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Surrey Storm

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Leeds Rhinos

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21st February 2021
Round 3
Studio 001
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Jade Clarke
Jade Clarke Leeds Rhinos View profile

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Rushton stars as Leeds Rhinos overcome Surrey Storm

Leeds Rhinos secured their second win of the season in a resilient performance against Surrey Storm, winning 44-50.

Despite Leeds Rhinos starting shakily under the post, they quickly settled into a feisty first quarter which was very much goal for goal. Rhinos made the crucial first turnover to get a three-goal lead, but it was not long before Storm came back to make things level.

An excellent feed in the dying seconds of the quarter by Brie Grierson from the centre third was scored by Sienna Rushton to see Rhinos go into the second period one goal up at 12-13.

The second quarter continued in the same vein with both sides capitalising from turnovers in an attempt to gain a significant lead. With only two minutes left of the first half, Storm gained a four-goal advantage but Rhinos pushed on and scored another last-second goal to make it 25-23 as Storm went into the third quarter ahead.

Head Coach Dan Ryan made changes to the Rhinos side after the break. Rosie Harris came on in the wing defence position to replace Emily Hollingworth and Amelia Hall replaced Brie Grierson at wing attack.

Very little separated the sides throughout the game, with both teams fighting hard for the win. Rhinos put in a huge defensive shift in the third quarter with every player doing their bit out of possession and turned over the lead with two minutes to go. They maintained this advantage and went into the final quarter with a slim three-goal lead at 32-35.

Vicky Oyesola and Paige Kindred worked hard in the defensive circle. Kindred came in to replace the injured Tuaine Keenan and showed glimpses of what could be a good partnership throughout the season.

The attack end grew in confidence as the game progressed, gaining more flow and speed down the court and resilience in the circle. Both shooters, Rhea Dixon and Rushton showed they can shoot from anywhere in the circle, which they flaunted more as confidence grew in the final quarter. Rhinos did not fall under the pressure of the tight game, they stretched their lead in the final 12 minutes and gained the vital three points winning 44-50.

Surrey Sports Park Player of the Match: Sienna Rushton (Leeds Rhinos)

Match report from Leeds Rhinos / Hannah Clarke

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