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U18's Thrash 'Quins
Posted by southstander on May 08 2006 - 06:50:53

Rhinos MoM
By Matthew Horton at New River Stadium

The Rhinos travelled to the capital to take on Harlequins RL looking to make it three wins in a row against a team that was belted at Huddersfield last time out. Luke Gale backed up from his appearance in the 21ís on Friday night.

It was a warm and pleasant afternoon for the curtain raiser to the London Skolars v Barrow game.

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U18's Academy

7th May 2006

U18's Thrash 'Quins

It didnít take Leeds to get on the scoreboard; in fact it took less than two minutes when James Archibald wreaked havoc in the Quins defence before popping a superb offload out for Ben Fawcett to dive over the line. Luke Gale had the kicking duties this week, but pushed his attempt wide of the posts.

Harlequins though showed they were made of some strong stuff and stunned the Rhinos by taking the lead on 7 minutes. Liam Prescott going from dummy half before finding the rampaging Lloyd Pullen who went in by the posts. Prescott converted the try and Leeds were suddenly 6-4 down. Harlequins literally threw the lead away; a stray pass on half was being picked off by Danny Allen who went in untouched and on the black dot. Gareth Moore took over the kicking duties and slotted over the extras to put Leeds back in front.

Harlequins werenít lying down though and they snatched the lead back in the 25th minute. A cross field kick from Matt Carter was tipped back by a Quins player into the hands of Dom Driver and he squeezed in at the corner. Prescott converted superbly from the sideline and again Leeds were behind.

It was short lived as the home side began to tire and Leeds pressed home their advantage either side of half time. On 28 minutes after Harlequins had been penalised on their own line, Leeds didnít hang around and got on with things. The ball was spread left from Luke Gale to Kyle Briggs and Tom Burton joined the attacking line just at the right moment to go in at the corner. The conversion from Moore was waved away and Leeds has their noses in front at 14-12.

Three minutes later Leeds were in again, Ben Kaye going from dummy half. He found Liam Brown who simply switched direction to find the hole in the defence to touch down in the corner. Luke Gale resumed the kicking duties and was successful. From the kick off a penalty allowed Leeds to get downfield again and it was Tom Burton who went in again with a carbon copy of his previous effort. Gale added the extras and to make things worse for the home side on the last play of the half it was Kaye again from dummy half that found Ben Jones and the front rower popped the pass out for Joe Howey to score. Gale converted to take the Rhinos into half time 32-12 up.

When Harlequins kicked off the second half it was the last time they were to have the ball for over 10 minutes, and in that time they shipped another 24 points in back to back sets. From the kick off, and with the help of a penalty, Leeds went close when Joe Chandler was held up just short of the line. The Harlequins marker defence went to sleep as Ben Kaye stepped over the line to touch down.

Harlequins looked tired and Leeds were making easy metres, Ben Kaye again going from dummy half and putting Ben Jones into the gap to touch down. On the next set Leeds went from deep, Luke Gale finding Kyle Briggs and his long inside pass went into the hands of Gareth Moore, who had started the move, and he went in from half way. The it was the turn of Gale himself to get over the whitewash, after an altercation at the play the ball the touch judge entered the field of play but not before the ball was in motion. Briggs going across field to find Gale who went over the line. After a consultation with the touch judge the referee awarded try. Gale converted, as he had the previous three tries and Leeds were suddenly 56-12 up.

Credit to the home side though, they never gave up trying and showed great spirit. Even on the wrong side of the penalty count in the second half, the Leeds defence stood up to the challenge and refused to let Quins over the line. It was Leeds though who got the final points of the game, first on 68 minutes Leeds attacked from a scrum. Gale and Briggs combining to send Tom Burton in at the corner for his hat trick and then with two minutes to go Luke Gale stepped through some poor Quins defending and sent Ben Fawcett in for his second try of the game. Gale converted both to take his personal tally to 22 points and a 68-12 victory for Leeds.

Iíd like to pay tribute to the efforts of the Harlequins players, their cause not helped by injuries picked up in the course of the game but they showed great determination and never gave up. Particularly impressive was Lloyd Pullen, a big powerful lad who runs with great vigour and likes to put himself about on defence.

For Leeds Ben Kaye was industrious as ever and Liam Brown caught the eye in the second row. Gareth Moore had his best game of the season. James Archibald caused the Quins defence problems every time he had the ball and Tom Burton with the hat trick from the bench. The SouthStander.com man of the match went to Ben Jones. Heís stepped into the injured Michael Haleyís shoes very impressively and today put in maximum effort in hot conditions.

The Junior Academy travel to Brantingham Park next Sunday to take on Hull FC. Kick off is at 2pm.

Match Facts

Rhinos
Harlequins
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Brown, S.
1
Newbury
2
Leeke
2
Lewis
3
Archibald
3
May
4
Allen
1
4
Driver
1
5
Reitte
5
Okunla
6
Briggs
6
Taylor
7
Moore
1
1
7
Killaby
8
Jones
1
8
Lade
9
Kaye
1
9
Prescott
2
10
Fawcett
2
10
Pullen
1
11
Chandler
11
Ridgeley
12
Brown, L.
1
12
Greer
13
Gale
1
9
13
Carter
14
Collins
14
Crossman
15
Wray
15
Nketiah
16
Howey
1
16
Major
17
Burton
3
17
Ball

Kick Off:
12:45
Half-Time:
32-06
Referee:
Chris Hatton


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