• Leeds Rhinos Women
  • 74 - 0

  • Warrington Wolves
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • Warrington Wolves
23rd June 2019 | KO 12:00 | Sports Park Weetwood | Coral Womens Challenge Cup

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Match Preview: Leeds Rhinos Women v Warrington Wolves Women

Leeds Rhinos Women will continue their Coral Women’s Challenge Cup defence this Sunday when they take on the newly formed Warrington Wolves Women in the Quarter Finals at Sports Park Weetwood, kick off 12pm. The current holders of the cup have only played one round in the competition, keeping York City Knights Ladies scoreless in a 70-0 thrashing. Another win a week later against the Knights and having six players feature in the Women’s Origin series will provide Adam Cuthbertson’s side with plenty of confidence entering this fixture. Opponents Warrington may be in their debut season but they are blossoming in the Women’s Championship. Currently third, the Wolves have only lost to Stanningley so far and have been dominant throughout their Challenge Cup run. Warrington started with a 80-12 victory over Wigan St Patricks in the first round, thanks to four tries from loose forward Samantha Simpson, before beating league rivals Barrow 18-38 to reach the last eight. Facing off against the Rhinos will be their first test against a Women’s Super League side and coach Lee Westwood will be relying experienced captain Roxy Mura to give his side the edge. The game will be streamed live on the Leeds Rhinos Facebook and YouTube pages from 12 noon. Click a link to watch live:

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LeedsRhinosOfficial/ Venue: Sports Park Weetwood, Ring Road, Weetwood, Leeds, LS16 5AU. Gates Open: 10am Ticket Prices: Minimum suggested donation of £5 for adults and concessions (senior citizens 65 & over and students) / FREE for Juniors aged 16 & under. Cash only on match day – tickets are not pre-sold. Programmes – Team sheets will be handed out for free on arrival Viewing areas – Standing around the pitch with a small seated stand which will be unreserved. Parking – Limited, first come, first served. There is no charge to park. If there is no parking available at the venue, then fans must park in surrounding residential areas. Do not park at Weetwood Hall Hotel or on the grass verges on the ring road and respect the neighbours surrounding the venue. Limited Disabled Parking will be available onsite. Food and Drink – There is a café onsite for fans to purchase food and drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Bag Search Policy – Bags will be checked on arrival – fans cannot bring their own alcohol. Dogs – Dogs are not allowed at the venue with exception of Guide Dogs.  

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By Matthew Wright


Leeds Rhinos continued their Women’s Coral Challenge Cup run with a convincing win over the Warrignton Wolves at Sports Park Weetwood in the quarter final. 

 

It would be the perfect start for the Rhinos when a deep Courtney Hill kick off would bounce in the in-goal area and find its way over the dead ball line to give Leeds unexpected possession. The Wolves had the first real try scoring opportunity, an awkward kick bouncing in the Rhinos in-goal and forcing Caitlin Beavers to defuse the ball, Warrington unable to convert the attacking set into points.

 

The Rhinos cracked their opponents line in the 10th minute, Courtney Hill continuing her fine run of form with another try, dummying close to the opposition line and finding her way over untouched, then successfully her own try.

 

Leeds got back to back tries when Hanna Butcher received the ball on half way for looked to be a wide play, Butcher instead showing the ball to the line and racing clear of the line, the Warrington full back desperately chasing but unable to deny her. Hill converting again to make it 12-0.

 

The flood gates had well and truly opened as Leeds scored a third consecutive try, this time livewire full back Fran Goldthorp benefited from a huge Sophie Nuttall break who was denied just metres from the line but playing the ball quickly for Goldthorp to creep over,  Hill three from three off the boot.

 

Goldthorp once more proved to be the ultimate opportunist when she grabbed her second try of the game. Courtney Hill on the last tackle pumping the ball high into the air off the boot, Warrington unable to gather the ball in, Johnson claiming the ball close to the line and offloading to Fran Goldthorp for her second of the game. Courtney Hill on hand to make it 24-0 with the conversion.

 

A penalty in the 26th minute would piggyback the Rhinos downfield and into prime try scoring territory, Gaines picking up close to the line and going herself but denied just metres short, the ball then moved out towards the right edge, Butcher once more selling the dummy and sliding through at close range to score. Hill converting for a fifth successive time to make it 30-0.

 

Courtney Hill grabbed her second of the game with a huge 90 metre solo effort. Warrington knocking the ball on close to the Leeds line, Hill scooting wide from the base of the scrum and finding her way clear of the defensive line, the Warrington chasers unable to catch the Australian number seven as she pushed the Rhinos out to a 36-0 lead.

 

Chloe Kerrigan would see out the first half with a try to send the Rhinos into the sheds with a 40-0 lead. Courtney Hill’s downfield kick charged down by a Warrington player, Lacey picking the ball up and racing clear before being pulled down on the ten metre line. A quick play the ball and a Courtney Hill wide pass gifting Kerrigan her first try of the afternoon, Hill missing her first kick of the game.

 

Leeds began the second half the way they ended the first. Courtney Hill kicking to the corner on the last tackle, Beevers able to collect the ball unchallenged and then sprint clear of the approaching defensive line and score next to the posts, Hill converting to make it 46-0.

 

Courtney Hill bagged herself a hat-trick in emphatic style with another huge long range try. Caitlin Beevers coming up with a big tackle to deny a certain try, forcing the ball loose, Hill the fastest to react to the ball on the deck, Simpson giving chase but unable to deny Hill her third try of the day. Hill unable to convert to leave the score at 50-0.

 

A penalty for a strip gave the Rhinos a refreshed set of six ten metres from the opposition line. Booth taking the first drive of the set but held up over the line, three tackles later she would wriggled free off contact and ground the ball for her first try of the game, Hill adding the extras from the wing to take Leeds to a 56-0 lead.

 

The Rhinos dominance in the game continued long into the second half with Sophie Robinson showing incredible speed to break clear off the back of a  flat ball from Butcher, Robinson diving into the corner to send Leeds further ahead, Hill unable to convert.

 

Hill once more became the instigator of points, faking an inside ball close to the line and instead giving it wide to Chloe Kerrigan to give the centre her second try of the game out on the left. Hill unable to convert a difficult conversion.

 

Fran Goldthorp grabbed her third try of the game in emphatic style. A spiralling Courtney Hill kick claimed in the air by Goldthorp, the youngster then with the presence of mind to step away from the advancing defender to score. Hill converting from the left to make it 70-0.

 

Courtney Hill and Sophie Robinson then combined to cap the game off in emphatic style. Hill kicking deep into the in-goal area, Robinson once more turning on the pace to score the games final try out on the right wing. Leeds taking out a 74-0 win against Warrington.