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What a Balls Up!
Posted by southstander on September 07 2007 - 23:43:36

Guess What it is?

Dear Leeds Rhinos Players

<----- This....is a rugby ball.

To win a game of rugby you need to get hold of it, keep hold of it, and then plonk it down over the oppositions line.

I impart this knowledge to you as tonight it looked very much like none of you had ever seen one before, and when you did find that it had miraculously come into your possession, you tried your very hardest to give it straight back to the opposition!

Disgruntled? Yes!

We bring you all of the action here......

06

Rhinos

v

Hull FC

17

SLXII - Round 26

7th September 2007

What a Balls Up!

This was the Rhinos change to secure second spot and buy themselves two shots at the Grand Final. After last weeks draw at Odsal, anything but two losses would be enough and rather than leave it until a nail-biting last week outing against John Kears' Wildcats we might as well get it out of the way now. It all seemed so obvious, but why didn't someone tell Hull?

The early exchanges gave an indication that we might be in for a humdinger. A very late elbow on Diskin by Carvell should have seen him missing the rest ofthe game but despite a report from the touch judge, referee Silverwood was too much a coward to take decisive action. Hull with twelve players for the duration would have made so much difference, but these decisions are now so seldom made by the weak referees.

Instead of struggling, Hull gave as good as they got and indeed dominated periods of the first half hour. This opening thirty minutes was rough and tough and punctuated by far too many clumsy passes and dropped ball. Promising attacks came to nothing for both sides, but to be honest it was the Rhinos who were hanging on the most against an FC pack still smarting from last weeks home humiliation against KR.

On thirty minutes the Rhinos got the breakthrough.

A Burrow grubber bounced nicely in goal anfd Carl Ablett was the first to get something on it as the dead ball line loomed large. The video referee was consulted and awarded the try. Sinfield goaled to continue his record of points in every game so far this season, and all was well with the world.

But the feeling would last just short of two minutes.


Opener

Early in the Rhinos tackle count, Thackray lost the ball in his own twenty and within three tackles Godwin went over from acting half. After all that hard work to get the lead we immediately handed it back as Tickle converted. Sometimes it can be so frustrating to be a Rhinos fan!

Three minutes later and disappointment turned to disaster.

A delightful chip was caught by Raynor and scored in the corner. There was a slight suspicion of 'double-movement' but the video referee took a good look and ruled that his momentum had carried him over. The try was good, but Tickle missed the extras to send his team in just four points ahead at the interval.

It wasn't time to panic just yet, despite a clumsy and lacklustre half, we could still get back into it.

And on forty-seven we looked to have done so when Donald went over, but the video referee wound back the tape to an Ellis pass off the ground earlier in the play and the try was chalked off. That would be the closest we got to scoring as mistake after mistake cost us posession for long periods of the second half.


Made Difference
On fifty-seven Burrow threw a shocking intercept pass and despite the visitors not scoring on that play they did a few seconds later after Leeds conceeded a penalty and Tickle kicked the two-pointer.

On sixty-five Hull gave Leeds a lesson in smart football when Head dropped a goal after great set-up, and Hull had a seven point margin that the Rhinos never looked like overcoming.

Leeds did try, but were impotent against a pack that really had dominated them for the entire match.

In the dying seconds Raynor went over in the corner for his second of the night and despite Tickle failing to convert it finished 17-6 to the deserved winners, Hull FC.

A backlash from Hull FC? Definitely.

A poor Rhinos performance? Without a doubt.

This ensures the play-offs for Hull, but leaves us hoping for a win against the Wildcats next week. The hubcap is now secure at Saints, lets hope that we can stop the Superleague Trophy heading there too. But on this form it looks like an unlikely prospect.


Man of the Match Poll

Points
Player%
10
Donald21%
10
Leuleui21%
6
Jones-Buchanan13%
3
Ablett8%
3
Diskin8%
3
Sinfield8%
3
Webb8%
1
Burrow4%
1
Ellis4%
1
Peacock4%

See here for season standings.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Hull FC
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Webb
1
Briscoe
2
Donald
22
Hall
3
Toopi
20
Whiting
4
Senior
3
Yeaman
5
Smith
5
Raynor
2
6
McGuire
7
Horne
7
Burrow
32
Head
1
16
Bailey
15
King
9
Diskin
23
Lee
10
Peacock
10
Carvell
11
Jones-Buchanan
11
Radford
12
Ellis
16
Tickle
2
13
Sinfield
1
13
Washbrook
8
Leuleui
17
Manu
15
Thackray
18
Godwin
1
18
Kirke
18
Horne
22
Ablett
1
26
Wheeldon

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
06-10
Referee:
Richard Silverwood
Crowd:
17,424


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