Rugby League


27 May 2023

Academy Origin II: Yorkshire 32 Lancashire 32

Academy Origin II: Yorkshire 32 Lancashire 32

Leeds Rhinos centre Jack Smith converted a 78th minute try by centre partner Louix Gorman to give Yorkshire a share of the spoils from a keenly contested Academy Origin match at Hull KR’s Sewell Group Craven Park stadium on Saturday.

Just two minutes earlier St Helens winger Owen Dagnall looked to have sealed the match – and the series – with his second try, only for Rovers centre Gorman to keep the Lancashire champagne on ice until game three at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday 18 August.

Yorkshire, resoundingly beaten 40-22 at Castleford in the first of this year’s matches, had raced into a point-a-minute 20-0 lead in the first quarter with tries from Rhinos trio Jack Smith, Joe Phillips and Neil Tchamambe, plus another from Wakefield Trinity’s Ethan Wood and two Gorman conversions.

Dagnall grabbed his first to finally open Lancashire’s account on 26 minutes, and further efforts from Wigan Warriors’ Taylor Kerr and fellow backrower Nolan Tupaea of Warrington narrowed the deficit to 18-20 at half time.

Jack Smith extended Yorkshire’s lead with his second try soon after the break, but tries from Wigan Warriors three-quarters Noah Hodkinson and Nathan Lowe, and Dagnall’s 76th minute effort looked to have settled matters – before homeboy Gorman’s kept Yorkshire interest in the series alive with a dramatic intervention at the death.


1. Cai Taylor Wray (Warrington Wolves)

2. Matt Hanley (Huddersfield Giants)

3. Louix Gorman (Hull KR)

4. Jack Smith (Leeds Rhinos)

5. Neil Tchamambe (Leeds Rhinos)

6. Jack Charles (Hull FC)

7. Fergus McCormack (Leeds Rhinos)

8. Thomas Smith (Hull KR)

9. Harvey Smith (Wakefield Trinity)

10. Joe Phillips (Leeds Rhinos)

11. Ben Littlewood (Leeds Rhinos)

12. Ethan Wood (Wakefield Trinity)

13. Lucas Green (Warrington Wolves)

14. Lennie Ellis (Hull KR)

15. Max Merta (Huddersfield Giants)

16. Jack Billington (Huddersfield Giants)

17. Leo Aliyu (Leeds Rhinos)

Tries: Jack Smith (5, 47), Wood (8), Phillips (16), Tchamambe (22), Gorman (78) Goals: Gorman 2, Jack Smith 2


1. Harry Robertson (St Helens)

2. Noah Hodkinson (Wigan Warriors)

3. Nathan Lowe (Wigan Warriors)

4. Dayon Sambou (St Helens)

5. Owen Dagnall (St Helens)

6. Jack Farrimond (Wigan Warriors)

7. George Whitby (St Helens)

8. Thomas McKinney (Warrington Wolves)

9. Ben Hartill (Warrington Wolves)

10. Ryan Brown (Wigan Warriors)

11. Nolan Tupaea (Warrington Wolves)

12. Jon Vaughan (St Helens)

13. Taylor Kerr (Wigan Warriors)

14. Tom Ratchford (Wigan Warriors)

15. Joe Bajer (Warrington Wolves)

16. Leon Cowan (St Helens)

17. Lukas Mason (Wigan Warriors)

Tries: Dagnall (26, 76), Kerr (31), Tupaea (38), Hodkinson (60), Lowe (70)   Goals: Farrimond 3, Whitby