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Warrington Wolves U19 68 Leeds Rhinos U19 30

Leeds Rhinos U19s hopes of reaching the end of season play offs were ended as they suffered a second heavy loss of the season at the hands of Warrington Wolves, the home side running out 68-30 winners at Victoria Park.

Adrian Morley’s side travelled to Cheshire hoping to avenge their 50 point loss to the Wolves at Headingley Carnegie earlier this season but found themselves behind as early as the fifth minute when a high kick by the Rhinos was collected by Wolves’ fullback Will Dagger on his own 30-metre line and he raced through the middle, brushing off three attempted tacklers, rounding his opposite number with ease to score wide out on the left. Winger Joe Edge converted and five minutes later stand off Conor Taylor received the ball five metres out and as he hit the line he managed to twist in the tackle and score at the side of the posts. Edge added the conversion.

A penalty for the Wolves put them close to the Rhinos’ line and the ball was swept from one side of the field to the other to reach Dagger whose long ball found winger Lewis Turner going over in the left corner. Hooker Nathan Ainsworth then spotted a gap from dummy half and went 30 metres before finding Dagger in support to race away and score under the posts. Edge added the conversion.

Just after the midway point of the half a couple of strong drives from the Wolves’ forwards got them to within 10 metres of the Rhinos’ line and Taylor took advantage to ghost through and score under the posts. Edge added the goal points before the Rhinos got off the mark as the half hour approached when a quick tap from a penalty close to the Wolves’ line saw the ball sent out to centre Harry Newman who went over on the left. Scrum half Tom Schofield added the conversion.

The Rhinos were then pressing the Wolves’ line once again but a super read from centre Liam Jones saw him steal the ball one-on-one and he raced 90 metres outpacing the chasing pack to score under the posts. Edge converted and a minute from the break superb play by Edge saw him break through the line and go 40 metres before finding scrum half Harry Reardon who weaved around two players to put centre Charlie Phythian over on the left.

Right on the stroke of half time the Rhinos were reduced to 12 men when substitute Muizz Mustapha was dismissed for running in and striking; Wolves left the field with a 38-6 advantage.

Four minutes into the second half a quick penalty from Wolves’ substitute Fynn Stanley put prop forward Pat Moran through a gap and he found substitute Jacob Chamberlain on his shoulder to power over under the posts. Edge converted and straight from the restart the Wolves moved straight back down field; good work close to the Rhinos’ line saw the ball sent out to Phythian who scored at the left of the posts. Edge converted to bring up the half century.

The Wolves went over for their 10th try of the afternoon when Stanley fed Reardon straight from a scrum and he found Dagger linking into the line to race away and score his hat trick try wide out on the left. Edge converted but then just after the hour a high kick from Rhinos’ stand off Theo Guinguet into the in-goal area saw prop forward James Barraclough react to ground the ball at the right of the posts. Schofield added the conversion.

Shortly afterwards Wolves’ second row Ellis Gillam caught the Rhinos’ defence off guard as he went from acting half back and sold an outrageous dummy to score wide out on the left. Edge converted and then a short kick off from the Rhinos was collected by Phythian who raced 65 metres down the left and stepped back inside to score under the posts. Edge landed his tenth successful conversion of the afternoon.

The Rhinos kept the ball alive through four pairs of hands and full back Jack Walker went through a gap to score under the posts. Schofield converted and then winger Lewis Hosty made a break down the left side that broke through the Wolves’ defence and sent Walker away on a 45-metre run to score under the posts. Schofield added the conversion.

A third try in four minutes from the Rhinos in the last minute from second row James Barraclough was converted by Schofield but it didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the game as the Wolves celebrated an emphatic 68-30 win.

The loss combined with Catalans win over Bradford leaves the Rhinos cut adrift in fifth spot, four points behind the Dragons with just one game to play, meaning Leeds will miss out on the top four play off for the Championship title.

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Warrington Wolves U19 68 Leeds Rhinos U19 30

Leeds Rhinos U19s hopes of reaching the end of season play offs were ended as they suffered a second heavy loss of the season at the hands of Warrington Wolves, the home side running out 68-30 winners at Victoria Park.

Adrian Morley’s side travelled to Cheshire hoping to avenge their 50 point loss to the Wolves at Headingley Carnegie earlier this season but found themselves behind as early as the fifth minute when a high kick by the Rhinos was collected by Wolves’ fullback Will Dagger on his own 30-metre line and he raced through the middle, brushing off three attempted tacklers, rounding his opposite number with ease to score wide out on the left. Winger Joe Edge converted and five minutes later stand off Conor Taylor received the ball five metres out and as he hit the line he managed to twist in the tackle and score at the side of the posts. Edge added the conversion.

A penalty for the Wolves put them close to the Rhinos’ line and the ball was swept from one side of the field to the other to reach Dagger whose long ball found winger Lewis Turner going over in the left corner. Hooker Nathan Ainsworth then spotted a gap from dummy half and went 30 metres before finding Dagger in support to race away and score under the posts. Edge added the conversion.

Just after the midway point of the half a couple of strong drives from the Wolves’ forwards got them to within 10 metres of the Rhinos’ line and Taylor took advantage to ghost through and score under the posts. Edge added the goal points before the Rhinos got off the mark as the half hour approached when a quick tap from a penalty close to the Wolves’ line saw the ball sent out to centre Harry Newman who went over on the left. Scrum half Tom Schofield added the conversion.

The Rhinos were then pressing the Wolves’ line once again but a super read from centre Liam Jones saw him steal the ball one-on-one and he raced 90 metres outpacing the chasing pack to score under the posts. Edge converted and a minute from the break superb play by Edge saw him break through the line and go 40 metres before finding scrum half Harry Reardon who weaved around two players to put centre Charlie Phythian over on the left.

Right on the stroke of half time the Rhinos were reduced to 12 men when substitute Muizz Mustapha was dismissed for running in and striking; Wolves left the field with a 38-6 advantage.

Four minutes into the second half a quick penalty from Wolves’ substitute Fynn Stanley put prop forward Pat Moran through a gap and he found substitute Jacob Chamberlain on his shoulder to power over under the posts. Edge converted and straight from the restart the Wolves moved straight back down field; good work close to the Rhinos’ line saw the ball sent out to Phythian who scored at the left of the posts. Edge converted to bring up the half century.

The Wolves went over for their 10th try of the afternoon when Stanley fed Reardon straight from a scrum and he found Dagger linking into the line to race away and score his hat trick try wide out on the left. Edge converted but then just after the hour a high kick from Rhinos’ stand off Theo Guinguet into the in-goal area saw prop forward James Barraclough react to ground the ball at the right of the posts. Schofield added the conversion.

Shortly afterwards Wolves’ second row Ellis Gillam caught the Rhinos’ defence off guard as he went from acting half back and sold an outrageous dummy to score wide out on the left. Edge converted and then a short kick off from the Rhinos was collected by Phythian who raced 65 metres down the left and stepped back inside to score under the posts. Edge landed his tenth successful conversion of the afternoon.

The Rhinos kept the ball alive through four pairs of hands and full back Jack Walker went through a gap to score under the posts. Schofield converted and then winger Lewis Hosty made a break down the left side that broke through the Wolves’ defence and sent Walker away on a 45-metre run to score under the posts. Schofield added the conversion.

A third try in four minutes from the Rhinos in the last minute from second row James Barraclough was converted by Schofield but it didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the game as the Wolves celebrated an emphatic 68-30 win.

The loss combined with Catalans win over Bradford leaves the Rhinos cut adrift in fifth spot, four points behind the Dragons with just one game to play, meaning Leeds will miss out on the top four play off for the Championship title.