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16th May 2021 | KO 14:00 | Richmond Athletic Association | Academy

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Walker announces Under-19s squad to face London Broncos

Academy Rugby League returns this weekend as Leeds Rhinos Under-19s make the trip south to take on London Broncos Under-19s at Richmond this Sunday, kick off 2:00pm.

It will be the first time since March 2020 that the Rhinos have played a competitive match after the Academy season was suspended.  For some players in Sunday’s squad, this could be their first match since August 2019, when they were a member of Mark Butterill’s scholarship side, but nevertheless, all players have been working hard to get ready for the new season and are raring to go against the Broncos.


Team News

Oli Field has been named as captain for the 2021 season and will lead the young Rhinos out for the first time. Under-19s head coach Chev Walker has also named three first year Academy players in the squad. Bailey Aldridge, Kai Morgan and Levi Edwards, who is part of the first team squad this season, all made the step up from the Rhinos Scholarship programme last year and could make their first appearances for the Academy.

Alongside Edwards, outside backs Corey Hall and Liam Tindall are also part of Richard Agar’s squad but have been given the opportunity to get minutes under their belts with the Academy this weekend. Oli Burton and Jack Mallinson, who are in their third year in the Academy, will be aiming the lead by example as two of the oldest in the side, especially half back Mallinson, who is likely to link up with 17-year-old Morgan.

The 18 man squad is:


Quotes from the Coach

Speaking earlier in the week, Rhinos Under-19s head coach Chev Walker said: “I’m really excited. It’s been a long 18 months for the players with no game time whatsoever so I’m excited for them and I think that the majority of the squad is ready to play.

“For a lot of them, this has been a great time to develop. They have adhered to the work and home programmes that we have set them and a lot of them have come back in great shape, especially the younger end and the lighter lads. It’s now about putting some meat on the bones by learning skills and getting their timings on gamedays up to speed.”

“Physically, the squad are ready” Walker added. “Ant Moore has done a really good job with them during lockdown and since we’ve been back, so I’m looking forward to see how they fare. It is an opportunity to play for the club and for some of them it will be the first time as young professionals. I’m not putting high expectations on them, I just want them to enjoy playing and the long drive down will be a good opportunity to spend some time together and bond.”


Academy Feature

Throughout the pre season, we have taken you behind the scenes of the Leeds Rhinos Academy as they prepare for the upcoming season. Last week, the players took part in a nutrition session, run by the academy’s nutritionist Lucy Chesson, to discover what foods they could be using to re-energise and recover during a matchday situation.

Take a look at the full video:


How you can follow the game

You can follow updates from the match live on London Broncos’ social media channels while there will be a full match report and match highlights available on the Rhinos website and on the club’s official YouTube channel.

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Leeds Rhinos Under-19s put in a great performance in their first match back after 13 months, defeating London Broncos Under-19s 54-0 at Richmond.

A hat trick from winger Liam Tindall was a highlight for the Rhinos, while Ben Mayhew, Tom Nicholson-Watton, Corey Hall, Kai Morgan, Levi Edwards, Mackenzie Turner and Bailey Aldridge also got on the scoresheet for the visitors.

The young Rhinos were quick to put the pressure on London from kick off; Levi Edwards forcing a handling error before Kai Morgan’s kick for the in goal area forced Ted Davidson to take the ball over the sideline. On the repeat set, Coby Nichol came the closest to scoring from a swinging move down the left side but the full back was judged to be held up by the referee. Hooker Oli Burton and half back Jack Mallinson tried their luck as well, but Mallinson lost the ball close to the line.

Minutes later, Chev Walker’s side found a break through from Liam Tindall. A knock on from London hooker Luciano Beuanidze while playing the ball punished the home side as the Rhinos went on the offensive. Off the back of a strong drive out of dummy half by Burton, Mallinson reacted quickest to a gap in the Broncos defence, cutting through before offloading for Tindall to run away and score in the corner.

The Rhinos had more chances to extend their lead, with Morgan almost setting up Ben Mayhew and Corey Hall, but Mayhew was tackled short of the line and the looping pass to Hall was called forward by the referee as London survived. The Broncos defence couldn’t hold on though as following a penalty for their marker not being square, the home side invited Leeds closer to their try line and the visitors responded; Tom Nicholson-Watton powering over to plant the ball down under the posts. Mallinson converted both tries to give Leeds a 12-0 advantage.

Although he had been denied earlier, Mayhew made sure he got his name on the scoresheet as the visitors recorded their third try of the game. Making plenty of ground from the restart, thanks to a break by Burton, a short pass from captain Oli Field released Mayhew away to score untouched as the Rhinos extended their lead to 16 points.

Leeds continued to pile on the pressure and got three more tries before the end of the half. Quick thinking from Burton put Corey Hall in to score down the short side to put the young Rhinos passed 20 points and then half back Morgan added to the Broncos’ woes, cutting through a fractured defensive line to touch down under the posts. Winger Tindall rounded off the a great first half by grabbing his second of the afternoon; quick passes from Mallinson and Edwards releasing the former East Leeds player to run 50 metres and touch down. Mallinson added all three conversions to send the visitors into half time with a hefty 34-0 lead.

 

Having put the game to bed in the first 40 minutes, the Rhinos didn’t let their foot off the gas at the start of the second half as Edwards caught London napping to score minutes after the kick off; the centre running over 60 metres to score under the posts and get Leeds to 40 points.

Things got worse for the Broncos as Ben Hord was sin binned after Tindall was thrown over the sidelines and into the hoardings. Now a man down, the mountain proved too high for the home side as Leeds exploited their man advantage to put Tindall in for his hat trick try. Mallinson failed to convert as the score stood at 44-0.

London stood strong up until the last ten minutes, forcing Nicholson-Watton to knock on close to the line and also had a chance to get their first points, only to knock on and hand possession back to the Rhinos, who added two final tries before the full time whistle.

Mackenzie Turner became the seventh player to score after another knock on from London. Closing in on the try line thanks to work from Tindall and Nicholson-Watton, Mallinson’s cut out ball found Luca Atkinson, who in turn shifted it on t0 Hall. Unselfishly the centre passed to his winger Turner, who touched down in the corner.

Substitute Bailey Aldridge rounded off the win for the Rhinos with a brilliant team move. Joe Hird’s initial carry from kick off wasn’t wrapped up by the Broncos and the prop offloaded to Aldridge, who found Oli Field to take the ball downfield. After finally being tackled, the Rhinos continued to push as Joe Gibbons and Ben Mayhew combined to set Tindall away again, only this time the winger chose to kick the ball back in field for the onrushing Aldridge to score under the posts. Mallinson converted the last try to send Walker’s side back to Leeds with a 54-0 result.

Team Performance

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Player Performance

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Stats Key
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