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7th September 2019 | KO 12:00 | Bishop Burton | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview – City of Hull

In their final game of the regular season, Leeds Rhinos under 19s will be looking to put in a strong performance against City of Hull under 19s at Bishop Burton this Saturday, kick off 12pm.

Following last week’s display against London Broncos, a win for Rob Burrow’s side would provide some momentum heading into their Play Off semi final against St Helens. For City of Hull, they will be wanting to finish the season on a high in their final game before the return of separate academy teams for Hull FC and Hull KR for next season. 

Opposition Profile

After finishing 3rd and 7th in the last two seasons, City of Hull Academy have dropped to tenth in 2019, having won only six games. They are clear of both Castleford and Newcastle at the bottom of the table and with a win on Saturday, they can go above Bradford, should the Bulls lose to St Helens on Friday night.

City of Hull’s surprise win against the Rhinos in May was only their fourth of the season, having also defeated Wakefield, Newcastle and Bradford. The Hull side lost their next five matches and following a second win over Newcastle, they lost the next five too.

Despite a late fightback from Leeds earlier in the season, a late Ewan Badham try sealed a 30-26 win for the Hull side.

KEY PLAYER: Half back Mikey Lewis has been a breakout star from the joint Hull academy, featuring for League One side Newcastle Thunder and Hull KR in 2019. The former West Hull back  has caught the eyes of most spectators with his footwork at the line. He also earned a call up to the Yorkshire Academy squad for this year’s Origin series, playing at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle and Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.

Last Time Out

Following a high scoring 38 all draw against Wigan the week before, Leeds comprehensively defeated City of Hull 68-8 last year. Harry Newman scored four tries for the second time in 2018, with Liam Whitton also scoring a hat trick. Kiedan Hartley, Spencer Darley, Billy Jowitt, Dakota Whylie and Corey Johnson also scored as Leeds ran riot at Bishop Burton College.

Team News

Head coach Rob Burrow has made four changes following last weeks defeat to London Broncos. TJ Barton and Jack Mallinson were on the sidelines last weekend but replace Ben Markland and Harry Anderson for the City of Hull trip.

Tyler Dupree missed the London match but is back in the pack this week. The forward has played 15 times this season, scoring six tries, and has also enjoyed a loan spell with York City Knights. Jarrod O’Connor moves into the second row, seeing Lewis Delaney drop to the bench, allowing Loui McConnell to revert to loose forward.

Liam Hamill is on bench whilst Oli Burton will make his fifteenth substitute appearance of the season. Brad Martin came off the bench in last year’s win and will do the same again in this one.

Ben Markland (Shoulder), Rian Rowley (concussion) and Jordan Russell (hamstring) all miss this week’s fixture after picking up injuries against London, with Jack Broadbent also suffering a broken jaw in Batley Bulldogs’ 64-0 loss to Featherstone last weekend.

Team: 1. Iwan Stephens, 2. Liam Tindall, 3. TJ Barton, 4. Joe Burton, 5. Liam Whitton; 6. Harvey Spence, 7. Jack Mallinson; 8. Sam Moorhouse, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Tyler Dupree, 11. Jarrod O’Connor, 12. Sam Walters, 13. Loui McConnell Bench: 14. Oli Burton, 15. Brad Martin, 16. Lewis Delaney, 17. Liam Hamill

Player Focus

This week, we caught up with loose forward Loui McConnell, who has been a shining light in Rob Burrow’s side this season. He started in the Grand Final last year and talks about how his three years of academy experience will help Rob Burrow’s side prepare for next week’s semi final against St Helens. McConnell also comments on the importance of momentum and form andwhy the young Rhinos need to put in a good performance on Saturday.

Coaches Quotes

Speaking after the match last weekend, Academy head coach Rob Burrow explained what his side had to change ahead of the trip to the east coast.

“I’ve not spoken about attack this season, it’s all been about defence,” he said. “We need to be better because at the moment we have some problems. To concede the amount of tries we are at the moment, in the fashion that we are, for myself as a coach I need to look at myself and get the boys right. It’s all a challenge and that excites me so we’ll have to see where we can go from here.”

“It’s important that every player needs to get some game time for their development so it was great that both Joe Burton and Jordan Russell got back on the field last week. Joe managed to get through the game without any knocks but unfortunately, I think Jordan has tweaked his ham string again so fingers crossed for him.”


