Under 16s cap off historic season with loss to Bradford
Posted: Thursday 8th August 2019 - 2:40 PM
Castleford Tigers under 16s saw their unbeaten run come to an end at the final hurdle when they lost 32-22 against the Bradford Bulls.
In what was their last game of the season, Castleford led at half-time but simply couldn’t hang on for the win at Odsal stadium.
The game couldn’t have got off to a better start for the visitors as Caelum Jordan came up with an interception and raced over 50 meters to open the scoring.
With ten minutes on the clock, Bradford produced a response. A Castleford knock on deep in their own half allowed the Bulls to go on the offensive. The hosts sent the ball out wide to Lewis Adams who found a way through. Lewis Camden’s conversion put Bradford 6-4 ahead.
Castleford hadn’t been behind often this season and they certainly wanted to put things right as fast as they could.
Right on the 20 minute mark, the Tigers did hit back courtesy of Mackenzie Scurr. Josh Milthorpe was able to release the winger down the left wing who finished off well in the corner.
Just seven minutes later, Scurr scored his second. The youngster broke Bradford’s defensive line on the half way mark and powered on to score a sensational effort. Jordan was able to add two more points giving Castleford a 14-6 lead.
Danny Evans’ side were intent on maintaining their eight point lead until the break however, just three minutes before the interval Bradford’s Dylan Jackson managed to score from dummy half. A second conversion for Camden cut Castleford’s lead to just two points.
The start of the second half was dominated by the hosts. Bradford took the lead after 47minutes courtesy of Harry Walker.
Just six minutes later, their lead increased as Marcus Green drove across the whitewash. Another kick from Camden gave the Bulls a 22-14 lead.
Castleford did began to threaten on the 60thminute mark but Bradford’s defence remained resilient. Eventually though, it was Mackenzie Scurr who broke the mould and completed his hat-trick.
Despite the try, Castleford were still four points behind and simply couldn’t afford to concede again.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, that is exactly what happened as Bradford’s Camden stormed through for what proved to be the decider.
With three minutes remaining Jason Qareqare broke the line and crashed in the corner. His effort wasn’t converted but it did put the Tigers within four points of the hosts.
Despite pilling on the pressure and even forcing a goal line drop out in the dying moments of the game, it was Bradford who had the last laugh as David Kamano got hold of a loose ball and drove down the left wing to score.
Bulls added salt into the wounds as they kicked the touchline conversion to confirm the 32-22 victory.
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