• Newcastle Thunder
  • 52 - 8

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  • Newcastle Thunder
  • HT 16 - 4
  • Leeds Rhinos
26th January 2020 | KO 15:00 | Kingston Park Stadium | 889 | Friendly

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Newcastle Thunder 52 Leeds Rhinos 8

It was a tough afternoon for Chev Walker in the North East as his young Leeds Rhinos side were beaten 52-8 by Newcastle Thunder.

A hat trick from Adam Lawton proved Leeds’ undoing, but tries from Iwan Stephens and Liam Tindall showed the best of the next generation of Rhinos players.

From their first set, Leeds were quick out of the blocks; Tyler Dupree and Loui McConnell making inroads through Thunders’ defence. McConnell then won the visitors a penalty, a tackle lifting the loose forward above the horizontal, but a weak pass to TJ Barton fell into the arms of Newcastle. Minutes later, Reece Dean opened the scoring for the home side following a break from Adam Lawton.

Lawton soon turned from provider to scorer, touching down for Thunder’s second try in ten minutes. A penalty on the Leeds line set Finnigan’s side up well and a swift move to the left side found the back rower in space to touch down. Dean converted both tries to make the score 12-0.

Newcastle nearly added a third try thanks to Dean once more. Putting boot to ball, centre Kieran Gill looked set to score but he juggled the ball turning possession in favour of Leeds.

The Rhinos looked to have weathered the early storm, restricting the home side to their own half and making plenty of metres in attack. Half back Harry Anderson took a big hit from prop Mikey Wood, but after receiving treatment from the medical staff got back up to play on. He was influential in the Rhinos’ next play, setting Iwan Stephens through the line with a short ball but the play was brought back by the referee for the pass being forward.

Former Rhino Ashley Gibson got Newcastle back on track with his try after 27 minutes. Pressuring the Rhinos try line, a long looping pass from Quentin Laulu Togaga’e found Gibson in plenty of space to dummy the ball past Liam Tindall and score. Dean’s conversion hit the uprights, leaving the score at 16-0.

The Rhinos had a great chance to respond. Twenty metres out, Barton and Tindall were both stopped short and although Anderson’s kick looked on the money, Thunder full back Lewis Young was up to the challenge, dropping on the ball and bringing it out of the in-goal area.

Before the half time hooter, full back Iwan Stephens made sure the visitors wouldn’t go in scoreless. After gaining a repeat set, the Rhinos camped on the Thunder try line and quick passes from Oli Burton and Oli Field but Stephens in space to dot down. He missed the conversion as Leeds went into the sheds 16-4 down.

 

Newcastle were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half. Making their way into Leeds’ twenty metre area, a flat ball by Brad Walker found Lawton, who took Leeds players over the line with him but eventually grounded the ball. Dean was on target with the conversion, giving the home side a 22-4 advantage.

Thunder’s new signing for 2020 Bob Beswick showed his experience and speed to add to the scoreline. Leeds were once again penalised for being offside and close to the line, Beswick beat the first man and dummied his way to the try line to give the home side a 24 point advantage.

Lawton secured his hat trick after another error from Leeds. Gifting Thunder a scrum feed, the League One side moved the ball left for Lawton and the young Rhinos couldn’t stop the back rower from getting his third try of the afternoon.

Young took Thunder to forty points on the hour mark, diving in the corner after Laulu Togaga’e and Beswick both escaped the Leeds defence to set the full back up. Substitute Alex Donaghy became the fifth player to register a try, diving in the corner to touch down after a line break from Alex Clegg.

Donaghy was in again moments later following a knock on from Coby Nichol. Moving the ball right, the replacement full back straightened up his run at the right time to cut through and score. The game was capped off by Laulu Togaga’e, who punished another Leeds penalty. With Rory Nettleton rolling the ball into striking range, QLT had the easiest of finishes as he beat Stephens to the try line.

