Big win for our Academy
Posted: Friday 1st June 2018 - 10:43 PM
Castleford’s young Tigers returned to winning ways on Thursday evening, defeating a brave Newcastle Thunder side 44-16 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Lewis Carr grabbed a hat-trick as the hosts secured the important victory, while Calum Turner and Robbie Storey also snatched a pair of tries each.
Although the score line became lopsided, things didn’t start all that swimmingly for the Tigers in the early stages. Newcastle actually struck first in the contest as Tyler Walton beat a couple of Castleford defenders on his way to the try line. Jack Quinn converted, giving the hosts an almost instant target to aim for.
However, the Tigers’ retribution was swift and clinical. In the space of just five minutes, the black and amber simply blitzed their opponents from the North East, scoring three back-to-back tries to fully assert their authority.
Carr went in first after a routine move to the right edge came off perfectly. Then, Tom Hall picked up arguably the try of the evening as he burst through a gap in the defensive line and raced 50 yards to the Railway End – a phenomenal effort from the prop forward.
Turner ended the quick-fire assault with aplomb, showing his pace as he beat a couple of would-be tacklers before planting the ball down.
The Tigers were in firm control of the contest at this point, but Newcastle showed their resilience and held out for the next 15 minutes. Further tries were inevitable however, and they came just before the break as James Beckett went over before Carr scored his brace in almost identical fashion to his first.
20 points separated the two sides at the break, suggesting Thunder simply had to score first in the second half to be in with a chance. However, it wasn’t to be for Newcastle as the opening ten minutes of the period turned into the Robbie Storey show, with the centre brilliantly finishing off back-to-back tries, effectively sealing the result even at the early stage.
Newcastle, to their immense credit, failed to go away even when the game was gone and they were rewarded with a pair of tries from Callum Kennedy and Sam Stephenson. Their final assaults were in vain though, as Turner and Carr both went back over the whitewash before the end of the game.
All-in-all, an important victory for the Tigers after a run of hit-and-miss results in the Academy Championship. Tony Smith’s side will hope that this one will be the catalyst for some much-needed good form as the competition begins to hot up.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 44-16 Newcastle Thunder U19
Castleford Tigers U19: Turner, Crossland, Render, Storey, Carr, Beckett, Williams, North, O’Neill, Hall, Peachey, Dobson, Summers
Interchange:Doyle, Jinks, Slicker, Morris
Tries: Carr (3), Hall, Turner (2), Beckett, Storey (2)
Conversions: Williams (5/9)
Newcastle Thunder U19: Quinn, Hudson, Clegg, Dyne, McCallan, Wilcox, Ellis, Nettleton, Gowing, Paterson, Charlton, McGurk, Walton}]
Interchange:Jones, Stephenson, Leighton, Kennedy
Tries: Walton, Kennedy, Stephenson
Conversions: Quinn (2/3)
*Match Report by Ross Williams, photograph courtesy of Melanie Allatt
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