• Leeds Rhinos Women
  • 22 - 18

  • York City Knights Ladies
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT 04 - 14
  • York City Knights Ladies
26th September 2021 | KO 15:30 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Women's Super League

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Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.com - 26/09/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Womens Super League Playoff Semi Final - Leeds Rhinos v York City Knights - The Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, England - Hanna Butcher of Leeds Rhinos is tackled by Sinead Peach of York City Knights and Alisha Clayton

A fantastic second half display saw Leeds Rhinos Women bounce back from being ten points down at half time to beat York City Knights Ladies 22-18 and book their place in the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final.

Lois Forsell could pick from a squad that has previous featured in the semi finals, led by prop Danika Priim, who has been 80 minutes away from the Grand Final with both Leeds and Bradford. Woman of Steel 2021 nominee and Leeds’ leading try scorer Fran Goldthorp was part of an unchanged back line, following the win over Wigan two weeks ago, while only Sam Hulme, Orla McCallion, Zoe Hornby, Eloise Hayward and Beth Lockwood were making their first appearance in the final four.

Leeds began the game in a positive manner as Courtney Winfield-Hill’s kickoff went over the sidelines, gifting the Rhinos the ball back, but as they were unable to make their early possession count, York took a surprise two try lead. After sucking up the early pressure, outside backs Savannah Andrade and Kelsey Gentles made significant breaks to get the Knights into range. Sinead Peach and Rhiannion Marshall then exchanged passes to put Olivia Wood through a gap for the second rower to score the first try of the game.

Just beyond the ten minute mark, the Knights took a two try advantage as Lindsay Anfield’s side had the wind in their sails. Andrade and Gentles were causing more problems after Leeds were forced to kick from within their own 30 metre zone, and as the duo had moved York closer to the try line, half back Emma Hardy decided to take on the line, fended away from Chloe Kerrigan and beat Leeds’ full back Caitlin Beevers to breezed through and give the Knights a 10-0 lead.

The Rhinos were in need of points and tried fight their way back into the game. Winfield-Hill caused problems from the restart again as her kick off was taken by Sophie Nuttall and after getting to the fifth tackle, Fran Goldthorp came close to scoring as she went up for a high kick but fumbled the ball in the air. York’s ill-discipline invited Leeds to attack again though and this time, Hanna Butcher kicked across the field and as the ball came off the hands of Ashleigh Hyde, Tasha Gaines was there to dot it down in the corner.

York continued to look the better side though and benefitted from some uncharacteristic errors from Leeds. Gentles was again punching holes through the Rhinos’ defence and although she was denied once by scrambling defence, the winger extended the Knights’ lead back to ten points before the break. A heavy kick from Winfield-Hill saw the ball go out on the full and York immediately hit the front foot. A quick play of the ball from substitute Alex Stimpson allowed Peach to go quickly from dummy half and as the hooker fed Hardy, she in turn found Wood, who looked certain to score her second of the game until Beevers made an incredible cover tackle. Wood managed to get the ball away though for the onrushing Gentles to power her way over and make the score 14-4 at half time.

 

The Rhinos needed a strong start to the second half and managed to level the score to set up an intense finish. Winfield-Hill caught Gentles in her own in goal area and allowed Leeds to build some pressure. Although a solid tackle from Renouf put Nuttall over the sideline following the goal line drop out, the captain stepped up to score a sensational try moments later, breaking through the York line before beating Georgie Hetherington to score under the posts.

Leeds then lost Eloise Hayward to a suspected ankle injury, but the reigning champions looked a rejuvenated side and benefited from a forward pass by York to level the scoreline. Winfield-Hill had chosen to kick early in the tackle count and Gaines did well to take it in so close to her touchline. On the fifth tackle, Butcher hacked a poor kick away but her half back partner Winfield-Hill did really well to reclaim the ball and then offload for McCallion to put Nuttall in for her first of the game.

With fifteen minutes to go, Nuttall was in again to give Leeds their first lead in the match. Robinson should have set up Gaines for her second try but the centre’s final pass was forward. Still the Rhinos pushed on and as Hornby had the ball ripped from her grasp, Leeds used the mistake to their advantage; Goldthorp setting up Nuttall, who raced away down the sideline to score her 50th points for the club. Winfield-Hill converted to make the score 20-14.

The scoreline changed again moments after the Nuttall try as York replied. A knock on by Gaines from the restart saw York have the opportunity to level the score from close range and Hardy obliged -the half back ghosting her way through Leeds’ defence to score under the posts. Amazingly, she hit the uprights with her conversion to put the Knights only two points adrift.

Winfield-Hill secured the result for Leeds when Grace Field caught a kick from Keara Bennett in an offside position and the Rhinos captain successfully converted the penalty goal. Robinson also could have closed the game out as she appeared to score in the corner but the referee judged she had been held up over the line. As the final whistle sounded, the celebrations could begin as Forsell’s side confirmed their returned to the Grand Final, where they will face the 2021 Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield winners St Helens.

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Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.com - 26/09/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Womens Super League Playoff Semi Final - Leeds Rhinos v York City Knights - The Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, England - Hanna Butcher of Leeds Rhinos is tackled by Sinead Peach of York City Knights and Alisha Clayton

A fantastic second half display saw Leeds Rhinos Women bounce back from being ten points down at half time to beat York City Knights Ladies 22-18 and book their place in the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final.

