Rhinos run out comfortable winners

THE Denny Pryce Ipswich Rhinos ran out comfortable 46-14 winners in the Rugby League Conference Premier Division South against a Kingston side that battled hard in defence but struggled in attack, the Rhinos resolute defence frequently restricting the Warriors gain to a few meagre yards on their tackle sets.

THE Denny Pryce Ipswich Rhinos ran out comfortable 46-14 winners in the Rugby League Conference Premier Division South against a Kingston side that battled hard in defence but struggled in attack, the Rhinos resolute defence frequently restricting the Warriors gain to a few meagre yards on their tackle sets.

Consequently the majority of the game was played out in the Kingston half and from the pressure came the tries.

However, it was against such pressure that Kingston nearly took an early lead with a break from within their own 20-metre line, but with a clear run to the line the Warriors winger dropped the ball in to touch.

From the restart Peter Smith ran the ball back into the Kingston half and on the third play of the ball Ben Louisson broke the defensive line to score. This was quickly followed by a try from opportunist hooker Adam Cook with a 20-metre scoot in the Rhinos first set from he kick off.

The Warriors defended bravely and held the Rhino attack at bay for the next 15 minutes and then shocked the Rhinos with a fine break having played much of their tackle set in their own 20 metre area. This time they made no mistake with their scrum half well place in support to pull the score back to 12-4.

The set back spurred the Rhinos back into action. Ben Louisson was on the end of a cross-field play from a penalty on 35 minutes to touch down and Adam Cook scored a second opportunist's try just before half time when he ceased on Kingston dropped ball to make it 24-4 at half time.

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From a penalty early in the second half the Rhinos spread the ball the full width of the pitch for Paul LeMarquand to score in the corner. Then on 54 minutes quick off loads set up the Collier and Catchpole man of the match for the second week running Mike Fields to score under the posts.

Daryl Walters showed great pace to break tackles and run in a 30-metre try and Ben Louisson then completed his hat-trick when he battled his way over the line. Seven out of eight conversions from the boot of Peter LeMarquand made it 46-4 with 15 minutes remaining.

Kingston however refused to lie down, and when the Rhinos dropped a pass 10 metres from the Kingston line the Warriors winger run the full length of the pitch to score. Then a late spell of pressure set them up a try in the final minute, to make the final score Kingston 14 Ipswich Rhinos 46.

This Saturday Ipswich Rhinos entertain St Alban's Centurions at Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, kick-off 2.30pm.

Collier and Catchpole Man of the Match: Mike Fields.

Scorers - Tries: Louisson 3, A Cook 2, B Fields, Paul LeMarquand, Darryl Walters. Conversions: Peter LeMarquand 7 from 8.

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