Leeds’ seven match unbeaten streak was broken by St Helens three weeks ago and following last week’s loss, the young Rhinos can’t afford to lose again heading into next week’s trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium. At this stage last year, Rob Burrow’s side just edged London Broncos before going onto win their semi final. 

City of Hull’s only win in their last five came against Huddersfield Giants midway through August. Morgan Cutsforth, Elliot Wallis, Jude Ferreira, Ryan Johnson, Charlie Cavanaugh all scored to give the Hull side the edge. They have also conceded 50+ points on five occasions, two of which have come at home (St Helens and Warrington).


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Leeds Rhinos Under 19s finished the regular season with a convincing 52-20 win over City of Hull Under 19s at Bishop Burton. Two tries from Iwan Stephens, Jack Mallinson and Tyler Dupree helped the young Rhinos to their sixteenth win of the season, with a Play Off semi final against St Helens looming.

Jack Mallinson opened the scoring for Rob Burrow’s side early in the match. After Corey Johnson had spotted the markers out of position, the hooker drove at the line before releasing Sam Moorhouse down the middle of the field. Beating four Hull defenders, the prop drew in Hull full back Marcus Walker and offloaded to the onrushing Mallinson who stepped back on his inside to score under the posts. Harvey Spence converted to give Leeds a 6-0 lead.

Johnson would be the creator again for Leeds’ second try. Taking an offload from the returning Tyler Dupree, the hooker wriggled away from the defence to break away down the middle of the field, with full back Stephens on his shoulder. With Johnson timing his pass to perfection, Stephens raced away to score his first of the afternoon.

The tries kept coming for Leeds; Tyler Dupree scoring his first try since June. With City of Hull struggling to contain Leeds’ forwards, off the back of a good drive by Jarrod O’Connor, loose forward Loui McConnell sent Dupree straight through the line with a short pass. Bounding down the field, the number 20 sidestepped Walker and left another Hull defender on the ground to touch down under the posts in a sensational fashion.

Dupree scored his second of the game as Leeds took a commanding 24-0 lead. With the Rhinos prowling Hull’s line in search of more points, McConnell combined again with his prop, dropping the ball inside for the onrushing Dupree to charge through and score under the posts untouched. Spence converted his fourth of the afternoon as Leeds looked comfortable heading into half time.

Will Tate grabbed the home side’s only try of the first half with a short side play. Half back Morgan Cutsforth nearly cut through the line but was dragged down by McConnell just short of the line. Substitute hooker Charlie Cavanaugh chose to go down the left edge and reaped the rewards as Tate crashed over from a short distance. Cavanaugh missed the conversion as Leeds took a 24-4 lead into half time.


An error from City of Hull led to Leeds opening the scoring in the second half. A mistimed pass from Cutsforth close to Leeds’ defensive line proved fatal as Liam Whitton picked the ball up forty metres out to rush away down the touchline. With defenders swarming in to stop the winger, Whitton cut back inside to dive over for Leeds’ fifth of the afternoon.

Sam Walters had Jarrod O’Connor to thank for his first try of the match. Following a break that nearly saw O’Connor score in the corner, Spence spun the ball away from dummy half to Walters, who couldn’t be brought down by the City of Hull defenders.

Adam Rooks got the home side’s second try of the game after Leeds were opened up by City of Hull half back Ben McNamara, who combined with Will Tate to send second rower Rooks over. The Rhinos reacted though; Mallinson scoring his second of the game. With Leeds coming close to the line through Lewis Delaney, a quick move to the left side opened space for the young half back to dummy his way through and score his third of the season.

Liam Tindall added his name to a growing scoresheet as Leeds put daylight between the two sides. From a scrum, the ball was once again moved quickly out to the left and with Mallinson drawing in the full back, Tindall was in open space to drive through and score next to the posts.

Stephens also scored his second as the Rhinos surpassed fifty points. With Johnson back out on the field, the hooker was once again the provider, timing his run to perfection before releasing the ball to the full back, who raced through a gaping hole to round the full back and score under the posts. Spence converted to give Leeds a 52-10 lead.

Two late Hull tries from Jamie Hoggarth and a second for Tate proved consolations as Leeds finished the season with a 52-20 win.