MATCH REPORT: U16s produce confident win over Rhinos

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MATCH REPORT: U16s produce confident win over Rhinos

The City of Hull Scholarship welcomed Leeds Rhinos for their penultimate game after having their match with Warrington postponed at last-minute just over a week ago.

Rob Wilson decided to take a look at the next generation of youthful talent coming through the ranks for their match-up with Leeds, fielding 10 first-year players and handing debuts to Charlie Roe, Daniel Okoru, Henry Newez and Ryan Morley.

The game kicked off via the boot of Sam Bailey, and debutant Charlie Roe was called into action early on to prevent an initial onslaught from the Rhinos attack. The full-back was composed in defence however, throwing the Leeds winger into touch as he broke down the wing, before mopping up a dangerous kick a set later.

With that early test passed, the City of Hull 16s switched from defence to attack in swift and ruthless fashion. The ball was moved to the left flank as Offen and Bailey combined, and Will Tate used pure strength to burst through the defensive line before hitting the afterburners and scorching round the full-back before dotting the ball down beneath the sticks.

The ball was now firmly in the host’s court, and they were making the most of possession and Leeds’ inability to keep hold of the ball as they posted more points. An improvised kick from Hoggarth looked to be bread and butter for the Rhino’s centre, but Matthew Smith came from nowhere to rise high and claim the ball to push the Hull side further ahead.

Bailey converted both tries to give the City of Hull a 12-0 lead, and that advantage was soon increased further as good hit-ups from Petrie and Burrell put McNamara in position to snatch another try after wriggling over from dummy-half.

An explosive start from the home side had left the visitors shell-shocked, but a few poor errors from Hull presented the Rhinos with the opportunity to reduce the arrears before half-time with two quick-fire tries over on the left-hand side of the pitch.


Leeds were left to rue their wasted opportunities in the first-half as a clinical and composed City of Hull side controlled the tempo and made the most of their field possession.

That story continued on into the second half as the Rhinos made an error direct from a scrum close to their own line via pressure from Bailey Dawson and Leon Stewart. Needing no second invitation to increase their advantage, the City of Hull ruthlessly added to their points tally as Bailey and Tate combined, with the latter playing a nice delayed pass for Newez to collect and go in with plenty left to do.

As Leeds continued to blow chances down their left-edge, City of Hull continued to add to their points as Morgan Cutsforth intelligently sliced through at dummy-half before finding Ben McNamara in support. The skipper hit the gas to eat up some metres before jinking round a few defenders and feeding Jamie Hoggarth, who was able to go the rest of the way and get himself on the scoresheet.

The Rhinos did eventually manage to breach the host’s left-edge with a consolation try at the death, but that would not take away from a confident, composed and superb City of Hull performance at the University of Hull on a bitterly cold Wednesday evening.


CITY OF HULL STARTING XIII: Roe; Okoru, Tate, Smith, Newez; Bailey, Offen; Burrell, McNamara ©, Petrie, Stewart, Dawson, Hoggarth.

CITY OF HULL INTERCHANGES: Moy, Morley, Cutsforth, Whur, McCrory-Wilson, Wallis, Gray.

LEEDS RHINOS STARTING XIII: Little; Peterkin, Stewart, Nichol, Turner; Field, Parsons; Wallace, Burton, Lewis; Atkinson, McGowan, Nicholson-Watton.

LEEDS RHINOS INTERCHANGES: Tomlinson, Mayhew, Hird, Snee, Spence, Tolan.

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