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28th February 2021 | KO 18:00 | Studio 001 | Vitality Netball Superleague

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Leeds Rhinos Netball 41 Loughborough Lightning 70

Leeds Rhinos faced their biggest challenge to date, resulting in a 31-55 loss against the dominant side, Loughborough Lightning.

Leeds Rhinos head coach, Dan Ryan announced he was ‘excited for a great learning opportunity for the side to test themselves against the best’ and ‘embracing the opportunity’, after talking earlier this week in the lead up for this match up against lightning with the Evening Post.

With a scrappy start from both sides in the first few minutes of the game, sees Lightning losing their first centre pass due to the pressure of the Rhinos defensive starting 7, but they soon manage to regain possession and further, taking on a 3-0 lead.  Dixon soon puts Rhinos on the score board, and the game gets started. There was no doubt, 201cm Mary Cholhok was not going to be Rhinos biggest problem with a much shorter defensive Leeds unit, she dominated the shooting circle from the whistle, challenging Paige Kindred and Vicki Oyesola. The long bombs from Lightnings attacks were not going to stop the work of the talent that is Oyesola, as she continued to provide opportunities with her defensive turnovers for the Rhinos side but capitalising this became a real difficulty when the strong unit of Panagarry and Cobden were quick to break this down. Rhinos showed moments of great play with minutes left on the clock for this beginning quarter, but the stars of Lighting were showing signs this was going to be a challenging match up. Hands from Cobden continue to disrupt rhinos attack leaving rhinos behind 9 goals after their first 12 minutes of round 4.

Heading out to the second quarter , Rosie Harris, after making her first start for Rhinos today, moves in to GK and Paige Kindred into WD in the attempt to stop the power house of Mary Cholhok. Rhinos continue to feel the pressure as they are exposed by lightning with their easy penetration to circle edge, whereas in the opposing end Rhinos are forced to play it between Jade Clarke and Brie Grierson as they struggle for an opening with the shooting circle. With Dixon exiting the circle it enables space to be found for a pin -point ball into young gun Rushton, who rewards the team with a well -deserved goal, followed by an Intercept by Harris in the GK position. With lightning showing no signs of slowing down Leeds were desperate to put more pressure on the front line to stop the confidence of Panagarry in lobbing balls to Cholhok. New side, Rhinos, continue to try different plays, to try and rattle lightnings defense but it was clear everything was being challenged immensely. Oyesola takes her seat on the bench, following an illness, replaced with Michelle Magee on for her Rhinos debut! Despite this big loss to the team, we see great moments of the court opening and Clarke and Grierson finding the circle edge to spot Rushton. A caution from Lightnings GD for intentional obstruction ends Rushton sinking a shot in the last few seconds of the second quarter, with the hope for a more contested second half.

Back to the drawing board for Rhinos as they proceed into the so called ‘winning quarter’ 18-35, and losing the glue keeping the defence together, Oyesola, Captain Jade Clarke demands Rhinos ‘need to get organised’ , but to step up and have fun too.

Amelia Hall steps on court in the desire to open up the attack and inject speed and the energy Rhinos needed to put up a fight for the rest of this game. A more exciting quarter for Rhinos, sees Hall showing confidence and effectively finding her space on the circle edge to provide opportunities for Rushton under the post and many more exciting long bombs from the middle third from  Rhinos defense. Leeds definitely turned up the heat this quarter, after the shift of lightnings defense, connections improved the whole way down the court and we were able to see more of the Rhinos we have seen in previous rounds.

Regardless of the caution of Persistent infringement for Harris – Rhinos were seen to be a more confident side and finished the 3rd quarter from a long bomb into Rushton, finishing the last few minutes with Rhinos best goal scoring quarter yet, seeing a more settled side.

Setting foot into the final quarter of this battle for Rhinos, Dan Ryan made a number of changes – Emily Hollingworth on for WD, Paige kindred to GD, Magee returning to the bench, Rhea Dixon to GS and brie into GA, giving Dan Ryan a chance to see more of a rotational circle and giving lightning a force to be reckoned with.

Starting with Grierson getting her first goal for this season, she appeared unphased, scoring the first few goals confidently for her Rhinos side, and providing fans with the connection they all love of her and Dixon, but now in the shooting circle together for the first time this season. Despite Loughborough’s undeniable dominance this game, Rhinos have done all they can to find a flow from defense to attack, with new combination and the grit from the 9 players they have been left with, following the injuries previously. Harris collects a warning for persistent infringement leaving Ella Clarke to pop in shots for the final few minutes with ease. With no confidence lost, Harris then goes on to turnover ball and get it to Dixon who does all she can to keep the score line from increasing. A game smart caution for Hall In the last few seconds of the game,  stopped Loughborough from gaining that final goal before the whistle blows, but unfortunately Leeds Rhinos still lose this round with Lightning sealing the deal with 55-31, despite a good finish to a very tough game.

Leeds Rhinos fight again to face their fifth  battle on the 14th March against previously finalist Wasps at 18:00, after learning a lot from this classy, experienced side-  Loughborough Lightning.

TEAMS

GK: Paige Kindred, GD: Vicki Oyesola, WD: Rosie Harris, C: Jade Clarke, WA: Brie Grieson, GA: Rhea Dixon, GS: Sienna Rushton
Substitutes: Amelia Hall, Emily Hollingworth, Michelle Magee

Away Team

GK: Alice Harvey, GD: Sam May, WD: Beth Cobden, C: Nat Panagarry, WA: Hannah Joseph, GA: Suzie Liverseidge, GS: Mary Cholock
Substitutes: Ella Clark, Lucy Parize, Jas Odeogberin, Hannah Williams, Lauren Nicholls

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Leeds Rhinos faced their biggest challenge to date, resulting in a 31-55 loss against the dominant side, Loughborough Lightning.

