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  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 4 - 16
  • NSW Country Rugby League
24th November 2019 | KO 14:00 | Emerald Headingley | Friendly

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Leeds Rhinos U18 4 NSW Country Rugby League U18 34

Coby Nichol scored his first Academy try against NSW Country Rugby League. Photos Courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography.

Coby Nichol scored Leeds Rhinos U18s sole try as the young Rhinos were defeated 34-4 by NSW Country Rugby League U18s.

From kick off, the Rhinos were on the front foot; Iwan Stephens making a 60 metre break to give Leeds the early territory. Corey Hall, who was on debut for Leeds came close but the ball was turned over.

It wouldn’t be long before the Rhinos got the opening try. Moving the ball through the hands quickly, centre Coby Nichol skipped through the defence to score untouched. Stephens missed the conversion as Leeds took a 4-0 lead.

Country Rugby League took advantage of a Leeds knock on to lock the scores up through Jack Hartwig before the tourists took the lead. A fifth tackle play was misread by the Rhinos and with numbers on the short side, second rower Phoenix Vetenibua-Finnerty was in space to power his way over. Roberts converted to give Country Rugby League a six point advantage.

Both sides remained in an arm wrestle throughout the half. Liam Tindall intercepted a certain try on Leeds’ line to sprint away for a try of his own, but the winger slipped on the turf and lost the ball in the ruck. Tyrone Roberts had a chance to extend Country Rugby League’s lead as the half back picked up a lost ball from Joe Gibbons to break down field but Iwan Stephens produced a strong defensive tackle to deny the number six.

Roberts would prove the creator for Country Rugby League’s third of the half. With Benjamin Lovett held up short of the line, a grubber kick into the in goal area from the half back was missed by Kane Smith and Iwan Stephens, allowing Nathan Kegg-King to drop on the loose ball and make the score 16-4.

Leeds had opportunities to add to their scoreline before half time. Hall nearly set Mackenzie Turner away down the sideline but the referee pulled the play back for the forward pass. As the half time siren sounded to end a close first half contest, the young Rhinos entered the dressing rooms 16-4 down.

 

The second half started where the first left off, with both sides getting into each other from the first minute. The tourists would extend their lead after seven minutes of the new half as Benjamin Lovett took a pass short of the line to crash over and score. Roberts converted to make the score 22-4.

Following a scuffle between the two sides, the tourists were down to twelve men as half back Rylee Blackhall was sent to the sin bin. With the extra man, Leeds looked to take advantage but a knock on by Jack Mallinson close to the try line turned possession over.

Despite being a man down, NSW Country Rugby League continued to dominate, forcing errors from the young Rhinos in key areas.

Joe Gibbons was sent to the sin bin with ten minutes left for throwing the ball at Mackenzie Atkins and from the following penalty, prop Kane Smith charged his way over from short to extend the visitor’s lead. Roberts converted to make the score 28-4.

Leeds would fight to get a second try but with twelve men in blue and amber couldn’t stop a revived Country Rugby League side, who had Rylee Blackhall back on the field following his sin binning. A wide move to the right looked to expose the gaps in Leeds’ defence and centre Mackenzie Atkins took full advantag to score in the corner. Roberts kicked a final goal to seal a 34-4 victory.

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Leeds Rhinos U18 4 NSW Country Rugby League U18 34

Coby Nichol scored his first Academy try against NSW Country Rugby League. Photos Courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography.

Coby Nichol scored Leeds Rhinos U18s sole try as the young Rhinos were defeated 34-4 by NSW Country Rugby League U18s.

From kick off, the Rhinos were on the front foot; Iwan Stephens making a 60 metre break to give Leeds the early territory. Corey Hall, who was on debut for Leeds came close but the ball was turned over.

It wouldn’t be long before the Rhinos got the opening try. Moving the ball through the hands quickly, centre Coby Nichol skipped through the defence to score untouched. Stephens missed the conversion as Leeds took a 4-0 lead.

Country Rugby League took advantage of a Leeds knock on to lock the scores up through Jack Hartwig before the tourists took the lead. A fifth tackle play was misread by the Rhinos and with numbers on the short side, second rower Phoenix Vetenibua-Finnerty was in space to power his way over. Roberts converted to give Country Rugby League a six point advantage.

Both sides remained in an arm wrestle throughout the half. Liam Tindall intercepted a certain try on Leeds’ line to sprint away for a try of his own, but the winger slipped on the turf and lost the ball in the ruck. Tyrone Roberts had a chance to extend Country Rugby League’s lead as the half back picked up a lost ball from Joe Gibbons to break down field but Iwan Stephens produced a strong defensive tackle to deny the number six.

Roberts would prove the creator for Country Rugby League’s third of the half. With Benjamin Lovett held up short of the line, a grubber kick into the in goal area from the half back was missed by Kane Smith and Iwan Stephens, allowing Nathan Kegg-King to drop on the loose ball and make the score 16-4.

Leeds had opportunities to add to their scoreline before half time. Hall nearly set Mackenzie Turner away down the sideline but the referee pulled the play back for the forward pass. As the half time siren sounded to end a close first half contest, the young Rhinos entered the dressing rooms 16-4 down.

 

The second half started where the first left off, with both sides getting into each other from the first minute. The tourists would extend their lead after seven minutes of the new half as Benjamin Lovett took a pass short of the line to crash over and score. Roberts converted to make the score 22-4.

Following a scuffle between the two sides, the tourists were down to twelve men as half back Rylee Blackhall was sent to the sin bin. With the extra man, Leeds looked to take advantage but a knock on by Jack Mallinson close to the try line turned possession over.

Despite being a man down, NSW Country Rugby League continued to dominate, forcing errors from the young Rhinos in key areas.

Joe Gibbons was sent to the sin bin with ten minutes left for throwing the ball at Mackenzie Atkins and from the following penalty, prop Kane Smith charged his way over from short to extend the visitor’s lead. Roberts converted to make the score 28-4.

Leeds would fight to get a second try but with twelve men in blue and amber couldn’t stop a revived Country Rugby League side, who had Rylee Blackhall back on the field following his sin binning. A wide move to the right looked to expose the gaps in Leeds’ defence and centre Mackenzie Atkins took full advantag to score in the corner. Roberts kicked a final goal to seal a 34-4 victory.