• Leeds Rhinos Women
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  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT 12 - 10
  • St Helens Women
21st July 2019 | KO 12:30 | Emerald Headingley Stadium | Women's Super League

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Women’s Team News: Harriman returns for Rhinos

Ness Harriman is the only change made by Adam Cuthbertson as Leeds Rhinos Women prepare to take on St Helens Women this Sunday in the Women’s Super League, kick off 12:30pm.

Harriman missed the semi final clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium but is recalled by Cuthbertson to make her fifth appearance of 2019. After debuting against York in the 70-0 Coral Women’s Challenge Cup win, she came off the bench against York and Bradford in the league and Warrington in the Cup quarter final.

Courtney Hill hit 100 points for the season against st Helens in the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup semi final.

Harriman’s inclusion sees Ellie Oldroyd drop out of the squad for the first time this season. Winger Madison Laverick is the only other absentee as the team remains largely unchanged. Seven players have been ever present throughout the season, with Caitlin Beevers, Hanna Butcher, Tasha Gaines and Chloe Kerrigan starting them all. Kerrigan, Elle Frain and Tasha Gaines are the only players from the 2018 squad who will be making their first appearance at Emerald Headingley.

Sophie Nuttall made her first team debut at Emerald Headingley against Castleford. She has four tries in nine games this season.

Six of the Rhinos players have also been announced as part of Craig Richard’s England Performance Squad. Shannon Lacey and Charlotte Booth are new additions to the extended squad, joining Hanna Butcher, Caitlin Beevers, Dannielle Anderson and Amy Johnson. All of them have been named for Sunday’s clash.

Only a try separated the two sides last year at Sports Park Weetwood, as the Rhinos walked away with a 12-6 win thanks to a late Chloe Kerrigan score. Sunday’s match will be the first time that Cuthbertson’s side has played at Emerald Headingley since last season’s 40-12 victory over Castleford Tigers Women.

The full squad is:

1. Caitlin Beevers (Sponsored by SYSTECH IT SOLUTIONS)
3. Sophie Robinson (Sponsored by AC AUTO LOCKSMITHS)
4. Charlotte Booth (Sponsored by YF FURNITURE)
6. Hanna Butcher (Sponsored by MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE TEAM)
7. Courtney Hill (Sponsored by YES WASTE)
8. Danika Priim (Sponsored by BOOTH INSTALLATIONS)
10. Dannielle Anderson (Sponsored by AGE PARTNERSHIP)
11. Aimee Staveley (Sponsored by UNSHAKEABLE SALT)
13. Amy Johnson (Sponsored by ERIC JOHNSON OF NORTHWICH LTD)
14. Tasha Gaines (Sponsored by UNSHAKEABLE SALT)
15. Sophie Nuttall (Sponsored by AC AUTO LOCKSMITHS)
16. Chloe Kerrigan (Sponsored by U.S.S UNDERWOOD SECURITY SOLUTIONS)
17. Shannon Lacey (Sponsored by WEST ONE SOLUTIONS)
19. Elle Frain (Sponsored by RIVA HOMES)
23. Evie Jackson
24. Fran Goldthorp (Sponsored by PICKUP SERVICES)
25. Ness Harriman
27. Keara Bennett (Sponsored by LEEDS RHINOS PLAYERS ASSOCIATION)

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Leeds Rhinos Women 12 St Helens Women 30

By Matt Wright

It was a grudge match that lived up to all expectations, just two weeks prior to their League meeting Leeds had dramatically dumped Saints out of the Challenge Cup. The visitors managed to get their revenge however with a clinical second half display at Emerald Headingley.

The game would open with an exchange of errors before settling into the competitive battle the large crowd had shown up for, Saints hitting the front first, talismanic Number 9 Jodie Cunningham spotting a gap on the Rhinos left edge inside five minutes to open the scoring. Gaskin unable to convert.

The visitors lead would be short lived, Shannon Lacey taking a short ball at the line and powering over under the sticks, Courtney Hill on hand to convert and push Leeds 6-4 up on the 10th minute.

St Helens had begin to settle into their rhythm and in the 14th minute everything clicked into place as the visitors grabbed their second of the game. Robinson doing superbly to deny Saints, before the ball went left to Emily Rudge, Rudge sending the ball wide to Naomi Williams on the wing to score. Gaskin converting from the sideline to make it 10-6.

Leeds would have the last laugh of the half in the form of on-field captain Courtney Hill, Hill carrying on her prolific run of form with another try. The Australian double pumping at the line before ghosting through the gap to score. Hill converting once more to give the Rhinos the lead into the half.

St Helens came out firing in the second half, scoring within two minutes of the resumption of play. Crowl kicking through on the 4th tackle, the kick deflecting off Beevers and into the path of an on-rushing Faye Gaskin, Gaskin converting her 2nd of the day to make it 16-12.

The Rhinos were creating chances but the Saints defence were well up to the task. Crowl would bag her first of a double early in the second half, the Rhinos Denying her just two tackles earlier but the England international proving too much of a handful the second time around, Gaskin converting, 22-12.

A penalty directly in front of the sticks would give Saints an extra two point cushion going into the last 15 minutes, the Gaskin kicking the penalty and forcing Leeds to go searching for two converted tries to tie the game.

The game would return to it’s former arm wrestle for territory in the middle of the park before Saints found the definitive blow, Crowl had been the stand out performer in the game and stamped her mark firmly on the scoreboard. The Loose forward smashing over from close range making it 30-12 in Saints favour.