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25th May 2019 | KO 14:00 | Totally Wicked | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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St Helens U19 16 Leeds Rhinos U19 32

The Rhinos faced high flying St Helens at Totally Wicked Stadium and produced a sensational first half performance to lead 20-0 after the break. They then had to weather a dramatic fight back from the home side before securing victory.

Leeds opened the scoring after just three minutes when Sam Walters marked his return to the side with a try.

Rob Burrow’s side then had to produced some outstanding defence to keep Jack Welsby out when the England international looked certain to score.

The Rhinos doubled their lead after 19 minutes after the visitors made the most of a good spell of pressure from a repeat set and Iwan Stephens touched down out wide. The conversion attempt was missed again but the Rhinos now led 8-0 after 19 minutes.

Once again Saints came back at Leeds and the Rhinos had to work hard to defend back to back sets on their own line before winger John Hutchings was tackled into touch as he tried to get around on the outside.

Having survived that pressure, Leeds then made the most of their hard work with a third try. They kept the ball alive on the last tackle and eventually Walters went through a gap to score his second try of the game. Jack Mallinson kicked the conversion to give the Rhinos a 14-0 lead after 30 minutes.

Leeds then wrapped up a great first half with some nice offloading and support play that eventually put Liam Whitton over for the try. Mallinson was on target again to make it 20-0 at the interval.

Things got even better for Rob Burrow’s side at the start of the second half when they made the most of ill-discipline from the home team and from the penalty Harry Georgiou proved too strong to stop near the line. Mallison made it 26-0 after 42 minutes and Leeds looked to be in command.

However St Helens, who have only lost one game so far this season, showed they are made of strong stuff as they rallied with three tries inside ten minutes to put the result back in the balance.

The architect of the fight back was full back Welsby who set up the first try with a mazy run that allowed him to put scrum half Lewis Dodd away to score between the posts. He converted his own try to make it 26-6.

Welsby then made an 80 metre break before desperate defence brought him down however Saints moved the ball quickly and Hutchings went over in the corner. Dodd was unable to add the conversion but the visitors lead was now 26-10 after 53 minutes.

They kept up the pressure and soon scored a third try when skipper Sam Royle created the chance to put centre Nico Rizelli over for the score. Dodd was on target this time and the lead was just ten points with over twenty minutes to go.

Leeds managed to stem the flow of points after that and get control of the match again before sealing the victory with Liam Whitton going over for his second try of the game on the back of penalty deep in Saints territory. Iwan Stephens kicked the conversion to secure the 32-16 win for the Rhinos.

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St Helens U19 16 Leeds Rhinos U19 32

The Rhinos faced high flying St Helens at Totally Wicked Stadium and produced a sensational first half performance to lead 20-0 after the break. They then had to weather a dramatic fight back from the home side before securing victory.

Leeds opened the scoring after just three minutes when Sam Walters marked his return to the side with a try.

Rob Burrow’s side then had to produced some outstanding defence to keep Jack Welsby out when the England international looked certain to score.

The Rhinos doubled their lead after 19 minutes after the visitors made the most of a good spell of pressure from a repeat set and Iwan Stephens touched down out wide. The conversion attempt was missed again but the Rhinos now led 8-0 after 19 minutes.

Once again Saints came back at Leeds and the Rhinos had to work hard to defend back to back sets on their own line before winger John Hutchings was tackled into touch as he tried to get around on the outside.

Having survived that pressure, Leeds then made the most of their hard work with a third try. They kept the ball alive on the last tackle and eventually Walters went through a gap to score his second try of the game. Jack Mallinson kicked the conversion to give the Rhinos a 14-0 lead after 30 minutes.

Leeds then wrapped up a great first half with some nice offloading and support play that eventually put Liam Whitton over for the try. Mallinson was on target again to make it 20-0 at the interval.

Things got even better for Rob Burrow’s side at the start of the second half when they made the most of ill-discipline from the home team and from the penalty Harry Georgiou proved too strong to stop near the line. Mallison made it 26-0 after 42 minutes and Leeds looked to be in command.

However St Helens, who have only lost one game so far this season, showed they are made of strong stuff as they rallied with three tries inside ten minutes to put the result back in the balance.

The architect of the fight back was full back Welsby who set up the first try with a mazy run that allowed him to put scrum half Lewis Dodd away to score between the posts. He converted his own try to make it 26-6.

Welsby then made an 80 metre break before desperate defence brought him down however Saints moved the ball quickly and Hutchings went over in the corner. Dodd was unable to add the conversion but the visitors lead was now 26-10 after 53 minutes.

They kept up the pressure and soon scored a third try when skipper Sam Royle created the chance to put centre Nico Rizelli over for the score. Dodd was on target this time and the lead was just ten points with over twenty minutes to go.

Leeds managed to stem the flow of points after that and get control of the match again before sealing the victory with Liam Whitton going over for his second try of the game on the back of penalty deep in Saints territory. Iwan Stephens kicked the conversion to secure the 32-16 win for the Rhinos.