Under-19s fall short against Rhinos
Posted: Monday 1st April 2019 - 10:48 AM
Their best performance so far this season wasn't enough as the under-19s fell to a 36-24 defeat to Leeds Rhinos at Stanningley.
It means the Tigers’ wait for their first win of the 2019 Academy season was extended on Saturday, despite matching the hosts for the majority of the contest and even deservedly leading 14-12 at the interval.
However, a sloppy six-minute spell in the second half cost the Tigers, as they shipped three quickfire tries and handed the Rhinos the initiative.
Castleford started the contest strongly with Lewis Carr’s early try an indicator of that. But, things did seem ominous when Leeds responded in kind during the following ten minutes. Both Harry Anderson and Tom Barton struck, opening up an eight-point lead for the home side.
In previous games, a Tigers’ collapse may have occurred at that point, but there was some new-found steel about Castleford on Saturday.
Carr continued to be a thorn in Leeds’ side, looking dangerous each time he received the ball in a yard of space, and the Tigers’ middle men looked a match for anyone.
The pick of the Castleford pack was prop Lewis Peachey, and it was his neat offload that set up Joe Summers for the Tigers’ second try of the afternoon.
The third came soon after, and once again it was Carr with the finish. It was a well-earned brace for the third-year winger, and the first indication that he may yet return to his prolific try-scoring form of 2018.
Two points to the good at the break, the signs looked good for the Tigers, on a day that saw plenty of positives for Tony Smith’s side.
Debutant Nathan Carter - in particular - made a real impression off the bench for such a young man, cementing his status as one to watch in the coming months and years.
Eight minutes into the second half, Castleford were flying and extended their lead by scoring the try of the game. A 60-yard break from Carr set up the Tigers in prime territory and Jake Sweeting did the rest, slinging a looping pass straight into the path of an alert Louis Collinson.
From there though, things took a turn from the Tigers’ perspective. As fatigue began to set in, errors followed and Leeds didn’t need asking twice to capitalise. A trio of tries shell-shocked Castleford as we entered the final quarter of the game and it was always going to be a mountain too high at that point.
The Tigers threw caution to the wind as the clock ticked down, but this only opened up more opportunities for the Rhinos, who ran in two more scores before time was up.
Castleford did have the last laugh as Brad Jinks reacted quickest to a bouncing restart, but it was too little, too late for the Tigers on this occasion.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 24-36 Leeds Rhinos U19
Castleford Tigers U19
Priest, Bannister, Morgan, Bull, Carr, Sweeting, Westwood, Peachey, Jinks, Hall, Collinson, Attley, Summers
North, Mitchell, Jowett, Carter
Tries: Carr (2), Summers, Collinson, Jinks
Conversion: Sweeting (2/5)
*Match report by Ross Williams
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