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15th August 2019 | KO 17:30 | Emerald Headingley | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview – St Helens

Tomorrow night will mark the final home match of the regular season for Leeds Rhinos under 19s as Rob Burrow’s men face St Helens under 19s in a top-of-the-table clash at Emerald Headingley, kick off 5:30pm.

The Rhinos need a win at if they want a home tie for the Play Off semi final whereas a win for the Saints would send them level on points with the league leaders Wigan, who have a game in hand.

Ahead of Thursday night’s crucial academy clash, read more about the fixture:


Opposition Profile

Throughout 2019, St Helens have been one of the best teams in the academy championship. Like Leeds, they have only lost three times (twice to Wigan and once to the Rhinos) and have scored the same amount of points as the league leading Warriors. Over 50 points have been scored four times against Warrington, London and City of Hull twice.

Their wide men have been pivotal this season, with edge partners Josh Simm and John Hutchings scoring 37 combined tries between them in 2019. Simm was also one of eight players to be called up for Lancashire’s Academy Origin team, along with Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, Jamie Pye, Kye Siyani, Josh Simm, Lewis Baxter, Lewis Dodd and centre Matthew Foster.

Liam Whitton scored twice in the 32-16 win against the Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Watch the highlights here.

KEY PLAYER: With the promotion of Simm and full back Jack Welsby into the first team, it is a surprise that first year half back Lewis Dodd hasn’t stepped up too. Since joining Saints’ from local side Halton Farnworth Hornets, he looks one of the most exciting players for the future, scoring 19 tries and kicking 96 goals so far this season and earning a academy origin call up. He was named in Justin Holbrook’s 19-man squad for the recent London clash but missed out on selection.


Last Time Out

Held at Stanningley last season, Leeds’ clash against the Saints was a close one. Although the Rhinos charged out to a 20-0 lead, thanks to tries from Owen Trout, Ben Markland, Liam Hamill and Tom Holroyd, the visitors fought back to lead the game 22-20. Harry Newman and Mathew Foster locked the scores up at 26 all before a penalty goal from Harvey Spence and a late try from Tyler Dupree sealed the win.

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Team News

The major inclusion for academy head coach Rob Burrow this week is back rower Sam Walters, who returns from his month loan spell with Batley Bulldogs. Walters has made 11 appearances this season, scoring eight tries, and has made an impact on the young Rhinos since his arrival in March. He replaces Jarrod O’Connor in the starting thirteen, who has started the last three matches.

The squad otherwise remains unchanged from last weeks win against Widnes, with top try scorer Iwan Stephens starting at full back for a fifth time in 2019. Brad Martin has also hit try-scoring form; the back rower has scored in his last three matches.

Half back Harvey Spence can also pass 150 points for the season. He only needs a conversion to reach the milestone but remains 30 points behind last season’s tally.

Back rower Lewis Delaney is the fourth player to drop out through illness. Tom Holroyd, Harry Anderson, Joe Burton and Jordan Russell are still out through injury and could return in the coming weeks.

Team: 1. Iwan Stephens, 2. Liam Tindall, 3. TJ Barton, 4. Ben Markland, 5. Liam Whitton; 6. Harvey Spence, 7. Jack Mallinson; 8. Sam Moorhouse, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Tyler Dupree; 11. Brad Martin, 12. Sam Walters, 13. Loui McConnell
Bench: 14. Oli Burton, 15. Jarrod O’Connor, 16. Liam Hamill, 17. Rian Rowley


Player Focus

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Earlier in the week, we caught up with top tryscorer Iwan Stephens, who scored a second hat trick of the season last week against Widnes. The full back gives his insights into his relationship with Harvey Spence on the field and how it has helped him score as many tries.


Coaches Quotes

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with St Helens, Leeds Rhinos academy head coach Rob Burrow felt positive about the final home game of the season.”It’s the final home game of the season,” he said. “Not only is that special in the fact that it’s being played at Emerald Headingley but second place is up for grabs as well. That in itself should be enough of an incentive for my players to put out a big performance and we need a nine out of ten performance against the Saints. It will also decide who gets the home advantage, which is something we want.

