• Leeds Rhinos
  • 62 - 10

  • London Broncos
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 34 - 06
  • London Broncos
16th March 2019 | KO 12:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Walters set for Rhinos academy debut

Tyler Dupree is set for his first start in over a year with the academy

New Leeds Rhinos academy signing Sam Walters will make his academy debut as the Rhinos take on London Broncos Academy at Stanningley on Saturday, kick off 12pm.

Following last week’s postponement, Rob Burrow has made nine changes to the squad that beat Wakefield Trinity two weeks ago. With the exception of hooker Corey Johnson and Loui McConnell, it is a revamped forward pack due to Muizz Mustapha and Owen Trout joining Dewsbury Rams on a month’s loan and Tom Holroyd training with the first team this week.

Brad Martin came off the bench against Wakefield and has been promoted into the starting line-up alongside new boy Walters in the back row. Tyler Dupree will make his first start in over a season after coming from the bench 21 times in 2018 and in the round one win.

Rian Rowley and Iwan Stephens are set to make their starting debuts after stepping up from the club’s scholarship programme. Stephens comes in on the wing for Ben Markland, who is out with concussion, whilst Rowley, who is only in his second year at the club, adds weight to the front row.

On the bench, Jordan Russell, Tom Barton and Billy Jowitt will all make their first appearances of the season. Russell played in both games against London last season, starting in the 18-16 win at Stanningley whilst Jowitt also started in last year’s home win at half back. Former Kippax centre Tom Barton is also set to make his first academy appearance after scoring against Keighley during preseason.

Liam Tindall and Joe Burton will continue their partnership on the left edge whilst Liam Whitton and Jack Broadbent, who both scored two tries against Wakefield, retain their places in Burrow’s squad.

The full squad is:

  1. Liam Whitton
  2. Liam Tindall
  3. Joe Burton
  4. Jack Broadbent
  5. Iwan Stephens
  6. Harvey Spence
  7. Callum McLelland
  8. Tyler Dupree
  9. Corey Johnson
  10. Rian Rowley
  11. Brad Martin
  12. Sam Walters
  13. Loui McConnell
  14. Will Scrimshaw
  15. Jordan Russell
  16. Tom Barton
  17. Billy Jowitt
  18. Oli Burton

You can watch the full match live from Stanningley on the Leeds Rhinos Facebook and YouTube pages, with full match commentary and guest analysts from 12 noon on Saturday.

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Academy debutant Iwan Stephens got two tries against London Broncos in a 62-10 win. Photograph courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

Leeds Rhinos Academy made it back to back wins at Stanningley by defeating London Broncos Academy 62-10 in wet, muddy conditions. Two tries for debutants Iwan Stephens, Tom Barton and Sam Walters were the highlights of the match, which the young Rhinos once again dominated.

 It would be London that opened the afternoon’s scoring to shock the home side. A grubber kick in behind the defence by Oliver Leyland wasn’t dealt with by the Rhinos, allowing Chris Ball to touch down for the Broncos’ first try.

Leeds were soon back on song, keeping the Broncos scoreless for the remainder of the half. A fumble by London from the kick off gave the Rhinos great field position and Callum McLelland used the space out wide to put Iwan Stephens in for his first Rhinos academy try.

Centre Joe Burton got the Rhinos ahead off another Broncos error. A knock on by Joel Fosuhene-Gray handed Leeds possession ten meters from the try line and a wide passing move found Burton, who bumped off defenders to score his first academy try. Spence converted and Leeds led 10-6.

The points kept flooding in for the Rhinos. With fifteen minutes on the clock, Sam Walters marked his first game since signing from Widnes by speeding through a gap to touchdown under the posts.

Two breaks by Jack Broadbent on the left edge gave the Rhinos two more tries. For the first, the centre had support from Liam Whitton, who shifted the ball out for Stephens to get his second of the match. Whitton then got his name on the scoresheet from the second Broadbent break, out sprinting Leyland to put Leeds up to 30-06.

Stephens was then denied his hat trick try by the referee for a knock on, but loose forward Loui McConnell got the Rhinos back on the scoresheet, muscling out of four defenders to plant the ball down. Spence kicked the conversion, taking the Rhinos in 34-06 at half time.

 

Unlike in the first half, Leeds ensured they were the first on the board; Sam Walters throwing a big dummy to slide over. Corey Johnson then benefitted from a break by McLelland to open his account for the season and make the score 44-06.

Centre Maximilien Clarke got a score back for London but Leeds had already established a sufficient lead over their opponents. Substitute Tom Barton, who was one of ten players to join the academy this season from the club’s scholarship programme, got a quick fire double to put Leeds further ahead. Barton’s first came from a kick over the top by Spence that sat perfectly in the hands of Barton. The substitute’s second came from a quick pass from McLelland, who found the centre in room to get his second. Spence converted both tries as Leeds were now 56-10 in front.

Liam Tindall left it late to make sure he was back on the scoresheet. Another kick in behind from Spence found both Barton and Tindall in space with the winger touching down to round off a 62-10 win.