Rhinos Women to take on Yorkshire rivals this Sunday

Following on from their resounding win over Wigan Warriors Women at Headingley Stadium, Leeds Rhinos Women are back on the road this week when Lois Forsell’s side take on Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Giants this Sunday at Huddersfield YMCA, kick off 2pm.

The win over Wigan pushed Leeds to within two points of league leaders York City Knights, who take on St Helens in this week’s other fixture. With only three rounds of the regular season remaining, the race for the League Leaders’ Shield is hotting up between the top three sides, and points for the Rhinos this weekend would keep Forsell’s side in the running, with games against competitors St Helens and York remaining.

The Giants on the other hand sit in last place in the league table with five defeats from five games. It has been a tough season for the Betfred Women’s Shield holders, who haven’t scored a point in their last two games against St Helens and York City Knights. The closest they came to scoring league points was against Wigan, when they suffered a close 30-18 defeat at the hands of Kris Ratcliffe’s side.

As Huddersfield only entered into the Super League competition in 2021, Leeds have two wins against the claret and golds. Their first meeting was handed to the Rhinos after the match was called off due to COVID, before Forsell’s side recorded a confident 60-4 win at Headingley earlier this year.

Both sides were also involved in last weekend’s RFL Women’s 9s Finals too, with the Rhinos making it all the way to the final two. Huddersfield opened proceedings at the event with a close 12-4 loss to St Helens, before Leeds marched to a 29-6 over the Giants. The Rhinos would eventually lose out though to York, who took away the trophy with a 7-0 victory.

Ones to Watch

Bethan Oates

Bethan Oates was rewarded for her efforts in 2022 with a call up to Craig Richards’ 24-player England squad for the mid-season international against France.

Although it has been a tough season so far for the Giants, the captain has led from the front and has appeared in every League game so far for Ryan White’s side.

Frankie Townend

Former Rhino Frankie Townend comes up against her former club on Sunday and will be out to take the spoils for the Giants.

The half back made 19 appearances in blue and amber between 2018 and 2019, but has found herself at home in claret and gold. She was a try scorer in last year’s Betfred Women’s Shield Final.

Amelia Brown

Outside back Amelia Brown missed the last Giants’ game against York but will be eager to come back into the fray against Leeds, who she has scored two tries against in all competitions this year.

Brown has scored two league tries this season (one against Leeds and one against Wigan), plus she got a brace in the Under-19s’ 50-18 result versus Castleford. She is also part of a four player cohort from Huddersfield that has been called up into the England Knights squad.

Last Time Out

Watch all the tries as Leeds Rhinos Women opened their Betfred Women’s Super League season with a convincing 60-4 display against Huddersfield Giants Women.

Player Milestones

Chloe Kerrigan

Second row/centre Chloe Kerrigan can become the fifth Rhinos Women’s player in history to make 50 appearances for the club, should she run out on Sunday.

Kerrigan has made 45 starts and four substitute appearances over her four seasons in blue and amber, plus she was ever-present during the team’s 2019 campaign when they lifted the Grand Final trophy and Challenge Cup.

Sophie Nuttall

Sophie Nuttall needs ten points to reach 50 points in her Betfred Women’s Super League career.

She has one try in all competitions so far this year, which came in the Challenge Cup win over Warrington in the quarter finals

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.

Hanna Butcher

The versatile Hanna Butcher is two 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

Forward Zoe Hornby moved to within two 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, including five in her last two matches against Wigan.

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.

More Information

Admission for Sunday’s game is £5 for adults and £2 for Under-16s. There is both standing and seating available along with drinks and snacks in the clubhouse.

For fans travelling to the game, Huddersfield YMCA is located at:

Huddersfield YMCA

Laund Hill

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