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7th April 2019 | KO 12:30 | Kingston Park | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Senior Academy Players Return For Newcastle Trip

Following last week’s comeback win against Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos Academy will be wanting to continue their unbeaten run when they head to Kingston Park this Sunday to face Newcastle Thunder Academy, kick off 12:30pm.

Following the stern Tigers test at Stanningley, academy coach Rob Burrow makes significant changes for this week’s round five clash. Their opponents Newcastle have one win this season but have lost their last three, including a 72-0 defeat to Wigan Warriors academy last Sunday.

Senior players Jack Broadbent, Muizz Mustapha and Harvey Spence all return into the starting line-up for the trip to the North East. It will only be Mustapha’s second academy appearance this season; the forward scored in the season opener against Wakefield before joining Dewsbury Rams on a month-long loan deal. Broadbent also gained Championship experience; the centre scoring a try in Featherstone Rovers’ 38-14 Challenge Cup win against Swinton Lions.

Following his two tries on debut against Castleford, Harry Anderson keeps his place to partner Harvey Spence, who missed out on selection last week. The two were half back partners earlier this year when Leeds played Coventry Bears in a pre-season friendly; the Rhinos winning 14-20 at the Butts Park Arena.

Spence comes in for Callum McLelland, who’s out on dual registration with Featherstone. The half back has made three appearances and scored one try since debuting for Burrow’s side but will be unavailable for this match.

Tom Barton, who is one of the top try scorers this season, moves onto the left edge. Joe Burton drops to the bench for the first time after starting every game this season.

Winger Liam Tindall, who has two tries this season, is reintroduced into the side after spending last week on the sidelines. Liam Whitton misses out on an academy game for the first time since September last year through illness so Iwan Stephens is moved into his favoured position of full back.

Despite scoring the penultimate try against the Tigers, Liam Hamill drops out with a hamstring strain whilst Sam Moorhouse, Sam Walters and Lewis Delaney all remain on the sidelines.

Jack Mallinson also comes back into the lineup. The half back replaces Jordan Russell, who broke his thumb mid week.

After leaving the field with a knee injury after twenty minutes last week, Tyler Dupree has been declared fit and will come from the bench.

The full squad is:

  1. Iwan Stephens
  2. Liam Tindall
  3. Tom Barton
  4. Jack Broadbent
  5. Ben Markland
  6. Harry Anderson
  7. Harvey Spence
  8. Loui McConnell
  9. Corey Johnson
  10. Rian Rowley
  11. Muizz Mustapha
  12. Brad Martin
  13. Jarrod O’Connor
  14. Oli Burton
  15. Joe Burton
  16. Tyler Dupree
  17. Jack Mallinson
  18. Harry Georgiou


Harvey Spence makes his return into the Rhinos line-up for the trip to Newcastle. Watch his thoughts prior to the game and how important it is for the squad to keep their 100% record below.


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Muizz Mustapha marked his return to Leeds Rhinos Academy squad with a hat trick as Rob Burrow’s side made it five successive wins, beating Newcastle Thunder Academy 18-60 at Kingston Park.

After two tough tests against Widnes Vikings and Castleford Tigers, the young Rhinos ran riot against Newcastle with the return of experienced players Jack Broadbent, Harvey Spence and Muizz Mustapha.

It would be the home side that were on the board first. After being kept scoreless last week against Wigan, Newcastle showed the qualities that helped them beat Castleford at the start of the season. Pressuring Leeds’ line, loose forward James McGurk found a gap under the posts and burrowed through to open the scoring; Thunder out to an early 4-0 lead.

It wouldn’t take long for the Rhinos to kick into gear, scoring three tries back to back. A break by Jack Broadbent down the left edge was supported by Iwan Stephens, who took the pass to score his fifth try of the season.

Leeds were soon in again following a surge by Rian Rowley. Shifting the ball left for Mustapha, the second rower ran a strong line through the Newcastle defence to score. Spence kicked both conversions as the Rhinos led 4-12.

Mustapha claimed his second, taking the ball from dummy half to touch down, before Nathan Clemmitt got Newcastle to within eight points, beating Tom Barton on the outside to score for the Thunder.

The Rhinos would get one more before the break. After being provider earlier in the match, Broadbent got on the board himself, sprinting 60 metres to score his first of the afternoon to give Leeds a 10-24 lead at half time.


Rob Burrow’s sides continued their form in the second period. Mustapha claimed his hat trick try within moments of the restart, taking a pass from dummy half to put Leeds up to thirty points.

Oli Burton then scored his first academy try from an offload by Tyler Dupree. Taking the ball from his fellow substitute, the hooker beat multiple Newcastle defenders to race away and touch down for Leeds’ sixth try of the afternoon. He was swiftly followed by twin brother Joe Burton, who received an inside pass from Broadbent to split the defence and score under the posts.

With a Leeds out to a healthy lead, Newcastle got their third try of the game as Jack Allen exploited a gap out wide to score from close range.

Substitute Tyler Dupree added his name to the scoresheet following a break by Stephens. With the full back tackled twenty metres out, the Rhinos shifted the ball left for Dupree, who steamrolled his way through Thunder defenders to touch down. Spence converted to make the score 14-48.

After being a late inclusion in the squad, Jack Mallinson combined with Joe Burton to put winger Ben Markland in space to score. Mallinson concluded the Rhinos score as the substitute ducked and weaved his way through the Newcastle defence to get Leeds’ tenth try of the match.

Isaac Nokes got a late consolation for the home side, but it was too late; Leeds extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a 18-60 win.