Panthers maul Rhinos - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Thu, 29 Nov 2007 05:36:00 GMT
The Panthers U19 tourists defeated their Leeds counterparts 10-6 overnight in a hard fought game.
Penrith lead 4-0 at halftime but surrendered the lead to Leeds. A brilliant individual effort by Greg Waddell - who ran nearly 60 metres to score - put them back into the lead.
According to assistant coach Matt Adamson, it was "a very good game with some excellent defence - the crowd of nearly 2,500 people got their money's worth."
The following report is from Leeds PR manager Phil Daly:
Leeds Rhinos U19s just missed out on being named the Carnegie Academy World Club Champions when they were defeated by Australian side panthers in a closely fought contest at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
The Rhinos team, who were made up of players from the club’s two Academy sides, put in a brave performance in what proved to be a tough and even match.
Penrith put the early pressure on the Rhinos with only some last ditch tackling preventing Bradley Goodwin from grounding the ball in the sixth minute for the Australians.
The visitors were not to be denied a minute later however when Luke Clydesdale offloaded to Michael Mate who powered his way over to put the Penrith youngsters ahead. Mate missed the conversion of his own try however bringing the score to 4-0 to the visitors.
Leeds’ best chance came in the 13th minute when Ryan Hall looked like he had broken free down the right, but as the Penrith players zoned in he was forced to make an offload that was unable to find the hands of any of his supporting team mates.
The Penrith players continued to ask questions of their Leeds counterparts, but the home side’s defence was outstanding and they were able to prevent them from extending their lead further when they went close in the 18th minute.
Both teams gave their all and it was some big hits throughout that ultimately kept either team from scoring again in the half. Towards the end of the first half Leeds really began to dominate the game but they just could not force their way over and the low score was testament to how close a contest this was.
And it was not just the score that showed there was little between these two sides - with both teams wearing predominantly white shirts in the first half it was difficult to differentiate between the sides, meaning the Rhinos were forced to change into their new blue and amber kit in the second half.
The new look Rhinos showed great determination as they begun the second half and it was not long before their efforts eventually led to points on the scoreboard, with Kyle Briggs collecting a short pass before evading a number of Penrith players who were standing in his way to find space and go over on the 47th minute.
Briggs converted the try himself to give the Rhinos the lead for the first time in the game at 6-4.
In the 63rd minute it looked like the Panthers were about to score their second try when good play found Sonny Tuigamala on the wing who looked to have plenty of space to run in, but once again excellent defence stopped him short of the line.
Three minutes later though there was a moment of inspiration for the Panthers when their winger Greg Waddell, who has represented New South Wales at U17 level, was able to break away from half way and, showing fantastic pace, he sprinted his way to the tryline to go over untackled next to the posts.
This time Mate successfully added the conversion to put the Panthers 10-6 ahead.
The Rhinos did not let their heads drop however and continued to search for that winning score.
With two minutes remaining it looked like they were going to snatch a try when Ryan Hall caught a high kick.
The winger then powered his way down the right hand side but he was unable to make it all the way on his own and his subsequent offload was picked up by a Penrith player.
This proved costly for Leeds who were unable to get their fairytale ending in front of the 2,221 home crowd, with the final score ending 10-6 to panthers ...
panthers 10 (tries: Michael Mate, Greg Waddell; goals: Mate 1/2) Leeds Rhinos 6 - Read More, Here