• Hunslet Hawks
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  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Hunslet Hawks
  • HT 16 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
6th February 2022 | KO 15:00 | South Leeds Stadium | Harry Jepson Memorial Trophy

Hunslet RLFC v Leeds Rhinos Ticket Information

One of the traditional highlights of Leeds Rhinos pre-season campaign is set to return on Sunday 6th February with Leeds crossing the River Aire to face Hunslet at South Leeds Stadium, kick off 3pm.

The match will be the Rhinos final pre-season before the start of the new Betfred Super League season and is the last chance for players to impress Head Coach Richard Agar ahead of the new campaign.

The traditional fixture between the city rivals dates back to the first ever meeting 130 years ago next year when Leeds and Hunslet contested the Yorkshire Cup Final on 23rd April 1892.

Hunslet are targeting a fourth successive victory over a Rhinos outfit that often fields a talented young side in the game. Several of Leeds’ current Super League squad first sampled senior Rugby League in the historic `derby’, which from the early 1910s was played for the Lazenby Cup.

The Parksiders are similarly likely to select a youthful team, Head Coach Alan Kilshaw having been busy rebuilding his squad with young and largely local talent during the close season ahead of the forthcoming Betfred League 1 campaign.

Match Information in brief

Tickets for Hunslet Hawks v Leeds Rhinos in the Harry Jepson Memorial Trophy match are now on sale. Tickets are available to be purchased directly from Hunslet Hawks website www.hunsletrlfc.com. Tickets will also be available on matchday however, Hunslet Hawks are advising Leeds Rhinos fans to purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.

Main Game: Hunslet Hawks v Leeds Rhinos

Date: Sunday 6th February 2022

Kick-Off: 3pm

Venue: South Leeds Stadium, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

Ticket Prices:   

Tickets allow access into the unreserved seating areas of the stadium

  • Adults- £10
  • Senior Citizens (60+)- £5
  • Full Time Student and Under 21’s – £4
  • Juniors (16 and under**) – Free

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Tickets: These are available to purchase through Hunslet Hawks via email the club on [email protected].

Car Parking: Car Parking is available near to the ground and is free of charge

Official Coach Travel:

Leeds Rhinos will not be running official travel for this fixture.

Hunslet’s details are:-

Ground Address – South Leeds Stadium, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

Website – www.hunsletrlfc.com

Ticket Hotline Number – 0113 271 2730

Car Parking – Car Parking is available, a short walk from the ground and is free of charged.

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It was a difficult afternoon at the South Leeds Stadium as Leeds Rhinos were beaten 34-6 by Hunslet RLFC in the Harry Jepson Memorial Trophy match.

The cross-city clash has seen the Rhinos put out their younger players in previous meetings and this year’s trophy clash was no different. Head coach Walker named a host of youngsters for the game, including five first team players, six academy players and four players who will be a part of the club’s new-look reserves team for 2022.

Within the first ten minutes, the Rhinos took the lead thanks to prop Loui McConnell. Former Leeds half back Jack Mallinson had messed up his kick away on the fifth tackle as it ricocheted off the back of his own player and Leeds took full advantage to reclaim the ball. Working the ball towards the middle of the field, McConnell ran onto a pass from Jack Sinfield and bulldozed his way passed two defenders to get the ball down.

The young Rhinos’ dominance continued as Walker’s side pushed for more points. After Liam Tindall had been tackled in-goal, Sinfield’s subsequent drop out wasn’t taken by Hunslet and was allowed to bounce out of bounds. With the ball back in hand, Oli Field tried his best to break through the heart of the home side’s defence before Sinfield tries his luck. Both players were brought down short but it showed the visitors’ intent.

As the rainy conditions drew in, possession and chances swapped in favour of parksiders. After Harvey Whiteley had tried his luck at getting the ball over the tryline, Hunslet shifted the ball left with Mallinson and Gibbons, who found Bodman in space. Tindall and Will Gatus had shot out of the line to stop the centre, so Bodman managed to offload the ball for his wing partner Kiedan Hartley to walk in and score in the corner.

A head high tackle led to the home side adding their second try of the afternoon. Using the territory gained from Mallinson’s kick towards the sideline, Hunslet peppered the Leeds defensive line with strong drives. Dom Horn penetrated the Rhinos well but as he lost the ball in the process of scoring, substitute Rian Rowley was there to dot it down, despite the ball looking to go forward. Mallinson converted to make the score 10-6.

Whiteley, who looks dangerous throughout the first half, gave Hunslet a ten point lead by scoring minutes before half time. Leeds had been unable to convert their chances – Joe Gibbons dropping a strong pass from Sinfield that would have seen the second rower score – and the away side were then penalised as Jackson Walker was unable to clear the ruck. Moving towards the try line, Whiteley spotted a gap out of dummy half and darted out to score under the posts. Mallinson converted to make the score 16-6 at the break.

 

The second half was dominated by Hunslet, who took advantage of Leeds’ errors to score a further three tries.

Some creative play from the Rhinos at the beginning of the half came to nothing and as Hunslet’s forwards started to make inroads against the Leeds defence, it allowed Dean Zammit to strike. Close to the try line, Sanderson got the ball away with a short pass to prop Zammit, who beat Hird and Gibbons to crash over.

On 70 minutes, Zammit was at the centre of Hunslet’s best plays again as he set up Mallinson for Hunslet’s fifth. Back to back penalties had gifted Hunslet more field position and former Rhino Mallinson used a similar pass as his fellow half back Sanderson to put Zammit through the Leeds line. Unselfishly, the prop offloaded back for Mallinson to score under the posts.

Jacob Beer rounded off the scoring with over five minutes remaining as Leeds didn’t read a short side shift and the second rower beat Joe Gibbons and Will Gatus to score. Mallinson converted to take the score to 34-6.

In a valiant effort, Leeds refused to give the game up. Bayley Gill showed some creativity to grubber kick the ball ahead to create a foot race for the hooker and Sinfield against the Hunslet defenders. All the players missed the ball and left it for the onrushing Danny Salkeld, who looked to have dotted it down before the dead ball line, but the referee signalled a 20 metres restart for Hunslet.

Before the final whistle, the Parksiders went down to eleven players. Firstly Rowley was shown a yellow card for a late hit on Field and then with seconds remaining David Gibbons was sent off for striking Jack Smith as he was getting up to play the ball, but as the final whistle sounded, Hunslet had ensured they lifted the cup for the fourth consecutive time with a 34-6 result.

Team Performance

Goals

5

1

Tries

6

1

Player Performance

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Interchanges
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Interchanges
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Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards