Academy match report
Posted: Friday 22nd June 2018 - 12:08 PM
Castleford’s young Tigers were overturned by a strong Bradford Bulls side on Thursday evening, losing 36-18 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
The hosts were right in the contest for the best part of 50 minutes, thanks to a try from Robbie Storey and a hat-trick from winger Lewis Carr. However, the Bulls were resilient and pulled away in the second period, condemning Tony Smith’s side to defeat.
In front of one of the largest crowds of the season so far, the Tigers actually made the best start of the two sides, scoring early on at the Railway End. Utilising a trademark Castleford move, they shifted the ball to the right and Calum Turner eventually found Carr with a sublime ball. The winger did the rest, acrobatically finishing in the corner.
A quick back-up try here would have seen the Tigers really set their stall out. However, the hosts were unable to capitalise and, instead, it was Bradford who got over the whitewash next – scoring two tries in the space of five minutes via Thomas Doyle and Oliver Wilson.
The Bulls claimed one more score before the break, as Ebon Scurr barged over from short range – a technique that troubled the Tigers all evening. But, Castleford remained in the hunt at the half-time hooter thanks to Storey, who also got over the line after the black and amber again went to the right edge in search of points.
The first ten minutes of the second period were vital, with Bradford down to twelve men following a sin-binning on the stroke of half time.
A Tigers revival required points to be scored during this vulnerable period for the Bulls, but it wasn’t to be as the visitors held firm in defence.
Needless to say, Castleford were punished for not being clinical when Bradford regained their full complement of players. Two tries in as many minutes for Lochlan McGill and half-back Rowan Milnes effectively ended the game as a contest.
Carr raced in for two further tries late on, sealing an excellent hat-trick, but it was a matter of too little, too late for the Tigers. A final Bradford try from back-rower Matthew Storton, backed up by a conversion from Alex Stephenson – who was immaculate with the boot all evening – wrapped things up for the impressive visitors.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 18-36 Bradford Bulls U19
Castleford Tigers U19: Turner, Crossland, Doyle, Storey, Carr, Williams, Beckett, North, O’Neill, Ray, Peachey, Summers, Hall
Interchange: Dobson, Jinks, Mitchell, Dore
Tries: Carr (3), Storey
Conversions: Williams (1/3), Turner (0/1)
Bradford Bulls U19: Stephenson, Butterworth, S. Smith, Culling, M. Smith, Milnes, Green, Wilson, Doyle,Foster, Storton, Hodgson, Fletcher
Interchange: Scurr, Lightowler, Gallagher, McGill
Tries: Doyle, Wilson, Scurr, McGill, Milnes, Storton
Conversions: Stephenson (6/6)
*Match Report by Ross Williams
**Photograph courtesy of Melanie Allatt
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