• Leeds Rhinos
  • 52 - 12

  • Newcastle Thunder
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 12 - 12
  • Newcastle Thunder
1st July 2022 | KO 19:00 | Stanningley | Reserves League

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Leeds Rhinos Reserves 52 Newcastle Thunder Reserves 12

Photo courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography.

A comprehensive 40 point second half performance saw Leeds Rhinos Reserves dominate Newcastle Thunder Reserves at Stanningley; centre Jack Smith scoring five tries in a 52-12 result.

The Rhinos welcomed back a host of players for the match and hit the ground running after 13 minutes when Smith grabbed his first try of the game. From kick off, the home side were attacking with venom and forcing errors from Thunder in defence and came close to scoring on a number of occasions in the opening ten minutes. Newcastle tried to counter but finally their defence gave way as a slick passing move from David Gibbons and Corey Johnson saw Leeds open up Thunders’ edge and Smith walked straight in to touch down.

Only a matter of minutes passed before Leeds were over again. Brothers David and Joe Gibbons combined beautifully to put Joe Gibbons through a gap in the Newcastle line and with only the full back to beat, he passed outside for Smith to get his second in quick succession. Sinfield couldn’t convert either try but the Rhinos still held an 8-0 lead.

As the half wore on, the visitors turned their fortunes around against the run of play to take the lead of the game. First, a flat pass from Jake Anderson put Pat Moran through for an easy try and then with only five minutes left in the half, Nathan Rushworth and Dan Coates shifted the ball right for Jake Arnold, who produced a great offload to send Ollie Shaw in at the corner. Coates was confident with both kicks to make the score 12-8.

On the stroke of half time, out of nowhere Leeds levelled the score. A brilliant 40/20 kick from Sinfield set the home side up in their opponent’s half and with time running out, the Gibbons brothers combined again to put second rower Joe into a gap. Using his momentum and power, he took three defenders with him to the line and still managed to get the ball down to send the teams into half time level at 12-12.

 

As the teams came out for the second half, very few spectators thought they’d see the tries that were about to come. From the restart, Leeds looked like a team on a mission as they scored within three minutes of the new half. David Gibbons did really well to spot that the Rhinos had a man over and the half back provided a great pass to release Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney down the sideline. In a one on one scenario, Bridgeman-Reaney found support player Smith on his inside to let the centre score his third try of the game.

The Rhinos’ attack wasn’t stopping as Walker’s side hit top gear. Soonafter Smith’s try, a break by substitute Danny Salkeld saw the prop race into the backfield, before he was eventually dragged down by Thunder full back Alex Donaghy. After two plays though, the forward eventually got his try as Corey Johnson set him up to score under the sticks. Sinfield’s conversion extended Leeds’ lead out to twelve points before Joe Gibbons grabbed his second try of the game, thanks again to a smart, short pass from his brother at the line.

With Leeds looking unstoppable, Walker introduced a number of players from the bench, including hooker Jonah Parsons who was making his first appearance for a Rhinos team since 2020. It didn’t take him long to have an impact as he used a quick play of the ball to dart out of dummy half and dance around the Newcastle defence to score a memorable try in the corner.

No sooner had Sinfield converted the try, the half back was setting up his team mates for more tries. Knowing they had Thunder on the backfoot, an insightful grubber kick from Sinfield curled back towards the corner and bounced up nicely into the arms of Tchamambe, who did well to score under pressure. Six minutes later, another long, sweeping move saw Alfie Edgell, who was an unsung hero in the win, dart through some space on the Newcastle edge before he passed to put Tchamambe over for his second. Sinfield couldn’t convert this time as the score remained 42-12.

Inside the last ten minutes, man of the match Smith rounded off a great individual performance with a further two tries. In a similar situation to his second try, the centre was set up for his fourth try  off the back of break by Joe Gibbons – the second rower breaking free before offloading for Smith outside of him. It wouldn’t be the duo’s final action either as in the last minute, after Jake Higgins had come so close to scoring under the posts, a quick passing move involving both Gibbons’ allowed Smith to stroll in for his fifth try of the game. Sinfield was on target with the conversion to complete the scoring; Leeds taking away a convincing 52-12 result.

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Photo courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography.

A comprehensive 40 point second half performance saw Leeds Rhinos Reserves dominate Newcastle Thunder Reserves at Stanningley; centre Jack Smith scoring five tries in a 52-12 result.

