• London Broncos
  • 44 - 18

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • London Broncos
  • HT 20 - 6
  • Leeds Rhinos
1st September 2019 | KO 12:15 | Ealing Trailfinders | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview – London Broncos

After suffering their fourth loss of the season against St Helens two weeks ago, Leeds Rhinos Under 19s travel 200 miles to face London Broncos at the Trailfinders Sports Park this Sunday, kick off 12:15pm.

The Broncos are on the verge of the play offs and a third home win against the Rhinos in three years would put them level on points with Warrington, who currently occupy the last play off spot. For the Rhinos, a win at the Trailfinders would keep them in contention for a home tie, should second place St Helens slip up in the next two weeks.

Ahead of Sunday’s curtain raiser, find out more about the fixture:


Opposition Profile

London Broncos have been this season’s dark horses, currently sitting two points outside of the top four. Although it took them five games to get their first win, they have proved ruthless against the sides beneath them. Twice against Widnes and Newcastle, they have posted over 50 points and two weeks ago, kept Bradford to only eight points. When they met Leeds at Stanningley earlier in the season, the Rhinos proved too strong down the edges; debutants Sam Walters, Iwan Stephens and TJ Barton getting on the scoreboard in the 62-10 victory.

Liam Whitton was on the scoreboard when the two sides met at Stanningley earlier in the season. Watch the highlights here.

KEY PLAYER: Half Back Oliver Leyland has proved a stand out player for the Broncos as they look to break into the top four. The former Invicta Panthers player earned a call up, along with team mate Kai Pearce-Paul, to the Lancashire Academy squad that won this season’s Origin series.


Last Time Out

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When Leeds made the trip to London last season, Rob Burrow’s side were outscored as the home side walked away with a 42-26 victory. Two tries from James Barraclough plus scores from Jack Broadbent, Harvey Whiteley and Dakota Wylie wasn’t enough as the young Rhinos lost their third game of the season.


Team News

Leeds Rhinos academy coach Rob Burrow has had a boost leading into this week’s fixture with two players returning from injury. Long term absentee Jordan Russell will play his fourth game of the season after spending six months on the sidelines. He is joined by Joe Burton, who has been out with an ankle injury he suffered prior to the 46-6 win against Newcastle.

Harry Anderson replaces Jack Mallinson in the halves, whilst top try scorer Iwan Stephens swaps from full back to wing with Liam Whitton.

Lewis Delaney missed the the St Helens clash through illness but is moved into the starting side for Sunday’s clash, replacing Brad Martin. Jarrod O’Connor makes his twelfth start of the season, moving in to loose forward whilst Loui McConnell replaces Tyler Dupree in the front row.

Team: 1. Liam Whitton, 2. Liam Tindall, 3. Joe Burton, 4. Ben Markland, 5. Iwan Stephens; 6. Harvey Spence 7. Harry Anderson; 8. Sam Moorhouse, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Loui McConnell; 11. Sam Walters, 12. Lewis Delaney, 13. Jarrod O’Connor Bench: 14. Oli Burton, 15. Jordan Russell, 16. Brad Martin, 17. Rian Rowley

Player Focus

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Sunday’s clash against the Broncos will see centre/second rower Jordan Russell return to the match day squad after six months out injured. He was in front of the camera’s this week to talk about how the Academy staff have helped him recover and what he is expecting from the Broncos at the Trailfinders.


Form

Despite being separated by nine points in the league, both London and Leeds have an identical form book from the last five matches. Leeds recorded their best unbeaten record this season, taking league points from their last seven games. The loss to St Helens at Emerald Headingley was their third loss at home and their fourth overall. Only Saints, Huddersfield, City of Hull and Wigan have defeated the Rhinos in 2019.

London on the other hand recorded a comfortable 32-8 win against Bradford prior to the break in the season. Prior to that, Huw Goodwin’s side lost their ninth game of the season against Huddersfield, with the Giants running riot in a 66-14 victory. Out of the ten games they’ve played on home soil in 2019, the Broncos have won half of them (Castleford, Widnes, Bradford, Newcastle and City of Hull), scoring 214 points.


More Information

Sunday’s under 19s match will be a curtain raiser to the main Super League clash against London and the Rhinos at Trailfinders Sports Park.

Tickets and travel are still available and can be purchased either at the Leeds Rugby Ticket Office at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, over the phone on 0371 423 1315 or online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk.

Find out more here.

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After losing their chances of a home play off against St Helens two weeks ago, Leeds Rhinos Under 19s couldn’t defend against a clinical London Broncos under 19s; the home side running in nine tries in a 44-18 blitzing.

 

Leeds had a great opportunity to open the scoring after six minutes. An offload from Sam Walters sent Iwan Stephens away down the left edge. Tackled inside the Broncos’ 20 metre zone, a sweeping right side move nearly put Liam Tindall in the corner but the winger cut inside, ending the scoring chance.

The home side had an opportunity of their own as Joel Fosuhene-Gray sent full back Charlie Gamble streaking through. He then found Alfie Edwards, who couldn’t take the pass over his head to score a certain try.

London soon broke the deadlock thanks to Fosuhene-Gray. After probing the Leeds line, an offload from second rower Kai Pearce-Paul put the winger one-on-one with Stephens, who couldn’t match his opposite numbers’ strength.

The Broncos doubled their lead through Oliver Leyland moments later. Camped once again on the Rhinos’ line, a grubber kick into the in goal area from Rian Horsman found his half back partner Leyland, who dotted the ball down under the posts. Robert Oakley converted to make the score 10-0.

Pearce-Paul went from provider to scorer for London’s third of the afternoon. With the young Rhinos defending their line, the second rower spun out of the attempted tackles of Walters and Markland to make the score 16-0.

Leeds made sure they weren’t going into half time scoreless as Iwan Stephens scored his 16th try of the season. A break from Walters sent the Rhinos away, with the second rower passing to Stephens who outpaced the Broncos defenders to score in the corner.

The Broncos responded; Horsman scoring his second of the afternoon. As London broke deep into Leeds’ half, a kick through by Leyland took a lucky bounce of the post pads into the arms of the onrushing Horsman, who touched down. Converting his own try, the number seven made the half time score 20-6.

 

Leeds should have started the second half with a try. In their first set, Walters broke free of the Broncos defence and had looked to have scored until full back Gamble stripped the ball to deny the second rower. With Leeds then conceding the penalty in the next set, second rower Kai Pearce-Paul was too strong for the Rhinos defence close to the line, scoring his second of the afternoon.

Joshua Hodson made it back to back tries thanks to another penalty from the visitors. Leyland would be the provider, breaking through the Leeds defence and then popping a pass for the back rower to score the easiest of tries. Horsman converted both tries to make the score 32-6.

With Leeds still trying to work in attack, their defence once again came unstuck for London to take a 30 point lead. Fosuhene-Gray was once again causing problems for the Rhinos’ edge and after the winger was pulled down short of the line, substitute hooker Jacob Smith burrowed his way over to add his name to the scoresheet.

Leeds looked to have some fight in them with Liam Whitton scoring on the hour mark. With Sam Moorhouse coming close to the line, a move to the left gave Jordan Russell enough time to pass the ball over the top for Whitton to score acrobatically in the corner. Spence converted to make the score 36-12.

With ten minutes left, Fosuhene-Gray all but sealed the win for London. Pearce-Paul came close to scoring his hat trick but was brought down short of the line. Smith then chose the short side play, putting the winger one-on-one again with Whitton and Johnson; both unable to stop the winger.

Winger Alfie Edwards added his name to scoresheet following a sweeping move to the left hand side. Catching Leeds short on numbers, the Broncos were efficient in moving the ball, with the winger Edwards going in untouched.

Tempers flailed in the final minutes but the match was over; the Broncos keeping their play off hopes alive with a 44-18 win.