• Featherstone Rovers
  • 28 - 32

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Featherstone Rovers
  • HT 28 - 10
  • Leeds Rhinos
27th January 2019 | KO 15:00 | LD Nutrition Stadium | Friendly

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Featherstone Rovers 28 Leeds Rhinos 32

Leeds Rhinos fought back from 28-10 down at the start of the second half to defeat Featherstone Rovers 32-28 with Tom Holroyd and Ben Markland both crossing twice for the visitors.

A youthful Leeds Rhinos side, coached by assistant Chev Walker, made the trip to the LD Nutrition Stadium for our annual clash with Featherstone Rovers.

The Rhinos had to deal with the elements in the first half after the home side opted to play down hill with the strong wind at their backs to start with. Featherstone looked to start strongly and camped themselves on the Leeds line after an error from Loui McConnell coming away from his own line. After four consecutive sets, the dam eventually broke and new Rovers signing Cameron King forced his way over from dummy half. Watson Boas added the conversion to give his side an early 6-0 lead.

The visitors responded in good spirit and got a try back when Featherstone failed to find touch from a penalty near their own line. Jack Broadbent carried the ball back before it was fed wide and hooker Corey Johnson created space for winger Ben Markland to touch down in the corner. Harvey Spence was unable to add the conversion but Leeds were off the mark.

A string of penalties against the Rhinos from referee Ben Thaler meant Leeds had to do plenty of defending near their line and Rovers made them pay when Luke Cooper went over after 20 minutes. Boas added the conversion to make it 12-4.

Leeds were dealt another blow soon after when Jack Ormondroyd was sin binned following another penalty. However, the young Rhinos stood firm and managed to hold Featherstone out until they were back to thirteen men but just as numerical parity was restored Rovers crossed for their third try. Markland was unlucky to see a low kick bounce up over his head near the touchline and from the scrum, Featherstone punished the error with a short play move that put Thompson Teteh over in the corner.

The home side increased their lead just before half time when James Lockwood powered his way over from close range after a break in midfield by Asa Boas. Watson Boas converted the latter to give Featherstone a 22-4 lead at the interval.

The Rhinos were looking to immediately take advantage of the conditions and made a strong start to the second half. Former Rhino Kiedan Hartley was trapped in his own in goal and from that pressure Tom Holroyd held off two would be tacklers before planting the ball down one handed for the try. Spence added the conversion to cut the gap to 22-10.

Featherstone managed to hit back as Teteh scored his second try of the game with a strong carry near the line. Boas added the conversion with his last kick of the game to give his side a 28-10 lead.

However that was to prove to be Featherstone’s last score as the Rhinos ran in 22 unanswered points. The first came from a Markland as he finished off a flowing move involving Spence and Broadbent. Holroyd then matched Markland’s effort with a second try of his own as he spun in the tackle and touched the ball down beside the posts. Spence converted the latter to cut Rovers lead to 28-20 with 22 minutes to go.

Leeds had the momentum now and they crossed for the try of the game when Johnson and Josh Walters linked up to put Liam Whitton away and the young full back stepped his way passed the cover before racing through to score between the posts.

The Rhinos went close through Markland, Broadbent and Walters before a fine piece of finishing from Joe Burton as the winger caught Spence’s cross field kick and spun in the tackle to give his side the lead for the first time. Spence added the touchline conversion to put the Rhinos 32-28 in front with ten minutes to go.

Rovers were reduced to 12 men when Josh Hardcastle was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Harry Georgiou but they still battled hard and Leeds showed great resilience to keep them out and secure the win.

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Featherstone Rovers 28 Leeds Rhinos 32

Leeds Rhinos fought back from 28-10 down at the start of the second half to defeat Featherstone Rovers 32-28 with Tom Holroyd and Ben Markland both crossing twice for the visitors.

A youthful Leeds Rhinos side, coached by assistant Chev Walker, made the trip to the LD Nutrition Stadium for our annual clash with Featherstone Rovers.

The Rhinos had to deal with the elements in the first half after the home side opted to play down hill with the strong wind at their backs to start with. Featherstone looked to start strongly and camped themselves on the Leeds line after an error from Loui McConnell coming away from his own line. After four consecutive sets, the dam eventually broke and new Rovers signing Cameron King forced his way over from dummy half. Watson Boas added the conversion to give his side an early 6-0 lead.

The visitors responded in good spirit and got a try back when Featherstone failed to find touch from a penalty near their own line. Jack Broadbent carried the ball back before it was fed wide and hooker Corey Johnson created space for winger Ben Markland to touch down in the corner. Harvey Spence was unable to add the conversion but Leeds were off the mark.

A string of penalties against the Rhinos from referee Ben Thaler meant Leeds had to do plenty of defending near their line and Rovers made them pay when Luke Cooper went over after 20 minutes. Boas added the conversion to make it 12-4.

Leeds were dealt another blow soon after when Jack Ormondroyd was sin binned following another penalty. However, the young Rhinos stood firm and managed to hold Featherstone out until they were back to thirteen men but just as numerical parity was restored Rovers crossed for their third try. Markland was unlucky to see a low kick bounce up over his head near the touchline and from the scrum, Featherstone punished the error with a short play move that put Thompson Teteh over in the corner.

The home side increased their lead just before half time when James Lockwood powered his way over from close range after a break in midfield by Asa Boas. Watson Boas converted the latter to give Featherstone a 22-4 lead at the interval.

The Rhinos were looking to immediately take advantage of the conditions and made a strong start to the second half. Former Rhino Kiedan Hartley was trapped in his own in goal and from that pressure Tom Holroyd held off two would be tacklers before planting the ball down one handed for the try. Spence added the conversion to cut the gap to 22-10.

Featherstone managed to hit back as Teteh scored his second try of the game with a strong carry near the line. Boas added the conversion with his last kick of the game to give his side a 28-10 lead.

However that was to prove to be Featherstone’s last score as the Rhinos ran in 22 unanswered points. The first came from a Markland as he finished off a flowing move involving Spence and Broadbent. Holroyd then matched Markland’s effort with a second try of his own as he spun in the tackle and touched the ball down beside the posts. Spence converted the latter to cut Rovers lead to 28-20 with 22 minutes to go.

Leeds had the momentum now and they crossed for the try of the game when Johnson and Josh Walters linked up to put Liam Whitton away and the young full back stepped his way passed the cover before racing through to score between the posts.

The Rhinos went close through Markland, Broadbent and Walters before a fine piece of finishing from Joe Burton as the winger caught Spence’s cross field kick and spun in the tackle to give his side the lead for the first time. Spence added the touchline conversion to put the Rhinos 32-28 in front with ten minutes to go.

Rovers were reduced to 12 men when Josh Hardcastle was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Harry Georgiou but they still battled hard and Leeds showed great resilience to keep them out and secure the win.