• Leeds Rhinos
  • 18 - 16

  • Wigan Warriors
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 00 - 12
  • Wigan Warriors
28th April 2019 | KO 12:30 | Emerald Headingley | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Leeds Rhinos Academy 18 Wigan Warriors Academy 16

Leeds Rhinos Academy bounced back from defeat to beat Wigan Warriors Academy 18-16 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

It was the first time that an academy curtain raiser had been played at the stadium since the redevelopment and both sides produced a classic clash to the very last minute infant of the Headingley crowd.

Leeds had the best of the early possession, Tyler Dupree coming close to scoring and when Wigan lost Joe Shorrocks to the sin bin inside of ten minutes for a late shot on Loui McConnell, Leeds failed to make the most of the extra man.

The home side’s inability to take chances and errors around the ruck was punished by the Warriors, who opened the scoring after 23 minutes. From a Leeds drop out, Joe Shorrocks, who had returned to the field, played a flat ball across the Leeds line to Max Roberts, who burst through a gap to touchdown.

The Cherry and Whites soon increased their lead to two scores before the half time break. With possession continuing to swing between the two teams, Wigan soon got their break when Shorrocks found Ethan Havard with an inside pass. Breaking away, Havard passed to substitute Brad O’Neill, who touched down under the posts. Shorrocks converted a second goal, making the score 0-12 at half time.

 

In the second half, Leeds produced a historic fightback to beat the Warriors for the first time in five years. After failing to score in the first half, Dupree didn’t miss his chance at the start of the second period. A penalty in favour of Leeds put the Rhinos ten metres from their opponents’ line and on the first play, Broadbent played in Dupree, who bounced off Wigan defenders to get Leeds’ first try of the game.

Like with Huddersfield two weeks before, the Warriors came up with an answer scoring a try of their own the next set. Following a strong attacking set from inside their half of the field, Ryan Forshaw made a darting run at the line and rolled over defenders to ground the ball.

With Wigan leading 6-16, Leeds looked to be going to a second defeat of the season with twenty minutes to go. Senior player Muizz Mustapha was called to action and a powerful drive at the line nearly sent the prop over for a try. From Mustapha’s play-of-the-ball, Broadbent, who had moved into the half back position due to injuries to Corey Johnson and Callum McLelland, provided a perfect pass for Tom Barton to put Liam Tindall in the corner. Harvey Spence’s conversion struck the right side of the post, sending the Rhinos to within four points.

With the South Stand getting behind the young Rhinos, it would be an interception that decided the match. Wigan were pressing Leeds in attack, but mistimed pass from Forshaw was juggled by Roberts, gifting Leeds an opportunity. Broadbent dived on the loose ball and sprinted 85 metres to score the winning try for Leeds under the posts. Spence converted and Leeds led for the first time in the game.

In a nail biting final five minutes, Wigan continued to try claim the win. O’Neill came close but the forward bounced the ball over the line. It would be Wigan’s last chance as minutes later, the result was confirmed by the referee’s final whistle, Leeds winning claiming Grand Final redemption with a 18-16 win.

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Leeds Rhinos Academy 18 Wigan Warriors Academy 16

Leeds Rhinos Academy bounced back from defeat to beat Wigan Warriors Academy 18-16 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

It was the first time that an academy curtain raiser had been played at the stadium since the redevelopment and both sides produced a classic clash to the very last minute infant of the Headingley crowd.

Leeds had the best of the early possession, Tyler Dupree coming close to scoring and when Wigan lost Joe Shorrocks to the sin bin inside of ten minutes for a late shot on Loui McConnell, Leeds failed to make the most of the extra man.

The home side’s inability to take chances and errors around the ruck was punished by the Warriors, who opened the scoring after 23 minutes. From a Leeds drop out, Joe Shorrocks, who had returned to the field, played a flat ball across the Leeds line to Max Roberts, who burst through a gap to touchdown.

The Cherry and Whites soon increased their lead to two scores before the half time break. With possession continuing to swing between the two teams, Wigan soon got their break when Shorrocks found Ethan Havard with an inside pass. Breaking away, Havard passed to substitute Brad O’Neill, who touched down under the posts. Shorrocks converted a second goal, making the score 0-12 at half time.

 

In the second half, Leeds produced a historic fightback to beat the Warriors for the first time in five years. After failing to score in the first half, Dupree didn’t miss his chance at the start of the second period. A penalty in favour of Leeds put the Rhinos ten metres from their opponents’ line and on the first play, Broadbent played in Dupree, who bounced off Wigan defenders to get Leeds’ first try of the game.

Like with Huddersfield two weeks before, the Warriors came up with an answer scoring a try of their own the next set. Following a strong attacking set from inside their half of the field, Ryan Forshaw made a darting run at the line and rolled over defenders to ground the ball.

With Wigan leading 6-16, Leeds looked to be going to a second defeat of the season with twenty minutes to go. Senior player Muizz Mustapha was called to action and a powerful drive at the line nearly sent the prop over for a try. From Mustapha’s play-of-the-ball, Broadbent, who had moved into the half back position due to injuries to Corey Johnson and Callum McLelland, provided a perfect pass for Tom Barton to put Liam Tindall in the corner. Harvey Spence’s conversion struck the right side of the post, sending the Rhinos to within four points.

With the South Stand getting behind the young Rhinos, it would be an interception that decided the match. Wigan were pressing Leeds in attack, but mistimed pass from Forshaw was juggled by Roberts, gifting Leeds an opportunity. Broadbent dived on the loose ball and sprinted 85 metres to score the winning try for Leeds under the posts. Spence converted and Leeds led for the first time in the game.

In a nail biting final five minutes, Wigan continued to try claim the win. O’Neill came close but the forward bounced the ball over the line. It would be Wigan’s last chance as minutes later, the result was confirmed by the referee’s final whistle, Leeds winning claiming Grand Final redemption with a 18-16 win.