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  • Bradford Bulls
25th July 2019 | KO 19:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview: Bradford Bulls

After a week off, Leeds Rhinos Under-19s are back in action this Thursday night as they take on derby rivals Bradford Bulls at Stanningley, kick off 7pm.

It will be the last game that Rob Burrow’s side will play at Stanningley in the regular season, with upcoming game against Widnes and St Helens due to be held at Emerald Headingley Stadium. Having been well beaten by the Rhinos earlier in the season, Bradford will be looking for revenge as they aim to stay above the bottom three.

Opposition Profile

Currently eighth in the table, Bradford Bulls lost a ninth game of the season against Widnes at home two weeks ago. After producing an impressive 34-10 display against Huddersfield at Lockwood Park, the Bulls couldn’t replicate a similar performance at Odsal, where they have lost five times this season.

It has been an underwhelming season for Leigh Beattie’s side, who had a six game losing streak from April to June which included the loss to the Rhinos in May. The Bulls however did boost their league position after taking seven points over three consecutive home games, beating City of Hull and Newcastle and drawing 30 all against Huddersfield. 

Tom Holroyd returned from injury to score against the Bulls earlier this season

After a surprise defeat to City of Hull, the Rhinos won a seventh game of the season as they thrashed Bradford 52-6 at Odsal. Ben Markland, Liam Whitton and Muizz Mustapha all scored twice, whilst experienced forwards Tom Holroyd, Loui McConnell and Tyler Dupree also got on the scoresheet.

Last Time Out

The Bulls travelled to Stanningley in round two last season, with the Rhinos walking away with a comfortable 32-10 win. Two tries from prop Harry Georgiou was a highlight, with Tyler Dupree, Ben Markland, captain Harvey Whiteley and Harry Newman all scoring for Leeds.

Team News

After spending the last three matches on dual registration with Featherstone Rovers, Callum McLelland returns to face Bradford, for his sixth appearance of the season.  He will part of an experienced spine that includes Corey Johnson and Harvey Spence.

Lewis Delaney also returns in the front row, replacing Sam Walters who is on loan at Batley Bulldogs. Jarrod O’Connor came off the bench against Warrington last weekend but will start this fixture at loose forward.

Harry Anderson will provide a half back change as he drops onto the bench and Liam Hamill is recalled after scoring twice in the draw against Castleford. Tyler Dupree and Sam Moorhouse complete the interchanges, adding power to the starting pack.

Team: 1. Liam Whitton, 2. Liam Tindall, 3. Ben Markland, 4. TJ Barton, 5. Iwan Stephens, 6. Harvey Spence, 7. Callum McLelland, 8. Rian Rowley, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Loui McConnell, 11. Lewis Delaney, 12. Brad Martin, 13. Jarrod O’Connor Bench: 14. Harry Anderson, 15. Tyler Dupree, 16. Liam Hamill, 17. Sam Moorhouse

Player Focus

Ahead of Thursday night, loose forward Jarrod O’Connor shared his thoughts about the derby match against Bradford and how he is looking forward to playing the final two home games of the season at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Coaches Quotes

Ahead of Thursday night, head coach Rob Burrow talked about the importance of the derby game against Bradford and what the young Rhinos need to do coming into the last few games of the season.

“We are approaching the business end of the season now,” said Burrow. “Consistency is something we need more than ever. We need to build that up leading into the play offs & there’s no better time or game then against the Bulls.

“Leeds and Bradford games are a joy to be involved with. Luckily for the lads they are still able to taste the biggest derby in rugby.”

Watching Live

The derby match against Bradford will be available to stream live on the Leeds Rhinos Facebook and Youtube pages so you don’t miss a moment of under 19s action.

Use the links below or, if you have a Smart TV, use the Facebook and YouTube apps and search for Leeds Rhinos.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeedsRhinosOfficial/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LeedsRhinosOfficial

Further Information

If you want to come and watch the game live at Stanningley, the address is Coal Hill Drive, Leeds, LS13 1PA.

