• Featherstone Rovers
  • 22 - 30

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Featherstone Rovers
  • HT 06 - 18
  • Leeds Rhinos
16th January 2022 | KO 15:00 | Millennium Stadium | Friendly

Featherstone Rovers 22 Leeds Rhinos 30

Leeds Rhinos continued their positive pre season form into 2022 with a 30-22 win over Championship side Featherstone Rovers.

First half tries from Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman and Liam Tindall gave the Rhinos a strong foothold in the game before Richard Agar introduced Leeds’ youngsters in the second half, when Alex Mellor and Sam Walters added tries to the visitors’ tally. There was a fightback from Rovers to close the scoreline, but resilient defence from the Leeds’ young guns won them the game.

Leeds head coach Richard Agar had made a number of changes from the side that beat Wakefield on Boxing Day, as Liam Tindall and Morgan Gannon replaced Ash Handley and James Bentley and Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer continued in the halves. Tom Holroyd and Sam Walters were set to make their first appearance of pre season as the duo were named on the bench among their fellow Leeds youngsters Jarrod O’Connor, Jack Sinfield, Oli Field and Mackenzie Turner, who stepped up from the academy.

Chances came early for the visitors as Tom Briscoe had the first opportunity for points. Good kicking from Sezer and Austin forced Rovers to come away from their own try line early in the match and after getting the ball back in try scoring range, a quick move between Sezer and Richie Myler looked to have set Briscoe through the line. As he stretched out to score, the Rhinos fans cheered but realised that he was short of the line.

Minutes later, the centre finally made the breakthrough to get the Rhinos on the scoreboard. Having shut out Featherstone on their own try line, a clever kick from Austin caught Gareth Gale out and as the winger reclaimed, Harry Newman and Jack Broadbent took him over the sideline. With a new set of six to play with, Mikolaj Oledzki and Zane Tetevano came close to the line before Myler produced another quick pass to put Briscoe over to score. Rhyse Martin converted to make the score 6-0 to Leeds.

The Rhinos were soon two tries up courtesy of Newman on 25 minutes. The centre had looked dangerous since the start of the game and had squandered a couple of opportunities with Jack Broadbent and Austin, but he wasn’t going to miss this one. Austin had played a nice inside ball for Myler to break the line but with the full back to beat, he chose to pass to Gannon. With Rovers defenders bearing down, the second rower threw a wild pass out of the back that Newman managed to pick up and score with.

Featherstone refused to lie down and Jack Bussey got them back in the game with eight minutes to go in the game. After earning a repeat set in Leeds’ half, half back Tom Holmes spotted a gap in between Oledzki and Martin and fed Bussey, who punched his way to the line. Hall converted to make the score 12-6.

Leeds had the last say before half time as Liam Tindall restored the Rhinos’ advantage. Austin was once again the creator as he broke through the two Featherstone defenders to race away with Richie Myler on his shoulder but the duo were caught. Swinging the ball across the width of the field, it was an easy try in the end for Tindall, who touched down in the corner. Martin converted his third successful conversion to make the half time score 18-6.

The second half saw a Leeds swap out all of their squad for their bench players. Oli Field and Jack Sinfield came in at half back while Mackenzie Turner joined up with Levi Edwards on the left wing. Alex Mellor, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor, Tom Holroyd, Bodene Thompson and Brad Dwyer all rotated into the forward pack too.

Within five minutes, Walters added his name to the scoreboard to take the score to 24-6. The young Rhinos were running hard to make as much ground as they could and after Thompson had been brought down short, Dwyer and Field combined to put Walters through a big hole to score. Jack Sinfield took over kicking duties and added the two points.

Hall grabbed Rovers’ second try of the game after the home side opened up Leeds’ left edge but the Rhinos refused to be bystanders. An escort penalty in Leeds’ favour was enough for the youngsters to push for points and in a similar play to the Walters try, Dwyer posted Mellor through the line to score. Sinfield converted to give Leeds a twenty point lead with twenty minutes to go.

Two tries from Featherstone’s Junior Moors and Gareth Gale closed the scoreline but it was too little too late for Brian McDermott’s men. Moors used his power to brush off Field and reach out to score and after Davies had been denied a try for a knock on, the Featherstone substitute set up Gale to stretch out and score, despite Turner’s best efforts. Hall converted to make the final score 30-22.

