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27th May 2021 | KO 19:00 | Emerald Headingley | Academy

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Leeds Rhinos U19 18 Castleford Tigers U19 20

Leeds Rhinos Academy vs Castleford Tigers Academy at Emerald Headingley in Leeds. Photos supplied by Craig Hawkhead Photography

Leeds Rhinos Under-19s lost out to Castleford Tigers Under-19s 20-18 in a tightly contested game at Emerald Headingley; Levi Edwards, Jack Mallinson and Max Simpson scoring the tries for Chev Walker’s side.

In front of family and friends, who were in attendance for the first time this season, the visitors started strongly, scoring twice in the opening ten minutes. Following an effort that saw winger Mackenzie Scurr go close but eventually pushed over the sideline, Castleford went straight on the attack once again and on the other wing Josh Milthorpe took a ball over the top from Josh Sandler to touchdown in the corner. After Leeds had nearly got themselves back on level terms, only to lose the ball close to the Tigers try line, following an offside penalty against the home side, the Tigers came up short with Brad Graham, who was denied from scoring by the referee, before Scurr finally got his try; the winger going round his opposite number Liam Tindall to score. Adam Rusling missed both conversions as Castleford led 8-0.

Leeds had to defend themselves against more Tigers attacks before Jack Mallinson got the Rhinos back in the match. Winning a penalty while coming away from their own try line for a rip on the ball, Leeds marched towards the Western Terrace and after a great drive by captain Oli Field, Oli Burton moved the ball laterally left for his half back Mallinson, who cut through the Castleford line to dot the ball down. He converted his own try to bring the score to within two points.

No sooner had Walker’s side scored, they were in the lead for the first time. A good set from the restart put Leeds on the charge and Mallinson’s high kick was judged to have come off a Castleford hand, meaning Leeds had repeat sets in the visitor’s half. Sam Little and Liam Tindall both took the ball in for the first two carries and set a platform for the Rhinos and with Burton coming out of dummy half again, the hooker found the onrushing Levi Edwards, who broke the tackle of Harris to put Leeds ahead. Mallinson converted again to make the score 12-8.

Castleford would have the last laugh though, retaking their lead shortly before the break through Rusling. Penalties once again hampered the Rhinos and in their own half, on the fifth tackle, Burton was penalised for a tug on the ball and the Tigers had a full set of six so close to the Leeds line. A quick play of the ball allowed Castleford hooker Cain Robb to dart out towards the corner and drop the ball inside for half back Rusling, who caught the Rhinos short on numbers on the inside to score. Caelum Jordan took over kicking duties and converted to give the visitors a 14-12 lead at the break.

 

The Tigers came out in the second half in a similar fashion to the first half, setting the pace quickly and benefitted when Robb got over to extend the gap on the scoreboard to eight points again. Although Leeds had penned their opponents in their own 20 metre area, another offside call against the home team saw Castleford move into striking range. Balami Qareqare came short with one of his first touches of the ball and noticing that Leeds’ defence wasn’t set, hooker Robb sprinted passed the Leeds markers and bounced out of the tackle of Edwards to get the ball down.

The young Rhinos weren’t prepared to give in and first year centre Max Simpson gave the home side a lifeline as he scored his first academy try. Leeds had tried their best to add to their score, Joe Gibbons and Mackenzie Turner coming up short, but having turned the ball over right on the Tigers’ line, forwards Ben Mayhew, AJ Wallace and Nathan Snee managed to push Scurr back over his own goal line and turn possession back over to the home side. With ball in hand once again, Mallinson pushed the ball wide to his centre Simpson, who stepped back inside and drove his way over the line. Mallinson converted to set up a close twenty minutes; the score 20-18.

Leeds had opportunities to win the game, Joe Gibbons being unlucky not to touchdown on two occasions that proved to be costly. Ben Sheils was introduced to the field, sending Turner to full back, and Turner had a great opportunity to put the subsititute in to score but the ball went over Sheils’ head. In the end, time was against the Rhinos as the full time hooter went; Castleford winning the game by two points.

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Leeds Rhinos Academy vs Castleford Tigers Academy at Emerald Headingley in Leeds. Photos supplied by Craig Hawkhead Photography

Leeds Rhinos Under-19s lost out to Castleford Tigers Under-19s 20-18 in a tightly contested game at Emerald Headingley; Levi Edwards, Jack Mallinson and Max Simpson scoring the tries for Chev Walker’s side.

