Leeds Rhinos Women 62 Armed Forces 6

Leeds Rhinos Women secured a second preseason win against the Armed Forces, winning 62-06 at Sports Park Weetwood, thanks to four tries by prop Dannielle Anderson.

After beating York City Knights Ladies at the start of the month, Adam Cuthbertson’s side didn’t take long to open the scoring on home soil. A break by Tasha Gaines was supported by England international forward Anderson, who took the ball and sprinted 30 metres to get the Rhinos’ first try.

Like last season, once Leeds got one try they tended to add more. Six unanswered tries followed Anderson’s opening score starting with Hanna Butcher. A sweeping move to the left side of the field found Butcher in space, with the half back able to cut through and double Leeds’ lead.

A similar effort closer to the line saw Charlotte Booth crash over in the corner before Gaines and another from Anderson extended Leeds lead out to 24-0.

Elle Frain came off the bench to break 40 metres and score her first before Caitlin Beevers added her name to a growing scoresheet. Using space on the left edge, the full back broke away. One on one with the full back, Beevers used her footwork to cut back in field and score under the posts. Courtney Hill made the score 36-0 with her conversion.

In the second half, the Armed Forces had most of the possession and pressured the Leeds line before the hour mark. A try for the RAF’s Alice Fisher was converted by Sam Alderson to score the Armed Forces first try. 

With the Armed Forces looking dangerous, nothing could split the two sides. It would be Hanna Butcher that retook control for the Rhinos, cutting through the line once more to get her second for the game.

Anderson followed suit as she broke through the defence to score her hat trick under the posts, the score now 48-6. It didn’t take long for Leeds to further their points tally beyond fifty. With Sophie Robinson stopped close to the line, substitute Townend played a flat ball for Butcher, who powered over and get her third of the afternoon. 

Prop Anderson cap off a dominant performance in the forward pack, scoring her fourth of the afternoon with Frankie Townend sealing the result with her try on 75 minutes. After scoring two against York, the hooker broke between the markers and threw a dummy to score under the posts. Hill converted to cap off a 62-06 win and an unbeaten preseason ahead of their Women’s Super League opener against Wakefield Trinity Ladies.

Leeds Rhinos Women begin their season against Wakefield Trinity Ladies at Sports Park Weetwood on Sunday 7thApril. You can follow that game and all of the Rhinos’ Women’s Super League home games live on the Leeds Rhinos Facebook and YouTube pages, with full match commentary, guest analysts and post-match interviews.