Forsell names side for Play-Off semi final

Leeds Rhinos Women will make their bid to get back to the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final when they face local rivals York City Knights in the play off semi finals this Sunday at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The teams last met in the play offs last month when the Rhinos secured a 14-4 win. The teams opened up their 2021 campaigns against each other – the Rhinos earning a convincing 68-16 victory with braces from Adoaha Akwiwu and Elle Frain.

This will be the first time the players have met in the play offs, but the teams have played each other six times in the league and the Rhinos have been the winners in each of those games. Courtney Winfield-Hill can extend a scoring run against York in the league that has seen the half back scored 100 points against the Knights (six tries and 38 conversions)

Elychia Watson, who made her debut in the Rhinos’ last game against Wigan Warriors, retains her place in the squad and Eloise Hayward comes back into the 19.

The players still unavailable are Tara Moxon, Amy Johnson, Paige Webster, Dannielle Anderson, Adahoa Akwiwu and Shannon Lacey through injury.

Women’s Super League Milestones

Sophie Robinson needs 8 points to reach 100 WSL points

Caitlin Beevers needs six points to hit 100 WSL points

Fran Goldthorp needs eight points to hit 100 WSL points

Leeds Rhinos Milestones

Sophie Robinson needs four points to reach 100 Rhinos points

Elle Frain needs six points to reach 50 Rhinos points

Sophie Nuttall needs six points to reach 50 Rhinos points

Tara Moxon needs ten points to reach 50 Rhinos points

2021 (all competitions)

Top Tries:

1. Fran Goldthorp (20)

2. Tara Moxon (10)

3. Caitlin Beevers (9)

4. Hanna Butcher (7)

5. Courtney Winfield-Hill (6)

Top Goals:

Courtney Winfield-Hill (45)

Tasha Gaines (7)

The team in full is:

1. Caitlin Beevers sponsored by Systech IT Solutions

3. Sophie Robinson sponsored by Shakas

4. Chloe Kerrigan sponsored by Tough Cookie Training

5. Fran Goldthorp sponsored by PICKUPS SELF STORAGE

6. Hanna Butcher sponsored by AJ Structural Steels Ltd

7. Courtney Winfield-Hill sponsored by KBW Chambers

9. Keara Bennett

11. Elle Frain sponsored by Riva Holmes

12. Aimee Staveley sponsored by Countrywide Fans of Leeds Rhinos Women

13. Sophie Nuttall sponsored by AC Auto Locksmiths

15. Danika Priim sponsored by G. Swailes Painter & Decorator

17. Tasha Gaines sponsored by Doe Bakehouse

18. Sam Hulme sponsored by Oatein

21. Ella Johnson sponsored by SES Tiling

23. Orla McCallion

25. Zoe Hornby sponsored by The Rose Inn Rock Club

26. Beth Lockwood

27. Eloise Hayward

28. Elychia Watson

Record v York City Knights

League head to head

Leeds: W6: L0

League Meetings

2018 – Rhinos 80 York 0 (T: Anderson, Beevers, Forsell, S.Hill, C.Hill (2), Marshall, Robinson (4), Staveley, Townend, Nuttall)

2018 – York 6 Rhinos 50 (Leeds lift 2018 League Leaders’ Shield) (T: Anderson, Beevers, Butcher, S.Hill, Marshall, Robinson (3), Oldroyd)

2019 – York 0 Rhinos 50 (T: S.Hill, Booth, Butcher (2), C.Hill (2), Nuttall, Kerrigan, Goldthorp)

2019 – Rhinos 30 York 0* (T: Robinson (3), Booth, Butcher, Nuttall (2))

2021 – Rhinos 68 York 16 (T: Winfield-Hill (2), Oldroyd, Kerrigan, Butcher, Akwiwu (2), Frain (2), Robinson, E.Johnson, Moxon) 2021 (Play Offs) – York 4 Rhinos 14 (T: Goldthorp, Hayward, Nuttall


The Rhinos’ game against York City Knights in the Play Offs will be part of a double header of rugby that will be screened live on Sky Sports Mix, with St Helens taking on Castleford Tigers in the first game at 1.15pm.

Tickets will be available via the Saints ticket office, by calling 01744 455052 and online via the Saints website until the day before the fixtures. Any tickets ordered online for collection will be available from a collection point based in the main club reception on matchday. North Stand cash turnstiles will also be open on the day.

Tickets are also now on sale for the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday 10  October (KO 3pm). And, as part of a Women’s Rugby League double-header, Headingley will also host the Women’s Super League Shield Final which kicks off at 12noon. Tickets for this finals double-header are available to buy now, priced £10 Adults and £5 U16s, via the RFL website. Seating is unreserved and fans can choose between the seated East Stand or standing in the North Stand.