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9th June 2019 | KO 13:00 | East Leeds RLFC | Women U19s Academy League

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Leeds Rhinos Women Under-19s ready for first home game this Sunday

Leeds Rhinos Women U19s will aim to continue their winning start to the season when they host St Helens in their first home game at East Leeds ARLFC this Sunday, kick off 1pm.

The young Rhinos side earned a 42-10 win against Wigan Warriors in their first game of the season last month. This will be the first test for St Helens U19s, who are competing for the first time at this age level.

Head coach, Matty Bullough, has named a strong squad that includes six players who have played for the first team. Fran Goldthorp, who has been a regular for Adam Cuthbertson’s side since making her debut against Castleford is named in the squad. Ellena Powell who debuted for the first team on the opening day of the season, Kera Bennet, who has played twice in Super League this season and Orla McCallion, who featured for the first time in last week’s Challenge Cup win over York are all in the squad.

There is also debut for Elyse Royal and Whitley Bay player, Sam Hulme, who makes a return from injury after playing in a friendly for the team earlier this year. Liv Beresford and Abbie Spencer are both ruled out through injury.

Looking ahead to the game, Bullough said: “The team are looking forward to getting back out on the field again following our season opener at Wigan. We had areas of our game to improve on the back of that game and the girls have been working hard on that in training.

“We are looking forward to welcoming St Helens and the girls are excited to play a team who are an unknown in the U19s league with it being their first year in the set up. We know however that they will be organised and professional, so we will have to put on a great performance and work very hard to get the result we would like.”

Lois Forsell, who heads up the women’s development programme said: “The U19s women are looking forward to playing our first game of the 2019 season.

“Our 2019 home games will be hosted at Leeds community clubs who have worked tirelessly over the years to promote women and girls Rugby League as a reward and recognition, it will be great for both the clubs and the players.  We are delighted this week to be welcoming St Helens to East Leeds ARLFC and on 26th June we will be heading to Oulton Raiders where we take on Leigh U19s Women.”

1. Fran Goldthorp
2. Sam Hulme (debut)
3. Ellena Powell
4. Shauna Asquith
5. Ella Johnson
6. Frankie Townend
7. Abby Cromack
8. Paige Webster
9. Keara Bennet
10. Mia Clarke
11. Lucy Murray
12. Orla McCallion
13. Lauren Harvey
14. Mckenzie Boocock
15. Brogan Townsley-Parker
16. Elyse Royal (debut)
17. Kacey Haley

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Matty Bullough’s Leeds Rhinos Under 19s Women produced a confident performance against St Helens U19s Women, running 82 unanswered points past the Lancashire side at East Leeds ARLFC.

After beating Wigan 10-42 at Orrell St James to start the season, the Rhinos were in high spirits entering their first home match of the season and were clinical against a St Helens side that were playing only their first match of the season.

By the end of the first half , the scoreline would have been more fitting for full time; Leeds scoring 46 points to nil.  After scoring on debut against Wigan in round one, Lucy Murray crossed twice to get the Rhinos out to a resounding lead. Centre Shauna Asquith and half back Frankie Townend also scored twice in the first forty minutes before winger Sam Hulme added her name to the growing scoresheet as the half ended 46-0.

The second period saw the Rhinos run riot once more, adding 36 more points to their total. Francesca Goldthorp, who has scored in two of the last three matches she’s played in for the Womens first team, scored a hat trick at full back.

Centre Ellena Powell and back rower Murray also completed their hat tricks to take the score beyond St Helens’ grasp. After scoring against Wigan, Paige Webster and Lauren Harvey added their name to the scoresheet to make it eight different try scorers.

As the full time whistle sounded, Bullough’s side had averaged over a point a minute, thrashing St Helens 82-0 and claiming the two points.