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23rd March 2019 | KO 14:00 | Halton Stadium | U19 Academy fixtures 2019

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Mallinson and Burton to debut against Widnes Academy

Following last weeks 62-10 home win over London Broncos academy, Leeds Rhinos academy coach Rob Burrow will give debuts to Jack Mallinson and Oli Burton for Saturday’s rearranged game against Widnes Vikings academy at the Halton Stadium, kick off 2pm.

With Callum McLelland absent through injury, the former East Leeds half back Mallinson will partner Harvey Spence in the halves for the first time this season. Mallinson made two appearances against pre-season rivals City of Hull and Keighley Cougars, where he kicked two conversions in the 24-46 win.

Oli Burton is also due to make his first appearance after being eighteenth man last week. It will be the first time this season that he is included in the seventeen-man squad alongside brother Joe since playing in the club’s scholarship programme. He comes onto the bench to replace Will Scrimshaw, who misses his first game of the season.

Including Mallinson and Burton, academy coach Rob Burrow has now included eight out of his ten recruits from the scholarship in the opening three rounds of the season. Harry Anderson and Olly Adamson are yet to feature, with Anderson included as eighteenth man and Adamson currently injured. He is joined by a handful of players still on the sidelines, including new signing Jarrod O’Connor, and with the likes of Owen Trout, Muizz Mustapha and Tom Holroyd gaining first team game time elsewhere, the younger players are certainly stepping up.

The forward pack remains unchanged from last Saturday with Sam Walters set to face his former club after crossing twice in the front row. Rian Rowley will once again partner Tyler Dupree as both of the props make it back to back starts. Iwan Stephens and Tom Barton also keep their places after impressing on debut, both scoring two tries on the edges.

The full squad is:

  1. Liam Whitton
  2. Iwan Stephens
  3. Joe Burton
  4. Jack Broadbent
  5. Liam Tindall
  6. Harvey Spence
  7. Jack Mallinson
  8. Tyler Dupree
  9. Corey Johnson
  10. Rian Rowley
  11. Sam Walters
  12. Brad Martin
  13. Loui McConnell
  14. Oli Burton
  15. Tom Barton
  16. Jordan Russell
  17. Billy Jowitt
  18. Harry Anderson

Sam Walters made a perfect start to his Leeds Rhinos academy season against London Broncos last week. See what he thought of his debut and how he’s looking forward to returning to face Widnes here:

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Leeds Rhinos U19s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard earned 38-10 win at Widnes in the re-arranged fixture from earlier in the season.

The Rhinos opened the scoring when scrum half Jack Mallinson delayed his pass long enough to put centre Jack Broadbent through a gap to score after twenty minutes.

The visitors increased their lead with a second try just three minutes later with a try from long range. Iwan Stephens did the damage as he broke down the wing before unselfishly passing back inside for full back Liam Whitton to score between the posts. Harvey Spence added the conversion to give the Rhinos a 10-0 lead.

Leeds were in full flow now and it was not long before they added to their lead. Tyler Dupree had the Vikings back peddling with a barn storming run before the cross field kick on the last tackle was plucked out of the air by Stephens, who then reached out to score in the corner.

Oli Burton then got his side on the front foot with a break from dummy half releasing Broadbent to score his second try. Spence added the conversion to make it 20-0 after 30 minutes.

Vikings managed to get a try back when winger Ollie Brookes never gave up on a grubber kick to the in goal and managed to get his hand onto the ball as Stephens waited for it to run out of play to leave the score at 20-4 at half time.

Leeds got back to scoring ways eight minutes into the second half on the back of an error from Widnes. From the scrum, the ball was moved wide as Broadbent drew defenders to him before offloading to Stephens to race down the wing and score. Spence added the touchline conversion to increase the lead.

Widnes crossed for their second try when Josh Wilde showed determination to get over despite three would be tacklers around him. The conversion was kicked by Joe Edge to make it 26-10 after 55 minutes.

However, the visitors finished strongly with two more tries before the end. Dupree went close with a powerful run before managing to get the ball away from the tackle allowing Corey Johnson to come up with one handed pick up to go over and score.

With seven minutes to go Dupree crossed for a well deserved try as he ran onto Spence’s short pass and was never going to be stopped on his way to the line. Spence converted both tries to give Rob Burrow’s side a 38-10 victory.