SENIOR ACADEMY SHOW THE WAY
The Rhinos Senior Academy have got the night off to a great start with a 40-10 win over Bradford at Odsal.
The Rhinos Senior Academy showed the way last week at Odsal with a comprehensive 40-10 win over the Bulls. Carl Ablett set up Ashley Gibson for the first try of the game, with the centre converting his own score. The Rhinos struck again on their next set in possession, Gibson this time turned try provider. He got on the outside of Larne Patrick and went down the touchline, he then drifted in field and Dale Harris was on hand to go the last 20 metres and squeeze in at the corner. The Leeds defence was magnificent and Bradford were struggling to get away from their own end of the ground and the pressure mounted even more when Andy Smith knocked on 10 metres from his own line. The Rhinos didn’t waste the opportunity as Carl Ablett picked the ball up from the base of the scrum to go under the posts untouched. Gibson tagged on the extras and Leeds were 16-0 up. Bradford then scored but Leeds hit back four minutes later, Tansey and Ablett again using the short side and releasing Gibson. Gibson then fed Tansey to go in under the posts. Gibson added the conversion to restore the Rhinos 6 point lead. The Rhinos extended their lead before half time, Mark Watts was the man on the spot when the Bulls failed to deal with a kick toscore. Gibson again converted and that took the Rhinos into a 28-6 half time lead. Leeds got the perfect start to the second half after just four minutes. Michael Brown creating the field position after a superb break through some poor Bradford defence. He was eventually dragged down 5 metres short of the line, but a quick play the ball saw the ball passed along the line and Gibson cut back inside to score his second try. He added the conversion to put the Rhinos 34-6 in front. Bradford got the next points of the game on 65 minutes through Richard Johnson but the Rhinos got the final points of the game, when after yet another Bradford error close to their own line, Steve Brooke took the ball from the base of the scrum to go over the line more or less untouched, Jordan Tansey took over the kicking duties and tagged on the extras to give the Rhinos a convincing 40-10 victory. A superb performance from the Rhinos tonight and it must have brought a smile to the face of Graeme Hallas. The defence was superb tonight, a big committed effort from all the team. Luke Burgess was powerful all night and Jamie I’Anson is revelling since reverting back to prop. The centres of Brown and Gibson, until forced with an injury, caused problems for the Bulls every time they had ball in hand. But the SouthStander.com man of the match went to Jordan Tansey, he was the driving force behind the team and looked like creating something every time he had ball in hand.