• Castleford Tigers
  • 28 - 28

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 14 - 14
  • Leeds Rhinos
4th July 2019 | KO 19:00 | Mend-A-Hose Jungle | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview: Castleford Tigers

Only four days have passed but Leeds Rhinos under 19s are back in action on Thursday night, when they travel to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to face Castleford Tigers under 19s, kick off 7pm.

The Rhinos were comprehensive in their 46-6 win against Thunder and with eight games left this season, a win against the Tigers would help continue their current form. The home side however need as many points as they can get if they want to avoid finishing in the bottom three, with only two wins this season.


Opposition Profile

Languishing at the bottom of the league, Castleford Tigers under 19s have had an inconsistent season. They didn’t win a game until the May, losing to the Rhinos, Newcastle, Bradford and Warrington in their opening four games. City of Hull are the only side that Tony Smith’s side have beaten in 2019, with the Tigers taking the two points at the Jungle in May (their first win of the season) and at Bishop Burton two weeks ago.

Click here to watch the highlights from Leeds 36-24 win against Castleford at Stanningley

Last Time We Met

When Leeds travelled to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in 2018, the Rhinos boosted their play off hopes with a 34-22 win against Castleford, who sat eighth in the league. Two tries from Jack Broadbent and Reece Chapman-Smith helped the visitors to victory, with Alex Sutcliffe and former Castleford Lock Lane hooker Corey Johnson adding their names to the scoresheet.


Team News

Head coach Rob Burrow makes five changes for Thursday’s trip to the Tigers. Ben Markland and Iwan Stephens are introduced on the right edge, replacing Liam Tindall and the injured Joe Burton.

The experienced Harvey Spence and Loui McConnell are also included in the starting team. Spence was a late call up last week against Newcastle whilst McConnell missed his first game of the season. He is the only change in the forward pack, which includes both Tyler Dupree and Lewis Delaney who went off with injuries against Newcastle.

On the bench, Oli Burton replaces Will Scrimshaw to support hooker Corey Johnson whilst Harry Georgiou will be play in his tenth consecutive game since returning from injury back in round six. Rian Rowley and Brad Martin also drop back among the interchange with Martin scoring his first try of the season last Saturday.

Team: 1. Liam Whitton, 2. Liam Hamill, 3. Tom Barton, 4. Ben Markland, 5. Iwan Stephens, 6. Harvey Spence, 7. Jack Mallinson, 8. Tyler Dupree, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Loui McConnell, 11. Sam Walters, 12. Lewis Delaney, 13. Jarrod O’Connor Subs: 14. Oli Burton, 15. Harry Georgiou, 16. Rian Rowley, 17. Brad Martin

Player Focus

Jarrod O’Connor was this weeks feature interview after the loose forward scored only his second try of the season last week against Newcastle. Along with team mate Sam Walters, O’Connor has been training with the Rhinos first team and discusses what he has learned from experienced players such as captain Trent Merrin.

The loose forward also looks ahead to Thursday nights clash against Castleford and highlights the importance of form going into the Rhinos’ last eight games.


Form

Leeds have the superior form leading into this fixture. Only the loss to Wigan at Robin Park Arena blots their form book over the last five games as Rob Burrow’s side sit second in the league. In those five games, the Rhinos have scored over 180 points, with full back Liam Whitton scoring the most tries (4).

With only two wins throughout the season, Castleford’s most recent one came two weeks ago against City of Hull. A draw against Newcastle Thunder as well has kept them two points away from the foot of the table with tough ties against St Helens and Huddersfield coming up this month.

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A last minute try from Kieran Carr saw Leeds Rhinos Under 19s draw 28-28 with Castleford Tigers Under 19s at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. Two tries from winger Liam Hamill wasn’t enough as the Rhinos had to settle for one point.

It would be the home side that drew first blood after five minutes. With Leeds conceding a penalty for a high tackle on Lewis Carr, the Tigers continued to roll down the field until they reached the Leeds line. A grubber kick behind from half back Jake Sweeting was watched by the Rhinos defence into the in goal area, allowing centre Robbie Storey to touch down. Ritchie Westwood missed the conversion as Castleford took the early lead.

Castleford continued to press on the Leeds line, keeping the visitors pinned in their own half. Against the run of play, Iwan Stephens put the Rhinos ahead. A grubber kick by Westwood into the in goal area was swept up by the winger, who sprinted the length of the field to get Burrow’s side on the board.

The Tigers provided a response, crossing twice in a matter of minutes. Sweeting gave the Tigers the lead after his break through the line was supported by Storey. A pass back on the inside from the centre sent Sweeting away to score the home side’s second try of the game.

Lewis Carr put daylight between the two sides with twelve minutes left in the game. From Liam Whitton’s kick off, half back Ritchie Westwood broke away from three Leeds defenders to put the Tigers on the front foot. Moving the play to the right edge, a floating pass found Lewis Carr, who wasn’t going to be denied in the corner.

With under ten minutes until half time, Leeds managed to draw the game level with two late tries.  A sweeping move to the right edge opened space up for Liam Hamill to cross for his first of the game, after a great pass out of the back from Ben Markland. Captain Corey Johnson levelled the scores after Harry Georgiou sent Harvey Spence away down the middle. Spotting the space in a fragmented Tigers defence, the hooker squirted out of dummy half to score Leeds’ fourth try of the game.

 

An early try from Ben Markland saw Leeds take the lead in the early stages of the second half. A great break down the middle from Jarrod O’Connor set Leeds in a great territorial position. A push down the short side on the fifth tackle then saw Sam Walters produce a miracle offload to put Ben Markland in for his first try of the game.

Castleford continued to answer Leeds’ tries by scoring their own; Kieran Carr giving Castleford the lead again. After Leeds were hampered by penalties, Castleford used the possession to their advantage, opening up space on the left edge for Carr to score. Westwood converted to give the Tigers a two point advantage

The lead would change once more as tries for Liam Hamill and Sam Walters put daylight between the two sides. Hamill got his second of the evening after Leeds’ forwards dominated the Tigers defence. Pushing again down the short side, Spence threw a long pass over the top for Hamill to touch down in the corner.

Sam Walters was in minutes later in a similar fashion. The Rhinos, who looked the fresher of the two sides, continued to pressurise the Castleford defence within their ten metre area. Spence was on hand again to provide a perfectly timed pass for Walters,  who crashed over from short distance. Spence converted to make the score 20-28.

With under twenty minutes left, and Tyler Dupree in the sin bin, Jacob Doyle brought the score to within two points after Castleford used the extra man to their advantage.

Even though there was two points in it, Castleford didn’t seem to be a side searching for victory with minutes on the clock. In the dying moments, Kieran Carr provided a shock to level the scores. With the Tigers gaining a repeat set on Leeds’ line, the danger was looming and when the Rhinos were outnumbered on the  right edge, a Castleford try was guaranteed; Carr sliding in to score. Sweeting couldn’t convert as the stores stayed locked up.

Despite Leeds taking their own kick off, they couldn’t make a break through before the referee blew the full time whistle; the points being shared in a 28-28 draw.