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28th February 2019 | KO 19:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Burrow names first academy squad of 2019

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

Rob Burrow has named his first Leeds Rhinos academy squad of the 2019 season as the young Rhinos face Wakefield Trinity Academy tonight at Stanningley SARLFC, kick off 7pm.

Four of the starting players are in their first year with the academy and have impressed the coaching staff enough to get the nod for their first academy match. Liam Tindall, who scored a hat trick in the loss to City of Hull last Saturday, starts alongside fellow first year Joe Burton on the left edge. Lewis Delaney, from local club Drighlington, retains his place to make only his second start in an experienced front row.

Callum McLelland will make his first academy start in over a year, after signing from Edinburgh rugby union last year. The half back was part of Castleford Tigers’ 2017 academy side that reached the Grand Final, playing alongside Jake Trueman in the loss to Wigan. Tonight, he will have a new partner in Harvey Spence, who will look to resume his kicking role after successfully converting 87 times last season.

Ten of the squad members played in the Grand Final last season, which Leeds lost 14-06 to Wigan. The forward pack, apart from Delaney, all played in the final with Owen Trout, Loui McConnell and Corey Johnson all keeping their starting spots. Muizz Mustapha comes back into the starting line up since the win over Keighley, replacing Tyler Dupree who drops to the bench. The Nigerian born prop signed a two-year deal with the Rhinos first team at the start of the year after making his England debut against the Australian Schoolboys in the off season.

Both Will Scrimshaw and Brad Martin featured off the bench in last year’s home win against Wakefield and will do the same in tonight. Rian Rowley, who spent only a year in the club’s scholarship programme, will also make his first appearance from the bench.

Last season, Leeds produced two convincing wins over Wakefield at both Stanningley and Belle Vue, winning 28-14 and 34-24. Owen Trout scored in both matches whilst Dupree got a double in the away fixture.

The full squad is:

  1. Liam Whitton
  2. Liam Tindall
  3. Joe Burton
  4. Jack Broadbent
  5. Ben Markland
  6. Callum McLelland
  7. Harvey Spence
  8. Tom Holroyd
  9. Corey Johnson
  10. Muizz Mustapha
  11. Owen Trout
  12. Lewis Delaney
  13. Loui McConnell
  14. Will Scrimshaw
  15. Tyler Dupree
  16. Rian Rowley
  17. Brad Martin

You can watch tonight’s match live on the Leeds Rhinos Facebook and YouTube pages. All of the academy’s and Leeds Rhinos Women’s home games will be streamed live throughout the season, with full match commentary and guest analysts.

Admission is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and children are free with all proceeds going to Stanningley SARLFC.


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England Academy international Owen Trout got two tries in the 56-12 win. Picture: Craig Hawkhead Photography

Leeds Rhinos Academy started their season with a dominant 56-12 display over Wakefield Trinity academy. Two tries from Liam Whitton, Jack Broadbent and Owen Trout were the highlights of the game as last season’s Grand Finalists made a big statement at Stanningley.

The young Rhinos ran riot in the first half, scoring 22 unanswered points. After conceding the penalty inside Leeds’ half, Wakefield were on the back foot inside the opening minutes. A high bomb off the boot of Callum McLelland wasn’t claimed by Harrison Burrows, who forced the ball back into the arms of Jack Broadbent to score the opening points.

Leeds were in again minutes later. With Tom Holroyd held up over the line, a kick through by Spence was reclaimed by Liam Whitton, who pushed his way over to put Leeds’ lead out to 10-0.

McLelland marked his first academy game with a try after Trinity survived continued pressure from Leeds. From an error, the Rhinos rolled down the middle of the field through Owen Trout. As the ball came to McLelland, the half back used his footwork to weave through the defence and add more points and misery to the away side.

With Leeds 16-0 up inside of twenty minutes, Wakefield managed to stem the flow of points. Coming close on a couple of occasions, Trinity were unfortunate not to get points towards the end of the half. It would be McLelland that swung the momentum back in favour of the Rhinos with under ten minutes remaining. A break by the former Castleford Tigers academy player was supported by Whitton, who danced inside the retreating Wakefield defenders to score. Spence converted his third of the evening to make the score 22-00 at half time.


The half time talks had clearly affected Wakefield as they scored two tries in quick succession. After Lewis Delaney left the field due to injury, a grubber in behind from Owen Hughes wasn’t dealt with by Whitton or Liam Tindall, allowing Harry Dodd to touch down for Trinity’s first try of the game.

Jordan Schofield close the gap to ten points as he crashed over before Leeds proved too clinical, taking the game away from Trinity once more. Owen Trout, who scored against Wakefield in both matches last season, got his first of the night. A grubber kick behind by Corey Johnson was collected by Whitton, who dumped the ball back for Trout to crash over and score.

The young Rhinos were on the march; Tom Holroyd powered his way over from a short distance to extend Leeds’ lead before Trout got his second of the match. With Whitton getting caught by the defence, Broadbent took the ball to the short side from dummy half and gave the pass for the second rower to get a double. Spence converted both tries to take the Rhinos to 38-12.

Muizz Mustapha took advantage of a break by Brad Martin to mark his return to the starting lineup with a try, thanks to a short pass by Holroyd close to the line.

Two further tries in the last ten minutes sealed a resounding victory for Rob Burrow’s men. Liam Tindall, who scored a hat trick against City of Hull Academy in a pre-season friendly, took a long pass from Spence to mark his first start with a score and Jack Broadbent got his second of the game, breaking through the line to seal a 56-12 win.