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Leeds Rhinos U19 36 Widnes Vikings U19 18

14th April 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos Sam Moorhouse during the Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos in the U19s Academy game.

Leeds Rhinos U19s continued their good recent form with an impressive win over Widnes Vikings at Stanningley with Jack Broadbent grabbing a hat trick.

Muizz Mustapha made his first appearance of the season off the bench after completely his suspension whilst Rob Burrow also welcomed back half back Harvey Spence alongside Reece Chapman-Smith. Jack Broadbent returned at centre having missed a number of games due a fractured collar bone earlier in the season.Billy Jowitt kept his place in the team after making his debut the previous week off the bench.

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The Rhinos, who won 14-10 at Widnes on the opening day of the season, fell behind early on when Owen Buckley capitalised on an error from the home side to race in from 60 metres out after five minutes.

The home side levelled the game three minutes later when Broadbent marked with a strong carry to finish off a move that begun inside the Rhinos own half.

The free flowing nature of the game continued when Jayden Hatton hit back for the visitors before the Rhinos went in front for the first time in the game midway through the first half as Broadbent capitalised on a smart cross field kick to score. Spence added the conversion to make it 10-8.

The lead changed hands again on the stroke of half time as Sam Freeman kicked low on the last tackle and Buckley went over for his second try of the game. Freeman kicked his first goal to send his side into half time leading 14-10.

The lead was extended at the start of the second half when Ben Davies broke through the Leeds defence before stretching out to score. The conversion was missed but Widnes now led 18-10 after 50 minutes.

The Rhinos needed to hit back and they did when Reece Chapman-Smith went over for a well deserved try. Straight from the re-start the home side went back in front as Corey Johnson spotted a gap and raced through to score from 30 metres out. Spence converted both tries to give his side a 22-18 lead on the hour.

Johnson went over for a second try as the Rhinos began to up their intensity and they took control of the game as Broadbent completed his hat trick to mark a dream return to action.

The Rhinos wrapped up the win in the final minute as Liam Hamill continued his great form this season with a try in the corner to make the final score 36-18 to the Rhinos.

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