Hull FC challenge next up for Rhinos Under-19s
Ben Sheils (5) of Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos Under-19s return to Emerald Headingley Stadium as Chev Walker’s side look to continue their unbeaten run of matches against Hull FC Under-19s on Saturday afternoon, kick off 12pm.
The young Rhinos only have two games left of the season, including Saturday’s home tie with the black and whites. After an extensive break between June and August, Walker’s side have battled back to play some great rugby and put up some convincing scorelines; none more than their 68-16 win over Newcastle Thunder last time out.
After splitting the City of Hull academy back into Hull FC and Hull KR, the young Airlie Birds have won six out of twelve games this season, with Saturday’s game marking their final outing this year. Despite starting on a defeat to Wakefield back in May, the black and whites won their next two against Bradford Bulls and Newcastle Thunder to get their first points of the season. In July, they met cross-city rivals Hull KR for the first time in 2021 and came out victorious with a 24-10 result. At the end of August, Hull FC Under-19s also pushed St Helens close at the Totally Wicked Stadium as they came back from 24-12 at half time but couldn’t edge the unbeaten Saints.
First team head coach Brett Hodgson hasn’t been afraid to delve into his academy ranks this season. Jacob Hookem, Marcus Walker and Ben McNamara have made a handful of Super League appearances alongside playing for the academy while centre Jude Ferreira is a part of the first team squad but has showcased his abilities as one of Hull FC’s brightest talents.
Following their win over Newcastle, Walker has named his 20-player squad for tomorrow’s game.
Oli Field, Jack Mallinson, Ben Sheils, Ethan Spear and Caine Glancy return to the squad after missing the trip to Newcastle. Field has played in all but one game in his debut season as captain of the Under-19s, while Mallinson scored an impressive 26 points in his last appearance against Bradford Bulls.
Levi Edwards, AJ Wallace and Corey Hall both ran riot against Newcastle and retain their places for this match in the back line and Wallace at prop. Ben Mayhew also continues his run as the only player to have played in every game for Walker this season, whether that is at centre or second row. Jack Sinfield partners Kai Morgan again in the halves too after the duo forged a fruitful partnership at Kingston Park last Saturday.
Tom Nicholson-Watton and Jonah Parsons are still unavailable through injury.
The team in full is:
Saturday’s match against Hull FC is available to attend or watch from home.
Supporters will need to enter via Gate E on St Michael’s Lane. There will be bucket collectors for Leeds Rhinos Foundation for donations to the charity. Supporters can stand or sit in South Stand and the South Stand wheelchair areas will be available for anyone with accessible requirements. Parking will also be available in Car Park F and there will be tea, coffee and hot food outside the South Stand.
The full match will be available to watch live on the Leeds Rhinos YouTube channel. With commentary from Dan Hawkhead, fans can watch the game on their phone, tablet or Smart TV by downloading the YouTube app and searching for ‘Leeds Rhinos’. Or simply watch below:
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