Quick turnaround for Under-19s with Wakefield trip

Leeds Rhinos Academy vs Castleford Tigers Academy at Emerald Headingley in Leeds.

Only four days after drawing 30-30 with Hull KR Under-19s in a thrilling match at Emerald Headingley, Leeds Rhinos Under-19s are back in action this Wednesday night against Wakefield Trinity Under-19s at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, kick off 8pm. Entry to watch the match is £5 per person.

A brace for Max Simpson in Saturday’s match saw the Yorkshire representative become the leading try scorer this season with five tries but it will be in defence where the young Rhinos will be looking to develop, after conceding four second half tries against the Robins.

Wednesday’s hosts Wakefield have made a positive start following their return to action and are one of the in-form academy sides. Hull FC, Bradford, Newcastle and Wigan have all fallen to defeats against Trinity, with Huddersfield the only team to beat Mark Applegarth’s side. On home soil last Saturday, a tight contest against Newcastle Thunder saw Trinity prevail thanks to tries from Harry Bowes, Alfie Crawford and Luke Mearns.

The last meeting between the two sides in Leeds came at the start of the 2019 season, when two tries from Liam Whitton, Jack Broadbent and Owen Trout helped Rob Burrow’s side to a 56-12. Current Rhinos first team players Callum McLelland, Liam Tindall, Tom Holroyd and Muizz Mustapha also got on the scoresheet, while Harry Dodd and Jordan Schofield responded for the visitors.

Team News

After Saturday’s draw against Hull KR, Under-19s head coach Chev Walker has made changes for the trip to Trinity.

Nathan Snee is set to make his second appearance of the year after being sidelined through injury. The timing of his return is perfect after both Tom Nicholson-Watton (shoulder) and Joe Gibbons went off against Rovers. First year Academy forward Billy Davies is also recalled, after making his academy debut against Castleford, along with full back Will Gatus.

Walker is also buoyed by the return of centre Corey Hall, who gets the chance to play with Under-19s for the first time since May. The centre has recently enjoyed a loan spell with York City Knights, where he has progressed his development under James Ford, and will still be eligible for the Knights’ important Championship clash on Sunday against Bradford Bulls.

Elsewhere, the only other change sees Coby Nichol drop out for Hall and Joe Hird for Luca Atkinson. Leading try scorer Max Simpson can continue his try scoring tally after his brace three days ago and Ethan Spear, who scored the all-important try in last Saturday’s clash with Hull KR, retains his place.

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