• Wakefield Trinity
  • 30 - 38

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Wakefield Trinity
  • HT 12 - 24
  • Leeds Rhinos
22nd June 2019 | KO 12:00 | Belle Vue | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Under 19s Preview – Wakefield Trinity

Callum McLelland marked his academy debut with a try in last weeks 56-12 win over Wakefield.

After Lancashire claimed the Academy Origin series last weekend, it’s back to league action for Leeds Rhinos Under 19s as they travel to the Mobile Rocket Stadium to face Wakefield Trinity Under 19s, kick off 12pm.

Trinity are unbeaten in their last four matches, whilst Leeds’ loss to Wigan has dented their league form. After convincingly beating Trinity in the opening round to the season, a similar performance will be required as a young Rhinos side look to make it ten wins in 2019.


Opposition Profile

Following the heavy defeat to Leeds in round one, Wakefield Trinity have managed to pull themselves from the bottom end of the table to sit in seventh, level with Widnes Vikings and London Broncos on ten points. If they keep a consistent form for the remainder of the season, Wakefield will finish in their highest league position for four seasons (12th in 2015, 11th in 2016, 10th in 2017 and 12th in 2018).

A similar trend for Mark Applegarth’s side over the last four years has been a struggle in defence. Currently ranked as the fourth worst defence in the league, Wakefield have had 380 points scored against them, with Leeds, St Helens, Wigan and Warrington all scoring over 40 points in the 80 minutes.

When Wakefield visited the Rhinos in the opening round of the season, they fell to a 56-12 defeat, with the Rhinos running ten tries past the visitors.

There is potential within the Trinity under 19s though. Jack Croft and Connor Bailey have both been named in the first team for this weeks clash against Warrington, with Croft scoring his debut try in the Challenge Cup quarter final defeat to St Helens. Both players, along with Yusuf Aydin, have also been a part of the Yorkshire academy squad this season.


Last Time Out

When the Under 19s last travelled to the face Wakefield, two tries from Tyler Dupree and Cameron Smith helped Leeds to a 24-34 victory. Despite conceding two tries early on, Jack Broadbent and a 90 metre effort from Smith put Leeds on level terms. Dupree scored twice before Owen Trout and Smith touched down for vital tries as the home side finished with a flourish, crossing three times before the final whistle.

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Team News

Academy head coach Rob Burrow has made significant changes for the trip to Wakefield. Six first year players return to the side, making up most of the back line.

Wing-centre partners Liam Tindall and Tom Barton are included on the right edge after missing out on selection against Warrington and Wigan. They come in for Iwan Stephens, who is rotated to full back, and Jack Broadbent, who was loaned to Batley Bulldogs earlier this week.

Stand off Harry Anderson makes his return to the squad, partnering Callum McLelland for the second time this season. Anderson scored two tries on debut against Castleford in round three and will get his chance to impress the coaches against Wakefield.

Oli Burton, Brad Martin and Jarrod O’Connor are promoted from the bench and will all make their tenth appearances of the season. Will Scrimshaw and Rian Rowley are both included among the interchanges along with Lewis Delaney, who makes only his second appearance of the season.

Team: 1. Iwan Stephens, 2. Ben Markland, 3. Joe Burton, 4. Tom Barton, 5. Liam Tindall; 6. Harry Anderson, 7. Callum McLelland; 8. Harry Georgiou, 9. Oli Burton, 10. Loui McConnell; 11. Brad Martin, 12. Sam Walters, 13. Jarrod O’Connor Subs: 14. Will Scrimshaw, 15. Rian Rowley, 16. Lewis Delaney, 17. Sam Moorhouse

Player Focus

Back rower Lewis Delaney was in the spotlight this week to talk about his recovery from a knee injury that has left him on the sidelines for four months. He also discusses the opposition Wakefield and how important a win is for Rob Burrow’s side. 

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Form

It will be the home side that go into this fixture with the better form. Despite only winning one out of eight games at the start of the season, an 18-34 win over London kick-started a four match winning streak that will give Wakefield confidence against the Rhinos.

For Leeds, the loss to league leaders Wigan Warriors in round 12 has widened the gap at the top to four points between the Rhinos and the cherry and whites. The defeat also saw the Rhinos drop to third place after St Helens beat London 18-34 before the Academy Origin break, making this fixture vital if Leeds want to stay in the top three.