The Rhinos welcomed back a host of players for the match and hit the ground running after 13 minutes when Smith grabbed his first try of the game. From kick off, the home side were attacking with venom and forcing errors from Thunder in defence and came close to scoring on a number of occasions in the opening ten minutes. Newcastle tried to counter but finally their defence gave way as a slick passing move from David Gibbons and Corey Johnson saw Leeds open up Thunders’ edge and Smith walked straight in to touch down.

Only a matter of minutes passed before Leeds were over again. Brothers David and Joe Gibbons combined beautifully to put Joe Gibbons through a gap in the Newcastle line and with only the full back to beat, he passed outside for Smith to get his second in quick succession. Sinfield couldn’t convert either try but the Rhinos still held an 8-0 lead.

As the half wore on, the visitors turned their fortunes around against the run of play to take the lead of the game. First, a flat pass from Jake Anderson put Pat Moran through for an easy try and then with only five minutes left in the half, Nathan Rushworth and Dan Coates shifted the ball right for Jake Arnold, who produced a great offload to send Ollie Shaw in at the corner. Coates was confident with both kicks to make the score 12-8.

On the stroke of half time, out of nowhere Leeds levelled the score. A brilliant 40/20 kick from Sinfield set the home side up in their opponent’s half and with time running out, the Gibbons brothers combined again to put second rower Joe into a gap. Using his momentum and power, he took three defenders with him to the line and still managed to get the ball down to send the teams into half time level at 12-12.

 

As the teams came out for the second half, very few spectators thought they’d see the tries that were about to come. From the restart, Leeds looked like a team on a mission as they scored within three minutes of the new half. David Gibbons did really well to spot that the Rhinos had a man over and the half back provided a great pass to release Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney down the sideline. In a one on one scenario, Bridgeman-Reaney found support player Smith on his inside to let the centre score his third try of the game.

The Rhinos’ attack wasn’t stopping as Walker’s side hit top gear. Soonafter Smith’s try, a break by substitute Danny Salkeld saw the prop race into the backfield, before he was eventually dragged down by Thunder full back Alex Donaghy. After two plays though, the forward eventually got his try as Corey Johnson set him up to score under the sticks. Sinfield’s conversion extended Leeds’ lead out to twelve points before Joe Gibbons grabbed his second try of the game, thanks again to a smart, short pass from his brother at the line.

With Leeds looking unstoppable, Walker introduced a number of players from the bench, including hooker Jonah Parsons who was making his first appearance for a Rhinos team since 2020. It didn’t take him long to have an impact as he used a quick play of the ball to dart out of dummy half and dance around the Newcastle defence to score a memorable try in the corner.

No sooner had Sinfield converted the try, the half back was setting up his team mates for more tries. Knowing they had Thunder on the backfoot, an insightful grubber kick from Sinfield curled back towards the corner and bounced up nicely into the arms of Tchamambe, who did well to score under pressure. Six minutes later, another long, sweeping move saw Alfie Edgell, who was an unsung hero in the win, dart through some space on the Newcastle edge before he passed to put Tchamambe over for his second. Sinfield couldn’t convert this time as the score remained 42-12.

Inside the last ten minutes, man of the match Smith rounded off a great individual performance with a further two tries. In a similar situation to his second try, the centre was set up for his fourth try  off the back of break by Joe Gibbons – the second rower breaking free before offloading for Smith outside of him. It wouldn’t be the duo’s final action either as in the last minute, after Jake Higgins had come so close to scoring under the posts, a quick passing move involving both Gibbons’ allowed Smith to stroll in for his fifth try of the game. Sinfield was on target with the conversion to complete the scoring; Leeds taking away a convincing 52-12 result.

Team Performance

Goals

4

2

Tries

11

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Alfie Edgell0000000
Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney0000000
Jack Smith5000000
Max Clarke0000000
Neil Tchamambe2000000
David Gibbons0000000
Jack Sinfield0400000
Luca Atkinson0000000
Corey Johnson0000000
Nathan Snee0000000
Joe Gibbons2000000
Toby Warren0000000
Jack Johnson0000000
Interchanges
Jonah Parsons1000000
Danny Salkeld1000000
Jake Higgins0000000
Harrison Gilmore0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Alex Donaghy0000000
Joe Bradley0000000
Peter Scott0000000
Jake Arnold0000000
Ollie Shaw1000000
Nathan Rushworth0000000
Dan Coates0200000
Jake Anderson0000000
Will Lintin0000000
James McGurk0000000
Ryan Crossley0000000
Logan Roughter0000000
Patrick Moran0000000
Interchanges
Kane Deakin0000000
Harry Lowery0000000
Bobby Shingler0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards