Young Tigers pick up deserved win
Posted: Friday 10th May 2019 - 3:44 PM
Castleford’s U19s finally claimed their first victory of the 2019 campaign on Thursday evening, downing the City of Hull Academy 34-18.
After an extremely tough start to the season for Tony Smith’s side, performances in recent weeks have shown signs that the two points were coming, and things finally clicked into place this week, with the Tigers good value for their win.
After a steady first half, which the hosts led 12-6, the black and amber kicked on in the second – blowing away the opposition in a purple patch that saw them score four unanswered tries.
Naturally, Castleford had to do things the hard way against their Humberside opponents. They were stung with yet another injury 20 minutes into the game, as promising forward Lewis Peachey went down, and a number of players were forced to play out of position due to prior casualties. First-year Rhys Greenall was also given a baptism of fire, as he made his debut from the full-back position.
In truth, the first 40 minutes left plenty to be desired, with both sides committing too many errors to truly gain a foothold in the contest. Regardless, the Tigers came out of the period with an advantage, following two almost identical Jacob Doyle tries on the left edge – both assisted by Greenall.
Centre Jude Ferreira also snatched a try in the first half, keeping COHA in the hunt, but the Tigers were six points ahead when the referee blew for the interval. Joe Fella used his strength to strike with the final play of the half, another try for the make-shift half-back who has impressed in recent weeks in the pivot.
The early stages of the second period carried all the warning signs of the Tigers’ previous encounters this year.
Despite having a slender lead, Castleford were swarmed by the COHA attack in the opening ten minutes and were forced to defend wave after wave. The Mikey Lewis try that followed was inevitable, but unlike in recent games, the Tigers refused to fold when the visitors pegged the scores back to level.
At the first opportunity to gather some momentum, the Tigers marched down the field and they managed to stay there for the majority of the next quarter. Within the space of four minutes, Robbie Storey – who had a stormer in the back-row for the Tigers – got over the whitewash twice. His second was particularly impressive, as he rose for a cross-field kick and came down with it despite the attention of the COHA defence.
With the lead extended, Castleford began to turn the screw and go for the kill.
Just moments later, Ritchie Westwood obliged as the diminutive half-back picked out a gap and did exceptionally way to burst through and find his way to the line.
Just before the 70-minute mark, Lewis Carr added one final try to the Tigers’ tally as he finished off a beautifully-worked move to the left flank. The score pushed Castleford out to a dominant lead, meaning a late consolation from COHA mattered little in the grand scheme of things.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 34-18 City of Hull Academy U19
Castleford Tigers U19
Greenall, Doyle, Graham, Bull, Carr, Fella, Westwood, Peachey, Jinks, Mitchell, Storey, Cartwright, Collinson
North, Attley, Hodgson, Tate
Tries: Doyle (2), Fella, Storey (2), Westwood, Carr
Conversions: Graham (0/2), Carr (0/1), Westwood (3/4)
City of Hull Academy U19
Lewis, Driver, Tate, Ferreira, Johnson, Cutsforth, McNamara, Stark, Cavanaugh, De Oliveira, Whur, Smith, Tyson
Walker, Badham, Dearing, Ellis
Tries: Ferreira, Lewis, Tate
Conversions: Lewis (3/3)
*Match report by Ross Williams
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