U19s claim derby win
Posted: Friday 18th May 2018 - 11:35 AM
After a run of disappointing results, Castleford’s young Tigers finally got back to winning ways on Thursday night, defeating local rivals Wakefield Trinity 19-6 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
As in the first contest between these two sides this season, things were tight at the break, with the scores locked up at 6-6. But, Tony Smith’s side impressed in the second period and proceeded to pile on some points while keeping the visitors at bay indefinitely.
In truth, the early stages of the contest hardly showcased champagne rugby league. Errors consistently stopped promising sets in their tracks for both sides in the opening quarter. Hence, the game was as tight as it could have possibly been.
As time ticked on a little though, the tide began to shift in Castleford’s favour. A couple of thundering carries from prop Sam Dore seemed to lay the platform for the Tigers, allowing the class of Calum Turner to shine through.
Eventually, after a mishap a set earlier, Turner rectified his mistake and sent a looping ball to Lewis Carr on the wing, who didn’t need a second invitation. Harry Williams, who was perfect with the boot all evening, made short work of a tricky conversion.
Wakefield then proved, however, that they hadn’t made the trip over the common to simply lie down.
In a very sudden resurgence, Trinity hit right back and levelled the scores via Connor Bailey, who had beaten his man well to grab what would turn out to be Wakefield’s only score of the night.
The scores remained level until a little while after the break. It’s often clever ball handling and sleight of hand that produces tries in rugby league, but the Tigers’ second effort of the night was as honest as they come. Evan Morris came up with it, hitting a good line and rampaging past a couple of hapless defenders.
An injury to Turner threatened to de-rail the Tigers’ progress a few moments later, but the hosts dug deep and came up with two decisive plays in quick succession. First, Jack Render – who had just slotted in at full-back – came up with a massive challenge on the goal line to force a knock-on and stop what looked a clear try for Wakefield.
Then, just a minute later, centre Robbie Storey added to Trinity’s woes by polishing off a well-worked try in impressive fashion.
The visitors, in hope more than anything, had a crack at the Tigers in the closing ten minutes, but they simply could not find an opening.
To put them out of their misery, Williams showed some great poise to line-up and slot a drop goal to send Castleford well clear of their bitter West Yorkshire rivals at the death.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 19-6 Wakefield Trinity U19
Castleford Tigers U19:Turner, Render, Storey, Doyle, Carr, Fella, Williams, Dore, Jinks, North, Peachey, Dobson, Hall
Interchange: Wilcock, Ray, Beckett, Morris
Tries: Carr, Morris, Storey
Conversions: Williams (3/3)
Drop Goal: Williams
Wakefield Trinity U19: Kershaw, Hudson, Greensmith, Croft, Devittoris, Ashen, Bailey, Gwaze, T. Schofield, Jones, Dodd, Bethell, Aydin
Interchange: Teale, Landu, J. Schofield, Kamano
Conversions: Ashen (1/1)
*Match Report by Ross Williams
*Photograph courtesy of Melanie Allatt
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