• Leeds Rhinos
  • 30 - 20

  • North Wales Crusaders
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • North Wales Crusaders
7th May 2011 | KO 15:15 | Emerald Headingley | RL Challenge Cup

Leeds Rhinos 30 Crusaders 20

Rhinos made the fifth round draw with a show of immense character but were left to rue the cost.

Ten points and two players down inside 14 minutes, Leeds seemed in a hole – Brent Webb suffering a severe dead leg when carving out the opening chance and Danny McGuire tearing a quad muscle in the chase back to try and prevent Crusaders’ second score.

Showing tremendous fortitude and a willingness to play anywhere for the cause, however, Rhinos hauled themselves back into contention with 24 unanswered points in a 19 minute blitz and, despite then losing back rower Chris Clarkson with ankle damage, withstood a spirited Welsh fight back.

In a match brimming with incident, including the sending off of Crusaders’ Hep Cahill for a careless two footed lunge at Rob Burrow, events round the half hour summed up a riveting tie.

Crusaders skipper Clinton Schifcofske linked with ever dangerous Elliot Kear who broke clear through two tackles, Schifcofske seemingly a certain scorer taking the return pass until sensationally cut down by Ryan Hall from the opposite wing.

Still the danger was not averted, Witt finding Kear but Jay Pitts, outstanding on his second start of the season, somehow getting under him.

On the breakout, outstanding Danny Buderus picked up Kevin Sinfield, his offload released Ian Kirke into his stride, Luke Burgess supported and got a one-handed pass away and Rob Burrow, who was at his sniping best, raced to the corner.

Sinfield landed the touchline conversion, flawless with the boot throughout and a 12-point turnaround was complete.

The hosts had Jamie Peacock making his first start of the campaign – Ryan Bailey out for personal reasons and Jamie Jones Buchanan suffering a hamstring strain – and Lee Smith, who was excellent, returning for wrist victim Kallum Watkins.

Webb’s second minute injury occurred when he took Burrow’s pass and looked to have got Hall in at the corner, the referee ruling the pass forward.

In response, Moore’s tackle forced the ball loose from Burrow, Vince Mellars made good ground and, on the last tackle, Michael Witt’s cross kick saw productive Stuart Reardon wrestle the ball away from Hall, Cahill picking up the spoils for the opening try.

Moore again led the charge out of defence for Crusaders, Mellars got on the outside and released Kear whose fine weighted kick back infield saw Rhys Hanbury gather, Schifcofske goaling as McGuire limped off in back play.

Burrow’s grubber forced a drop out and from it Pitts looked in the clear only to succumb to Witt’s fine ankle tap, McShane dummying and powering over from close range for what is becoming his trademark score.

In the next set, Peacock’s sublime off load saw Smith intelligently track cross field to pick up Clarkson, Sammut just halting Sinfield.

Crusaders gave away a penalty and with McShane again whipping the ball away from dummy half, Burrow sent in the deserving Pitts

Burrow’s touchdown and Sinfield’s marksmanship made it 18-10 and, from the re-start, Mark Bryant was penalised for felling Smith with a forearm.

Leeds got the breathing space they needed two minutes after the interval, Burrow breaking clear and kicking for Buderus, Reardon conceding the drop out from which Burrow’s delayed pass and Smith’s cut out one sent in Hall, Sinfield again adding the extras from wide out.

Clarkson left the field on a stretcher and, after McShane had lost the ball on the first tackle on the resumption, Mellars was just caught by the sliding cover, Lloyd White had a tilt and Frank Winterstein put Kear over in the corner.

The Welshmen’s hopes of capitalising on Leeds’ lack of rotation diminished with Cahill’s dismissal and Ablett was just denied for a double movement by the video ref.

Sammut then combined with Witt to send Lupton in at the posts to narrow the gap to four points but then Sammut spilt the kick off and Buderus did the rest to secure passage into the draw.

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Rhinos made the fifth round draw with a show of immense character but were left to rue the cost.

