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Leeds Rhinos v St Helens, Friday 15th June, kick off 7.45pm

9th June 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos welcome current league leaders St Helens to Emerald Headingley next Friday night for one of the highlights of the Super League calendar.

The game will also form part of the State of Mind Round take over in the Betfred Super League.

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This year’s theme is Offload, which links to the men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project run by Rugby League Cares in partnership with State of Mind and the club foundations at Super League clubs.

Offload helps challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and consists of a 10 week “season offixtures” helping men to build their own mental fitness while having fun in a relaxed atmosphere and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.

The round kicks off with two of the clubs involved in the delivery of the Offload programme, Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings, facing each other in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday June 14.

Dr.Phil Cooper MBE, co-founder and trustee of State of Mind, said: “The State of Mind -Offload’ round is coming to Super League for the eighth season and this has allowed many people to improve their mental fitness and has saved numerous lives. We would like to thank our partners The Rugby Football League, Rugby League Cares, Big Lottery and Oddballs and all the Super League Clubs for their support.

“In rugby league offloading is not an easy skill to master, but time it right and you can achieve sensational results and score some fantastic tries. Offloading in life is not an easy skill to master, but when under pressure, if you time it right you can achieve great results and prevent a problem building or getting worse.

“By offloading and telling others about your problem or concern you can relieve the pressure, start solving the problem and build a winning mindset.”

Emma Goldsmith, Offload Programme Manager at Rugby League Cares, said: “‘Many men across the Sport are now starting to talk to their mates and ‘Offload’ their issues when times get tough. State of Mind and the Offload programme are here to help men do that and give them practical support in a fun, friendly environment, when they need to a mate in their corner.”

The other games in the State of Mind Betfred Super League round see Leeds host St Helens and Huddersfield against Catalans on Friday June 15, Hull’s home game with Wigan on Saturday June 16 and Warrington’s trip to Wakefield and Castleford’s game against Hull KR on Sunday June 17.

As always, there will be plenty of State of Mind activity at the games during the round.

The ManVan, a unique travelling interactive exhibition that tackles men’s health issues, will also be present at the games at Salford, Hull and Castleford during the State of Mind round.

Driven in partnership between the Movember Foundation and Rugby League Cares, the ManVan which made its rugby league debut at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

Tickets for all sides of the ground are available now with limited seats available as part of our Buy Back scheme. Go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk now to get yours.

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Leeds Rhinos Women 80 York City Knights Ladies 0

17th June 2018

By Leanne Flynn

Four tries from Sophie Robinson aided Leeds Rhinos Women in a dominant 80-0 win over league strugglers York City Knights.

Back at Sports Park Weetwood, following their 58 point overhauling of Wakefield Trinity, the Rhinos were alert from the kickoff.

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Suze Hill got the scoring underway in the opening minutes. A break from Courtney Hill put Leeds within striking range of their opponent’s line and with an offload from centre partner Madison Laverick, Hill stepped inside to touch the ball down.

Lois Forsell doubled her teams lead with only ten minutes gone. A forced drop out allowed Leeds to pressurise the York line and with a play down the left, Forsell darted through to score. Hill converted making the score 12-0.

The Rhinos captain was to play a role in the next try too. Following a penalty for holding down, a break from dummy half and a pass by Forsell put prop Dannielle Anderson through to score under the posts.

If the fans weren’t entertained enough, a hat-trick from Sophie Robinson on the run into halftime sealed a convincing first half performance. A 40 metre intercept from the centre exposed York’s lack of attacking prowess as well as their weak defence, throwing a blind pass for Robinson to take and score. Sophie’s second was set up by the Rhinos half back Hanna Butcher, as she sent the flying winger away again to score.

Robinson rounded off her hat trick after Rhiannion Marshall reclaimed the ball for Leeds on York’s ten metre line. A wide pass was again thrown by Butcher to Robinson who crashed over to score her third in five minutes. Courtney Hill slotted the conversion making the half time score 34-0.

Leeds weren’t going to give up in the second half as a further eight tries sliced up the Knights’ defence. Marshall used a flat ball from dummy half to sprint away and score before Aimee Stavely also took advantage of a short Forsell pass to crash over.

Courtney Hill took the Rhinos past 50 points with her first of the afternoon. A break down the right left Hill in plenty of space as the Aussie outpaced the defence to score. Converting her own try, Hill put the score to 52-0.

Sophie Robinson capped off a brilliant display as she went in for her fourth try. Another interception on her own goal line sent Robinson away again. Beating Natalie Carr for pace, the centre continued under the sticks to score.

Caitlin Beevers took note as she also sprinted 80 metres, from the kick off, to score. Frankie Townend got her name on the scoresheet as her squirt out of dummy half put Leeds up to 70 points.

In the final 10 minutes, Courtney Hill completed her double. A kick ahead wasn’t dealt with by Bettie Lambert and a further kick from Hill sent the ball in-goal before she touched down. Sophie Nuttal rounded off the afternoons scoring affair as she took a pass from Townend to slip into the corner. Hill missed the conversion but it was no matter as Leeds had kept their opponents scoreless, the final score 80-0.

Speaking after the game four try hero, Sophie Robinson said: “It was really pleasing and it was nice to get over for the tries but more importantly I think as a team we put in a really great performance, we’ve been working hard this week and we knew York have been struggling but we wanted to set our standard and not get complacent, so overall I’m really pleased.”

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