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2 Wins Back 2 Back....
Leeds Rhinos made it two wins from as many games as they overcame Medway Dragons 78-42 in an entertaining game at Medway Park.
Both sides opened up with three tries each within the first fifteen minutes of the game, but tries from Tom Haliwell, Jodie Boyd-Ward and Ryan Richardson saw the Rhinos cruise to a comfortable 20-point lead.
Medway did cut the gap back to ten points with two well-worked tries from Sebastian Groves, but the game swung back to the Rhinos as a try for Josh Butler and another try for Richardson saw the Rhinos take control of the game.
Medway recovered to score a late first half penalty and they trailed 46-26 at the break.
The Dragons then started the second half on the front foot and, with help from Martin Lane, they managed to cut the gap back to ten points with 30 minutes left to play.
But, with the Dragons tiring late on, the Rhinos racked up 26 unanswered points, scoring five tries to close out an impressive victory on the road.
" John Seager - WhRL Media Officer"
Photo's courtesy of "Steve Groves" - Medway Dragons
Leeds Rhinos ran in 160 points without reply as they got their 2017 Challenge Cup campaign off to a flying start.
Leeds, Cup finalists last year, took on the Argonauts from Dartford, who were making their Challenge Cup debut.
The Rhinos started well and opened up a 32-point lead with two tries for Tony Godward and Josh Butler, who completed an early first half hat-trick.
Butler added two more tries, before a try each for both Ryan Richardson, James Collins and a fourth try of the game for Cibbens, saw the Rhinos open up the gap to 60 points.
A further try each for Butler, Richardson and Cibbens, along with a first try of the game for Jodie Boyd-Ward, saw the Rhinos lead 82-0 at half time.
The Rhinos continued their dominance into the second half - two more tries each for Collins and Godward saw them reach the 100-point mark.
A second half hat-trick of tries each for Richardson and Cibbens alongside two more tries each for Godward and Butler rounded off the scoring on a remarkable match.
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WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE CUP ROUND ONE WRAP-UP - BY JOHN SEAGER
Leeds Rhinos finished off this season in spectacular style with 13 members of the Club involved in this weekend’s 4 Nations in Rochdale.
The Winner's England WhRL featured debutants Ryan Richardson and Nathan Collins, along with Jodie Boyd-Ward, Tom Halliwell and Joint Captain James Simpson.
With Nathan Collins picking up player of the tournament for his first major international at just 16 years old is a massive boost to both players and the club.
The Management team at Rhinos gave a good account with success again for Martyn Gill joint head Coach of England now a successful 4 from 4 trophies, now looking forward to the next 12 months ahead which will include the World Cup 2017.
Andrew Gardner Chairman of Spider-Y also the England Team Manager had a busy weekend looking after the England Team and the Entertainment on site with the live streaming along with Josh Gardner Commentator and MC, Andy had the duty of getting the scores and the graphics on the BIG screen up to date, at present figures show we have a total of 4000 viewings over the weekend which is great achievement.
And to the Great achievement from Joshua Butler, Luis Domingos , Ewan Clibbens and Tony Godward who we only a couple days’ notice came together with their team mates and formed the Exiles with no pre comp training achieved 3rd place and brought the supporters to they feet with the outstanding try's and sportsmanship.
Leeds Rhinos players and staff enjoyed a major success in Medway Kent last week not only winning the European Championship with a golden point try over France, 4 days earlier winning in convincing style by a 30 point margin to bring home the Kielty/Fassolette Trophy.
Four Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair Rugby League (WRL) players have been named in the England WRL squad for the 2015 European Cup in Medway.
Sebastien Bechara, James Simpson, Jodie Boyd-Ward and Tom Halliwell have all made the cut to take on Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France this September.
Two team staff from Leeds Rhinos WRL continue their roles manage and coach the side; Andy Gardner Team Manager and Martyn Gill Head Coach for the tournament.
The tournament starts in Medway Park, Kent from September 23rd till the 27th.
The curtain to Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair RL season came to a close this weekend with a defeat in the semi finals of the Challenge Cup to Mersey Storm.
We caught up with Head Coach Martyn Gill to get his thoughts on the game and season:
"In regards to the game at the weekend, we are obviously dissapointed to not have progressed into the final, and at times we were in a real dog fight with Mersey, but take nothing away from them, they were very good on the day and their experience showed. I thought Paul Craig ran the show for them very well. We did show some moments of brilliance, but we simply have to be better in certain parts of our game against tougher opposition and will be looking to work on that for next season.
However I don't want the game from the weekend to be what we judge our whole season on, and we spoke about this as a team after the game. In terms of progression we have made great strides this year. The club only two seasons ago was a bottom of the league team and down to some hard work by everyone at the club we are turning that around, and feel that anyone judging us, should remember where our starting point was and how far we have come in a short space of time.
We have picked up six wins and a draw this season in both league and cup competitions and that is something we are very proud of and learnt heaps of lessons in the process that will stand us in good stead for the future.
As for now though, we are looking forward to a break with some of the squad going on to play in the European championships and then we will come back as we start the preparations both on and off field for our first ever tour.
I would like to thank everyone connected at the club for their efforts and support this season and on behalf of Leeds would like to wish Mersey and Halifax the best of luck in the final"
Finally a word with the Chairman Andrew Gardner
"This season has been immense we have some great players who can continue to progress and fight for honours, we have the best back room staff in the game, a great Management group SPIDER-Y that help support Martyn with training and matchday activities, we've got 3 weeks until we have a 3 month break then back in Jan 2016 full training and preperation for an early start to next season with plenty of friendlys and our first tour." We would like to take this opportunity to wish the England Team good luck for the forth coming European Championships on 23rd -26th September at Medway Park Gillingham kent."
New challenge New SPORTS try it Oct 2015 Parabadminton Wheelchair Badminton at Morley Leisure Centre Thursday Night 8pm -10pm 1st October 2015 until 10th December 2015.
We train all year round with exception of 2 weeks break at Christmas.
At Morley Leisure Centre LS27 9JP
Monday 7pm-9pm Basketball Premier League
Wednesday 7pm-8pm Basketball Juniors and beginners
Wednesday 8pm-10pm Basketball Premier League and Division 3
Thursday 8pm-10pm Wheelchair Rugby League
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