• Leeds Rhinos
  • 12 - 48

  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 00 - 18
  • Huddersfield Giants
13th April 2019 | KO 12:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Georgiou set for first academy appearance of 2019

Despite beating Newcastle Thunder 18-60 last weekend, Leeds Rhinos Academy coach Rob Burrow has made eight changes for this week’s home clash against Huddersfield Giants, kick off 12pm.

Following the announcements of the Yorkshire and Lancashire Academy squads for the upcoming Origin matches, six out of the nine players named will play against the Giants. Only Tom Holroyd, Jack Broadbent and Corey Johnson miss out on this game, whilst Callum McLelland, Muizz Mustapha and Owen Trout have all being selected for tonight’s Challenge Cup tie, seeing the squad remain largely unchanged from last week’s win against Newcastle.

After suffering with a knee injury in preseason, forward Harry Georgiou will come off the bench for his first appearance of 2019. The former Siddall player made 12 starts and scored three tries last season and is the only forward to be included on the Rhinos’ bench for Huddersfield’s visit.

Harry Anderson and Harvey Spence make it back to back games as a half back pairing whilst Sam Walters is reintroduced after missing out last week with a groin injury, replacing the absent Mustapha. Jarrod O’Connor also makes it a second week in the starting thirteen.

For the first time this season, both Joe and Oli Burton will start for Rob Burrow’s side, replacing Jack Broadbent and Corey Johnson. Liam Whitton has recovered from illness to retake his position at full back, moving Iwan Stephens back out to the wing.

Ben Markland drops to the bench after scoring last week and Will Scrimshaw is reintroduced after missing the last three games.

The full Rhinos squad is:

  1. Liam Whitton
  2. Liam Tindall
  3. Tom Barton
  4. Joe Burton
  5. Iwan Stephens
  6. Harvey Spence
  7. Harry Anderson
  8. Rian Rowley
  9. Oli Burton
  10. Loui McConnell
  11. Sam Walters
  12. Brad Martin
  13. Jarrod O’Connor
  14. Will Scrimshaw
  15. Harry Georgiou
  16. Ben Markland
  17. Jack Mallinson


Their opponents Huddersfield are currently ranked eighth in the league with two wins from their opening four matches. Despite a tough start, the Giants made it back to back wins, including last week’s one-point win against City of Hull Academy. Coach Andy Kelly will be looking to beat the Rhinos for the first time since 2017 after a successful 2018 saw Huddersfield finish in fourth place.

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Leeds Rhinos Academy lost their first match of the 2019 season 12-48 against Huddersfield Giants Academy. Picture courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

Leeds Rhinos Academy suffered their first defeat of the 2019 season; Rob Burrow’s side losing 12-48 to Huddersfield Giants Academy.

Despite an error from kick-off giving Leeds an early spell of possession, the Giants dominated the first half, restricting the Rhinos to limited opportunities in their half of the field.

It would take 25 minutes for Huddersfield to open the scoring. Strong drives down the middle from the Huddersfield forwards put Andy Kelly’s side ten metres out from the try line. Moving to the right, Kobe Poching, son of former Rhinos centre Willie Poching, took the ball at first receiver and sliced through the Leeds defence to score the opening try.

From here, the visitors kept pressure on the Rhinos in attack and defence. Unable to deal with centre Dom Young and prop Michael Ronan, Ross Whitmore found a gap behind the Leeds markers to streak through and beat the full back. Josh Pinder was successful with the conversions as the Giants led 0-12.

Dominic Young capped off a great first half performance for Huddersfield as he added a third try to the scoreline. Leeds looked to have gained some fortune when Travis Corion knock on from an advantageous Harvey Spence kick but the Rhinos then knocked on to turn the ball over once more. The Giants would profit as Young broke away down the right edge to finish acrobatically in the corner. Pinder converted taking Huddersfield into half time as 0-18 leaders.


Rob Burrow’s side needed a response in the second half, and it would be Joe Burton who provided. From kick off, Leeds powered downfield with Spence putting in an inch perfect kick for centre Burton to score his third try of the season.

Even though Leeds looked as though they could surmount an attack on Huddersfield’s first half efforts, the Giants had a reaction through Young. The centre caused Leeds problems throughout the match and when he received an inside ball from Poching, he still managed to score with three Leeds defenders on him.

Tom Barton had a try chalked off for offside before Huddersfield responded with a try of their own. A penalty for holding down helped the Gold and Maroons down the field and despite being denied twice, Jack Flynn made no mistake as he took the ball from dummy half to squeeze through and score the visitors fifth try.

It was soon back to back scores following a break by hooker Flynn. With the Leeds defence in disarray, Young charged through a gap twenty metres out to go over for his hat trick try. Pinder failed to convert making the score 6-32.

Back to back penalties for Leeds gave them a second try of the game. With under ten minutes remaining, substitute Jack Mallinson took the ball left into the line and offloaded to Sam Walters, who had the easiest of finishes.

Huddersfield continued to produce an answer to the home side, scoring three tries inside of five minutes. Another error in Leeds’ attack saw the Giants take the ball to the line and Louis Senior beat Rian Rowley to score the visitors seventh.

Whitmore added his second try of the game, crashing over from short distance, and Innes Senior completed the thrashing with his last-minute effort. Poching kicked two of his three conversions to make the final score 12-48.