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Rhinos name first Under-17s squad of 2021

in the match Leeds Vs Australia U16s at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.Levi Edwards in the match Leeds Vs NSW CRL U16s at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

For the first time this year, Leeds Rhinos Under-17s have named their squad that is set to take on Hull FC Under-17s tonight at the University of Hull, kick off 7pm.

After the club’s scholarship and academy teams spent the last year on the sidelines due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Rhinos have made decision to field an Under-17s team that allows players from both the club’s Under-16s and Under-19s to get minutes on the field and continue their development and progress through the club’s youth pathway. The Under-17s will play four matches over the next month, starting tonight against Hull FC before they then face London Broncos Under-17s on 31st May, Wigan Warriors Under-17s on 14th June and Castleford on 28th June.Leeds Rhinos scholarship head coach Mark Butterill will take charge of the team and has named the seventeen man squad that he is taking to face the black and whites.

The majority of players named haven’t played in a match since December 2019, when the Rhinos hosted NSW Country RL at Emerald Headingley. Centre Max Simpson scored a try in that game and will play his first game of 2021, after making the step up to Chev Walker’s Under-19s squad last year. He will partner Neil Tchamambe, who is in his second year with the club’s scholarship team after joining from Leeds Irish. Jack Sinfield, son of Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield, will make his first start, having featured off the bench last time out against NSW Country RL.

Levi Edwards, Kai Morgan and Bailey Aldridge all featured and scored for the Under-19s against London Broncos last Sunday. Edwards, who also trains with Richard Agar’s first team contract, scored the pick of the tries against the Broncos with a long range effort, while Morgan looked impressive alongside Jack Mallinson; scoring and setting up tries throughout the 80 minutes. Billy Davies, Will Gatus and Caine Glancy are also part of the Under-19s, like Simpson, but didn’t feature in Sunday’s game so will appear for the first time in 2021.

The team in full is:

 

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In their first outing of 2021, Leeds Rhinos Under-17s edged out Hull FC Under-17s 26-12 at the University of Hull  thanks to two tries from winger Neil Tchamambe as well as scores from Alfie Marshall, Will Gatus and Jack Smith.

Leeds were quick out of the starting blocks thanks to second rower Alfie Marshall. Having started the game strongly by forcing Hull to drop out from their opening attacking set, the young Rhinos only took three plays before Jack Sinfield posted Marshall through a gap between two Hull defenders to score the opening try of the game.

Hull tried their best to bounce back, forcing an knock on from Rhinos prop Caine Glancy and also earned a repeat set as Leeds dropped out from under their posts. Hooker Logan Moy attempted to get over the line under the posts with a dart out of dummy half but the Rhinos defence held strong, before a kick by Sully Medforth was just too long for Alfie Oldridge to reel in. The winger didn’t have too long to wait though as off the back of a break by Moy and Logan Radford, a sweeping move left opened up space for the Oldridge to take a pass from his centre Jenson Wainwright-Matson and score to level the match at 6-6.

Hull full back Calvin Sandhu almost gave the home side the lead as he gathered his own chip and chase through the line but Leeds responded with a great break by Max Simpson that put his winger Neil Tchamambe down the touchline. With Kai Morgan in support, Tchamambe looked to offload backwards but the ball went to ground and Hull regathered. Tchamambe had a chance for a try himself minutes later as Morgan and full back Will Gatus combined but the winger couldn’t keep hold of the ball for what would have been a certain try.

All of Leeds’ attacking threats came good though as Gatus got the lead back for the Rhinos. On the 20 minute mark, after Hull had been pulled up for obstruction by the referee, a strong drive and quick play of the ball from Billy Davies set the young Rhinos in motion as Morgan found Gatus, who burst through the line and couldn’t be stopped until he touched the ball down.

The visitors continued to push for points as a break by Bailey Aldridge nearly saw the hooker go all the way until he was hacked down by Sandhu. Being caught offside from their own drop out also hurt the home side and they were punished as Tchamambe latched onto a pass from Gatus to stroll in for his first of the evening. Jack Sinfield was successful with two out of three conversions to give Leeds a convincing 16-6 lead at the break.

 

In need of points to stay within touching distance on the scoreboard, Hull got the breakthrough 15 minutes into the start of the second half. Leeds had continued to pepper the black and white’s line, with Levi Edwards doing most of the damage, but after the Rhinos second rower was penalised for a dangerous tackle close to his own try line, the home side used the the field advantage to send Moy over from short range. Medforth converted to bring the score to within four points.

Over the next twenty minutes, the game turned into an arm wrestle as Leeds fought to maintain their lead and Hull pushed to take the lead in the match for the first time.

It wasn’t until the final moments that the match was decided by the Rhinos, who touched down twice with five minutes remaining. Edwards was unlucky to be denied a second try of the match on the line, as was Gatus as well, but the visitors kept their composure and after Max Simpson had been held up, a short side play saw centre Jack Smith wriggle his way into the corner.

From the restart, the Rhinos worked their way straight back up the field and as the ball moved left through Simpson, Marshall beat one Hull defender and offloaded to send Tchamambe over for his second of the game and finish any chance of a fightback. Sinfield converted his third from the touchline to seal a 26-12 win.

Team Performance

Goals

2

3

Tries

2

5

Player Performance

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Stats Key
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  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
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