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14th March 2020 | KO 12:00 | Emerald Headingley | U18s Academy Championship

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Under-18s Preview: Bradford Bulls

Following last week’s midweek clash with Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos Under-18s take on local rivals Bradford Bulls this Saturday at Emerald Headingley Stadium, kick off 12pm.

Opposition Profile

Leigh Beattie’s Bradford Bulls Under-18s play their first game of the season this weekend, having had their opening match against Hull FC postponed due to weather conditions and were given a bye in round two.

They come into this derby clash with a young squad. Only Harry Shackleton, Isaac Coleman, Will Adams and Kieran Brining played against the Rhinos academy last season, showing once again the club’s capabilities of bringing through young talent.

Leeds ran out 44-26 winners against Bradford last year at Stanningley

KEY PLAYER: Half back Harry Shackleton is one to watch out for among Bradford’s spine. Coming out of Hunslet Warriors, Shackleton has risen through the Bulls’ scholarship and earned international call ups for England Youth and Academy. For 2020, he was offered a first team shirt in John Kear’s side and appeared against Leeds at Emerald Headingley during pre season.

Team News

Chev Walker has handed Corey Hall and Liam Tindall their first appearances for the Under-18s this season.

Both players have featured for Rob Burrow’s reserves side, with Tindall scoring against Wigan last week. The winger had a great first season in the academy, finishing as one of the top metre makers in the team.

Hall faced his former club Wigan for the first time since he signed for the Rhinos at the end of 2019. He was handed the number 36 squad number for Richard Agar’s first team but is set to play for the Under 18s for the first time.

Elsewhere, Ben Sheils will be looking to back up a try scoring debut against Wigan last Wednesday while Jack Mallinson and Oli Field look to be half back partners once again.

Getting to Know

This week, we sat down with U18s winger Liam Tindall to find out more about his journey through rugby league. Take a look at the full video here:

Last Time Out

In the derby match last season, Leeds took the spoils with a 44-26 victory at Stanningley. A hat trick from Liam Whitton was the highlight of the game as the young Rhinos continued a five match unbeaten run.

More Information

Gates Open – 10.30am – enter via Gate E on St Michaels Lane.

Ticket Prices – Voluntary donations on arrival – all proceeds to for Leeds Rhinos Foundation (Rugby League Development Plan)

Viewing areas – South Stand Terrace and South Stand seats (access via front of the stand only)

Wheelchair disabled viewing areas – In front of South Stand Terrace

Parking – Parking available in Car Parks E and F on St Michaels Lane. There is no charge to park.

Food and Drink – There is a bar situated in the South Stand concourse serving alcoholic / non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.

Dogs – Dogs are not allowed at the venue with exception of Guide Dogs.

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Leeds Rhinos Under-18s bounced back from last week’s defeat to Wigan with a confident 44-10 win over derby rivals Bradford Bulls at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

A quick double inside the first ten minutes from Leeds winger Iwan Stephens got Chev Walker’s side off to the perfect start. After the Bulls were penalised for a head high tackle, the young Rhinos made the most of their possession, moving right for Corey Hall to bounce the ball over defenders for Stephens to score in the corner.

The winger was over minutes later in a similar scenario; this time Ben Mayhew providing the offload for Stephens to dot down in the easiest of finishes to make the score 8-0.

Will Adams grabbed a try back for the Bradford, cutting through the Leeds defence to score under the Extentia Stand but with over ten minutes to go, Liam Tindall marked his first academy appearance of 2020 with a try. A sweeping move across the field left the Bulls short on numbers and, following a well timed pass from Ben Sheils, the winger was able to slide in low and ground the ball. Stephens missed the conversion making the score 12-4.

Harry Shackleton grabbed a try back for Bradford to leave the visitors two points adrift at half time; the half back jinking through the Leeds line from short range to dot down under the posts, making the score 12-10 at the break.


TJ Barton put daylight between the two sides early in the second half. Oli Field regained his own grubber kick to get Leeds a consecutive set on the Bradford line and before an offload from Nathan Snee released Barton to crash under the posts.

Tindall got in for his second try of the game off more ill-discipline from the Bulls. Like with the winger’s first try, the ball was moved left and a long cut out pass from Joe Burton put Tindall in to touch down.

Barton had a great opportunity to get his second of the game, kicking through the line and regathering, but he opted to pass wide to Field, who was brought down short of the line. It wasn’t a wasted chance though as Ben Sheils scored his second try in two weeks. Having held Bradford in their own in goal area, Leeds drove the ball at the line through strong carries and with Burton the creator once again, the full back offloaded out of the back for Sheils picked up, race over and score. Stephens converted to make the score 28-10.

The Rhinos rounded off the result with three tries in the last ten minutes. AJ Wallace grabbed his first of the season, fending his way through the Bradford defence to bundle over the try line before Jack Mallinson spotted a gap in the Bull’s line to streak through and score almost untouched.

Joe Gibbons rounded off the result on the final minute, taking a short pass from Field to crash over and complete the scoring; Leeds running out 44-10 victors.