Wolves next up for Rhinos Women
Currently sat at the top of the Betfred Women’s Super League, Leeds Rhinos Women are looking to keep hold of their first place position against league newcomers Warrington Wolves Women at the Mobile Rocket Stadium this Sunday, kick off 12pm.
With four wins from as many games, the Rhinos have made a real statement this season and only Wigan have matched Leeds’ start to also sit on eight points. Warriors face Featherstone Rovers following the Rhinos’ clash with Warrington on Sunday.
Warrington are playing their first league game against the Rhinos and they have made a lively start to their first season in Super League, winning two games so far to sit sixth in the table. Despite losing their opening two games against St Helens and Bradford Bulls, Lee Westwood’s side managed to get their first wins of the year against Huddersfield (44-18) and Wakefield (52-14).
Although it is the first league meeting between the two clubs, Leeds and Warrington have met previously in the Challenge Cup. On their way to lifting the Cup in 2019, the Rhinos beat Warrington 74-0 in the quarter finals, with Courtney Winfield-Hill and Fran Goldthorp both scoring hat tricks. Fifteen Leeds players who ran out on that day will be available for Sunday’s clash.
The Rhinos have made two changes to their squad ahead of Sunday’s clash. Hanna Butcher returns to the squad and could make her sixth appearance of 2021. New signing Eloise Hayward, who joined the Rhinos recently following a successful trial, could make her club debut. She would be the 44th players to play for Leeds since the Women’s team formed in 2018.
After reaching 400 career points last time out against the Bulls, Courtney Winfield-Hill can reach two more milestones this week against the Wolves. The Rhinos captain only needs three goals to surpass 100 goals in the Betfred Women’s Super League (BWSL) and if she converts four goals, she will surpass 150 goals for the Rhinos.
Fresh from her appearance with England last week, Caitlin Beevers can surpass 150 points for the Rhinos with a try, and, if she scores more than ten points she will reach 100 BWSL points. Elle Frain is also four points away from reaching 50 points for the Rhinos, while loose forward Zoe Hornby has scored tries in the last three league matches.
The team in full is:
1. Caitlin Beevers sponsored by Systech IT Solutions
2. Tara Moxon sponsored by Leeds Rhinos Player Association
3. Sophie Robinson sponsored by Shakas
5. Fran Goldthorp sponsored by PICKUPS SELF STORAGE
6. Hanna Butcher sponsored by AJ Structural Steels Ltd
7. Courtney Winfield-Hill sponsored by Steven Jackson
8. Amy Johnson sponsored by Eric Johnson of Northwich Ltd
9. Keara Bennett
11. Aimee Staveley sponsored by Countrywide Fans of Leeds Rhinos Women
12. Elle Frain sponsored by Riva Homes
15. Danika Priim sponsored by G. Swailes Painter & Decorator
16. Ellie Oldroyd sponsored by AAK Electrical
17. Tasha Gaines sponsored by Doe Bakehouse
19. Ellena Powell sponsored by KBW Chambers
20. Lucy Murray sponsored by Leeds Trinity University
21. Ella Johnson sponsored by SES Tiling
23. Orla McCallion
25. Zoe Hornby sponsored by The Rose Inn Rock Club
27. Eloise Hayward
After the long-awaited return to action of England Women last Friday night, the Betfred Women’s Super League comes back with a bang this weekend – with four matches including a mouthwatering Monday Night showdown between Castleford and St Helens.
And for the first time this year, general admission will be available for anyone who wants to experience the BWSL action live. For Sunday’s match against Warrington, tickets are £5 for Adults and U16s are free. It will be cash only on the gate.
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