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|Rhinos Sweat On Prop Pair|
|Topic Started: Aug 13 2010, 03:57 PM (160 Views)|
|stacey||Aug 13 2010, 03:57 PM Post #1|
By Wayne Gardiner, Press Association Sport
Crusaders boss Brian Noble and the Leeds Rhinos will be counting the cost of a chaotic night at the office when they wake up this morning.
Noble may well be receiving a phone call from the Rugby Football League to explain his conduct during and after his side's 18-16 defeat at Hull, while Leeds are sweating on injuries suffered by prop pair Jamie Peacock and Luke Burgess in their comfortable win at Castleford.
The duo are now doubts for the Challenge Cup final which is only two weeks away, although coach Brian McClennan has more worries over Burgess than Peacock.
The England captain suffered a knee injury and had to be helped from the field, while Burgess may have broken his jaw after a collision with Jonathan Walker.
"Jamie got a knock to the knee but we think he's going to be okay," McClennan said afterwards. "We'll assess it on Monday and scan it then if we need to.
"Luke Burgess has been rushed to hospital with a suspected broken jaw. We are all feeling devastated for Biffa because we have got some big games coming up and he's been working really hard."
Burgess, who posted photos of his injury on his Twitter account from the back of an ambulance after the game, was down for almost 10 minutes.
"I feel for Luke Burgess because it's going to cost him a Wembley appearance," said Castleford coach Terry Matterson.
Leeds' 38-6 success looked to have put them back into fourth place as Hull went into the final seconds of their game with the Crusaders tied at 16-16.
But referee James Child, who had already dismissed Hull's Jordan Tansey for a spear tackle on Clinton Schifcofske, gave the home side the chance to win it when he awarded them a last-second penalty for a foul on Reece Lyne.
The decision caused the normally mild-mannered Noble to lose his cool on the touchline, and he had to be held back by the fourth official as he threatened to enter the field to confront Child and the touch judge who made the initial call.
Noble continued to vigorously barrack the pair as Danny Tickle remained calm from the sideline to keep Hull in fourth, and the former Great Britain boss squared up to Child again as Hull's players celebrated around him.
"I'm absolutely, thoroughly, disappointed with the end of the game," he blasted afterwards.
"I confess to being absolutely seething. It is a bitter pill and I am quite cross. I'm as cross as a cross man in a cross shop.
"That's putting a light-hearted slant on it but it's the hopes and aspirations of people. You can get all the apologies you want but it doesn't change it."
In last night's other game, Mick Potter's St Helens condemned Bradford, the side he will coach next year, to a 12th successive loss as the Bulls were hammered 60-12.
Potter was in no mood to worry about his future employers, though, saying: "I'll worry about that another time, if that's all right.
"We were a little bit better than them in terms of completion, they squandered a fair bit of possession themselves and we kept going and scored a lot of points."
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