Admission is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and children are free with all proceeds going to Stanningley SARLFC.


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A hat trick from Liam Whitton helped Leeds Rhinos Under 19s battle from 12-0 down to beat local rivals Bradford Bulls Under 19s 44-26 at Stanningley.

Playing at the community club for the final time in the regular season, Rob Burrow’s side didn’t disappoint despite the hot and humid conditions, with Callum McLelland producing a man of the match performance.

Inside the opening ten minutes, the visitors surmounted a 12-0 lead, providing an early shock to the Rhinos. Prop Ebon Scurr took advantage of a quick play of the ball by Keelan Foster to drive at the line, spin, and ground the ball.

The lead was then doubled thanks to full back Matthew Race. As Bradford powered towards the try line once more, an offload from centre Matt Smith caught Leeds by surprise, with Race taking the ball and grounding it despite Liam Whitton’s best efforts. Harry Shackleton converted both of the tries.

Leeds finally clicked into gear, with returning half back Callum McLelland pulling the strings throughout the game. After Ethan O’Hanlon knocked on for the Bulls, Leeds were allowed their first spell near the opposition try line. On the fifth tackle, instead of kicking behind, McLelland noticed centre Ryan Butterworth shoot out of the line, allowing the Rhinos half back time to delay his pass to the onrushing Brad Martin, who wasn’t going to be stopped.

Within five minutes, the home side would be within two points of the lead. After Butterworth was judged to have played at the ball before it went into touch, Leeds used the scrum to their advantage as captain Corey Johnson crashed over but was held up. Remaining patient, Leeds continued to probe the line and another perfectly timed pass from McLelland sent full back Whitton away to touch down in the corner. Harvey Spence converted to make the score 12-10 to Bradford.

Now in control, Rob Burrow’s side continued to pile the points. Iwan Stephens scored his first try of the game after Whitton looped a pass over the top of Bull’s defenders to find the winger in space to score from short range.

Spence also scored his second try of the season after a high tackle on Brad Martin set Leeds up to strike once more. More magic from McLelland opened up space for his fellow half back, who showed impressive footwork and strength to score a fourth Leeds try.

It was fitting that McLelland finished the half with a try for himself, after assisting three out of the four that Leeds scored prior to his break. Following a deep kick from Shackleton, that gave the home side a seven tackle set, McLelland used a quick play from Markland to spot a gap and streak away, beating four Bulls defenders to touch down. Spence converted to wrap the half time score up at 26-12.


An eight point try early in the second half tightened the derby clash up as the game swung between both sides. After Leeds coughed up possession, the Bulls went on the attack and another quick play of the ball by Foster allowed substitute Cameron Berry to scoot out of dummy half and score. With the referee awarding an extra two points, Shackleton couldn’t miss next to the posts, making the score 26-20.

The momentum shifted back in Leeds’ favour as Whitton added a second try for the winger/full back. With Bradford conceding three consecutive sets on their line, it was only a matter of time before they cracked; McLelland picking the ball up from his ankles to loop it over the top for Whitton to score.

There was controversy as substitute Tyler Dupree was judged to have knocked on by the referee when replays showed he had grounded the ball over the try line. It would spark Bradford into life once more as Kieran Brining brought the scoreline to within six points. After Harry Anderson diffused an attempt on Leeds’ line, a short side play by Bradford from the scrum caught Burrow’s side napping as the winger crossed for the Bulls’ fourth of the game.

With Keelan Foster in the sin bin, Leeds looked to put the game to bed. After a break by Corey Johnson against the run of play, McLelland and O’Connor looked to break through gaps in the Bulls defence, with O’Connor shrugging away from two defenders to crash over next to the posts. Stephens converted to make the score 38-26.

Whitton capped off a brilliant personal performance and any chance of a Bradford comeback with minutes on the clock. After McLelland and McConnell combined to break away down field, Spence was given time to kick high for the winger, who jumped above Murphy Smith, to touch the ball down and complete the derby win. Spence converted to the make the final score 44-26.