Lois Forsell could pick from a squad that has previous featured in the semi finals, led by prop Danika Priim, who has been 80 minutes away from the Grand Final with both Leeds and Bradford. Woman of Steel 2021 nominee and Leeds’ leading try scorer Fran Goldthorp was part of an unchanged back line, following the win over Wigan two weeks ago, while only Sam Hulme, Orla McCallion, Zoe Hornby, Eloise Hayward and Beth Lockwood were making their first appearance in the final four.

Leeds began the game in a positive manner as Courtney Winfield-Hill’s kickoff went over the sidelines, gifting the Rhinos the ball back, but as they were unable to make their early possession count, York took a surprise two try lead. After sucking up the early pressure, outside backs Savannah Andrade and Kelsey Gentles made significant breaks to get the Knights into range. Sinead Peach and Rhiannion Marshall then exchanged passes to put Olivia Wood through a gap for the second rower to score the first try of the game.

Just beyond the ten minute mark, the Knights took a two try advantage as Lindsay Anfield’s side had the wind in their sails. Andrade and Gentles were causing more problems after Leeds were forced to kick from within their own 30 metre zone, and as the duo had moved York closer to the try line, half back Emma Hardy decided to take on the line, fended away from Chloe Kerrigan and beat Leeds’ full back Caitlin Beevers to breezed through and give the Knights a 10-0 lead.

The Rhinos were in need of points and tried fight their way back into the game. Winfield-Hill caused problems from the restart again as her kick off was taken by Sophie Nuttall and after getting to the fifth tackle, Fran Goldthorp came close to scoring as she went up for a high kick but fumbled the ball in the air. York’s ill-discipline invited Leeds to attack again though and this time, Hanna Butcher kicked across the field and as the ball came off the hands of Ashleigh Hyde, Tasha Gaines was there to dot it down in the corner.

York continued to look the better side though and benefitted from some uncharacteristic errors from Leeds. Gentles was again punching holes through the Rhinos’ defence and although she was denied once by scrambling defence, the winger extended the Knights’ lead back to ten points before the break. A heavy kick from Winfield-Hill saw the ball go out on the full and York immediately hit the front foot. A quick play of the ball from substitute Alex Stimpson allowed Peach to go quickly from dummy half and as the hooker fed Hardy, she in turn found Wood, who looked certain to score her second of the game until Beevers made an incredible cover tackle. Wood managed to get the ball away though for the onrushing Gentles to power her way over and make the score 14-4 at half time.

 

The Rhinos needed a strong start to the second half and managed to level the score to set up an intense finish. Winfield-Hill caught Gentles in her own in goal area and allowed Leeds to build some pressure. Although a solid tackle from Renouf put Nuttall over the sideline following the goal line drop out, the captain stepped up to score a sensational try moments later, breaking through the York line before beating Georgie Hetherington to score under the posts.

Leeds then lost Eloise Hayward to a suspected ankle injury, but the reigning champions looked a rejuvenated side and benefited from a forward pass by York to level the scoreline. Winfield-Hill had chosen to kick early in the tackle count and Gaines did well to take it in so close to her touchline. On the fifth tackle, Butcher hacked a poor kick away but her half back partner Winfield-Hill did really well to reclaim the ball and then offload for McCallion to put Nuttall in for her first of the game.

With fifteen minutes to go, Nuttall was in again to give Leeds their first lead in the match. Robinson should have set up Gaines for her second try but the centre’s final pass was forward. Still the Rhinos pushed on and as Hornby had the ball ripped from her grasp, Leeds used the mistake to their advantage; Goldthorp setting up Nuttall, who raced away down the sideline to score her 50th points for the club. Winfield-Hill converted to make the score 20-14.

The scoreline changed again moments after the Nuttall try as York replied. A knock on by Gaines from the restart saw York have the opportunity to level the score from close range and Hardy obliged -the half back ghosting her way through Leeds’ defence to score under the posts. Amazingly, she hit the uprights with her conversion to put the Knights only two points adrift.

Winfield-Hill secured the result for Leeds when Grace Field caught a kick from Keara Bennett in an offside position and the Rhinos captain successfully converted the penalty goal. Robinson also could have closed the game out as she appeared to score in the corner but the referee judged she had been held up over the line. As the final whistle sounded, the celebrations could begin as Forsell’s side confirmed their returned to the Grand Final, where they will face the 2021 Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield winners St Helens.

Team Performance

Goals

3

1

Tries

4

4

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers0000000
Tasha Gaines1000000
Francesca Goldthorp0000000
Sophie Robinson0000000
Sophie Nuttall2000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill1300000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Sam Hulme0000000
Beth Lockwood0000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Elle Frain0000000
Orla McCallion0000000
Interchanges
Keara Bennett0000000
Eloise Hayward0000000
Danika Priim0000000
Zoe Hornby0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Georgie Hetherington0000000
Kelsey Gentles1000000
Tamzin Renouf0000000
Savannah Andrade0000000
Ashleigh Hyde0000000
Emma Hardy2100000
Katie Langan0000000
Grace Field0000000
Sinead Peach0000000
Ellie Hendry0000000
Emma Kershaw0000000
Olivia Wood1000000
Rhiannion Marshall0000000
Interchanges
Mary Tiplady0000000
Daisy Sanderson0000000
Alex Stimpson0000000
Alisha Clayton0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards