Rhinos power to rugby league victory

AFTER a two-week break, the Denny Pryce Ipswich Rhinos looked much sharper than recent games and comfortably brushed aside the Kent Ravens 56-4 for the third time this season.

AFTER a two-week break, the Denny Pryce Ipswich Rhinos looked much sharper than recent games and comfortably brushed aside the Kent Ravens 56-4 for the third time this season.

The Rhinos took an early lead when good running from Peter Smith, plus a neat of load from Nick Woodland set up Darryl Walters for the opening try.

However, a determined Ravens side enjoyed a good spell of pressure with some adventurous off loads and good passing to frustrate the Rhinos until the 20th minute, when Adam Cook picked his way through the Ravens, with a scoot from 30 metres to make it 10-0.

From the restart, big hits from Ben Liousson and Steven Allen set up a fast attacking set. Some excellent passing set up Peter Smith to power through the Ravens defence and touch down from 35 metres. Close to half-time, Peter LeMarquand's feinted pass in front of the posts was sufficient to wrong foot the defence and touch down under the posts to give himself an easy conversion for a 22-0 lead.


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Peter LeMarquand then opened the second-half scoring. Adam Cook could not find a way through the defensive line with a scoot from 20 metres but was able to keep the ball live and off load whilst shaking off tacklers to LeMarquand, who scored with an outstretched arm.

Kent replied immediately from the restart with an excellent cross-field play. With men over wide right, Richard Williams cut a reverse angle to open up the Rhinos defence and touch down for the Ravens. It was, however, to be their only try of the afternoon against a resolute Rhinos defence in which Richard Burton, Paul LeMarquand, and the Collier and Catchpole man-of-the-match Brendan Cook were outstanding.

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From the restart, Ravens conceded a penalty and a big hitfrom Paul LeMarquand and excellent off load set up Rod Arbon to score under the posts. Peter Smith then set up Walters for his second of the afternoon and minutes later Glyndwr Thomas stole a loose Kent pass to release Goldring then Richard Pollard to outpace the Ravens' defence in a race for the posts.

With minutes left Dan Kerr scored a late brace in opposite corners to make the final score 56-4.

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