• Leeds Rhinos
  • 38 - 12

  • Widnes Vikings
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 16 - 0
  • Widnes Vikings
9th August 2019 | KO 17:30 | Emerald Headingley | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview: Widnes Vikings

Leeds Rhinos Vs Huddersfield Giants U19's Academy at Lockwood Park, Huddersfield.

The countdown to the play off is on for Rob Burrow’s under 19s side, who confirmed their place in the top four with last weeks 22-10 win over Huddersfield Giants under 19s at Lockwood Park. Widnes Vikings will be the visitors to Emerald Headingley this Friday, with the match setting up the first team game against Catalans Dragons, kick off 5:30pm

It will be the first time the young Rhinos have played at the stadium since Jack Broadbent scored the winner against Wigan back in April, and they will be looking to impress again in front of the Rhinos fans.


Opposition Profile

After finishing fifth in 2018, Widnes Vikings under 19s haven’t been able to replicate the same form this season. Their first win came against City of Hull, edging the East Yorkshire side 32-30 at Bishop Burton. They have nearly taken points from the top sides too, losing out to St Helens 22-18 and Wigan 10-6.

With a game in hand against the Warriors, Widnes can still pick up points and finish positively. Trips to Leeds and Warrington will be tricky but they end the season playing Wakefield and Castleford who, like the Vikings, will be preparing for next season.

Jack Broadbent scored twice when the Rhinos beat Widnes 38-10 at the Halton Stadium.

Three Widnes players were named in the Lancashire Academy Origin side for this years series, alongside Leeds’ Sam Walters and Jarrod O’Connor. Billy Glover was initially for the ‘Red Roses’ but centre Daniel Hill and winger Jacob Dugdale were brought in for the deciding match. Coach Grant Gore was also among the Lancashire coaching staff.


Last Time Out

The Rhinos got their fifth win of the season against the Vikings last season, winning 36-18 at Stanningley. A hat trick from Jack Broadbent stole the show for the Rhinos, with Corey Johnson scoring his first two tries for the club. Reece Chapman-Smith and Liam Hamill were also on the scoresheet.

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Team News

Ahead of his side’s second appearance at Emerald Headingley, academy head coach Rob Burrow has reintroduced Liam Whitton after illness last week. Whitton is currently the club’s top tryscorer this season, one ahead of Iwan Stephens who retains his place at full back.

Jack Mallinson starts for a seventh time in 2019, replacing Harry Anderson in the halves. Elsewhere, Liam Hamill moving to the bench is the only change to the back line from last weekend.

Tyler Dupree is one of four rotations in the forward pack replacing Loui McConnell, who has moved into the back row. Jarrod O’Connor, who will face his former club on Friday night, partners Brad Martin in the second row and prop Sam Moorhouse retains the number eight shirt.


Player Focus

Ahead of his first under 19s appearance at Emerald Headingley Stadium, hooker Oli Burton was this week’s feature interview. He discusses last week’s win over Huddersfield and what it meant to be back in the matchday squad. The hooker also looks ahead to playing at the redeveloped stadium and what it means to play in front of the Rhinos fans. 

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Form

Last weeks win over Huddersfield secured Leeds’ place in the top three, along with St Helens and Wigan. A clash against St Helens seems the most likely for the play off semi finals although the Warriors only sit within three points of Rob Burrow’s side with a game in hand. Despite not picking up all the league points over the last five games, form favours the young Rhinos for Friday night.

Widnes have only had seven wins this season, two of which have come in the last five games. Newcastle Thunder and Bradford Bulls have fallen victim to the Vikings, who lie two points behind Wakefield in eighth.


More Information

Secure your tickets for Friday night’s double header, which sees the Under 19s take on Widnes Vikings U19s prior to the main Super League clash against the Dragons now. This match and St Helens U19s next week WILL NOT be streamed, but will be available after the match with full match commentary, so come and see Rob Burrow’s side live at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Book online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk, call the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 or buy in person at the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

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Last year's top tryscorer Iwan Stephens is set to start against Country Rugby League on Sunday afternoon.

A hat trick from full back Iwan Stephens was the standout performance as Leeds Rhinos U19s beat Widnes Vikings U19s 38-12 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Rob Burrow’s side were on top from the kick off, controlling the game in the opening minutes. Strong drives from the forwards provided plenty of opportunities, notably for Liam Whitton and Ben Markland who were both denied early on.

Second rower Brad Martin broke the deadlock after 12 minutes, scoring his fourth of the season. As Leeds once again marched into the Viking’s half, a move left allowed half back Harvey Spence to throw a flat ball for the onrushing back rower to score from. Spence converted to give Leeds the early lead.

Centre Markland would soon be on the board himself moments later. With Spence pulling the strings at the line, a cross field kick from the number six was lost by Niall Smith and despite Billy Glover reclaiming, Markland had the knowledge to rip the ball and dot down over the try line.

Stephens would score the final points of the half on 24 minutes; the full back scoring his first try of the game. After Liam Tindall was denied close to the corner, Spence switched the play back towards the right side, finding Stephens, who ran through a gaping hole in the Viking’s defence to score.

Widnes’ attempts to fight back into the game stemmed Leeds’ flow of points, ending the half 16-0, with Burrow’s side confidently in front.

 

Although the Vikings would score in the second half, a Rhinos victory was never in doubt. Stephens completed his hat trick with 50 minutes on the clock, marking a sensational performance from the first year Rhino.

Another gaping hole in the visitors’ defence was too inviting for the full back, who scurring through to score his second before he claimed his third try of the match. After a penalty from Widnes gave Leeds field position, Stephens’ dart at the line saw him carry three players and break their tackle to score in the corner. Spence converted to give Leeds a 26-0 lead.

Brad Calland’s break away try on 57 minutes was soon diffused by Leeds; Sam Moorhouse scoring his second try of the season in his second start. With the young Rhinos camped on the Widnes tryline, and the noise from the Tetley’s South Stand in their ears, a barnstorming run from the prop couldn’t be stopped at short range by the desperate Widnes defenders.

Five minutes passed and the Vikings had notched their score up to twelve, thanks to quickfire tries from Liam Brinksman and Josh Wilde, but the young Rhinos’ ship wasn’t shaken as loose forward Loui McConnell crowned the victory with his try on 73 minutes.

After Iwan Stephens was denied a fourth try of the evening, a great break from Sam Moorhouse and Corey Johnson was supported by McConnell, who took the inside pass to seal the win. Spence converted as Leeds retook second spot; the final score 38-12.