• Leeds Rhinos
  • 26 - 30

  • City of Hull
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 10 - 18
  • City of Hull
4th May 2019 | KO 12:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Trout returns for City of Hull Academy match

Leeds Rhinos Academy forward Owen Trout is one of four changes made by head coach Rob Burrow ahead of this Saturday’s round eight match against City of Hull Academy at Stanningley, kick off 12pm.

Following last week’s 18-16 win against Wigan Warriors at Emerald Headingley, Saturday’s match will mark a third consecutive home game for the young Rhinos. City of Hull on the other hand are currently ranked seventh and have had mixed results, winning three out of seven matches.

Last season saw Leeds lose out by four points at Stanningley before thrashing the Hull side 68-8 in the reverse fixture. Prior to this season starting, both sides met in a preseason friendly at Bishop Burton; Liam Tindall’s hat trick coming in vain as the Rhinos lost 34-28.

The return of forward Trout boosts Leeds’ forward pack, which has been hit with injuries since the start of the season. After being included in Dave Furner’s nineteen-man squads for the last five matches, Trout will make only his second appearance for the Academy, scoring a double against Wakefield in the season opener.

He is joined by Muizz Mustapha, who retains his place in the forward pack. Both players have had plenty of first team action this season, playing for Dewsbury Rams on a month loan deal and being selected for the Rhinos’ 78-6 Challenge Cup win against Workington Town.

Jack Broadbent, who scored the winning try against Wigan, drops out with a shoulder injury allowing Joe Burton back into the starting squad alongside wing partner Liam Tindall. Jack Mallinson is also reintroduced after Callum McLelland left the field with a hamstring injury. It will be Mallinson’s fourth appearance of the season and his second in a starting shirt alongside Harvey Spence, who has 37 conversions this season.

Jarrod O’Connor is promoted back to loose forward, seeing Rian Rowley drop to the bench. Oli Burton and Ben Markland are also drafted in after missing out on selection last week. Harry Georgiou completes the seventeen, playing in a third game since coming back from a knee injury he suffered against City of Hull in February.

The full squad is:

  1. Liam Whitton
  2. Liam Tindall
  3. Tom Barton
  4. Joe Burton
  5. Iwan Stephens
  6. Harvey Spence
  7. Jack Mallinson
  8. Muizz Mustapha
  9. Corey Johnson
  10. Loui McConnell
  11. Tyler Dupree
  12. Owen Trout
  13. Jarrod O’Connor
  14. Oli Burton
  15. Ben Markland
  16. Harry Georgiou
  17. Rian Rowley


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Leeds Rhinos academy were unable to produce back to back home wins, losing 26-30 to City of Hull Academy. Photo courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

Despite a second half fightback, Leeds Rhinos Academy suffered a second loss of the season against City of Hull Academy, who ran out 26-30 winners at Stanningley.

Within minutes of the kick off, the visitors were already on the board through front rower Tom Whur. After being held up short over the line, the ball was moved right to Whur, who took Leeds defenders over with him to score the opening try.

Morgan Cutsforth then crossed twice to shock the young Rhinos. The half back’s first came from a penalty Leeds conceded in front of their posts. Shifting the ball right, Cutsforth dummied the ball and darted through the defence to score under the posts. From the kick off, the Hull side went on the attack and a half break by Jake Bartlett was supported by Cutsforth, who took the ball 40 metres out and beat Liam Whitton to score a second. Mikey Lewis converted all the tries making the score 0-18.

The Rhinos then went on the attack, finally producing a try of their own through Liam Tindall. From the play of the ball, half back Harvey Spence took the ball back to the right side of the field and quick passes from Owen Trout and Tom Barton put the winger, who had scored a hat trick against City of Hull in a pre-season friendly, in to score.

For the next ten minutes, neither side could get a significant spell of possession, forcing the game into an arm wrestle as to whose defence would break first. It would be the visitor’s as Spence grabbed his first try of the season and closed the gap to eight points. Close to the try line on the fifth tackle, Spence faked a kick, opening up the defence, and the half back had the easiest of touchdowns.

The score would stay at 10-18 despite City of Hull crossing over the try line twice. Both decisions were chalked off as both sides went to the dressing rooms, the half time score 10-18.

In the second half, Leeds surmounted a fightback that nearly won them the match. There were plenty of chances for both sides to add to their score; Joe Burton was unable to touch down a loose ball early on, Jarrod O’Connor looked certain to score until he lost grip of the ball trying to ground it, and Charlie Graham squandered a chance for City of Hull, with Iwan Stephens pulling out a try saving tackle on the winger.

On the hour mark, Leeds broke the mould, with winger Tindall powering his way over to score in the corner. An American football style pass from Spence to Barton opened up space on the edge, and another quick pass to Tindall was enough for the former East Leeds winger to put the Rhinos within two points of the lead.

City of Hull retook their advantage after Liam Whitton dropped the ball from kick off. Moving left, Jordan Webster popped a ball back inside for Kai Tyson to take and score. Ben McNamara took over kicking duties, slotting the ball between the uprights from the touchline.

Another mix up from kick off, this time from City of Hull, gave Leeds another opportunity for points. Ben Markland this time was the try scorer as the ball moved left through a sweeping movement and a well-timed pass by Joe Burton allowed the winger enough time to score in the corner. Spence was unable to convert, making the score 20-24.

The Rhinos looked to have won the game when Joe Burton crossed in the corner. Two hard drives from Corey Johnson and Jarrod O’Connor gave Leeds a good field position and from a quick play of the ball, Burton sprinted through the defence to put Leeds in front for the first time in the match.

Unlike last week against Wigan, this would not be a late victory for Leeds as Ewan Badham caught the Leeds defence napping to score the winner. Ben McNamara converted to make the full time score 26-30 in favour of the away side.