Under-16s stay unbeaten

Posted: Thursday 11th April 2019 - 2:46 PM

Castleford Tigers’ Scholarship outfit reached the midway point of their 2019 campaign in perfect style Wednesday night, maintaining their unbeaten record with a 40-28 victory over the City of Hull Academy.

In the tightest contest they’ve been in so far, the Tigers dug deep to overcome the challenge of the hosts. The scores were level at 16-each at the break, but Castleford hit an extra gear in the second period, securing their fourth straight win.

Two quickfire tries from Jamie Mvula made the Tigers’ intentions known inside the opening ten minutes of the contest, with the back-rower showing some great awareness to pick up the eight points for his team. Unfortunately however, Mvula’s evening later ended on a sour note, as he went down with a nasty-looking knee injury. We wish Jamie a speedy recovery.

Winger Jason Qareqare also got over for the Tigers in the first half, after Danny Evans’ side smartly shifted the ball to the right edge.

The hosts hit back well though, running in three tries of their own – via Harvey Barron and a Bailey Dawson double – to level the scores at the interval.

Castleford were undoubtedly the better side in the first half, but errors had been their undoing. Working on increasing their completion rate was vital to taking the victory in the second period.

The message in the sheds was clearly heard loud and clear, as the Tigers instantly took the initiative in the second 40.

Much like in the first half, Castleford struck twice inside the opening ten minutes, shell-shocking the hosts into formulating a response. First, Bailey Hodgson showcased some excellent footwork to find a gap and race clear. Then four minutes later, Josh Milthorpe – despite operating in the centres rather than his usual wing position – added to his impressive 2019 try tally by diving over in the left corner.

As we approached the final quarter, the home side brought themselves within four points, but they never got any nearer.

Hard-running winger Mackenzie Scurr picked up a deserved try with fifteen minutes to play, and from there it was Castleford’s to lose.

Hull did strike once more before the final whistle, as Jacob Hookem barged over, but his effort was sandwiched between two further scores from the Tigers.

Rio Evans grabbed the first after running a sublime line from ten yards out, before Callum Hutchinson sealed the result for the rampant Tigers, two minutes from time.

Full Time: Castleford Tigers U16 40-28 City of Hull Academy U16


Castleford Tigers U16

Hodgson, Scurr, Milthorpe, Jordan, Qareqare, Robinson, Rusling, Ransome, Robb, Wood, Mvula, Magee, Hazelgrave


Hutchinson, Tooala, Grundy, Shaw, Sadler, Evans, Jones

Tries: Mvula (2), Qareqare, Hodgson, Milthorpe, Scurr, Evans, Hutchinson

Conversion: Rusling (2/3), Jordan (2/5)


City of Hull Academy U16

Speed, Barron, Moy, Stewart, Okoro, Rutland, Hookem, Burrell, Morley, Petrie, Dawson, Dickens, Watkinson


Offen, Gibson, Roe, Balogun, Moore, Pratt, Richards

Tries: Barron, Dawson (2), Stewart, Hookem

Conversions: Hookem (4/5)


*Match report by Ross Williams

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