Rhinos Women back in action at Headingley this Thursday

Leeds Rhinos Women will get a bumper night of rugby underway at Headingley Stadium on Thursday night when Lois Forsell’s side take on Wigan Warriors Women in the Betfred Women’s Super League, kick off 5:30pm.

Thursday’s match is the second consecutive meeting between the two clubs. At the start of the month, the Rhinos came away from Robin Park Arena with a 48-12 result, thanks to hat tricks from Zoe Hornby and Caitlin Beevers, which moved them two points clear of St Helens and four points away from league leaders York City Knights, who have played one game more.

Leeds’ win subsequently consigned Wigan to their second straight defeat of the league season. It’s been a tough campaign for Kris Ratcliffe’s squad so far, with their sole win of the league season coming against bottom of the table side Huddersfield Giants; Rebecca Greenfield recorded two tries in a 30-18 result.

Previous matches between Sunday’s opponents see Leeds with the better record with six wins to Wigan’s two. Wigan won the first official Women’s Super League meeting against Leeds by one point in 2018, but the Rhinos are currently on a five match winning streak against the Warriors, which includes two convincing wins last year as well as their result in 2022.


Form Book

Leeds

Won 60-4

Lost 24-10

Won 24-18

Won 48-12

Wigan

Lost 44-0

Won 30-18

Lost 46-0

Lost 48-12


Ones to Watch

Georgia Wilson

Georgia Wilson is one of Wigan’s main threats.

The England international was a try scorer when the two sides clashed in the 2018 Grand Final and finished last season with a personal points tally of 88 points from 13 tries and 18 goals. In 2022, she has been ever-present in the BWSL and kicked two goals in the defeat to Leeds three weeks ago.

Freya Hellin

Forward Freya Hellin returned to the club last year after a spell in Rugby Union.

Like many in the Warriors team, Hellin made her debut in 2018, when she split her time between playing Rugby League and Rugby Union. She moved to Sale Sharks in 2020 but was soon back in the cherry and white as she resigned in 2021.

Lauréane Biville

Wigan announced the capture of French international Lauréane Biville earlier this week and the centre could be available for Thursday’s game.

Bringing a wealth of experience to a young Wigan side, Bilville has featured in both the Women’s NRL with Gold Coast and New Zealand Warriors, and the French league with RC Lescure-Arthes XIII.

She also debuted internationally at 17 years old.


Last Time Out

A relentless performance from the Rhinos saw them run in nine tries as they ran out 48-12 winners over a spirited Wigan Warriors side. Zoe Hornby and Caitlin Beevers were the pick of the try scorers as they both recorded hat trick of tries. There were also tries for Sophie Robinson, Hanna Butcher and Elle Frain.


Player Milestones

Sophie Nuttall

Following her return to action last week, Sophie Nuttall needs ten points to reach 50 points in her Betfred Women’s Super League career.

She was a try scorer against Wigan in the Play Offs last year and will be aiming to be back on the scoresheet in Thursday’s match.

Hanna Butcher

The versatile Hanna Butcher is four points shy of surpassing 100 points for the Rhinos.

As one of the Rhinos’ inaugural squad members and the club’s joint-leading appearance maker, she has accumulated 94 points over four years with 20 tries and seven goals.

Zoe Hornby

Following her three try performance against Wigan last time out, forward Zoe Hornby moved to within ten points of reaching 50 points for the club.

Having joined Leeds only a year ago, Hornby has wasted no time in scoring tries as she has ten in 19 appearances. Seven of those have come during this season.

Tasha Gaines

Another member of the Leeds’ first ever Super League squad Tasha Gaines needs four points to reach her century of Rhinos points.

Both a try scorer and goal kicker, she has scored 13 tries and kicked 22 goals during her four years in blue and amber, including three tries this year.

Courtney Winfield-Hill

Skipper Courtney Winfield-Hill needs four goals at Headingley to take her Rhinos career total to 200.

Now in her fourth season with the club, Winfield-Hill kicked the most goals during her first season in blue and amber (63 in 2018) and this year, she currently has 32 goals.


Ticket Information

Thursday’s game is part of a special double header at Headingley that sees Leeds Rhinos Women take on Wigan Warriors Women at 5:30pm, before the men’s sides clash at 8pm.

For fans that have already purchased tickets for the game, the Women’s game is included. If you’re yet to buy tickets, here is how you can:

  • Online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 
  • Over the phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday – Friday, Opening Hours: 10.30am-3.30pm) 
  • In person at the Club Shop at Headingley Stadium (Monday – Saturday, Opening Hours:  10am-4pm) 

For more information, click here.