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