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3rd August 2019 | KO 12:00 | Lockwood Park | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview: Huddersfield Giants

After braving the heat to beat Bradford Bulls under 19s 44-26, Leeds Rhinos Under 19s are back on the road, travelling to face Huddersfield Giants Under 19s at Lockwood Park this Saturday, kick off 12pm.

Last year’s clash between the two sides went to the wire, with Owen Trout scoring late to seal a 34-32 win for the Rhinos. After the clash at Stanningley earlier in the season, which the Giants won convincingly, Rob Burrow’s side will be aware of the home side’s strengths, notably among the forwards.


Opposition Profile

Andy Kelly’s Huddersfield Giants Under 19s have been this season’s dark horses in the U19s Championship, building off the back of 2018’s fourth place finish. They have prided themselves on their strength in attack; centre Dominic Young standing out at Stanningley earlier in the season with his hat trick.

Experience has also helped the Giants in this season’s campaign, with players being called up for first team experience. Both Innes and Louis Senior broke through in Simon Woolford’s back line last season and have made a combined 22 first team appearances this season. Signing Oliver Wilson, who joined the club from Bradford Bulls under 19s, has also impressed, with the prop included in Huddersfield’s first team squad for Friday nights clash along with the Senior twins.

Huddersfield were ruthless at Stanningley earlier in the season, scoring nine tries in a 48-12 win.

Last Thursday’s 34-16 win against Castleford Tigers moved the Giants into the top four, and a win this weekend will be key if they want to stay there. Only a point separates them from Warrington in fifth and London in sixth but a loss would see them drop into range of Wakefield Trinity, who currently lie three points behind Huddersfield.


Last Time Out

A four try display from hooker Corey Johnson helped the young Rhinos claim their seventh win of the 2018 season, edging the Giants 34-32 at Lockwood Park. The hooker and Liam Hamill scored to overturn a 32-6 scoreline and bring Leeds with four points of the win before Owen Trout who won the game; the second rower running a strong line to dive under the posts.

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Team News

For the trip to Lockwood Park, coach Rob Burrow has chosen to rotate his squad rather than replace.

Only hooker Oli Burton and half back Jack Mallinson didn’t play last week but will come off the bench in this match; Burton for the 11th time in 2019. They replace influential player maker Callum McLelland and top try scorer Liam Whitton.

The rest of the squad all played last Thursday and will look to produce a similar performance. Harry Anderson makes his seventh start of the season after coming off the bench against Bradford. He partners Harvey Spence, who passed 60 goals for the season. Iwan Stephens moves back to full back following a successful spell on the wing whilst Liam Hamill joins TJ Barton on the right edge.

Sam Moorhouse is the only change among the forwards. Since returning from a foot injury, the prop has featured from the bench in eight times but breaks into the starting squad for the first time since last year’s home win against London.

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

Player Focus

After scoring his second try of the season against the Bulls last week, back rower Brad Martin has highlighted the forward packs as a key area ahead of Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield Giants. He talks about the 48-12 loss to the Giants earlier in the season and how important it is that the Rhinos secure the two points on offer with five games to go.

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Form

As Rob Burrow’s side enter the final games of the season, August proves to be a crucial month for the young Rhinos. Following this weekend’s match against Huddersfield, Leeds will play back to back matches at Emerald Headingley, first against Widnes and then St Helens, which could decide who gets the home play off match at the end of the regular season.

For Huddersfield, they should pick up points against City of Hull but need to beat London Broncos next week. The Broncos are currently one point behind the Giants so wins against Leeds and London are important if Huddersfield want to stay in the Play Off places.


More Information

Come and watch the game live at Lockwood Park this Saturday with admission costing:

  • Adult – £3.50
  • Concessions – £2.50
  • Under 16s – £1
  • Under 5s – Free

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Leeds Rhinos Vs Huddersfield Giants U19's Academy at Lockwood Park, Huddersfield.

Leeds Rhinos under 19s stayed a point behind second place with a 22-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants under 19s at Lockwood Park.

Leeds started the better of the two sides with Iwan Stephens almost putting Ben Markland away for the opening score. The centre would get his try moments later. As Leeds built pressure, the home side knocked the ball on close to their try line. From the concurrent scrum, Harvey Spence fired the pass wide to Markland, who sliced through to score.

The visitors would double their lead moments later. After Harry Anderson intercepted the ball, diffusing a Giants attack, Leeds were on the prowl and another passing move from Anderson and Spence opened up the space for Brad Martin to power over. Spence converted both tries to make the score 12-0 after 15 minutes.

The game then took a turn in favour of the Giants, with the home side dominating the final 20 minutes of the half. Their first points came thanks to a penalty from the Rhinos, who didn’t clear the ruck in time. Playing to the right, prop Robson Stevens proved too strong for the Leeds line as he crossed for the Giants’ first try of the game.

Although the momentum remained with Huddersfield, the score line wouldn’t change before the half time whistle; Leeds leading 12-4 at the break.

Corey Johnson scored early to give the Rhinos a commanding lead at the start of the second half. As Leeds pressured the Giants’ line once more, Tyler Dupree managed to get an offload away for the hooker who had the easiest of finishes under the posts.

The game would swing between the two sides for the next twenty minutes as both sides had opportunities to add to the scoreline. Forced errors proved costly and the score remained 18-4.

With ten minutes to go, TJ Barton sealed the win for Leeds, scoring in the corner. As the Rhinos once again closed in on the try line, a quick passing move to the right found Stephens, who timed his pass to perfection to send Barton in to score. Spence converted to make the score 22-4.

The Giants would have one more try before full time as Jack Flynn sent substitute Ben Bamber through a gap in the Leeds defence to touch down. It would be the final play though as the Rhinos claimed a 22-10 win.