full back, Chris Thorman. Matt Diskin returned to the blue and amber ranks and his toil and honesty out of dummy half was another important contributory factor while Scott Donald was immense in cover, producing two try saving tackles and Carl Ablett made an important contribution, not least with interceptions, off the bench. Although it was seldom pretty, the second half defensive display was noteworthy for the forthcoming games with the other sides in the top three; the rewards for Leeds’ perseverance coming late on.

Having had a week off and with another one pending for the majority of the squad, it was anticipated that the visitors would set the early tempo against a side hammered in the cup seven days before; and so it proved. Rhinos could barely have wished for a better start with poacher supreme Danny McGuire being ‘Johnny on the spot’ twice in quick succession. Paul Reilly’s ludicrous off load on his own ten was snaffled by Jamie Jones-Buchanan and McGuire linked with Clinton Toopi whose sublime flip sent the trailing stand off over in the corner. Sinfield’s conversion attempt hit the post but the tee was out again at the end of the following set; Rob Burrow’s shallow kick into space being surprisingly left by Robbie Paul, McGuire pouncing to hack on and gather for the try.

Stephen Wild’s superb off load to Ryan Hudson meant Toopi having to kick dead from Brad Drew’s kick to the corner. From the dropout, Leeds were twice penalised and the previous failing of struggling to cover kicks to the posts was again exposed as Hudson put in a precise grubber for Paul Jackson to pounce on. Drew added the extras as Huddersfield began to gain in confidence, their best move in the 17th minute involving dangerous quartet Kevin Brown, Jamahl Lolesi, Martin Aspinwall and Stephen Wild backfiring when Wild was penalised for not playing the ball correctly and Sinfield successfully took the shot at goal.

A sign of what was to come saw Toopi pull off a fine tackle as Leeds forced a turn over but cheaply squandered possession again put them on the rack. McGuire executed a copybook tackle to deny Wild, Sinfield doing likewise on Reilly before McGuire looked every inch a goalkeeper in the six yard area as he effectively smothered Drew’s dangerous kick. As half time approached, both sides bombed gilt edged chances. A Sinfield grubber ricocheted off a Giants defender but the Rhinos skipper just lost control as he re-gathered attempting to put the ball down. Similarly, Aspinwall made a terrific break down the middle on a kick return; he found Wild who was superbly stopped by Donald; Aspinwall spilling the return pass forward with Drew in support. Leeds survived another scare, again from a Drew kick after good work by Brown, Chris Nero and Wild; Ellis missing the ball, Paul diving over the top of it when seeming a certain scorer and Burrow booting it dead. Having played their get of jail card, Leeds put themselves back in it with a forward pass from Toopi to Sinfield on their own quarter as the hooter was about to sound; Senior producing a second try saving tackle this time to deny Aspinwall

Leeds conceded 80metres on the back of three quick penalties near the start of the second half and their rearguard lapsed for the only time, Drew’s flat pass sending in Nero. Drew levelled with the conversion in the 47th minute but it was to be almost exactly half an hour before the score board operator was called upon again. Peacock produced one of numerous charges to get his side out of trouble and Ablett was on hand and aware to pocket a Drew chip and then intercept from Paul. Peacock seemed very harshly penalised for obstruction when breaking clear of tacklers and booted the ball away in frustration to concede more yards. Brown was heavily involved trying to prise a chink in the visitors’ goal line defence, Jordan Tansey – in for Webb – conceding a drop out.


Late Try

Superb work from Hudson, Brown and Lolesi looked like it had set Reilly free in the corner but Donald and Ablett combined to spear him into touch near the corner flag. On a rare breakout, Jones-Buchanan was lifted in the tackle but Sinfield sent his penalty from half way just wide. Drew had a better chance to break the deadlock soon after when Thackray was pinged for picking up his spilt off load in an offside position but the Giants’ half back surprisingly missed.


Even Later Try
Sinfield took a short drop out from the 20 and Huddersfield obligingly knocked on. Drew snapped at a drop goal effort with nine minutes left but not Sinfield when he was presented with the opportunity on the last tackle some 40 metres out, after Hurculean drives from Peacock and Diskin to set up the position. Being behind by a point after having had so much territory seemed to drain the hosts while Leeds grew in stature to post a significant late marker. Hudson lost possession and Leeds capitalised; McGuire’s grubber sitting up perfectly for Tansey and with ten seconds to go, Paul knocked on near the Leeds quarter and from the scrum Sinfield intelligently kicked from the base for Donald to outpace Lolesi.

After the match, Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield paid tribute to his side’s effort

“I’m very proud, I thought the lads stood up and showed great commitment out there and courage in the heat and with the number of penalties against us. We were very, very tough and we worked very well for each other and that’s probably as proud a performance as you can be a part of when the lads dig in like that. To come through like we did at the end and be strong against a tough Huddersfield side despite not having much ball throughout the game and having to defend well; it was a superb effort. It’s great for us going into a Super League break and coming back to face Bradford; we are going to have to step up from today but it is a great stepping stone. Huddersfield have been in excellent form and were difficult to overcome but to come through that and be as committed as we have been is a great sign for us.

Whether it is season defining, I don’t know, we’ve got the two points and we really need to build on that now. I was disappointed to miss the penalty from half way but for the drop goal the call was on, I was already aware of the time left. Both sides were pretty tired by then and there was not much pressure and it was just a case of trying to hit it well; thankfully it went over and we seemed to grow again from that. We knew when we were in front by seven with ten seconds to go that we didn’t need to score again or win the game twice but it’s all good practice for us to be able to do things like that and put things on for future reference if needed. Scott chased it brilliantly and the score maybe didn’t reflect the game in the end because for 76 minutes or so it was very hard out there. It was great for everybody to have a nice result and a gritty performance to think about until we come back; it’s really difficult going into a break dwelling on a loss.”


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Sinfield43%
8
Donald25%
6
Tansey11%
6
Ellis11%
4
Peacock7%
3
McGuire4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Giants
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
23
Tansey
1
7
Paul
2
Donald
1
1
Reilly
3
Toopi
3
Lolesi
4
Senior
11
Nero
1
5
Smith
2
Aspinwall
6
McGuire
2
4
Brown
7
Burrow
9
Drew
2
16
Bailey
15
Jackson
1
9
Diskin
19
Hudson
10
Peacock
10
Skandalis
11
Jones-Buchanan
24
Jensen
12
Ellis
12
Raleigh
13
Sinfield
4
1
13
Wild
8
Leuleui
8
Crabtree
15
Thackray
16
Mason
18
Kirke
18
Griffin
22
Ablett
20
Snitch

Kick Off:
15:00
Half-Time:
12-06
Referee:
Ashley Klein
Crowd:
10,241


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