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Youngsters Take Fight to the Knights
Posted by southstander on February 02 2007 - 11:01:39

Off to York

Sunday sees a young looking Rhinos side travel to the Huntingdon Stadium in York for the annual City Knights fund raiser.

Despite the game being the last opportunity for Tony Smith to make adjustments to his side, he has opted to field the youngsters in what promises to be a competitive game. He must be very happy with what he saw in the 50-0 win over the Giants.

We preview the game here ....

After initially challenging Ronnie Rhino to a bike riding challenge, Norris the Knight will now race the Rhinos mascot in a half time goal kicking competition. Lets hope that the entertainment both sides of this main event can live up to the excitement.

The Knights have won two out of their three pre-season friendlies including a 26-20 boxing day win over the Hawks. They did lose their last game, last weekend, against Castleford Tigers, but by a far narrower margin than you may imagine.

Leeds have named their side as; 1. Lee Smith, 2. Ryan Hall, 3. Michael Ratu, 4. Jody Broughton, 5. Danny Williams, 6. Luke Gale, 7. Jordan Tansey, 8. Jamie Thackray, 9. Ben Kaye, 10. Luke Burgess , 11. Ian Kirke , 12. Jason Hart, 13. Steve Brooke, 14. Kyle Briggs, 15. Michael Hayley, 16. Michael Brown, 17. Ayden Faal. While it is likely that only Smith, Williams, Tansey, Thackray and Kirke will get any first team game time this season, it is still a stronger side than it could have been.

Last year we won this game by 25-18 but in 2005 it was a 38-24 loss in a game that was played at Bootham Crescent. I suspect that it will be a close game with the result being too tough to call. Tony Smith is probably right, a strong side and a massive Rhinos win would serve no purpose in a fundraising friendly.

Sundays forecast is for no rain and decent enough temperatures for the time of year. I doubt that there will be many more that 2,000 in and this number of supporters can easily gather under the sheds.

Get yourself there and support the youngsters.

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