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Under 19s Semi Final Preview – St Helens

Following last week’s crushing 52-20 win over City of Hull, Rob Burrow’s Leeds Rhinos under 19s travel over the Pennines for a semi final rematch against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium tomorrow night, kick off 7:30pm.

The young Rhinos are only one step away from a second successive Grand Final in as many years whilst St Helens are looking to reach their first final since 2016.

Find out more about Thursday’s semi final here:


Opposition Profile

Finishing the season in second place, St Helens have tussled with Leeds throughout 2019. Only a point separated the two sides prior to their clash at Emerald Headingley, which the visitors won 32-12. That continued a winning run for the ‘red v’ that started after Rob Burrow’s side came away from the Totally Wicked Stadium with the two points back in round 10.

Derek Traynor’s side are the favourites for a Grand Final place due to their form throughout the campaign. They last reached the final in 2016 when they beat Wigan 22-20 and will want to channel that success to finish 2019.

KEY PLAYER: Back rower Matthew Foster caused plenty of problems for the young Rhinos in August. The former Blackbrook junior scored twice at Emerald Headingley in the 32-12 win and has 20 tries in 22 appearances for the under 19s this season.


Last Time Out

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The two sides clashed last year in the semi final stage, with Leeds producing the performance of the year in a 40-18 win. Tries from Corey Johnson, Owen Trout, Alex Sutcliffe, Harry Newman and two from Mikolaj Oledzki sealed the Rhinos’ spot in the Grand Final


Team News

Head coach Rob Burrow has had a major boost for Thursday night’s semi final with Owen Trout coming back from his loan spell at Dewsbury Rams. The back rower has played five times this season for the under 19s, scoring four tries before joining the Rams. He scored in both the semi final and Grand Final in 2018 and will bring plenty of experience to the side.

Corey Johnson’s inclusion in the first team squad sees the hooker miss out on Thursday night. He has only missed two games all season but will get his chance to impress in the first team. Oli Burton will therefore wear the number nine shirt for only the third time this season.

The 19 man squad remains unchanged from last weekend. Harry Anderson could feature in the halves, whilst Liam Hamill misses out. Rian Rowley was out with concussion last weekend but could bolster the pack on Thursday night.


Player Focus

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After he scored two tries against City of Hull last weekend, forward Tyler Dupree is wanting to produce a repeat performance on Thursday night. He also says that the underdog status suits Rob Burrow’s side heading into the game and backs the team to perform until the final whistle.


Coaches Quotes

Earlier in the week, we caught up with head coach Rob Burrow about this year’s squad and how he is looking forward to the semi final.

“The last few weeks, we’ve been really good,” he said. “It was great to get back on the horse last week against City of Hull but apart from that back to back game against St Helens and London, we have always responded well. We know this week against Saints, we need to respond again and raise our bar significantly but I’ve got all the confidence in the lads.

“They’re a really good bunch that stick together. They’re really committed to the cause and fingers crossed we get to the final but it could be the last time this group plays together so if that isn’t enough of an incentive to find a performance that we’re all hoping for, then it will never come.”


Form

St Helens are one of only five sides to have broken Leeds’ winning streaks this season. The loss at Emerald Headingley came off the back of a seven match unbeaten run and including the loss away at London the week after, it was the only time that Rob Burrow’s side have lost two consecutive games all season.

For the Saints, they haven’t lost a game since Rob Burrow’s side beat them at the Totally Wicked Stadium earlier in the season. Running until the end of the regular season, Traynor’s side haven’t lost a point, claiming twelve wins which includes the 82-16 victory away at Warrington.


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Admission for the game is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions

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Under 19s Semi Final Preview – St Helens

Following last week’s crushing 52-20 win over City of Hull, Rob Burrow’s Leeds Rhinos under 19s travel over the Pennines for a semi final rematch against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium tomorrow night, kick off 7:30pm.

The young Rhinos are only one step away from a second successive Grand Final in as many years whilst St Helens are looking to reach their first final since 2016.

Find out more about Thursday’s semi final here:


Opposition Profile

Finishing the season in second place, St Helens have tussled with Leeds throughout 2019. Only a point separated the two sides prior to their clash at Emerald Headingley, which the visitors won 32-12. That continued a winning run for the ‘red v’ that started after Rob Burrow’s side came away from the Totally Wicked Stadium with the two points back in round 10.

Derek Traynor’s side are the favourites for a Grand Final place due to their form throughout the campaign. They last reached the final in 2016 when they beat Wigan 22-20 and will want to channel that success to finish 2019.

KEY PLAYER: Back rower Matthew Foster caused plenty of problems for the young Rhinos in August. The former Blackbrook junior scored twice at Emerald Headingley in the 32-12 win and has 20 tries in 22 appearances for the under 19s this season.


Last Time Out

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The two sides clashed last year in the semi final stage, with Leeds producing the performance of the year in a 40-18 win. Tries from Corey Johnson, Owen Trout, Alex Sutcliffe, Harry Newman and two from Mikolaj Oledzki sealed the Rhinos’ spot in the Grand Final


Team News

Head coach Rob Burrow has had a major boost for Thursday night’s semi final with Owen Trout coming back from his loan spell at Dewsbury Rams. The back rower has played five times this season for the under 19s, scoring four tries before joining the Rams. He scored in both the semi final and Grand Final in 2018 and will bring plenty of experience to the side.

Corey Johnson’s inclusion in the first team squad sees the hooker miss out on Thursday night. He has only missed two games all season but will get his chance to impress in the first team. Oli Burton will therefore wear the number nine shirt for only the third time this season.

The 19 man squad remains unchanged from last weekend. Harry Anderson could feature in the halves, whilst Liam Hamill misses out. Rian Rowley was out with concussion last weekend but could bolster the pack on Thursday night.


Player Focus

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After he scored two tries against City of Hull last weekend, forward Tyler Dupree is wanting to produce a repeat performance on Thursday night. He also says that the underdog status suits Rob Burrow’s side heading into the game and backs the team to perform until the final whistle.


Coaches Quotes

Earlier in the week, we caught up with head coach Rob Burrow about this year’s squad and how he is looking forward to the semi final.

“The last few weeks, we’ve been really good,” he said. “It was great to get back on the horse last week against City of Hull but apart from that back to back game against St Helens and London, we have always responded well. We know this week against Saints, we need to respond again and raise our bar significantly but I’ve got all the confidence in the lads.

“They’re a really good bunch that stick together. They’re really committed to the cause and fingers crossed we get to the final but it could be the last time this group plays together so if that isn’t enough of an incentive to find a performance that we’re all hoping for, then it will never come.”


Form

St Helens are one of only five sides to have broken Leeds’ winning streaks this season. The loss at Emerald Headingley came off the back of a seven match unbeaten run and including the loss away at London the week after, it was the only time that Rob Burrow’s side have lost two consecutive games all season.

For the Saints, they haven’t lost a game since Rob Burrow’s side beat them at the Totally Wicked Stadium earlier in the season. Running until the end of the regular season, Traynor’s side haven’t lost a point, claiming twelve wins which includes the 82-16 victory away at Warrington.


More Information

Admission for the game is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions