Warm Up Matches

Fri 2nd Feb 2024  KO: 19:00  RD:
Attend: 660    OFFICIAL: Aaron Golding Belafonte

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Hunslet RLFC

18 16

HT: 8-10

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Leeds Rhinos

Tries

Ferreira
Syme
Dyer-Dixon x2

Smart
Proud
Taylor-Smith

Goals

Williams 0
Mallinson x1

Taylor-Smith x2

  • Full Back

    1

    Jim
    Watson

  • Right Wing

    2

    Benjamin
    Sheils

  • Right Centre

    3

    Alfie
    Goddard

  • Left Centre

    4

    Jude
    Ferreira
    TRIES
    1
    PTS
    4

  • Left Wing

    5

    Jack
    Render

  • Stand Off

    6

    Harry
    Williams

  • Scrum Half

    7

    Jack
    Mallinson
    GOALS
    1
    PTS
    2

  • Prop

    8

    Jack
    Coventry

  • Hooker

    9

    Ross
    Whitmore

  • Prop

    10

    Toby
    Everett

  • Second Row

    11

    Jordan
    Syme
    TRIES
    1
    PTS
    1

  • Second Row

    12

    Aaron
    Levy

  • Loose Forward

    13

    Billy
    Gaylor

  • Int 1

    14

    Daniel
    Mcgrath

  • Int 2

    15

    Lewis
    Wray

  • Int 3

    16

    Cameron
    Berry

  • Int 4

    17

    Spencer
    Darley

  • Kai
    Taylor-Smith
    TRIES
    1
    GOALS
    2
    PTS
    8

  • Oliver
    Smart
    TRIES
    1
    PTS
    4

  • Jacob
    Rushforth

  • Harry
    Taylor

  • Dylan
    Proud
    TRIES
    1
    PTS
    4

  • Shane
    Tuohey

  • Lewis
    Hollidge

  • Kieran
    Hudson

  • Mason
    Corbett

  • Freddie
    Brennan-Jones

  • Harrison
    Gilmore

  • Bobby
    Hartley

  • Leo
    Aliyu

  • Tayler
    Stephenson

  • Sam
    Webb-Campbell

  • Joe
    Phillips

  • Ashton
    Robinson

In one of the most tightly contested Harry Jepson OBE Trophy matches, Leeds Rhinos were edged out 18-16 by Hunslet RLFC as the Parksiders retained the trophy for another year.


A youthful Rhinos side was led by Academy head coach Tony Smith, who named a mostly Academy and Reserves based team along with duo Lewis Hollidge and Sam Webb-Campbell from Halifax Panthers. One of the major inclusions for the game was prop Kieran Hudson, who pulled on the Rhinos colours for the first time alongside playing his first competitive minutes since suffering an achilles injury over 13 months ago.


Inside the first five minutes, the home side made the breakthrough with Jude Ferreira scoring early. The young Rhinos had battled throughout the opening sets but a penalty against Smith’s side helped the Parksiders edge closer to the try line. Half back Jack Mallinson managed to open up an opportunity on the edge as he fired a pass for Ferreira, who beat Oliver Smart and Jacob Rushforth to cross in the corner.


A missed opportunity for Alfie Goddard to score left the home side ruing what could have been as Leeds began to battle and show resolve against their League One opponents. Hudson looked impressive with a handful of strong carries, but the Rhinos lacked the final touches to capitalise on the score board.


After Hunslet had fired another warning shot with a break by Ferreira and Sheils off the back of a promising attack from the visitors, Leeds finally made the breakthrough with Smart. Camped on their opponents’ try line, a change of forwards for the Rhinos looked to hurt Hunslet down the middle but the damage was done out wide as Tuohey, Gilmore and Rushforth used quick hands to put Smart over.


No sooner had they scored once, Leeds were soon leading the match with a second try in as many minutes. An opportunistic play saw Dylan Proud pounce on a loose ball by Hunslet and the winger raced 60 metres to touch down under the posts. With Kai Taylor-Smith’s conversion, the score moved to 10-4 in favour of the visitors.


The home side wouldn’t lie down and immediately responded when Jordan Syme bulldozed his way over off the back of a promising play from Mallinson. With the score at 10-8 still leaning towards Leeds, the young Rhinos thrived off chances to extend their lead before the break; Taylor-Smith made a break to set up a positive attack on the Hunslet goal line but Hollidge couldn’t find space with his grubber kick through.


As the halftime whistle sounded, those in attendance showed their appreciation for the young Rhinos after a sterling opening 40 minutes, and the start of the second 40 looked as though the visitors hadn’t missed a beat when Harry Taylor forced Jack Render over the sidelines with a great tackle.


Knowing they needed a spark, Hunslet substitute Keenan Dyer-Dixon’s first try of the game got the home side ahead again, before Dan McGrath missed a huge opportunity to double the advantage; Dylan Proud intervened and forced the ball out of his opposite number's hands.


As the half continued, Hunslet kept gunning for the Rhinos defensive line, but to their credit, the younger side took the brunt of the Parksiders’ attacks. In attack though, errors proved costly as a mistimed pass from Tayler Stephenson led to Mallinson breaking for Hunslet and then a knock-on by Hartley led to Dyer-Dixon getting his second try with an acrobatic finish in the corner.


Heading into the last ten minutes, tensions rose when a Hartley broke through the Hunslet line but unfortunately held onto the ball for too long and produced a forward pass for Taylor. Smith’s side were still prepared to be opportunistic and Taylor-Smith, who had a fantastic game all round, latched onto his own kick ahead on the fifth tackle to score a superb try and set up an exciting finish with the score at 18-16.


With time running out, a game-breaking play saw Taylor-Smith go aerial with a high bomb and as Hunslet allowed it to bounce, it looked as though Taylor was going to score the winner. An awkward bounce proved the deciding factor as the ball came off the centre’s legs and possession was turned over, sealing an 18-16 finish for Hunslet.


 


Hunslet RLFC


1. Jimmy Watson, 24. Ben Shiels, 5. Alfie Goddard, 4. Jude Ferreira, 31. Jack Render, 6. Harry Williams, 14. Jack Mallinson, 30. Jack Coventry, 15. Ross Whitmore, 10. Toby Everitt, 16. Jordan Syme, 12. Aaron Levy, 9. Billy Gaylor


Subs: 2. Dan McGrath, 17. Lewis Wray, 18. Cam Berry, 19. Spencer Darley, 22. Liam Carr, 23. Iwan Orr, 26. Ethan O'Hanlon, 27. Nathan Carter, 28. Keenan Dyer-Dixon, 3. Luke Punton, 20. Luke Mearns


Tries: Ferreira (4), Syme (29), Dyer-Dixon (46, 61)


Goals: Williams 0/1, Mallinson 1/2


 


Rhinos


1. Kai Taylor-Smith, 2. Oliver Smart, 3. Jacob Rushforth, 4. Harry Taylor, 5. Dylan Proud, 6. Shane Tuohey, 7. Lewis Hollidge, 17. Kieran Hudson, 9. Mason Corbett, 10. Freddie Brennan-Jones, 11. Harrison Gilmore, 12. Bobby Hartley, 13. Leo Aliyu


Subs: 14. Tayler Stephenson, 15. Sam Webb-Campbell, 16. Joe Phillips, 8. Ashton Robinson


Tries: Smart (21), Proud (25), Taylor-Smith (76)


Goals: Taylor-Smith 2/3

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