Ten points and two players down inside 14 minutes, Leeds seemed in a hole – Brent Webb suffering a severe dead leg when carving out the opening chance and Danny McGuire tearing a quad muscle in the chase back to try and prevent Crusaders’ second score.

Showing tremendous fortitude and a willingness to play anywhere for the cause, however, Rhinos hauled themselves back into contention with 24 unanswered points in a 19 minute blitz and, despite then losing back rower Chris Clarkson with ankle damage, withstood a spirited Welsh fight back.

In a match brimming with incident, including the sending off of Crusaders’ Hep Cahill for a careless two footed lunge at Rob Burrow, events round the half hour summed up a riveting tie.

Crusaders skipper Clinton Schifcofske linked with ever dangerous Elliot Kear who broke clear through two tackles, Schifcofske seemingly a certain scorer taking the return pass until sensationally cut down by Ryan Hall from the opposite wing.

Still the danger was not averted, Witt finding Kear but Jay Pitts, outstanding on his second start of the season, somehow getting under him.

On the breakout, outstanding Danny Buderus picked up Kevin Sinfield, his offload released Ian Kirke into his stride, Luke Burgess supported and got a one-handed pass away and Rob Burrow, who was at his sniping best, raced to the corner.

Sinfield landed the touchline conversion, flawless with the boot throughout and a 12-point turnaround was complete.

The hosts had Jamie Peacock making his first start of the campaign – Ryan Bailey out for personal reasons and Jamie Jones Buchanan suffering a hamstring strain – and Lee Smith, who was excellent, returning for wrist victim Kallum Watkins.

Webb’s second minute injury occurred when he took Burrow’s pass and looked to have got Hall in at the corner, the referee ruling the pass forward.

In response, Moore’s tackle forced the ball loose from Burrow, Vince Mellars made good ground and, on the last tackle, Michael Witt’s cross kick saw productive Stuart Reardon wrestle the ball away from Hall, Cahill picking up the spoils for the opening try.

Moore again led the charge out of defence for Crusaders, Mellars got on the outside and released Kear whose fine weighted kick back infield saw Rhys Hanbury gather, Schifcofske goaling as McGuire limped off in back play.

Burrow’s grubber forced a drop out and from it Pitts looked in the clear only to succumb to Witt’s fine ankle tap, McShane dummying and powering over from close range for what is becoming his trademark score.

In the next set, Peacock’s sublime off load saw Smith intelligently track cross field to pick up Clarkson, Sammut just halting Sinfield.

Crusaders gave away a penalty and with McShane again whipping the ball away from dummy half, Burrow sent in the deserving Pitts

Burrow’s touchdown and Sinfield’s marksmanship made it 18-10 and, from the re-start, Mark Bryant was penalised for felling Smith with a forearm.

Leeds got the breathing space they needed two minutes after the interval, Burrow breaking clear and kicking for Buderus, Reardon conceding the drop out from which Burrow’s delayed pass and Smith’s cut out one sent in Hall, Sinfield again adding the extras from wide out.

Clarkson left the field on a stretcher and, after McShane had lost the ball on the first tackle on the resumption, Mellars was just caught by the sliding cover, Lloyd White had a tilt and Frank Winterstein put Kear over in the corner.

The Welshmen’s hopes of capitalising on Leeds’ lack of rotation diminished with Cahill’s dismissal and Ablett was just denied for a double movement by the video ref.

Sammut then combined with Witt to send Lupton in at the posts to narrow the gap to four points but then Sammut spilt the kick off and Buderus did the rest to secure passage into the draw.

Team Performance

Goals

5

2

Tries

5

4

Player Performance

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Lee Smith0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Keith Senior0000000
Ryan Hall1000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0500000
Rob Burrow MBE1000000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Danny Buderus1000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Jay Pitts1000000
Chris Clarkson0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Interchanges
Danny McGuire0000000
Paul McShane1000000
Ian Kirke0000000
Luke Burgess0000000

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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards