• Hunslet Hawks
  • 48 - 6

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Hunslet Hawks
  • HT 32 - 0
  • Leeds Rhinos
31st January 2020 | KO 19:30 | South Leeds Stadium | Harry Jepson Memorial Trophy

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Tyler Dupree in the Harry Jepson memorial match Hunslet RLFC vs Leeds Rhinos at the South Leeds Stadium, Leeds

It was a tough evening for a young Leeds Rhinos side at the South Leeds Stadium, suffering a nine try blitzing against Hunslet RLFC.

Both sides had chances to take first blood with great opportunities in the first half. Tyler Dupree was stopped on a charging run for the line before Matthew Chrimes also missed a chance, Corey Hall dragging the winger down.

Former Rhinos academy winger Ben Markland looked to have opened the scoring inside of ten minutes after a Leeds error gifted the home side possession in Leeds’ twenty metre area. Playing the ball right, Dom Brambani sent a looping ball over the top for Markland, who was bundled into touch by Jack Broadbent and Harvey Spence.

It wasn’t long after that the home side got the first try of the game. Capitalising from another Leeds error, Hunslet moved the ball left in another sweeping move, allowing Thomas Ashton to release Matthew Chrimes to score in the corner.

The home side were on a roll, doubling their lead. A break by Chrimes down the touchline was missed by Iwan Stephens and Liam Whitton, allowing the winger to get the ball away for Daniel King to crash over.

Another former Rhino Jimmy Watson was is too, taking an offload from Ashton close to the line to go over untouched. Simon Brown converted his first kick of the night, making the score 14-0.

With ten minutes to go, King added a second try. Fending off Tyler Dupree close to the line, the back rower touched the ball down under the posts. Four minutes later, after Joe Gibbons was penalised for a high tackle on King, scrum half Brambani darted at the try line and managed to touch the ball down through a heap of Leeds defenders. Converting his own try, Brambani took the home side to a 26 point lead.

On the cusp of half time, Vila Halafihi became the fifth try scorer of the half, driving his way over from dummy half. Brambani converted, sending the home side into the changing rooms with a 32-0 advantage.

 

After providing scoring opportunities for his side in the first half, Ashton missed his opportunity to get on the scoreboard at the start of the second, but a last-ditch tackle from Liam Whitton denied the centre. Leeds continued to defend their line, seeing off another try scoring opportunity for King and Daniel Rowse.

The young Rhinos began to find their feet but couldn’t convert their chances. Loui McConnell dropped the ball short of the line and Liam Tindall was pushed into touch as the game entered its final twenty minutes. Cruelly, after defending their line for so long, it would be former academy player Kiedan Hartley that scored on the hour mark, taking a pass inside from Heaton to score. Rowse took over kicking duties but failed to convert, leaving the score at 36-0.

Oli Burton got the ball over the try line for Leeds after Darren Forde dropped a high kick from Harvey Spence. Gathering the loose ball, Burton dived over the line but referee Horton brought the play back for offside. Corey Hall then made a nice break and kicked ahead for Stephens to touch down but Heaton gathered up the loose ball to turn possession over.

Inside the last ten minutes, Hunslet began to throw the ball around and scored two more tries. Simon Brown burrowed his way over from short distance before Josh Tonks took a short pass from Rowse to stroll in to score. Rowse was accurate with the boot, taking Hunslet to 48 points.

Tindall squandered a great opportunity to get Leeds on the board but Broadbent’s pass was too weak, falling to the ground before his wing partner could touch it.

Loui McConnell provided Leeds with a conciliation try with minutes remaining. A beautiful chip over the top from Harvey Spence found clear space behind the Hunslet defence and with McConnell onrushing, the loose forward collected the ball off the post pads to score.

Zach Johnson was sent off by the referee for a dangerous tackle but the game was already over, Hunslet retaining the Harry Jepson OBE Memorial trophy with a 48-6 victory.

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Tyler Dupree in the Harry Jepson memorial match Hunslet RLFC vs Leeds Rhinos at the South Leeds Stadium, Leeds

It was a tough evening for a young Leeds Rhinos side at the South Leeds Stadium, suffering a nine try blitzing against Hunslet RLFC.

Both sides had chances to take first blood with great opportunities in the first half. Tyler Dupree was stopped on a charging run for the line before Matthew Chrimes also missed a chance, Corey Hall dragging the winger down.

Former Rhinos academy winger Ben Markland looked to have opened the scoring inside of ten minutes after a Leeds error gifted the home side possession in Leeds’ twenty metre area. Playing the ball right, Dom Brambani sent a looping ball over the top for Markland, who was bundled into touch by Jack Broadbent and Harvey Spence.

It wasn’t long after that the home side got the first try of the game. Capitalising from another Leeds error, Hunslet moved the ball left in another sweeping move, allowing Thomas Ashton to release Matthew Chrimes to score in the corner.

The home side were on a roll, doubling their lead. A break by Chrimes down the touchline was missed by Iwan Stephens and Liam Whitton, allowing the winger to get the ball away for Daniel King to crash over.

Another former Rhino Jimmy Watson was is too, taking an offload from Ashton close to the line to go over untouched. Simon Brown converted his first kick of the night, making the score 14-0.

With ten minutes to go, King added a second try. Fending off Tyler Dupree close to the line, the back rower touched the ball down under the posts. Four minutes later, after Joe Gibbons was penalised for a high tackle on King, scrum half Brambani darted at the try line and managed to touch the ball down through a heap of Leeds defenders. Converting his own try, Brambani took the home side to a 26 point lead.

On the cusp of half time, Vila Halafihi became the fifth try scorer of the half, driving his way over from dummy half. Brambani converted, sending the home side into the changing rooms with a 32-0 advantage.

 

After providing scoring opportunities for his side in the first half, Ashton missed his opportunity to get on the scoreboard at the start of the second, but a last-ditch tackle from Liam Whitton denied the centre. Leeds continued to defend their line, seeing off another try scoring opportunity for King and Daniel Rowse.

The young Rhinos began to find their feet but couldn’t convert their chances. Loui McConnell dropped the ball short of the line and Liam Tindall was pushed into touch as the game entered its final twenty minutes. Cruelly, after defending their line for so long, it would be former academy player Kiedan Hartley that scored on the hour mark, taking a pass inside from Heaton to score. Rowse took over kicking duties but failed to convert, leaving the score at 36-0.

Oli Burton got the ball over the try line for Leeds after Darren Forde dropped a high kick from Harvey Spence. Gathering the loose ball, Burton dived over the line but referee Horton brought the play back for offside. Corey Hall then made a nice break and kicked ahead for Stephens to touch down but Heaton gathered up the loose ball to turn possession over.

Inside the last ten minutes, Hunslet began to throw the ball around and scored two more tries. Simon Brown burrowed his way over from short distance before Josh Tonks took a short pass from Rowse to stroll in to score. Rowse was accurate with the boot, taking Hunslet to 48 points.

Tindall squandered a great opportunity to get Leeds on the board but Broadbent’s pass was too weak, falling to the ground before his wing partner could touch it.

Loui McConnell provided Leeds with a conciliation try with minutes remaining. A beautiful chip over the top from Harvey Spence found clear space behind the Hunslet defence and with McConnell onrushing, the loose forward collected the ball off the post pads to score.

Zach Johnson was sent off by the referee for a dangerous tackle but the game was already over, Hunslet retaining the Harry Jepson OBE Memorial trophy with a 48-6 victory.