My first congratulations has to go to the whole of the Leeds Rhinos team for an amazing second half performance at today’s quarter final game against Hull FC. After the first half, I feared the worst as we looked lacklustre, tired & slow. Giving penalties, possession & territory away, we just weren’t making it very easy for ourselves. Hull just seemed to be tearing us apart in places.
In the second half we seemed like a completely different team, Robbie Burrow, especially totally changed the game with the help of Carl Ablett, both of which would have been at the top of my list for man of the match.
My second congratulations goes to Sir Kevin Sinfield, surpassing the Leeds legend, Lewis Jones’, Goalkickers Record of 1,244 which has stood since 1964. This man is surely a legend of our game, an awesome player, an incredible captain and a gentleman.
I cannot wait for the semi finals, even if I now have family rivalries to cope with as opposed to office ones…bring it on!
Today sees the next instalment of the challenge cup, a game which means a lot to us this season. Sitting 7th in the league table and not playing the best rugby we’ve ever played means that this could be our biggest chance of silverware this season.
As I have alluded to before, I live & work in Hull, so this is an extra home game that I get to go to, and there are still office rivalry’s to think of. I know that those FC fans will seek me out tomorrow morning if they win, it just always happens. There are a few that talk to me about rugby all the time & then those that just appear when there’s something to rub in. Believe me…I am not that type of person the other way round. I just sit there in my Leeds Rhinos corner & keep myself to myself.
We have Kylie Lueluai and Brent Webb back from injury to go into the squad that beat our same opponents last week 20-0. I have a feeling that last weeks game will have no bearing whatsoever on today’s game. I’m 100% sure that we will not be nilling them again and I think we’ll have a fight on our hands. I feel absolutely no confidence at all about a win and I feel the usual nervousness before a big cup game. I just can’t stop thinking about that amazing trip to Wembley that we had last year…I want to have that again!
But roll on 3.30pm and let the games begin…Bring on the Airlie Birds!!
Working in Hull means at least four office blagging rights up for grabs in any one season! But after the season we’ve been having and our form of late I was not holding out much hope for tonight’s game.
I was genuinely expecting us to lose, with yet another poor performance, however, I was gladly mistaken. We played with passion like we did against Wigan and although there was still some silly mistakes, we were much, much better.
I thought Danny Buderus, Ryan Bailey and Ben Jones-Bishop, in particular, had awesome games, running on to balls with speed and players backing up.
Now we move 2 places up the table to the dizzy heights of 6th, what’s all that about
Let’s hope we can now use this to kick on, and with a couple of games in the league that we should win, coming up, maybe just maybe we can get to 5th Here’s hoping.
Oh and P.S. The blagging rights are mine (for a week at least )
Tonight is the start of a small rugby league marathon as I am going to see 2 live games of the greatest game in the world, rugby league, this weekend! We more often than not go & see one as I am a massive Leeds Rhinos supporter, however, we have got some free tickets to go & watch the Hull FC v Bradford Bulls game today & some free tickets to go & watch the mighty Leeds vs Hull KR tomorrow.
Rugby is a large part of my life & has been for about 20 years now, being brought up in a house of sport due to my dad. But hey, it makes me who I am, and there’s nothing I like more than to get out in the fresh air & let off the stresses of the week by shouting a few obscenities at a referee. Ok, ok, that’s a little white lie, as if my mother heard me, I would definitely get a slap, so its normally things like, ‘Geremonside’ (all one word of course) or ‘Forward’ or if you’re my mum, ‘Cheating ratbags’. It’s definitely a lot of fun & would advise you all to try at least one game & I’m sure you’d be hooked.