Reserves to make first Headingley appearance this Friday night
Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR at Stanningley RLFC in Leeds. Photo courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography
After surviving a late comeback to beat Castleford Tigers last time out, Leeds Rhinos Reserves return to action this Friday night as Chev Walker’s side face Warrington Wolves at Headingley Stadium, kick off 7pm.
The Rhinos are currently on a three match winning run in the Reserves competition, having claimed a 36-32 win over Hull KR at Stanningley, a 40-34 result on the road against Tigers and a 48-0 win over Wakefield, after Trinity were unable to fulfil the fixture. The Reserves become the latest Rhinos team to appear at Headingley as the club continues to showcase it’s developing talent at the infamous stadium. The Under-18s and Under-16s have enjoyed success already on the Headingley turf this season, as well as Leeds Rhinos Women last Friday night, and the Reserves finally get their turn on Friday night.
Friday’s opponents Warrington have three wins and two losses this season. The trio of wins came over consecutive games against Castleford, Bradford Bulls and Hull FC; the Wolves scoring a combined 132 points against the Yorkshire clubs. Outside back James Hartill leads the Wolves’ try scoring this season with six tries, three coming in the 68-6 win over Castleford, while Josh Thewlis, Ellis Longstaff, Matt Davis, Riley Dean and Connor Wrench are just a handful of first team players that have also run out on games this season.
Won 48-0 vs Wakefield (Game called off)
Lost 22-18 vs Huddersfield Giants
Won 68-6 vs Castleford Tigers
Won 28-14 vs Bradford Bulls
Won 36-16 vs Hull FC
Lost 26-10 vs Wakefield Trinity
Walker welcomes back a host of players for this week’s clash with the Wolves as there are no fixtures scheduled in the Betfred Super League or Championship due to the Challenge Cup and AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Finals on Saturday.
Seven first team players will run out for the Rhinos, including Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor and Muizz Mustapha, who make their first appearances for the Reserves in 2022. Jack Broadbent makes his third appearance of the season for the Reserves, after he scored a hat trick in the Rhinos’ victory over Bradford in the opening match of the season, while hooker Corey Johnson makes his first appearance since he suffered an injury against Wigan in March.
Tom Holroyd started in the win against the Tigers last time out and retains his spot at prop alongside Mustapha.
There is also a handful of Academy player that will feature on Friday too. Outside backs Neil Tchamambe and Jack Smith have performed well for Walker’s in the Under-18s and the duo get their first run out with the Reserves against Warrington. Prop Jake Higgins has also been a top performer for the Academy and makes his second Reserves appearance.
Hunslet half back Cameron Berry, who was also a try scorer in the win over Castleford, also returns.
The team in full is:
Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney – Available to Sponsor
Jack Broadbent sponsored by Johnstone’s Paint
Joe Gibbons – Available to Sponsor
Jake Higgins – Available to Sponsor
Joe Hird sponsored by Pickups Self Storage
Tom Holroyd sponsored by West Riding Paper Services
Corey Johnson sponsored by Y F Furniture
Muizz Mustapha – Available to Sponsor
Jarrod O’Connor sponsored by BoardRM
Danny Salkeld sponsored by Easaway Drain Care
Jack Sinfield sponsored by Sporting Image
Jack Smith sponsored by GallifordTry Contstruction
Nathan Snee – Available to Sponsor
Neil Tchamambe – Available to Sponsor
Mackenzie Turner – Available to Sponsor
Sam Walters sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
To sponsor an First Team, Academy, Reserves or Scholarship player, please contact [email protected].
- Gate E next to the South Stand Turnstiles will open one hour prior to kick off for supporters (6pm). There will be some bucket collectors collecting for Leeds Rhinos Foundation on arrival if anyone wants to make a cash donation.
- Supporters can stand or sit in the South Stand and they can use the South Stand wheelchair areas in front of the Terrace for fans with accessible requirements.
- Free Parking is available in Car Park F for Supporters on a first come, first served basis.
- Toilet facilities will be available on ground floor of the South Stand.
- Naturally Best will be selling tea, coffee, hot food and a bar selling alcohol in the South Stand.
- Dogs are not allowed at the stadium with the exception of guide dogs.