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Leeds Rhinos continued their positive pre season form into 2022 with a 30-22 win over Championship side Featherstone Rovers.

First half tries from Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman and Liam Tindall gave the Rhinos a strong foothold in the game before Richard Agar introduced Leeds’ youngsters in the second half, when Alex Mellor and Sam Walters added tries to the visitors’ tally. There was a fightback from Rovers to close the scoreline, but resilient defence from the Leeds’ young guns won them the game.

Leeds head coach Richard Agar had made a number of changes from the side that beat Wakefield on Boxing Day, as Liam Tindall and Morgan Gannon replaced Ash Handley and James Bentley and Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer continued in the halves. Tom Holroyd and Sam Walters were set to make their first appearance of pre season as the duo were named on the bench among their fellow Leeds youngsters Jarrod O’Connor, Jack Sinfield, Oli Field and Mackenzie Turner, who stepped up from the academy.

Chances came early for the visitors as Tom Briscoe had the first opportunity for points. Good kicking from Sezer and Austin forced Rovers to come away from their own try line early in the match and after getting the ball back in try scoring range, a quick move between Sezer and Richie Myler looked to have set Briscoe through the line. As he stretched out to score, the Rhinos fans cheered but realised that he was short of the line.

Minutes later, the centre finally made the breakthrough to get the Rhinos on the scoreboard. Having shut out Featherstone on their own try line, a clever kick from Austin caught Gareth Gale out and as the winger reclaimed, Harry Newman and Jack Broadbent took him over the sideline. With a new set of six to play with, Mikolaj Oledzki and Zane Tetevano came close to the line before Myler produced another quick pass to put Briscoe over to score. Rhyse Martin converted to make the score 6-0 to Leeds.

The Rhinos were soon two tries up courtesy of Newman on 25 minutes. The centre had looked dangerous since the start of the game and had squandered a couple of opportunities with Jack Broadbent and Austin, but he wasn’t going to miss this one. Austin had played a nice inside ball for Myler to break the line but with the full back to beat, he chose to pass to Gannon. With Rovers defenders bearing down, the second rower threw a wild pass out of the back that Newman managed to pick up and score with.

Featherstone refused to lie down and Jack Bussey got them back in the game with eight minutes to go in the game. After earning a repeat set in Leeds’ half, half back Tom Holmes spotted a gap in between Oledzki and Martin and fed Bussey, who punched his way to the line. Hall converted to make the score 12-6.

Leeds had the last say before half time as Liam Tindall restored the Rhinos’ advantage. Austin was once again the creator as he broke through the two Featherstone defenders to race away with Richie Myler on his shoulder but the duo were caught. Swinging the ball across the width of the field, it was an easy try in the end for Tindall, who touched down in the corner. Martin converted his third successful conversion to make the half time score 18-6.

The second half saw a Leeds swap out all of their squad for their bench players. Oli Field and Jack Sinfield came in at half back while Mackenzie Turner joined up with Levi Edwards on the left wing. Alex Mellor, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor, Tom Holroyd, Bodene Thompson and Brad Dwyer all rotated into the forward pack too.

Within five minutes, Walters added his name to the scoreboard to take the score to 24-6. The young Rhinos were running hard to make as much ground as they could and after Thompson had been brought down short, Dwyer and Field combined to put Walters through a big hole to score. Jack Sinfield took over kicking duties and added the two points.

Hall grabbed Rovers’ second try of the game after the home side opened up Leeds’ left edge but the Rhinos refused to be bystanders. An escort penalty in Leeds’ favour was enough for the youngsters to push for points and in a similar play to the Walters try, Dwyer posted Mellor through the line to score. Sinfield converted to give Leeds a twenty point lead with twenty minutes to go.

Two tries from Featherstone’s Junior Moors and Gareth Gale closed the scoreline but it was too little too late for Brian McDermott’s men. Moors used his power to brush off Field and reach out to score and after Davies had been denied a try for a knock on, the Featherstone substitute set up Gale to stretch out and score, despite Turner’s best efforts. Hall converted to make the final score 30-22.

Team Performance

Goals

3

5

Tries

4

5

Player Performance

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Interchanges
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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
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Interchanges
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Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards