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29th June 2019 | KO 12:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview: Newcastle Thunder

Leeds Rhinos Under 19s will be wanting to continue their winning form this Saturday as Rob Burrow’s side face twelfth place Newcastle Thunder Under 19s at Stanningley, kick off 12pm.

Influential half back Callum McLelland stole the show in last weeks 38-30 win against Wakefield Trinityy and with clashes against bottom clubs Thunder and Castleford Tigers next Thursday coming up in the next five days, now is the perfect time for the young Rhinos to build some good form.

Opposition Profile

With only one win in thirteen league games, Newcastle Thunder look to be finishing bottom of the league for a fourth time in as many years. They started the season positively with a 38-28 away win against Castleford but conceded a combined 222 points against Wigan, Leeds, Warrington and London from round four to round seven.

Against the sides outside of the top five, Thunder have been unlucky to not pick up wins. Aside from the Tigers, they only lost by two points against Widnes Vikings and pushed Wakefield Trinity and City of Hull close. Even St Helens nearly left the north east with a surprise defeat; late tries from Lewis Dodd and Josh Simm saving the Saints.

Muizz Mustapha scored a hat trick last time the Rhinos faced Thunder earlier in the season but is suspended for this week’s game

Only Alex Donaghy featured in the Academy Origin series, scoring twice for Yorkshire in the deciding match at Wakefield’s Mobile Rocket Stadium. Thunder’s under 19s head coach Michael Heap was also on the Yorkshire coaching staff alongside Rhinos assistant coach Jonny Wainhouse.

Last Time Out

When Newcastle travelled to Stanningley last season, four tries from Harry Newman overwhelmed the visitors as Leeds won 60-4. Including Newman, the Rhinos had eight different try scorers with current players Will Scrimshaw, Corey Johnson, Jack Broadbent, Sam Moorhouse and Owen Trout putting their names on the scoresheet.

Team News

Youthful and experienced players are recalled by academy head coach Rob Burrow for Saturday’s clash. After suffering with a hamstring injury for most of the season, winger Liam Hamill makes his first start of 2019 alongside Joe Burton, who scored against Newcastle at Kingston Park earlier in the season. Liam Whitton is also reintroduced at full back, seeing Iwan Stephens drop out.

In the forwards, Tyler Dupree is available for the clash with Thunder. The prop has played three times whilst on loan at York City Knights, including Wednesday’s golden point loss to Batley Bulldogs, but will play in Saturday’s game. Corey Johnson also returns after featuring off the bench for Featherstone Rovers on dual registration last Sunday.

Saturday’s match will see a sixth new half back partnership form as Jack Mallinson joins Harry Anderson, replacing Callum McLelland who has been named in Featherstone Rovers’ squad for the weekend. It will be the first time that the two have played together since they were in the Rhinos scholarship programme. Back rower Lewis Delaney scored on his return to the squad last week and along with prop Rian Rowley, have been promoted from the bench this week. Brad Martin and Harry Georgiou take their places among the substitutes.

Team: 1. Liam Whitton, 2. Liam Hamill, 3. Joe Burton, 4. TJ Barton, 5. Liam Tindall; 6. Harry Anderson, 7. Jack Mallinson; 8. Rian Rowley, 9. Corey Johnson 10. Tyler Dupree; 11. Lewis Delaney, 12. Sam Walters, 13. Jarrod O’Connor
Subs: 14. Will Scrimshaw, 15. Brad Martin, 16. Harry Georgiou, 17. Sam Moorhouse

Player Focus

This week, forward Harry Georgiou sat down in front of the cameras for the first time to discuss his performances since coming back from a hyper extended knee injury against Huddersfield. The prop also discusses the importance of his role as a senior player in the side and what guidance he is giving to younger players.

Coaches Quotes

After last weeks win against Wakefield, academy head coach Rob Burrow felt that his team needed to work on their defence going into the match on Saturday

“Whilst it’s always good to get the result, in a development team, it’s about the performance & defensively we were way off,” he commented.

“Newcastle will cause us trouble as they are very physical up the middle. This will be a great exercise for us to see if we can be better defensively and all I care about this week is a good defensive attitude. If we get that right, the attack will take care of itself.”


With both sides at opposite ends of the under 19s Championship, the difference in league form reflects how they have performed so far in 2019. With ten wins this season, the Rhinos have been one of the inform sides, producing convincing performances against sides at both ends of the table.

Newcastle on the other hand will be hoping to put in a strong performance and get as many wins as they can to avoid the wooden spoon. They have only picked up one point in their last five matches, a 24 all draw against Castleford at the start of June, keeping them just two points off the eleventh placed Tigers and five points away from City of Hull.

Next Three Games

Leeds Rhinos U19Newcastle Thunder U19
Castleford Tigers (A)Wakefield Trinity (H)
Warrington Wolves (A)London Broncos (A)
Bradford Bulls (H)Widnes Vikings (A)

How to Watch Live

So far this season, we have had big audiences viewing both our Under 19s and Women’s matches on Facebook and YouTube. Our coverage continues this Saturday for the visit of Newcastle so follow one of the links below to start watching.

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/LeedsRhinosOfficial/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LeedsRhinosOfficial

Further Information

If you want to come and watch the game live at Stanningley, the address is Coal Hill Drive, Leeds, LS13 1PA .

Admission is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and children are free with all proceeds going to Stanningley SARLFC.


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Jarrod O'Connor scored his second try of the season in the 46-6 win against Newcastle Thunder. Image courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography.

Back at Stanningley for the first time since the start of the June, Leeds Rhinos Under 19s brushed aside Newcastle Thunder 46-6 thanks to two tries from Corey Johnson, Tyler Dupree and Tom Barton.

Despite an ankle injury to Joe Burton in the warm up forcing a late change, the young Rhinos looked unfazed and opened the scoring through captain Johnson after three minutes. Making metres down the right edge after a couple of plays, a dart out of dummy half by the hooker opened up space for him to pass to centre Barton. With Barton in the clear, he returned the favour inside to Johnson who sprinted away to score under the posts. Jack Mallinson converted to make the score 6-0.

The visitors would reply minutes later to lock the scores up. A knock on from Leeds gave Thunder the possession in Leeds territory and a sweeping right side move found centre Issac Nokes, who sliced through the defence to get Newcastle’s first try of the game.

Thunder continued to pressure the Rhinos over a ten minutes stint as errors and penalties made the game scrappy until a clean break by Johnson gave Leeds an opportunity to add to their scoreline. With Mallinson unable to take Johnson’s pass cleanly, the Rhinos had four plays on their opponents try line until a delicate kick in behind from Leeds’ number seven set up Tyler Dupree to touchdown.

Tom Barton scored back to back tries to put breathing space between the two sides. The centre’s first came from his own kick over the top. The chance looked to have dissipated when Callum Piert had the ball covered but the winger mistimed his dive and missed the ball, which was reclaimed on the floor by Barton, who scored in the corner.

The centre got his second of the game following a long spell of Leeds possession in Newcastle’s half. Using their mobile forwards, Leeds came to within ten metres of the try line and a short side play found Barton, who ran a strong line to slice open the defence. Mallinson converted his third of the game, making the score 22-6.

Newcastle once again stemmed the flow of points from the Rhinos until five minutes before the end of the half. With the home side getting a roll on down the middle of the field, thanks to Mallinson and Brad Martin, a quick play-of-the-ball allowed Sam Walters to exploit space in Newcastle’s line and an offload sent Dupree away for his second try of the afternoon; the prop making the score 28-6 at half time.


Only three tries were scored by Leeds in the second half but it was enough to ensure Rob Burrow’s side left with the victory. Loose forward Jarrod O’Connor scored his second try of the season ten minutes into the half. After Newcastle were forced into a drop out, a further penalty frustrated the visitors and their lack of concentration was punished by the Rhinos. Following the quick tap by Barton, half back Harry Anderson took the ball back towards the right edge and found O’Connor, who had open space to run through and touchdown.

The game became scrappy as both sides looked to be suffering from the intense heat. Possession kept turning over but Leeds looked more likely to add to their tally. They were rewarded in the 65th minute as Brad Martin scored straight from a scrum. Moving the ball left after Thunder knocked on, a short pass from Sam Walters was timed to perfection, opening the space for Martin to sprint through and score his first of the season. Mallinson converted to make the score 40-6.

With the game coming to a close, Corey Johnson crossed for his second try of the afternoon to seal the win. Playing at loose forward after injuries to Lewis Delaney and Tyler Dupree, the captain took the ball from Scrimshaw, bounced off three Newcastle defenders and touched down under the posts to make the final score 46-6.