Thunder next up for young Rhinos

A J Wallace (10) of Leeds Rhinos

Following a resounding win over Bradford Bulls last weekend, Leeds Rhinos Under-19s travel north this afternoon to take on Newcastle Thunder Under-19s at Kingston Park, kick off 12pm.

The Rhinos come into the game off the back of a 54-20 win over local rivals Bradford and that has seen the young Rhinos remain unbeaten in six matches. Newcastle are one side that Leeds know well coming into todays game as the two faced off at Emerald Headingley back in June; Max Simpson, Ben Sheils and Oli Field all scoring two tries apiece in the 42-20 win for the Rhinos.

Since that meeting, Thunder have had a particularly difficult run of games. Unlike Leeds, Michael Heap’s side have only play three more games but have lost all of them. A 48-10 defeat to St Helens was sandwiched between two heavy losses to Huddersfield as Newcastle remained with only one win from eight games.

Team News

Chev Walker has tweaked his squad, with a couple of changes to the side that beat the Bulls.

A new set of edge pairings are been named as Will Gatus, Levi Edwards, Max Simpson and Keenan Dyer-Dixon all start in the wing and centre positions. Dyer-Dixon was a try scorer last time out against Bradford and Edwards, who is also part of Richard Agar’s first team, has spent most of this season on loan with Batley Bulldogs.

Jack Sinfield makes his first start in place of Jack Mallinson, who drops out after scoring 26 points last time out, and Joe Hird also comes back into the starting side at prop. Oli Field is absent so Luca Atkinson is captain.

Joe Gibbons and Nathan Snee drop out of the starting team and onto the bench to provide firepower against Thunder while Alfie Edgell comes back into contention, having played well against Huddersfield in his most recent game.

The squad in full is:

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