In front of family and friends, who were in attendance for the first time this season, the visitors started strongly, scoring twice in the opening ten minutes. Following an effort that saw winger Mackenzie Scurr go close but eventually pushed over the sideline, Castleford went straight on the attack once again and on the other wing Josh Milthorpe took a ball over the top from Josh Sandler to touchdown in the corner. After Leeds had nearly got themselves back on level terms, only to lose the ball close to the Tigers try line, following an offside penalty against the home side, the Tigers came up short with Brad Graham, who was denied from scoring by the referee, before Scurr finally got his try; the winger going round his opposite number Liam Tindall to score. Adam Rusling missed both conversions as Castleford led 8-0.

Leeds had to defend themselves against more Tigers attacks before Jack Mallinson got the Rhinos back in the match. Winning a penalty while coming away from their own try line for a rip on the ball, Leeds marched towards the Western Terrace and after a great drive by captain Oli Field, Oli Burton moved the ball laterally left for his half back Mallinson, who cut through the Castleford line to dot the ball down. He converted his own try to bring the score to within two points.

No sooner had Walker’s side scored, they were in the lead for the first time. A good set from the restart put Leeds on the charge and Mallinson’s high kick was judged to have come off a Castleford hand, meaning Leeds had repeat sets in the visitor’s half. Sam Little and Liam Tindall both took the ball in for the first two carries and set a platform for the Rhinos and with Burton coming out of dummy half again, the hooker found the onrushing Levi Edwards, who broke the tackle of Harris to put Leeds ahead. Mallinson converted again to make the score 12-8.

Castleford would have the last laugh though, retaking their lead shortly before the break through Rusling. Penalties once again hampered the Rhinos and in their own half, on the fifth tackle, Burton was penalised for a tug on the ball and the Tigers had a full set of six so close to the Leeds line. A quick play of the ball allowed Castleford hooker Cain Robb to dart out towards the corner and drop the ball inside for half back Rusling, who caught the Rhinos short on numbers on the inside to score. Caelum Jordan took over kicking duties and converted to give the visitors a 14-12 lead at the break.

 

The Tigers came out in the second half in a similar fashion to the first half, setting the pace quickly and benefitted when Robb got over to extend the gap on the scoreboard to eight points again. Although Leeds had penned their opponents in their own 20 metre area, another offside call against the home team saw Castleford move into striking range. Balami Qareqare came short with one of his first touches of the ball and noticing that Leeds’ defence wasn’t set, hooker Robb sprinted passed the Leeds markers and bounced out of the tackle of Edwards to get the ball down.

The young Rhinos weren’t prepared to give in and first year centre Max Simpson gave the home side a lifeline as he scored his first academy try. Leeds had tried their best to add to their score, Joe Gibbons and Mackenzie Turner coming up short, but having turned the ball over right on the Tigers’ line, forwards Ben Mayhew, AJ Wallace and Nathan Snee managed to push Scurr back over his own goal line and turn possession back over to the home side. With ball in hand once again, Mallinson pushed the ball wide to his centre Simpson, who stepped back inside and drove his way over the line. Mallinson converted to set up a close twenty minutes; the score 20-18.

Leeds had opportunities to win the game, Joe Gibbons being unlucky not to touchdown on two occasions that proved to be costly. Ben Sheils was introduced to the field, sending Turner to full back, and Turner had a great opportunity to put the subsititute in to score but the ball went over Sheils’ head. In the end, time was against the Rhinos as the full time hooter went; Castleford winning the game by two points.

Team Performance

Goals

3

2

Tries

3

4

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Sam Little0000000
Mackenzie Turner0000000
Corey Hall0000000
Max Simpson1000000
Liam Tindall0000000
Levi Edwards1000000
Jack Mallinson1300000
Tom Nicholson-Watton0000000
Oli Burton0000000
Joe Hird0000000
Luca Atkinson0000000
Ben Mayhew0000000
Oli Field0000000
Interchanges
Joe Gibbons0000000
AJ Wallace0000000
Nathan Snee0000000
Bailey Aldridge0000000
Ben Sheils0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Charlie Harris0000000
Mackenzie Scurr1000000
Caelum Jordan0200000
Brad Graham0000000
Josh Milthorpe1000000
Adam Rusling1000000
Jack Sandler0000000
Sam Hall0000000
Cain Robb1000000
Liam Buffett0000000
Daniel Attley0000000
Nathan Magee0000000
Louis Collinson0000000
Ben Wood0000000
Interchanges
Tom Hazelgrave0000000
Pheonix Tooala0000000
Jacob Harte0000000
Balami Qareqare0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards