• Leeds Rhinos
  • 20 - 12

  • Wigan Warriors
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 20 - 6
  • Wigan Warriors
6th March 2019 | KO 19:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U16 Academy Fixtures 2019

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Leeds Rhinos U16 20 Wigan Warriors U16 12

Leeds Rhinos U16s got their season off to a winning start on Wednesday night as they defeated Wigan Warriors at Stanningley thanks to a strong first half showing.

The Rhinos led 20-6 at half time and despite dominating possession for long periods in the second half, were forced to hold out for a 20-12 victory over the Cherry and Whites.

The match saw some of the best young talent in the English game go head to head with both clubs boasting eight players each in the recently announced national performance squad.

The Rhinos opened the scoring after loose forward Morgan Gannon went close. Leeds kept their cool and centre Coby Nichol proved too strong to stop near the line.

The lead was doubled with a superbly taken try from full back Sam Little. He popped up in midfield before evading the cover and racing clear of his opposite number to touch down and make it 8-0.

The Rhinos crossed for a third try following a good spell of pressure on the Wigan line. Prop Ajahni Wallace went close before hooker Oliver Tomlinson reversed play and worked a move with scrum half Jonah Parsons to put Gannon, the only Under 15 in the Rhinos starting line up, over for the try. Little added the conversion to make it 14-0.

To their credit, Wigan responded after that set back and crossed for their opening try when hooker Joe Charnock spotted a gap from dummy half and forced his way over. The conversion was added to cut the gap to 14-6.

However, the Rhinos increased their lead before half time when replacement Levi Edwards started and finished a move with a well taken try beside the post. Little was on target again to give the home side a 20-6 lead at the break.

With coach Mark Butterill giving all twenty players game time, the second half was naturally a little disjointed and good approach play failed to materialise into points unfortunately.

The only score in the second half came from the visitors when Sam Craig managed to avoid the cover defence to touch down. The conversion was added but the Rhinos were still good value for their 20-12 win.

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The Rhinos team in full was:

1. Sam LittleWetherby U16sTadcaster Grammar
2. James KingShaw Cross U16sFreeston Academy
3. Andrew StewartHunslet Warriors U16sCockburn
4. Coby NicholSiddal U16sBrooksbank
5. Mackenzie TurnerStanningley U16sRalph Thoresby
6. Oli FieldWetherby U16sTadcaster Grammar
7. Jonah ParsonsWest Bowling U16sMirfield Free Grammar
8. Ajhani WallaceSiddal U16sRastrick High
9. Oliver TomlinsonShaw Cross U16s Bruntcliffe
10. Tom Nicholson-WattonStanningley U16sGuiseley School
11. Luca AtkinsonWest Bowling U16sThornton Beckfoot Academy
12. Joe GibbonsWetherby U16sCorpus Christi
13. Morgan GannonSiddal U15sBroooksbank
14. Jacob DakeyneKippax U15sBrigshaw
15. Joe HirdStanningley U16sPriesthorpe
16. Ben MayhewWetherby U16sWetherby High
17. Nathan SneeStannningley U16sMenston St Mary’s
18. Levi EdwardsSiddal U15sCastle Hall Academy
19. Deacan Darby-AllenShaw Cross U16sHorbury
20. Ethan LewisSiddal U16sBrighouse High

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Leeds Rhinos U16s got their season off to a winning start on Wednesday night as they defeated Wigan Warriors at Stanningley thanks to a strong first half showing.

The Rhinos led 20-6 at half time and despite dominating possession for long periods in the second half, were forced to hold out for a 20-12 victory over the Cherry and Whites.

The match saw some of the best young talent in the English game go head to head with both clubs boasting eight players each in the recently announced national performance squad.

The Rhinos opened the scoring after loose forward Morgan Gannon went close. Leeds kept their cool and centre Coby Nichol proved too strong to stop near the line.

The lead was doubled with a superbly taken try from full back Sam Little. He popped up in midfield before evading the cover and racing clear of his opposite number to touch down and make it 8-0.

The Rhinos crossed for a third try following a good spell of pressure on the Wigan line. Prop Ajahni Wallace went close before hooker Oliver Tomlinson reversed play and worked a move with scrum half Jonah Parsons to put Gannon, the only Under 15 in the Rhinos starting line up, over for the try. Little added the conversion to make it 14-0.

To their credit, Wigan responded after that set back and crossed for their opening try when hooker Joe Charnock spotted a gap from dummy half and forced his way over. The conversion was added to cut the gap to 14-6.

However, the Rhinos increased their lead before half time when replacement Levi Edwards started and finished a move with a well taken try beside the post. Little was on target again to give the home side a 20-6 lead at the break.

With coach Mark Butterill giving all twenty players game time, the second half was naturally a little disjointed and good approach play failed to materialise into points unfortunately.

The only score in the second half came from the visitors when Sam Craig managed to avoid the cover defence to touch down. The conversion was added but the Rhinos were still good value for their 20-12 win.

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The Rhinos team in full was:

1. Sam LittleWetherby U16sTadcaster Grammar
2. James KingShaw Cross U16sFreeston Academy
3. Andrew StewartHunslet Warriors U16sCockburn
4. Coby NicholSiddal U16sBrooksbank
5. Mackenzie TurnerStanningley U16sRalph Thoresby
6. Oli FieldWetherby U16sTadcaster Grammar
7. Jonah ParsonsWest Bowling U16sMirfield Free Grammar
8. Ajhani WallaceSiddal U16sRastrick High
9. Oliver TomlinsonShaw Cross U16s Bruntcliffe
10. Tom Nicholson-WattonStanningley U16sGuiseley School
11. Luca AtkinsonWest Bowling U16sThornton Beckfoot Academy
12. Joe GibbonsWetherby U16sCorpus Christi
13. Morgan GannonSiddal U15sBroooksbank
14. Jacob DakeyneKippax U15sBrigshaw
15. Joe HirdStanningley U16sPriesthorpe
16. Ben MayhewWetherby U16sWetherby High
17. Nathan SneeStannningley U16sMenston St Mary’s
18. Levi EdwardsSiddal U15sCastle Hall Academy
19. Deacan Darby-AllenShaw Cross U16sHorbury
20. Ethan LewisSiddal U16sBrighouse High