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Leeds Rhinos U19 34 St Helens U19 26

10th August 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos Tyler Dupree during the Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos in the U19s Academy game.

Leeds Rhinos Under 19s got back to winning ways with a dramatic 34-26 win over title rivals St Helens at Stanningley.

Rob Burrow’s men looked in control at half time thanks to four first half tries giving them a 20-6 lead at the break. However, Saints hit back with three unanswered tries at the start of the second half to lead 22-20. That set up a tense finish that saw the lead change hands three more times before the Rhinos finally sealed victory with a try from Tyler Dupree.

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The Rhinos had taken the lead after just three minutes when Owen Trout proved too strong near the line to stop. Harvey Spence added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The advantage was increased two more tries midway through the first half. The first was from Ben Markland, who collected a cross field kick from Spence to touch down and then Liam Hamill was put in space by a sensational offload from Harry Newman, and the winger touched down out wide.

After 29 minutes, Leeds scored their fourth try as Thomas Holroyd produced a trademark bullocking run to go over. Spence hit the post with his conversion attempt but the Rhinos were in control at 20-0.

However, Saints rallied after that and scored their first try just before half time when Mathew Foster went over for the first of two tries for him personally.

After the break, Jack Welsby went over after just two minutes as the visitors kept the ball alive in the tackle and Welsby ducked back under the cover to go over.

Seven minutes later, Saints were sniffing an upset as they evaded two would be tacklers to go over. The conversion was successful and St Helens were now just behind at 20-18.

It got even better for Saints when John Hutchings touched down in the corner on the hour to give them the lead for the first time.

The Rhinos needed to find a response to stop the flow of points and Newman managed to get over as the home side spread the ball wide.

Trout produced an outstanding tackle to deny Saints a try after that but eventually they did manage to level the game when Foster went over for his second try with eight minutes to go.

Welsby had an unsuccessful shot at goal with a drop kick before Billy Jowitt earned his side a penalty with a break in midfield. Spence was on target with the kick to edge the Rhinos back in front.

In the final seconds of the game, Dupree barged his way over from close range and Spence’s kick on the whistle sealed a hard earned victory.

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