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Wolves Snared
Posted by southstander on March 11 2005 - 23:57:23

Super Senior
It was a bitterly cold night, but a warm atmosphere that greeted the Rhinos and Wolves onto the Headingley pitch. Earlier, Tony Smith had emphasised the importance of the crowd to the players, and the South Stand got the message.

Smith made just one change to last weeks seventeen with Liam Botham in for Poching who was suffering from a sore hamstring (read rested). The Wolves were without a number of first choice players, but still brought a squad which on paper was worthy of the challenge.

38

Rhinos

v

Wolves

06

Superleague X

11th February 2005

Wolves Snared

Lee Briers 'spat the dummy' before the kick-off as Klein made the Wolves switch sides, allowing the Rhinos to attack the scoreboard end in the first half. The opening few exchanges indicated that the Rhinos might be in for a tough night. It was a war of attrition, with the opening ten minutes fought out in the middle of the field. A couple of unaccustomed handling errors from 'Player of the Month' Sinfield gifted the Wolves posession but neither side could make it pay.

It took until the twelfth minute for the opening points to hit the board. The Rhinos had done well to soak up intensive Wolves pressure, and Dunemann did well to collect a grubber from Briers near his own line. The Rhinos moved the ball out and fast play-the-balls saw Burrow dart downfield and fling a great ball to put Calderwood through a gap for a thirty metre opener. Sinfield slotted the goal, and we were off and running.

The Wolves took six minutes to hit back, and level the scores.

A superb short pass put Martin Gleeson through the smallest of gaps to go twenty to score next to the posts making Briers conversion a formality. It looked like we weren't going to have it all our own way.

The deadlock was only to last five minutes, when on twenty-three the Wolves were penalised ten metres from their own line.


Flat Nose

Dunemann took a quick tap and the ball moved left, then right, in good flowing football before a fantastic inside ball from Burrow put the line at Seniors mercy. He gladly accepted the offer to score his first try since the Round 1 game at Hull. Sinfield goaled for a six point margin.

The Wolves came close with the last play of the half, but were denied a try in the corner by the officials and the sides went in to the sheds separated by the narrowest of margins.

The Rhinos started the second half attacking the Eastern Terrace and the gathered masses of Rhinos supporters without South Stand tickets. It took just four minutes before these fans were leaping with joy.

Mathers scored the individual try of the game from the half way line, weaving in and out of Wolves defenders and putting Grose on his backside before outpacing Briers to touch down under the posts. Sinfield goaled for 18-6.


Try Saver
Over the next ten minutes, the Wolves clawed their way back into the game, and at times took the upper hand. On fifty-seven the Rhinos gifted the visitors with posession and Appo pinned back his ears and went for the corner. Rather than give up the points, Calderwood chased back and hauled Appo down just short of the line, a tackle as good as a try for the Rhinos.

The Wolves heads dropped, that must have been the moment that it dawned on them that Leeds were simply not going to let them score again!

The Rhinos hit them with the double-whammy. On fifty-nine an electric Sinfield break made the space to pass to Senior on the Wolves forty who then cantered in for his second. Sinfield missed the touchline conversion but at 22-6 the game was over for the visitors.

On sixty-five, Bailey and Dunemann combined to put Ward over for a two metre prop forwards try which Sinfield converted for 28-6. Leeds were now starting to cruise, and it looked ominous for the Wolves.

There were to be two more tries. On sixty-eight a Sinfield grubber on the half way line stood up beautifully for Senior who collected, dummied to pass outside to Bai and pinned his ears back, making it to the line for a very welcome hat-trick. Sinfield converted before leaving the field after getting a bad bash on the nose from a head-high tackle, unseen by 'Calamity' Klein!

With the stadium clock showing eighty minutes, Marcus Bai put the icing on the cake after a barnstorming run by McDermott and a good fast pass from Senior. Botham, deputising for the 'groggy' Sinfield failed with the conversion, but the Rhinos had a comfortable 38-6 win.

It was great to see Senior hit some form, after a quiet start to the season. McKenna and Lauiti'iti also deserve special mention as the powerhouses in the Rhinos attack and defence. Warrington played well, and were in this game right up until Calderwood denied Appo, they will win more than they lose this season.

The worry from tonight is the possible cost of injuries. Ellis picked up a knock, which quickly truncated his re-introduction, and Botham and Sinfield both suffered facial injuries. Expect a few changes next week for the trip to Salford as the 'tinker man' starts his tinkering.

Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Senior29%
8
Sinfield24%
6
Calderwood23%
4
Dunemann13%
3
Burrow6%
2
Lauiti'iti2%
2
Mathers2%

Check out the season standings here.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Wolves
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Mathers
1
1
Grose
2
Calderwood
1
2
Fa'afili
3
Walker
3
Gleeson, Martin
1
4
Senior
3
4
Kohne-Love
5
Bai
1
5
Gaskell
13
Sinfield
5
6
Briers
1
7
Burrow
18
Appo
8
Bailey
17
Lima
14
Dunemann
14
Gleeson, Mark
15
Ward
1
10
Hilton
11
Lauiti'iti
12
Wainwright
12
McKenna
15
Westwood
20
Ellis
9
Clarke
10
McDermott
20
Stevens
18
Jones-Buchanan
2
Pickersgill
17
McDonald
23
Bracek
21
Botham
26
Royle

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
12-06
Attendance:
15,647
Referee:
Ashley Klein


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