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Friday not to forget - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 21 Feb 2009 09:22:00 GMT
Rhinos fans celebrated Hull Kingston Rovers first loss of the season after the Super League champions ran them down 19-10 at New Craven Park on Friday.
The home side looked in control and ready to do a demolition job on the reigning titleholders when they ran out to a 10-4 lead at the break courtesy of a Shaun Briscoe try and two Micheal Dobson goals.
Dobson’s penalty goal before the break was said to have brought relief to the faces of several opposition players who perhaps felt this was a crucial decision that they could use to their advantage in the final forty.
Despite continuing to give away repeat penalties,the Rhinos managed to clone their start in the first half into the second term when Ryan Hall snatched first points after finishing off some enterprising play on the last tackle with a try in the corner.
Kevin Sinfield then slotted his first conversion of the evening to lock the scores at 10-all.
The Rhinos – who appeared the fitter of the two sides as the match wore on - were then denied a try to Keith Senior after video referee Iain Smith ruled no try after Shaun Brisco got a hand under the ball to defuse the ball being grounded.
Lady Luck appeared to have deserted the Rhinos when Paul McShane was sent to the sin-bin after the referee finally lost patience with Leeds being off-side.
Soon a Michael Dobson grubber was missed in the in-goal area by Ryan Hall, enabling Jake Webster to momentarily be hailed as Hull KR’s savior of the week when he pounced on the loose ball.
Video Referee Iain Smith disagreed after ruling the ball had gone forward off Webster’s hand before he planted it. That decision changed the game entirely.
Sinfield put the visitors in front for the first time after Peter Fox was yellow carded for holding down Danny McGuire. The match appeared a foregone conclusion minutes later when Kallum Watkins finished off a Ryan Bailey break down the short side to put the blue and gold favourites in front by two scores.
Justin Morgan’s men didn’t give up and continued hunting for a way to snatch a surprise come-from-behind victory with four minutes remaining. But that goal was made a mission impossible after Sinfield cleverly nailed a field-goal in the 79th minute of play.
All the talk of Super League on Friday night however revolved around Castleford’s shock 28-22 victory over Wigan which will no doubt provide the media and disgruntled fans with an opportunity to put the boot into coach Brian Noble after the Warriors recorded their worst start to a season in 24-years.
Friday Footy:
Leeds 19 (Ablett, Hall, Watkins tries; Sinfield goals; Sinfield drop goals) Hull KR 10 (Briscoe tries; Dobson 3 goals)Castleford 28 (Westerman, Ferres 2, Dixon, Shenton tries; Dixon 4 goals;) Wigan 22 (Leuluai, Pryce, Goulding, Tomkins, Ainscough tries; Roberts goal) - Read More, Here