• Featherstone Rovers
  • 34 - 22

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Featherstone Rovers
  • HT 22 - 0
  • Leeds Rhinos
24th January 2020 | KO 19:30 | LD Nutrition Stadium | 1,810 | Friendly

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Featherstone Rovers 34 Leeds Rhinos 22

A young Leeds Rhinos side fought back from 22-0 down against an experienced Featherstone side to emerge with credit as they scored four second half tries.

There was a fair degree of familiarity between the two squads for this pre-season fixture at the LD Nutrition Stadium with a large proportion of the young Rhinos side having spent time at Featherstone on dual registration in recent years.

With Rhinos Assistant Coach James Webster in his usual spot on in the Featherstone dugout, Under 18s coach Chev Walker took charge of the Rhinos, whilst five of the squad featured for Rovers in their narrow defeat to Hull KR five days earlier.

Leeds made a steady start to the game but Featherstone grew into their stride and eventually opened the scoring when Dane Chisholm opened up the Rhinos defence in midfield before putting Craig Hall away to score the opening try after 13 minutes. Chisholm kicked the conversion to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos re-group after that with Tom Holroyd and Jarrod O’Connor in particular running hard at the home defence. However, they were unfortunate when Muizz Mustapha was pulled up for an incorrect play the ball just as the visitors found themselves in a great attacking opportunity. Featherstone punished them with some clinical play from the next set as Louis Jouffret put josh Hardcastle in space to score out wide. Chisholm missed the conversion attempt.

However, Rovers enforced their dominance with a third try in the next set. Leeds had re-grouped well after a break away from deep by the home side, Rhys Evans making a try saving tackle, but that left gaps out wide and quick thinking saw the ball moved wide to Gareth Gale, who dive dramatically to score in the corner. Chisholm was on target this time to make it 16-0 after 28 minutes.

The Rhinos had chances after that, most notably when they got within striking distance only for Evans to be dragged into touch. Featherstone were reduced to 12 men when Chisholm was sin binned for a careless tackle on Luke Briscoe. The winger had excellently taken a dipping high kick low down before regaining his feet and racing up field however Chisholm got his technique wrong and spun Briscoe through the air and to the ground.

Leeds could not make the most of their numerical advantage and fell further behind on the half time hooter despite a brilliant cover tackle on the line from O’Connor and Holroyd to stop a certain try. Rovers kept their cool however and crossed on the hooter through Alec Susino, who powered his way over between the posts. Craig Hall added the conversion with Chisholm still in the sin bin to make it 22-0 at half time.

The young Rhinos did not go into their shell, despite the scoreline and came out fired up after the break to show what they could do. Just nine minutes into the half they combined well to cross for the opening try. Evans and Jack Broadbent linked up effortlessly down the touchline before the centre popped a pass to Liam Whitton as the full back timed his run to perfection to appear on the shoulder of Evans to race through and score. Spence added the conversion.

Leeds cut the deficit even further six minutes later when Spence, who played well throughout, chipped a kick into the corner which Briscoe batted back into the arms of Corey Hall, and the centre ran between the defenders to touch down. Spence was unable to add the conversion but Leeds had got a foothold in the game at 22-10.

Featherstone managed to stop the flow of points when they crossed for a fifth try when Conor Carey scored.

However, Callum McLelland proved a popular next try scorer with a show of skill near the line to take him through and pace to get to the line. Spence added the conversion to make it 28-16 with sixteen minutes to go.

Both teams traded tries out wide in the closing minutes. Jake Sweeting benefitting from some quick thinking by Jack Richardson to take the offload and score just as Leeds had looked to have seen the danger.

Then in the closing minutes Iwan Stephens dived brilliantly to score in the corner for the visitors. Spence added the touchline conversion to make the final score 34-22 to Featherstone Rovers.

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Featherstone Rovers 34 Leeds Rhinos 22

A young Leeds Rhinos side fought back from 22-0 down against an experienced Featherstone side to emerge with credit as they scored four second half tries.

There was a fair degree of familiarity between the two squads for this pre-season fixture at the LD Nutrition Stadium with a large proportion of the young Rhinos side having spent time at Featherstone on dual registration in recent years.

With Rhinos Assistant Coach James Webster in his usual spot on in the Featherstone dugout, Under 18s coach Chev Walker took charge of the Rhinos, whilst five of the squad featured for Rovers in their narrow defeat to Hull KR five days earlier.

Leeds made a steady start to the game but Featherstone grew into their stride and eventually opened the scoring when Dane Chisholm opened up the Rhinos defence in midfield before putting Craig Hall away to score the opening try after 13 minutes. Chisholm kicked the conversion to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos re-group after that with Tom Holroyd and Jarrod O’Connor in particular running hard at the home defence. However, they were unfortunate when Muizz Mustapha was pulled up for an incorrect play the ball just as the visitors found themselves in a great attacking opportunity. Featherstone punished them with some clinical play from the next set as Louis Jouffret put josh Hardcastle in space to score out wide. Chisholm missed the conversion attempt.

However, Rovers enforced their dominance with a third try in the next set. Leeds had re-grouped well after a break away from deep by the home side, Rhys Evans making a try saving tackle, but that left gaps out wide and quick thinking saw the ball moved wide to Gareth Gale, who dive dramatically to score in the corner. Chisholm was on target this time to make it 16-0 after 28 minutes.

The Rhinos had chances after that, most notably when they got within striking distance only for Evans to be dragged into touch. Featherstone were reduced to 12 men when Chisholm was sin binned for a careless tackle on Luke Briscoe. The winger had excellently taken a dipping high kick low down before regaining his feet and racing up field however Chisholm got his technique wrong and spun Briscoe through the air and to the ground.

Leeds could not make the most of their numerical advantage and fell further behind on the half time hooter despite a brilliant cover tackle on the line from O’Connor and Holroyd to stop a certain try. Rovers kept their cool however and crossed on the hooter through Alec Susino, who powered his way over between the posts. Craig Hall added the conversion with Chisholm still in the sin bin to make it 22-0 at half time.

The young Rhinos did not go into their shell, despite the scoreline and came out fired up after the break to show what they could do. Just nine minutes into the half they combined well to cross for the opening try. Evans and Jack Broadbent linked up effortlessly down the touchline before the centre popped a pass to Liam Whitton as the full back timed his run to perfection to appear on the shoulder of Evans to race through and score. Spence added the conversion.

Leeds cut the deficit even further six minutes later when Spence, who played well throughout, chipped a kick into the corner which Briscoe batted back into the arms of Corey Hall, and the centre ran between the defenders to touch down. Spence was unable to add the conversion but Leeds had got a foothold in the game at 22-10.

Featherstone managed to stop the flow of points when they crossed for a fifth try when Conor Carey scored.

However, Callum McLelland proved a popular next try scorer with a show of skill near the line to take him through and pace to get to the line. Spence added the conversion to make it 28-16 with sixteen minutes to go.

Both teams traded tries out wide in the closing minutes. Jake Sweeting benefitting from some quick thinking by Jack Richardson to take the offload and score just as Leeds had looked to have seen the danger.

Then in the closing minutes Iwan Stephens dived brilliantly to score in the corner for the visitors. Spence added the touchline conversion to make the final score 34-22 to Featherstone Rovers.