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U18's Show they Can-Can
Posted by southstander on February 19 2006 - 07:00:03

By Matthew Horton

The Under 18's stepped up their preparation for 2006 when the entertained a big looking French side at Headingley Carnegie Stadium yesterday lunchtime.

It was a bright sunny day as Michael Ratu led his troops onto the field.

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U18 Rhinos

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U18 France

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U18's Academy

18th February 2006

U18's Show they Can-Can

It was a close call in the first half with both teams looking easily matched. The bigger French pack looking to get on top of their counterparts through out the half. However despite their efforts the visitors went into half time 16-10 down after tries from the Rhinos from Ben Kaye, Ben Fawcett and Joe Chandler, with Kyle Briggs adding a couple of conversions. The French replied with tries from Aurelein Bourrel and Kevin Liguoro, after some superb build up play. Aman Sabri added the goal.

Unfortunately, having only played two days before at Warrington, the French youngsters run out of speed as the superior ball handling skills of the Rhinos came to the fore. There was some superb attacking football from the home which resulted in five further tries. Kyle Briggs going over in the 47th minute before the visitors conceded 4 tries in the last 22 minutes from Mark Watts, props Ayden Fall and Ben Jones. A then a superb twisting run from Tom Sheldrake, Briggs converted all of the tried to take the final score to 46-10.

The hospitality continued in the Supporters Club after the game, where Leeds Rhinos president Harry Jepson welcome the visitors to Headingley and was on hand to see Glynis Webster, from match sponsors Park Lane College, give a man of the match award to players from both teams. Ben Fawcett getting the nod for the Rhinos and another substitute Thibault Ancely getting the vote for the visitors. Rhinos coach John Bastian was pleased with his troops effort, pointing out that the skill factor of his team had been the main difference on the day. This fixture against the French is becoming an established part of the Under 18's pre-season and long may it continue.

Leeds: 1. Tom Sheldrake (T), 2. Wayne Reittie, 3. James Archibald, 4. Mike Ratu (c), 5. Danny Allen, 6. Kyle Briggs (T, 7G), 7. Gareth Moore, 8. Ayden Faal (T), 9. Ben Kaye, 10. Ben Jones (T), 11. Liam Brown, 12. Joe Chandler (T), 13. Luke Gale, 14. Ben Collins, 15. Mark Watts (T), 16. Ben Fawcett (T), 17. Dale Harris.

France: 1. Aurelin Bourrell (T), 2. Frederic Vaccari, 3. Nicolas De Martini, 4. Christophe Herold, 5. Kevin Liguoro (T), 6. Aman Sabri (G), 7. Kane Bentley, 8. Jois Casal, 9. Malik Boudjera, 10. Mohammed Jamil, 11. Flouran Quintilla, 12. Vincent Duport, 13. Phillipe Baile, 14. Picne Castel, 15. Thibault Ancely, 16. Julien Espugna, 17. Andrei Olari.

Referee: Paul Carr

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