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  • London Broncos
2nd June 2021 | KO 18:30 | Emerald Headingley |

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Under-17s squad named for first Headingley appearance of 2021

Leeds Rhinos Academy vs Castleford Tigers Academy at Emerald Headingley in Leeds. Picture courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

Following their first win of 2021 against Hull FC last two weeks ago, Leeds Rhinos Under-17s are set to make their first appearance at Emerald Headingley tomorrow night, kick off 6:30pm. 

After the club’s Scholarship and Academy teams spent the last year on the sidelines due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the decision was made to field an Under-17s team for the first time this year to allow players from both the club’s Under-16s and Under-19s to get minutes on the field and continue their development and progress through the club’s youth pathway.  Coached by Scholarship head coach Mark Butterill, the team got off to the perfect start with a 26-12 win over Hull FC Under-17s; winger Neil Tchamambe grabbing two tries while Jack Smith, Alfie Marshall and Will Gatus also crossed the try line.

For tomorrow’s clash, former Kippax Juniors Alfie Edgell and Ethan Spear are set to make their first appearances of 2021 after injuries have kept them on the sidelines. They return to the side to join Kippax team mate and captain Bailey Aldridge, who impressed last week for the Under-19s against Castleford.

There is also a first appearance of the year for scholarship players Tobias Gibson and Jack Johnson, who didn’t feature in Sunday’s Under-16s win against London. The two signed for the Rhinos scholarship in 2019 but didn’t make an appearance due to the pandemic. Dylan Proud and Jacob Mitchell both impressed against the Broncos under-16s at the weekend and have been given a chance to shine by Butterill against London’s Under-17s tomorrow.

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Picture courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

Leeds Rhinos Under-17s ran riot at Emerald Headingley Stadium, beating London Broncos Under-17s 44-24, thanks to tries from Jacob Mitchell, Billy Davies, Will Gatus, Jack Johnson, Jack Smith, Ethan Spear, Riley Lumb and two from Dylan Proud.

In the bright sunshine at Emerald Headingley the Rhinos had a great first half, scoring six tries. It was the visitors though that got on the board early. After losing their loose forward Samuel Winney to an ankle injury inside the opening minutes, London earned a penalty for a high tackle and moved down the field. With Rhys Cotter almost getting free on the edge, Broncos hooker Tommy Porter spotted a gap and burst out of dummy half and into the back field, before rounding the full back to score under the posts.

Leeds replied in quick succession, scoring three times to take the lead. Having forced the visitors to drop out from the kick off, after Jensen Monk had taken the ball over the dead ball line, Leeds went on the attack, spinning the ball left for Jack Smith to set up his winger Jacob Mitchell in the corner.

Soon after, a knock on from London close to their own try line proved fatal as Leeds went probing for points. Billy Davies was denied by the referee over the line before a few plays later, as the Broncos looked to startle the home side with quick line speed, the ball came wide for Alfie Edgell, who put Davies over for his first of the game.

London had one of their best chances of the game as a move by William Hunter look profitablen but the Rhinos’ cover defence held strong and pushed Marcus Clarke over the side line. Shortly after, Sinfield kicked a 40/20 to camp Leeds back on their opponents try line and with Edgell pulling the strings on the right edge once again, the half back put his academy team mate Will Gatus through a hole for the full back to score his second Under-17s try of 2021. Sinfield failed to convert all three, although he was unlucky to hit the post with his third attempt.

Porter grabbed a try back to level the scores on twenty minutes, going out of dummy half to touch down for his second of the game but the Rhinos once again responded. Following a break by Smith, the centre was unfortunate not to go the distance himself but Leeds persisted down the edge, pushing the ball down the short side for Mitchell, who chose to pass inside for Jack Johnson to get over the line.

Another sweeping move from right to left allowed Smith to finally get a try of his own for the Rhinos before the home side closed out the first half in style; Ethan Spear almost setting up Davies only for the loose forward to then go under the posts himself on the next play. Sinfield converted both tries to make the half time score 28-12.


Shortly after the break, Leeds were also down to sixteen players as Ged Boylan exited the field through injury. With Dylan Proud entering the field for the first time as an Under-17s player, the winger made a great start to the second half with back to back tries. The winger got his first after Gatus had been held up short and on the fifth tackle, Sinfield chose to kick the ball across the field, finding Proud who still beat two players ton get the ball down. From the restart, he was over the try line again as Leeds exposed the Broncos’ left edge again through Smith, who broke away and set up Proud finish off the try. Sinfield added both conversions to take Leeds to forty points.

London weren’t going to leave without a fight and got their third try of the game as Alex Osmond took advantage of a missed interception by Leeds’ Riley Lumb to grab the ball and drive over the line. Like they had all game, the Rhinos responded and this time it was Lumb that got his try. A break by Davies looked to have gone array when the second rower juggled the ball through the line but he reclaimed it before getting brought down short. Leeds didn’t panic and Sinfield chose to go down the short side and spun the ball wide for Lumb to finish acrobatically in the corner.

Porter got his hat trick try for London in the dying moments but the damage had already been done, the Rhinos taking a 44-24 win at the full time whistle.


Team Performance







Player Performance

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Stats Key
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  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards