• Leeds Rhinos
  • 58 - 0

  • Warrington Wolves
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 26 - 0
  • Warrington Wolves
1st June 2019 | KO 12:00 | Stanningley SARLFC | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview – Warrington Wolves

Leeds Rhinos Under 19s half back Harvey Spence is included in Saturday's squad that will play Warrington Wolves at Stanningley.

Boosted up to second place with a 16-32 win against St Helens last weekend, Leeds Rhinos Under 19s will start the new month with a visit from another top four side; Warrington Wolves visiting Stanningley this Saturday, kick off 12pm.

With seven wins this season, Warrington lie fourth in the table but a tough month ahead means the Wire need a win in Yorkshire. A win for Leeds would be a ninth of the season, with the young Rhinos already defeating all of the sides in the top four so far.

Opposition Profile

With Saturday’s game marking the half way point of the season, Warrington Wolves have maintained their position in the top four, currently sitting two points behind Leeds and St Helens. Only Wigan, St Helens and Huddersfield have defeated Paul Anderson’s side, who are set for their best league finish since 2016.

Their greatest asset is their forward pack, with ten players scoring a combined 27 tries this season. Former Woolston Rovers front rower Connor Wrench has the most of those (6) with Ellis Longstaff and George Roby close behind.

Tom Holroyd scored three tries against Warrington last season. Two of those came in the home win as the prop contributed ten tries in 19 appearances in 2018.

Six Wolves players have been selected for this season’s Academy Origin series, with three selected for each county. Ellis Longstaff, former Rhinos scholarship captain Jacob Gannon, and Riley Dean, who has the most goals for Warrington this season (27), join the seven Leeds representatives for Yorkshire. Connor Wrench, Joe Barnes and the clubs top try scorer Josh Thewlis wore the Lancashire rose.

Last Time We Met

The last time Leeds took on Warrington, the young Rhinos claimed a 26-10 win at Stanningley. Two tries from Tom Holroyd was the highlight of the match, with Will Scrimshaw, Alfie Goddard and Kiedan Hartley also getting on the scoresheet for Leeds.

Watch the highlights below:

Team News

Academy head coach Rob Burrow has made four changes from last weeks squad that defeated St Helens. For the fourth time this season, Callum McLelland will be partnered by Harvey Spence, who is reintroduced into the starting thirteen. Last week was only the second match this season that Spence has missed out on selection with McLelland featuring in his fifth academy match of 2019.

Due to Tom Holroyd sustaining an ankle injury, Harry Georgiou is promoted into the starting line up for the first time since 2018’s home win against London Broncos. He joins Muizz Mustapha, who has six tries in six appearances in the back row. The left edge sees Ben Markland and Joe Burton rotated into the side for Liam Tindall and Tom Barton, who have started the last three games together.

After his hamstring injury, Brad Martin is included among the interchanges, with the second rower missing out on the last three fixtures. Jarrod O’Connor is moved onto the bench after starting at loose forward last week. Oli Burton and Sam Moorhouse all retain their places.

Team: 1. Liam Whitton, 2. Ben Markland, 3. Joe Burton, 4. Jack Broadbent, 5. Iwan Stephens; 6. Harvey Spence, 7. Callum McLelland; 8, Harry Georgiou, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Muizz Mustapha; 11. Sam Walters, 12. Owen Trout, 13. Loui McConnell Bench: 14. Oli Burton, 15. Brad Martin , 16. Jarrod O’Connor, 17. Sam Moorhouse

Player Focus

Sam Walters made his return to Rob Burrow’s squad last week, scoring twice in the 16-32 win over St Helens. He was in the spotlight for this weeks feature interview, with the forward reflecting on his performance against St Helens, what it meant to be back on the field and and why the fixture against Warrington is important to him.

June Fixtures

With a loss and two wins in May, the Rhinos Under 19s are up to second in the league, two points behind Wigan. That gap could be closed should Leeds beat Shane Eccles’ side in two weeks time. Following a break for the final Academy Origin match, Rob Burrow’s side will finish the month with matches against Wakefield Trinity away and Newcastle Thunder at Stanningley.

See the full under 19s fixture list here

How to watch live online

Throughout the Academy season, every home match has been streamed with over 1,500 viewers tuning in on Youtube and 10,000 watching on Facebook. This weekend’s match will be available on both platforms, with full match commentary, post match interviews and guest analysts from 12pm.

Click a link to watch live:

Facebook: https://www.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 Dr, 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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Liam Whitton finished off a last minute team try in the 58-0 win over Warrington. Picture courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography.

Leeds Rhinos Under 19s produced their best performance of the season to keep Warrington Wolves Under 19s scoreless and claim a third consecutive win; Rob Burrow’s side beating the Wolves 58-0 at Stanningley.

Following wins against Bradford and St Helens, the young Rhinos were the in-form side coming into the match and made sure they took the two points on home soil. It would take eight minutes for Leeds to strike through prop Muizz Mustapha. After the penalty was conceded by Warrington, the Rhinos were on the attack and with Harvey Spence, who missed last week’s win against St Helens, finding Mustapha, the forward shrugged off multiple defenders to open the scoring.

Leeds would double their lead minutes later when centre Jack Broadbent broke away on the left side of the field. With Iwan Stephens and Liam Whitton in support, Broadbent passed on his inside for full back Whitton to touched down under the posts. Spence converted making the score 10-0.

Ben Markland made it a third try in fifteen minutes following a drop out by Warrington. Two tackles later, the ball was moved right to Joe Burton, who timed the pass to perfection to release his winger to score his first of the afternoon.

Ellis Longstaff was denied a try by Callum McLelland as the half back produced a defensive effort to deny the Wolves a try. Sam Walters was also held up at the other end before Loui McConnell got the Rhinos beyond 20 points; Jarrod O’Connor sending the loose forward through to score.

Winger Iwan Stephens competed the scoring for the first half, touching down in the corner on the half time whistle. From the scrum, Leeds opted for a short side play and Broadbent caught Warrington napping to send Stephens in to score. Spence missed the conversion, but Leeds had already built up a healthy advantage, leading 26-0 at the break.


The Rhinos built on their advantage in the opening minutes of the second half. After the Wolves gave away the ball, Leeds turned their possession into points; Owen Trout powering his way over to score.

Substitute Jarrod O’Connor was next on the board, touching down under the posts his first try in Leeds colours. From the kick off, Leeds once again produced a special play as Sam Moorhouse passed the ball wide to release Iwan Stephens down the wing. Brought down before he could reach the line, the winger put Leeds in another great attacking position, which O’Connor benefitted from. Spence converted to make the score 36-0.

As tempers flared among the Warrington players, they were soon 40 points down after only ten minutes of the second half. As Leeds moved downfield, Trout produced an inside pass for Broadbent, who ran a good line to sliced through the defence and score.

As the Wolves looked for their first points, they came close to the try line before being exposed by Leeds as Ben Markland intercepted a pass to sprint away and touchdown for his second of the game on sixty minutes. Spence converted his fifth of the afternoon.

Burrow’s side spent the next ten minutes defending Warrington attacks, which came with no reward. This frustrated the visitors further, seeing emotions boil over inside the last five minutes. Despite their opponent’s vexation, Leeds managed to score twice before the full-time whistle. Loui McConnell carried three men over the try line to score his second try of the match before Liam Whitton completed a second two try performance in two weeks.

It was the game’s finest moment, the ball was touched by seven different players and was moved across the width of the field twice before Whitton grounded in the corner. Spence converted from the touchline as Leeds completed a 58-0 win.