In Case You Missed It

Last week, four players signed loan deals to gain more first team experience in the Betfred Championship and League One. After completing a spell at Dewsbury Rams back in March, Owen Trout returns to the club for a month whilst fellow forward Muizz Mustapha was due to join Newcastle Thunder on a similar deal. Mustapha has subsequently received a four game ban from the RFL disciplinary so will need to put his plans on hold for the time being. 

Tyler Dupree has already featured three times whilst at York City Knights and will continue to play on a week by week loan basis for the side ranked fifth in the Championship. Centre Jack Broadbent will also move away, following a dual registration spell at Featherstone Rovers. He joins hometown club Batley Bulldogs.

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Rob Burrow’s Leeds Rhinos Under 19s claimed a tenth win of the academy season, beating Wakefield Trinity Under 19s 30-38 in a close encounter at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. 

The young Rhinos took an early advantage, scoring two tries in the opening ten minutes. Following a strong opening set, Trinity’s fifth tackle kick was easily diffused by full back Iwan Stephens and from the play of the ball, Liam Tindall spotted that his opposite number Harrison Burrows had left space out on the edge. The Leeds winger took advantage of the error, sprinting 80 metres down the touchline to score the opening try.

Another error by Wakefield let Leeds score their second of the afternoon. After being penalised for moving off the mark, Mark Applegarth’s men were forced to defend their line but the Rhinos found a way through; Iwan Stephens taking an offload from Sam Walters to touch down for his eighth of the season. Converting his own try, the full back made it 0-12.

Trinity showed fight and spirit to get back into the game and a break by Harrison Burrows foreshadowed what was to come. With Ben Markland holding Burrows up over the try line, the home side only took two more plays to score, shifting the ball to half back Connor Bailey who put a chip kick over the top for Nico Devittoris to score.

Hooker Lewis Teale levelled the scores to open the game up for Wakefield on the 20 minute mark. After Tindall was put over the touchline by Burrows and Greensmith, Wakefield used their possession well, with Jacob Jones providing a quick play of the ball for Teale. Spotting the gap behind the Leeds markers, the hooker sprinted through and beat Stephens to score.

Wakefield were now on the front foot, applying pressure on the Leeds line. Substitutes Daniel Barcoe and James Patrikson were both held up short as Trinity looked for more points but were kept out by a determined Leeds defence.

It would be the Rhinos though that prevailed, scoring against the run of play to extend their lead. An offload for Tom Barton released Harry Anderson down the right edge. With Leeds now in Wakefield’s half, an inventive kick over the defence line from Callum McLelland was kicked on again by Stephens and as the ball bounced over the try line, McLelland was the first man there to touch it down.

Sam Moorhouse added a fourth try before the half time break. More errors by Wakefield gifted the Rhinos possession on their opponents try line and a flat pass from Will Scrimshaw gave the forward an easy try. Stephens converted to make the half time score 12-24.

 

The second half could have been won by either side, with the home side coming within one try of levelling the game on three occasions.

James Patrikson opened the scoring in the second period. Moving the ball to the right edge, a cut out pass found the substitute, who sliced through the Leeds line to touchdown under the posts, making the score 18-24 with Tom Ashen’s conversion.

Leeds replied with another piece of individual brilliance from Callum McLelland. With Trinity slow off the line, McLelland once again chipped over the top, regathered and scored his second try.

Despite the scoreline, the game was still in the balance. Winger Devittoris scored his second try but the visitors were quick to restore their advantage through substitute Lewis Delaney. The back rower was making his first appearance since suffering a knee injury against Wakefield at the start of the season and marked his return by scoring his first try of the season, thanks to a quick pass from Scrimshaw.

The final few minutes were scrappy from Leeds as Ben Markland was sin binned for taking out Devittoris off the ball. From the concurrent penalty and using the extra man in attack, Oliver Greensmith powered his way over to make the score 30-36.

With Wakefield taking the kick off, there was the chance that they could level the game but a knock on ended their chances of claiming an important league point. A further penalty gifted the Rhinos a shot at goal and Stephens stepped up to slot his seventh of the afternoon, completing a 30-38 win.