Leeds were going to finish with a flourish; Liam Tindall dotting down in the corner. With Leeds set up to attack, great work by Iwan Stephens and quick hands from the Leeds players found Tindall out wide to score a conciliation try. Mallinson missed the conversion, making the full time score 52-8.

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It was a tough afternoon for Chev Walker in the North East as his young Leeds Rhinos side were beaten 52-8 by Newcastle Thunder.

A hat trick from Adam Lawton proved Leeds’ undoing, but tries from Iwan Stephens and Liam Tindall showed the best of the next generation of Rhinos players.

From their first set, Leeds were quick out of the blocks; Tyler Dupree and Loui McConnell making inroads through Thunders’ defence. McConnell then won the visitors a penalty, a tackle lifting the loose forward above the horizontal, but a weak pass to TJ Barton fell into the arms of Newcastle. Minutes later, Reece Dean opened the scoring for the home side following a break from Adam Lawton.

Lawton soon turned from provider to scorer, touching down for Thunder’s second try in ten minutes. A penalty on the Leeds line set Finnigan’s side up well and a swift move to the left side found the back rower in space to touch down. Dean converted both tries to make the score 12-0.

Newcastle nearly added a third try thanks to Dean once more. Putting boot to ball, centre Kieran Gill looked set to score but he juggled the ball turning possession in favour of Leeds.

The Rhinos looked to have weathered the early storm, restricting the home side to their own half and making plenty of metres in attack. Half back Harry Anderson took a big hit from prop Mikey Wood, but after receiving treatment from the medical staff got back up to play on. He was influential in the Rhinos’ next play, setting Iwan Stephens through the line with a short ball but the play was brought back by the referee for the pass being forward.

Former Rhino Ashley Gibson got Newcastle back on track with his try after 27 minutes. Pressuring the Rhinos try line, a long looping pass from Quentin Laulu Togaga’e found Gibson in plenty of space to dummy the ball past Liam Tindall and score. Dean’s conversion hit the uprights, leaving the score at 16-0.

The Rhinos had a great chance to respond. Twenty metres out, Barton and Tindall were both stopped short and although Anderson’s kick looked on the money, Thunder full back Lewis Young was up to the challenge, dropping on the ball and bringing it out of the in-goal area.

Before the half time hooter, full back Iwan Stephens made sure the visitors wouldn’t go in scoreless. After gaining a repeat set, the Rhinos camped on the Thunder try line and quick passes from Oli Burton and Oli Field but Stephens in space to dot down. He missed the conversion as Leeds went into the sheds 16-4 down.

 

Newcastle were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half. Making their way into Leeds’ twenty metre area, a flat ball by Brad Walker found Lawton, who took Leeds players over the line with him but eventually grounded the ball. Dean was on target with the conversion, giving the home side a 22-4 advantage.

Thunder’s new signing for 2020 Bob Beswick showed his experience and speed to add to the scoreline. Leeds were once again penalised for being offside and close to the line, Beswick beat the first man and dummied his way to the try line to give the home side a 24 point advantage.

Lawton secured his hat trick after another error from Leeds. Gifting Thunder a scrum feed, the League One side moved the ball left for Lawton and the young Rhinos couldn’t stop the back rower from getting his third try of the afternoon.

Young took Thunder to forty points on the hour mark, diving in the corner after Laulu Togaga’e and Beswick both escaped the Leeds defence to set the full back up. Substitute Alex Donaghy became the fifth player to register a try, diving in the corner to touch down after a line break from Alex Clegg.

Donaghy was in again moments later following a knock on from Coby Nichol. Moving the ball right, the replacement full back straightened up his run at the right time to cut through and score. The game was capped off by Laulu Togaga’e, who punished another Leeds penalty. With Rory Nettleton rolling the ball into striking range, QLT had the easiest of finishes as he beat Stephens to the try line.

Leeds were going to finish with a flourish; Liam Tindall dotting down in the corner. With Leeds set up to attack, great work by Iwan Stephens and quick hands from the Leeds players found Tindall out wide to score a conciliation try. Mallinson missed the conversion, making the full time score 52-8.