They are a bit like a lot of the clubs in the top of the league in that they’ve got a wealth of young talent coming through. I think half back Lewis Dodd is a real figure head in the team and the pack are really athletic. They can run and play hard and we are anticipating a tough match.”


Form

Both sides have unbeaten league form over the last five matches. Only Leeds’ draw to Castleford separates the twos teams in the league but a win for the Rhinos would secure second spot. The Rhinos will finish the regular season with away trips to London Broncos and City of Hull.

The vistiors St Helens haven’t lost a game since Wigan at the end of June. Strugglers Newcastle, Castleford, Widnes, City of Hull and Wakefield have all been defeated comfortably, with Derek Traynor’s men scoring a combined 210 points. Their biggest win still remains as the 82-16 victory against Warrington at Victoria Park.


More Information

Secure your tickets for Thursday night’s double header, which sees Rob Burrow’s Under 19s take on St Helens Under 19s prior to the main Super League clash against the Saints.

Match tickets start from just £12 for juniors, from £16 for concessions and from £24 adults. Book before midnight the day before the game to guarantee the best price for your ticket and save £3 on match day prices.*

Book online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk, call the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 or buy in person at the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

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In their final home match of the 2019 regular season, Leeds Rhinos under 19s were outplayed by St Helens under 19s, losing 32-12 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Heading into the fixture, both sides were separated by a point and a win for either team would secure a home advantage for the Play Offs.

The visitors would be on top from kick off, proving impenetrable for 40 minutes. They set the tone for the match early on, scoring inside of the first minute. After Leeds lost the ball in the tackle, St Helens went on the attack and a break down the left edge from Matthew Foster was supported full back Harvey McDaid, who had the easiest of finishes. Lewis Dodd opened his account for the evening, making the score 6-0.

After providing the first try, back rower Foster scored the second to double the red V’s advantage. With the home side’s defence holding firm on the tryline, a grubber kick in behind was fumbled by Iwan Stephens and kicked along the white try line. The back rower was the quickest Saints player to react, landing on the ball in the in goal area.

A second try from Foster clearly hurt Rob Burrow’s men, after the Rhinos had created chances as they tried to work themselves into the game. As Harvey Spence looked to kick ahead and pin McDaid on his try line, substitute Connor Terrill, who came on for Christian Kellett, managed to get his foot to the ball, blocking it through the line. Foster picked up the loose ball and sprinted 70 metres to score under the posts. Dodd converted to make the score 18-0.

Winger John Hutchings also added his name to the scoresheet moments after Foster had scored. After Saints’ forwards had worked their way up the field, a great move by Dodd, Owain Abel and McDaid found Hutchings in space on the edge, with the winger diving in the corner to score his 13th try of the season. Dodd failed to convert as the visitors took a 22-0 lead into the half time break.

 

Leeds came out fighting in the second half and gave themselves a chance of coming back into the game with two quick tries.

Following a close opening exchange, in which Sam Walters was held up over the line, Leeds finally made a break through thanks to Rian Rowley, who spun out of the tackle to score close to the line. Harvey Spence scored his 150th point of the season with his conversion.

In similar fashion to Hutchings’ try for St Helens in the first half, winger Liam Tindall gave the Rhinos a fighting chance with fifteen minutes left. A move from the left hand side of the field found Corey Johnson, who had moved into the halves, and the captain then fed Liam Tindall, who beat three players to score Leeds’ second.

The home side had more chances to add to their tally but errors kept the ball turning over in favour of the Saints. In the final five minutes, tries from Bradley Holroyd and Paul Nash sealed the win. Firstly, winger Holroyd picked up a loose pass for Spence to sprint away from Ben Markland and Stephens to score in the corner.

Nash then ensure the visitors secured the home tie for the Play Offs; the hooker taking an offload from Foster to dive under the posts untouched. Dodd added the final conversion, sealing second place for the ‘Red V’ with a 32-12 victory.