Hunslet RLFC v Leeds Rhinos

Harry Jepson OBE Memorial Trophy 31/01/2020 - 7:30 pm
South Leeds Stadium

Match Highlights



More importantly, though it was against over-matched opposition, the Parksiders looked like a team who could make an impact in Betfred League One this year.

They have size and power up front and pace on the flanks, as well as craft in the halves, as two 40-20s in the first half highlighted.

Leeds put plenty of effort into defending their line, holding opponents up over the whitewash four times, but couldn’t cope physically.

Rhinos had no go-forward and were shoved back regularly when in possession, regularly beginning their sets deep in their own territory.

It was 32-0 at half-time and Leeds held their own in the third quarter as Hunslet made a series of changes, but the hosts ran in three late tries before Rhinos grabbed a late consolation.

Other than the try, Rhinos threatened to score on only three occasions. Tyler Dupree went close early on, Corey Hall was pulled back for a forward pass and Oli Burton had a touchdown ruled out for offside.

Matt Chrimes, a student international winger signed from Rochdale Mayfield, showed up well for Hunslet and opened the scoring after 13 minutes from a pass by his centre Tom Ashton.

Three minutes later Ashton put Chrimes away again and he sent Danny King, a strong-running recruit from Dewsbury Rams, powering over.

Muizz Mustapha held up Jack Lee over the line, but on the next play Jimmy Watson crossed from Ashton’s pass and Simon Brown’s first conversion made it 14-0 after 22 minutes.

Dom Brambani dummied over for Hunslet’s fifth try, which he also converted and a sixth came on the stroke of half-time through Vila Halafihi.

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That was tough on Hall who had done well to hold up Ashton on the previous play.

To their credit, Leeds kept Hunslet out for 20 minutes of the second half – AJ Boardman and King both being held up – before Kiedan Hartley, a former Rhinos academy player signed after a season at Featherstone Rovers, went over from Ben Heaton’s offload.

Brown crossed after some scrappy play with 10 minutes left and Josh Tonks completed Hunslet’s try haul, Danny Rowse tagging on his second goal.

In the final moments Harvey Spance’s kick hit a post and Loui McConnell followed through to touch down, Spence adding the extras.

In the final minute Hunslet’s Zach Johnson was sent-off for a dangerous tackle which sparked a skirmish.

Meanwhile, Rhinos were named team of the year at the wheelchair rugby league awards ceremony at Emerald Headingley last night.

Disappointed Leeds coach Chev Walker admitted: “We did too much defense and gave the ball away too cheaply.

“We need to respect the ball more and our game-management has to be better.”

Hunslet’s Gary Thornton said: “I was happy, we executed some good plays and did some nice stuff against a spirited Leeds team.”

Referee: Neil Horton (Wakefield). Attendance: 664.

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Hunslet RLFC

# Player Position T C P DP Points
TBCAJ BoardmanUtility Back00000
TBCAlex RoweProp Forward00000
TBCPrivate: Zach JohnsonProp Forward00000
TBCPrivate: Jack AldousProp Forward00000
17Private: Danny King Back Row Forward20000
16Private: Jack RayProp Forward00000
2Private: Ben MarklandCentre00000
10Harry KiddProp Forward00000
14Private: Danny RowseHalf Back00000
5Matty ChrimesWinger10000
18Kiedan HartleyFull Back10000
15Harvey HallasProp Forward00000
7Dominic BrambaniHalf Back10000
TBCJordan AndradeForward00000
6Simon BrownHalf Back10000
13Vila HalafihiHooker10000
3Private: Ben HeatonCentre00000
11Private: Josh TonksSecond Row10000
8Private: Zach BrahamProp Forward00000
1Jimmy WatsonFull Back10000
9Private: Jack LeeHooker00000
12Duane StraugheirBack Row Forward00000
4Private: Tom AshtonCentre00000
 Total 90000

Leeds Rhinos

Position T C P DP Points


Date Time League Season
31/01/2020 7:30 pm Harry Jepson OBE Memorial Trophy 2020