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Catalans Dragons U19 28 Leeds Rhinos U19 35

Chris Plume’s side showed great character to seal a 35-28 win in Perpignan after surrendering a 28-18 lead late on only to hit back in the final minutes with a long range Jordan Lilley drop goal and a try from Ashton Golding.

Nyle Flynn returns on the bench for Leeds for Josh Jordan-Roberts and he is joined Jack Wray replaces Ben Brady otherwise Plume has named an unchanged starting line up from the team that defeated Huddersfield last time out. 

The Rhinos U19s faced a stern test as they became the first Super League academy side to travel across to Perpignan to face their counterparts from Catalans Dragons this season.
 
The Dragons youngster were making their debut at Stade Gilbert Brutus and were fired up and keen to impress the early home supporters who had arrived to see the game. They took the lead through a well worked try from the full back before the Rhinos equalised through Jordan Lilley. The half back converted his own try to make it 6-6 after eight minutes.
 
The Rhinos, who had travelled on the day of the game with the first team squad, then took the lead with a try from winger Billy McDermott. He showed good strength to hold off the would be tacklers and touch down. Lilley pulled his conversion attempt from near the touchline wide.
 
However, he soon extended the lead further when he supported a good break from Ashton Golding to take the pass ten metres out and go over. Lilley converted his own try to give the visitors a strong lead at 16-6.
 
Catalans hit back before the break with a sustained period of pressure and a string of penalties against the Rhinos. The home loose forward went through a gap ten metres out before Leeds had Tommy Brierley sin binned because of the number of penalties. Chris Plume’s side had to withstand four sets on their own line after that and eventually the pressure had to tell and Catalans crossed for their third try with ten minutes to go until half time. The conversion was added to make the score at the break 18-16 to the home side.
 
The Dragons once again started the half strongly after the interval and looked certain to increase their lead such was the pressure they were exerting on the visitors line however winger Ryan Jones initially knocked down a pass before juggling the interceptions and going 90 metres to score. Lilley added the conversion to give his side a 22-18 lead.
 
The next score looked crucial and it was the Rhinos who managed to get it. The youngsters showed great patience following a period of possession near the Dragons line and finally it brought them their reward when George Milton crashed through the line to score. Lilley was on target again to give his side a ten point lead.
 
The Dragons were never going to throw in the towel and, after Leeds had missed a couple of chances to put the game out of reach, they hit back. They were gifted a try when Jones miss judged the bounce of the ball and had watched helplessly as it bounced over his head into the arms of his opposite number on his own line. The conversion was missed but the home side levelled the score with nine minutes to go when the Dragons full back crossed for his second try, touching down between the posts to give a simple conversion to make it 28-28.
 
Both teams had chances to cross for the next try however it was a piece of brilliant skill from Jordan Lilley to edge his side in front as he kicked a drop goal from 39 metres out.
 
As Catalans pressed for a winning score in the final minute, the Rhinos took advantage of a loose ball and Jones and Danny Halmshaw combined to put Ashton Golding in for the try in the final seconds of the game. Lilley added the conversion to make the final score 35-28 to the visitors. 

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Catalans Dragons U19 28 Leeds Rhinos U19 35

Chris Plume’s side showed great character to seal a 35-28 win in Perpignan after surrendering a 28-18 lead late on only to hit back in the final minutes with a long range Jordan Lilley drop goal and a try from Ashton Golding.

Nyle Flynn returns on the bench for Leeds for Josh Jordan-Roberts and he is joined Jack Wray replaces Ben Brady otherwise Plume has named an unchanged starting line up from the team that defeated Huddersfield last time out. 

The Rhinos U19s faced a stern test as they became the first Super League academy side to travel across to Perpignan to face their counterparts from Catalans Dragons this season.
 
The Dragons youngster were making their debut at Stade Gilbert Brutus and were fired up and keen to impress the early home supporters who had arrived to see the game. They took the lead through a well worked try from the full back before the Rhinos equalised through Jordan Lilley. The half back converted his own try to make it 6-6 after eight minutes.
 
The Rhinos, who had travelled on the day of the game with the first team squad, then took the lead with a try from winger Billy McDermott. He showed good strength to hold off the would be tacklers and touch down. Lilley pulled his conversion attempt from near the touchline wide.
 
However, he soon extended the lead further when he supported a good break from Ashton Golding to take the pass ten metres out and go over. Lilley converted his own try to give the visitors a strong lead at 16-6.
 
Catalans hit back before the break with a sustained period of pressure and a string of penalties against the Rhinos. The home loose forward went through a gap ten metres out before Leeds had Tommy Brierley sin binned because of the number of penalties. Chris Plume’s side had to withstand four sets on their own line after that and eventually the pressure had to tell and Catalans crossed for their third try with ten minutes to go until half time. The conversion was added to make the score at the break 18-16 to the home side.
 
The Dragons once again started the half strongly after the interval and looked certain to increase their lead such was the pressure they were exerting on the visitors line however winger Ryan Jones initially knocked down a pass before juggling the interceptions and going 90 metres to score. Lilley added the conversion to give his side a 22-18 lead.
 
The next score looked crucial and it was the Rhinos who managed to get it. The youngsters showed great patience following a period of possession near the Dragons line and finally it brought them their reward when George Milton crashed through the line to score. Lilley was on target again to give his side a ten point lead.
 
The Dragons were never going to throw in the towel and, after Leeds had missed a couple of chances to put the game out of reach, they hit back. They were gifted a try when Jones miss judged the bounce of the ball and had watched helplessly as it bounced over his head into the arms of his opposite number on his own line. The conversion was missed but the home side levelled the score with nine minutes to go when the Dragons full back crossed for his second try, touching down between the posts to give a simple conversion to make it 28-28.
 
Both teams had chances to cross for the next try however it was a piece of brilliant skill from Jordan Lilley to edge his side in front as he kicked a drop goal from 39 metres out.
 
As Catalans pressed for a winning score in the final minute, the Rhinos took advantage of a loose ball and Jones and Danny Halmshaw combined to put Ashton Golding in for the try in the final seconds of the game. Lilley added the conversion to make the final score 35-28 to the visitors.