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3rd February 2019 | KO 15:00 | South Leeds Stadium | Friendly

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Young squad named for Hunslet clash

Tom Holroyd is one of ten Grand Final players to feature in tonight's season opener.

A youthful Leeds Rhinos squad will take on League One’s Hunslet R.L.F.C in the Harry Jepson OBE Memorial Trophy at the John Charles Centre this Sunday 3rd February, kick off 3pm.

The 20-man squad are all part of the Leeds Rhinos Academy and will be looking to impress coach Rob Burrow as the start of the academy season approaches. Hunslet on the other hand will be wanting to retain the trophy after beating Leeds 50-18 last year.

Six players included in the squad are in their first year with the academy. Liam Tindall, Rian Rowley and Iwan Stephens play in their second pre-season match after featuring against Coventry Bears whilst twins Joe and Oli Burton are both promoted into the starting line-up after coming off the bench in last week’s 32-28 win over Featherstone Rovers.

Forwards Brad Martin and Muizz Mustapha also get the chance in the starting thirteen with prop Tom Holroyd and winger Ben Markland retaining their places after both scored twice last week. Alex Sutcliffe moves into the second row after starting left centre at Featherstone.

Eight players were involved in last season’s final loss to Wigan whilst England Academy international Callum McLelland will get another chance to impress in the halves.

The 20-man squad is:

1. Liam Whitton

2. Liam Tindall

3. Joe Burton

4. Jack Broadbent

5. Ben Markland

6. Harvey Spence

7. Callum McLelland

8. Muizz Mustapha

9. Oli Burton

10. Tom Holroyd

11. Alex Sutcliffe

12. Owen Trout

13. Brad Martin


14. Will Scrimshaw

15. Loui McConnell

16. Rian Rowley

17. Billy Jowitt

18. Iwan Stephens

19. Jordan Russell

20. Lewis Delaney


Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and Under 16’s are free.


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Hunslet retained the Harry Jepson OBE Memorial Cup despite a late rally from Rob Burrow’s young side at South Leeds Stadium.

The Betfred League One side led 28-10 at the start of the second half but the Rhinos rallied after that but ran out of time to try and snatch a dramatic late draw.

The game went ahead after a lunchtime pitch inspection after a cold snap in the days leading up to the game and the young Rhinos picked up where they had left off seven days earlier at Featherstone Rovers as they crossed for the opening try. Hunslet looked certain to score from close range before Jack Broadbent intercepted and ran 95 metres to score. Harvey Spence added the conversion to put his side 6-0 in front.

Hunslet full back Reece Dean hit back for the home side when he proved too strong for the Rhinos team out wide and evaded the tackles to score. The conversion was missed but Hunslet did get the lead after ten minutes scrum half Adam Robinson took the offload close to the line to score between the posts. The conversion was added to make it 10-6.

The Rhinos levelled the scored when a grubber kick from Spence caused havoc in the Hunslet defence and Liam Tindall was quickest to react and pick up the loose ball before scooting over for the try. The conversion attempt was missed so it remained 10-10.

Hunslet took a grip on the game with two tries after that before half time. The first was finished well by Dale Bloomfield in the corner after Dean made a half break before Dan Waite-Pullan hauled him down but not before he could get the pass away to the winger.

The home side’s fourth try came down the same channel and this time Dean was there to finish off and score in the corner. Joe Sanderson was able to add both conversions from the touchline to make it 22-10 at the interval.

The lead was increased at the start of the second half and when Zac Braham found a gap in the Rhinos defence to go over from short range. Sanderson was on target again with the conversion.

The Rhinos once again responded and crossed for the try of the match when young full back Iwan Stephens collected the ball ten metres from his own line before supporting the break by Alex Sutcliffe to touched down between the posts. Spence added the conversion to cut the lead to 28-16.

Leeds then set up a grandstand finish when they got back to within a score with a try from inside their own half as Broadbent went over for his second try of the game. Spence’s conversion made it 28-22 with ten minutes to go.

Unfortunately for the visitors, their momentum was checked by a knock on from the restart and Hunslet punished them when Josh Tonks spun out of two tackles to get over the line. Sanderson was on target again to give his side a two score lead with time running out for the Rhinos.

The young Leeds side never threw in the towel and gained a consolation try in the final minutes when Callum McLelland dummied near the line and raced through the gap to score. Spence added the conversion to make the final score 34-28.