Leeds Rhinos head coach, Dan Ryan announced he was ‘excited for a great learning opportunity for the side to test themselves against the best’ and ‘embracing the opportunity’, after talking earlier this week in the lead up for this match up against lightning with the Evening Post.

With a scrappy start from both sides in the first few minutes of the game, sees Lightning losing their first centre pass due to the pressure of the Rhinos defensive starting 7, but they soon manage to regain possession and further, taking on a 3-0 lead.  Dixon soon puts Rhinos on the score board, and the game gets started. There was no doubt, 201cm Mary Cholhok was not going to be Rhinos biggest problem with a much shorter defensive Leeds unit, she dominated the shooting circle from the whistle, challenging Paige Kindred and Vicki Oyesola. The long bombs from Lightnings attacks were not going to stop the work of the talent that is Oyesola, as she continued to provide opportunities with her defensive turnovers for the Rhinos side but capitalising this became a real difficulty when the strong unit of Panagarry and Cobden were quick to break this down. Rhinos showed moments of great play with minutes left on the clock for this beginning quarter, but the stars of Lighting were showing signs this was going to be a challenging match up. Hands from Cobden continue to disrupt rhinos attack leaving rhinos behind 9 goals after their first 12 minutes of round 4.

Heading out to the second quarter , Rosie Harris, after making her first start for Rhinos today, moves in to GK and Paige Kindred into WD in the attempt to stop the power house of Mary Cholhok. Rhinos continue to feel the pressure as they are exposed by lightning with their easy penetration to circle edge, whereas in the opposing end Rhinos are forced to play it between Jade Clarke and Brie Grierson as they struggle for an opening with the shooting circle. With Dixon exiting the circle it enables space to be found for a pin -point ball into young gun Rushton, who rewards the team with a well -deserved goal, followed by an Intercept by Harris in the GK position. With lightning showing no signs of slowing down Leeds were desperate to put more pressure on the front line to stop the confidence of Panagarry in lobbing balls to Cholhok. New side, Rhinos, continue to try different plays, to try and rattle lightnings defense but it was clear everything was being challenged immensely. Oyesola takes her seat on the bench, following an illness, replaced with Michelle Magee on for her Rhinos debut! Despite this big loss to the team, we see great moments of the court opening and Clarke and Grierson finding the circle edge to spot Rushton. A caution from Lightnings GD for intentional obstruction ends Rushton sinking a shot in the last few seconds of the second quarter, with the hope for a more contested second half.

Back to the drawing board for Rhinos as they proceed into the so called ‘winning quarter’ 18-35, and losing the glue keeping the defence together, Oyesola, Captain Jade Clarke demands Rhinos ‘need to get organised’ , but to step up and have fun too.

Amelia Hall steps on court in the desire to open up the attack and inject speed and the energy Rhinos needed to put up a fight for the rest of this game. A more exciting quarter for Rhinos, sees Hall showing confidence and effectively finding her space on the circle edge to provide opportunities for Rushton under the post and many more exciting long bombs from the middle third from  Rhinos defense. Leeds definitely turned up the heat this quarter, after the shift of lightnings defense, connections improved the whole way down the court and we were able to see more of the Rhinos we have seen in previous rounds.

Regardless of the caution of Persistent infringement for Harris – Rhinos were seen to be a more confident side and finished the 3rd quarter from a long bomb into Rushton, finishing the last few minutes with Rhinos best goal scoring quarter yet, seeing a more settled side.

Setting foot into the final quarter of this battle for Rhinos, Dan Ryan made a number of changes – Emily Hollingworth on for WD, Paige kindred to GD, Magee returning to the bench, Rhea Dixon to GS and brie into GA, giving Dan Ryan a chance to see more of a rotational circle and giving lightning a force to be reckoned with.

Starting with Grierson getting her first goal for this season, she appeared unphased, scoring the first few goals confidently for her Rhinos side, and providing fans with the connection they all love of her and Dixon, but now in the shooting circle together for the first time this season. Despite Loughborough’s undeniable dominance this game, Rhinos have done all they can to find a flow from defense to attack, with new combination and the grit from the 9 players they have been left with, following the injuries previously. Harris collects a warning for persistent infringement leaving Ella Clarke to pop in shots for the final few minutes with ease. With no confidence lost, Harris then goes on to turnover ball and get it to Dixon who does all she can to keep the score line from increasing. A game smart caution for Hall In the last few seconds of the game,  stopped Loughborough from gaining that final goal before the whistle blows, but unfortunately Leeds Rhinos still lose this round with Lightning sealing the deal with 55-31, despite a good finish to a very tough game.

Leeds Rhinos fight again to face their fifth  battle on the 14th March against previously finalist Wasps at 18:00, after learning a lot from this classy, experienced side-  Loughborough Lightning.

TEAMS

GK: Paige Kindred, GD: Vicki Oyesola, WD: Rosie Harris, C: Jade Clarke, WA: Brie Grieson, GA: Rhea Dixon, GS: Sienna Rushton
Substitutes: Amelia Hall, Emily Hollingworth, Michelle Magee

Away Team

GK: Alice Harvey, GD: Sam May, WD: Beth Cobden, C: Nat Panagarry, WA: Hannah Joseph, GA: Suzie Liverseidge, GS: Mary Cholock
Substitutes: Ella Clark, Lucy Parize, Jas Odeogberin, Hannah Williams, Lauren Nicholls