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Both Academies Win By Same Margin
Posted by southstander on July 24 2006 - 06:34:50

U21's MoM
By Matthew Horton

Two for the price of one on the Academy report front this week as both the 18’s and the 21’s took on St Helens prior to the engage Super League clash. An 11am start for the 18’s at Scatcherd Lane before the drive down to Headingley for the 21’s clash at 2.45.

Action from both games here......

28

Rhinos

v

Saints

18

Senior & Junior Academy

22nd July 2006

Both Academies Win By Same Margin

The Under 18’s took on a Saints team coming into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season last week against Widnes. Ste Tyrer, who played in the first team a fortnight ago, was named in the centre in a strong line up.

It was the Rhinos who got the better of the opening exchanges, Danny Allan getting the first try of the match on 8 minutes after charging onto a pass from Paul McShane near the line. The Rhinos doubled their lead in the 22nd minute, Dean McGilvaray fumbling a kick through from Paul McShane and Gareth Moore was on hand to go in at the corner. Moore converted both to give the Rhinos a 12-0 lead.

Saints hit back, McGilvaray’s huge hit on Tom Burton forced the ball free and Ste Tyrer was on had to weave his way to the side of the posts. He added the conversion himself to cut the Rhinos lead to 6 points. That was how it stayed until half time but Saints were guilty of losing possession on too many occasions.

Leeds then got the first score with the second half four minutes old, a superb pass from Paul McShane allowing Jodie Broughton to get in at the corner. Moore’s conversion was wide but the gap was back to 10. The Saints clicked into gear, first Leeds turned the ball over cheaply from the kick off and the ball was quickly moved left and Gary Wheeler sent Sean Weed in at the corner. It was back to walls time for the Rhinos as Saints sniffed their opportunity and sure enough it came in the 55th minute. Kyle Eastmond showing great footwork to go over the line. Tyrer converted both and Saints were in front for the first time.

Leeds needed to dig deep and they did, after 58 minutes an offload from Gareth Moore hit the legs of Joe Howie, most of the players stopped expecting a knock on to be awarded or the ball go dead. The big in-goals allowed Howie to follow up and touch down. Referee Grundy awarded the try and with Moore’s conversion Leeds were 22-18 up.

Then after 63 minutes Leeds were in again, a delicate chip kick from Tom Sheldrake near the Saints line was pounced on by Wayne Reittie to touch down. Moore converted and Leeds were 28-18 up. Try as hard as they did Saints could not break down some resolute Rhinos defending as they slipped to their second consecutive defeat of the season. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Wayne Reittie.

Then down to Headingley Carnegie for the second game of the day as the 21’s looked to avenge the 44-0 defeat at Knowsley Road in February. Lee Smith and Danny Williams featured in the side with Luke Gale and Ben Jones moving up from the 18’s. Ian Hardman, a substitute for the first team the week before lined up at full back for Saints.

Leeds got the first points of the afternoon with nine minutes on the clock. The ball moved right from Luke Gale and Kyle Briggs. Lee Smith joined the line perfectly to squeeze in at the North West corner. The conversion attempt from Briggs hit the upright but Leeds were 4-0 ahead.

Saints hit back on the quarter hour, Danny Williams losing the ball in the tackle near his own line and while the defence was trying to reorganise Ian Hardman split the Rhinos defence with a dummy to go over the line, he then converted the try himself to nose the Saints ahead 6-4.

Leeds then hit the front again on 23 minutes, Ian Kirke popping the ball to Lee Smith and he found Ben Jones on his inside and the prop forward was able to slide over the line. Then 8 minutes later while Mike Ratu was attempting a tackle the ball hit his right arm. He then picked the ball up and went on a thrilling 80-metre dash down and across field to get in at the corner. Briggs converted both and the Rhinos were 16-6 to the good.

Saints hit back just before half time, another error from Danny Williams gifted the Saints field position and a long ball left from Scott Moore was plucked out of the air by Steve Bannister and he went over the line. Hardman converted and Leeds went into the half time break 16-12 up.

Leeds made a poor start to the second half, the put themselves under a lot of pressure by conceding three penalties and the dropping the ball. From the scrum the defence cracked as Craig Ashall made the break and sidestepped Lee Smith to go in by the posts. Hardman converted again and Saints were back in front 18-16.

Just like the earlier game it was a nip and tuck affair that could have gone either way but Leeds just managed to pull away. In the 61st minute after a Saints error gave Leeds the ball deep in their half the made full use as Briggs found Smith and his inside ball allowed Ayden Fall to get over the line. Briggs converted to stretch the lead to 22-18.

Then a try worthy of winning any game as a thrilling move down the Northern touchline made the game safe. Briggs finding Ratu and his quick pass released Ryan Hall down the sideline. The young winger kept his composure to find Ratu back on the inside and the centre stretched out to go over by the posts. Briggs converted and the Rhinos were home 28-18 despite some late Saints pressure.

Great performance, Ben Jones showed up well as did the combination of Gale and Briggs at half back. Mike Ratu impressed in the centre but this victory was built on the foundation set by the pack, especially Jamie Thackray who went home with the SouthStander.com man of the match.

Both Academy teams have next weekend off although the Rhinos have 8 players in the Yorkshire Under 17 side than take on Lancashire prior to the Challenge Cup Semi Final at the Grattan Stadium next Sunday. Kick off for that is at 12.45.

U21's

Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Smith
1
1
Hardman
1
3
2
Hall
2
Langley
3
Brown
3
Littler
4
Ratu
2
4
Greenwood
5
Williams
5
Hull
18
Briggs
4
6
Ashall
1
7
Gale
7
Smith
8
Burgess
8
Hodgkinson
9
Kaye
9
Moore
10
Hart
10
Cooper
11
Thackray
11
Bannister
1
12
Kirke
12
Cooper
13
Faal
1
13
Rigby
14
Harris
14
Mirfield
15
Endersby
15
Cunliffe
16
Jones
1
16
Milligan
17
Brook
17
Thompson

Kick Off:
14:30
Half-Time:
16-12
Referee:
Matthew Kidd

U18's

Match Facts

Rhinos
Saints
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Jones-Bishop
1
Frodsham
2
Reitte
1
2
McGilvaray
3
Burton
3
Tyrer
1
3
4
Broughton
1
4
Weed
1
5
Archibald
5
Foster
6
Sheldrake
6
Wheeler
7
Moore
1
4
7
Eastmond
1
8
Chandler
8
Bland
9
McShane
9
McClure
10
Fawcett
10
Roughley
11
Allen
1
11
McGennis
12
Howie
1
12
Dixon
13
Brown, S.
13
Stott
14
Fox
14
Chantler
15
Leeke
15
Farnell
16
Elkington
16
Ashurst
17
Brown, L.
17
Frondsham

Half-Time:
12-06
Referee:
Andy Grundy


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