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15th February 2020 | KO 12:00 | Stanningley ARLFC | Reserves League

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Burrow names reserves squad for derby clash

Harvey Spence in the Harry Jepson memorial match Hunslet RLFC vs Leeds Rhinos at the South Leeds Stadium, Leeds

Leeds Rhinos Reserves Head Coach Rob Burrow has named his squad for this Saturday’s local derby clash against Bradford Bulls Reserves at Stanningley, kick off 12pm.

With Storm Ciara calling off last weekend’s opening match against Wakefield Trinity, the Rhinos will play their first fixture of the new Reserves grade on home soil.

Eleven members of the squad played under Burrow in the Under-19s last season, including first team contracted stars Jack Broadbent, Muizz Mustapha and Sam Walters. Broadbent has made four appearances during Leeds’ pre season preparations, including the Boxing Day clash against Wakefield Trinity and Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s testimonial match against Bradford Bulls, while Mustapha was one of the try scorers against Wigan Warriors in Liam Farrell’s testimonial.

A number of Under-18s academy players have also been drafted in ahead of their season opener against Newcastle at the end of the month. Twins Joe and Oli Burton played in eleven matches together in the Under-19s while Liam Tindall teams up with former Wigan Academy centre Corey Hall on the left edge.

Three members of Saturday’s squad have also joined from Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers as part of an agreement with the Rhinos to let a small number of the players have the opportunity to play in the new Reserve competition. Danny Bravo and Nyle Flynn, who both came through the Rhinos Academy system, will wear the Leeds shirt once again, joining from the Bulldogs, while Brandon French, who was named in the squad last weekend, joins from Featherstone.

  1. Liam Whitton
  2. Liam Tindall
  3. Corey Hall
  4. Rhys Evans
  5. Joe Burton
  6. Jack Broadbent
  7. Harvey Spence
  8. Rian Rowley
  9. Harvey Whiteley
  10. Muizz Mustapha
  11. Danny Bravo (Batley)
  12. Sam Walters
  13. Loui McConnell
  14. Oli Burton
  15. Brandon French (Featherstone)
  16. Lewis Delaney
  17. Nyle Flynn (Batley)

 

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By Luke Hill

It was a wet and unpleasant day at Stanningley for the first Rhinos Reserve fixture of the season.

The first try of the match came from the Rhinos in Sam Walters as he barged over a few Bradford defenders and eventually placed the ball down over the line, but Harvey Spence was unable to add the extras.

The Rhinos added to their tally as Joe Burton slid over in the corner in the 14th minute to double the home side’s lead.

The visitors came close in the 25th minute when Cameron Berry  looked like he was through for the Bulls, but good defence from the Rhinos saw him held up by three Rhinos defenders.

Bradford had another good opportunity just minutes later but once again the chance came to nothing, with Elliot Culling knocking on over the line.  The pressure from the Bulls finally took its toll on the Rhinos when they went over for a try four minutes before half time, Billy Jowitt spotting a gap and muscling his way over three Rhinos defenders to make the half time score 8-6.

The Bulls were first on the scoreboard in the second half when they were awarded penalty which led to a try for Murphy Smith, who went in the corner after some fancy hands from Matthew Race and Billy Jowitt.

Leeds came close when Jack Broadbent’s delicate kick was collected by Bulls’ full back Alix Stephenson, but he was bundled into touch and gave Leeds a set on Bradford’s line. It was to no avail as the Rhinos were unable to hit back as they were held up over the line.

The Rhinos managed to hit back in the 63rd minute when Feathersone Rovers duel registration player Brandon French strolled through the Bradford defence and put the Rhinos back into the lead.

Muizz Mustapha completed the scoring when he intercepted a pass on his own 20 metre line and raced away from two Bradford defenders to eventually touch down on the 75th minute to secure the 16-10 win.