Carly Bond

Bradford Bulls

Maundy Thursday at Odsal

From the moment the pre-match band played ‘Tonight’s gonna be a good night’ at Odsal on Thursday evening, it felt like some kind of omen, strangely gave me a little bit of hope for the game to come. It was a must win game for the Leeds Rhinos & you could feel the tension…which at Odsal it quite difficult (I always think the sound & atmosphere gets lost in such a big space, but this time was different)

After the 1st 10 minutes, I thought my hope had been dashed as Luke Burgess had given away 2 penalties & the Bulls had scored from them with ease. It wasn’t looking good…We had to wait until the 25th minute before the game took a turn for the better, with Bradford having a try disallowed & Leeds going
down the other end & scoring. With another score just before half time, going in 2 points down seemed a good thing after the disappointing start.

The whole game seemed decidedly slow, not sure if this had anything to do with the distance we were away from the game or whether that what was actually happening. Plays seemed slow, tackling seemed slack, but we still had another half to go to improve on things.

The 2nd alf was a lot of to-ing & fro-ing Bradford scored early on, Leeds switched the luck but scoring back to back tries within 2 minutes, then 10 minutes later Bradford were in again. Then with 3 minutes left on the clock, Danny Buderus went over for what was the winning try.

It wasn’t a pretty win, but a win’s a win & it definitely felt like we had got the ball rolling, plus with the rumours on twitter that Danny McGuire was returning on Easter Monday, it returned my hope to its rightful place 🙂

Next up Bradford Bulls

Next up for the Leeds Rhinos is our local rivals Bradford Bulls on what has become a traditional Easter Thursday fixture. With the Bulls lying a point and 3 places behind us, it has quickly become a ‘must win’ game for us. Now, I don’t like playing Bradford at the best of times, however, now it’s even more important it’s even worse. The nerves will be definitely kicking in come 5 o’clock on Thursday.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse in the club, I read this post today which worries me slightly. I know it’s natural for a coach to back up his players when they are up for a disciplinary but this seems a little strange. Now, having not seen the entire incident, I did see on a replay, Ryan Bailey hit a Huddersfield player outside of the tackle area, it was seemed an unprovoked attack, so he should be punished. For McDermott to back him so completely is worrying to me, I would much rather he stick to coaching the team than coming out to the press, but to also moan at the opponents tactics, seems silly. We have seen so many coaches in trouble for doing a similar thing.

I’m hoping that this is only a blip & we’ll come back fighting on Thursday, but with Bailey banned for a match for the incident, still a number of injuries & moral at, what seems to be, an all time low, who knows what might happen. Maybe we should take Kevin Sinfield’s advice and get right behind the team as usual.

Going back to years gone by…’BELIEVE LEEDS’