U19s Fall To Rivals
Posted: Friday 7th September 2018 - 2:40 PM
Castleford Tigers U19s’ penultimate game of the season ended in defeat on Thursday night, as Tony Smith’s side were beaten 34-22 by a strong Leeds Rhinos outfit in a typically fierce West Yorkshire derby.
The black and amber were in the contest until the death, having only been four points behind at the break, but the Rhinos proved too strong over the course of the 80 minutes.
Looking to bounce back from a loss at Wigan last week, the Tigers started brightly, almost scoring via Lewis Carr on the right edge. However, it was Leeds who took the initiative with the first try of the evening. Back-rower Alex Sutcliffe came up with it, after supporting a break from his hooker Corey Johnson.
Castleford didn’t have to wait long for a reply though. Just three minutes after the opener, Calum Turner found himself in a good position and looped a smart ball to the left wing, missing out his centre. Alfie Goddard collected, stepped inside and finished well, bringing the Tigers on terms.
Moments later, the heavens opened at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and, amid the biblical rainfall, points were very much at a premium for the rest of the first half.
When the opportunity arose in front of the posts, Jake Sweeting opted for the two to push the Tigers ahead five minutes before the break. However, the Rhinos had the last laugh of the half as Johnson saw an opportunity from dummy half and did well to plant the ball down beneath the uprights at the Wheldon Road End.
The Tigers will have been keen to mount a response after the break, and they managed just that. After eight minutes of the second period, the ball fell to Carr 30 yards out from the line.
The free-scoring winger skirted across the line, beating two defenders, before spinning past a third into open space. It looked for all the world that the Rhinos’ fullback had finally stopped Carr in his tracks but, incredibly, he became the fourth defender to fail in his attempts as the Tigers’ number five dived over the line to record one of the tries of the season.
Sweeting’s conversion gave the hosts a slender lead but it was to be the Tigers’ final lead of the game as Leeds responded in kind. Jack Broadbent came up with back-to-back tries for the visitors after a period of heavy pressure, before Reece Chapman-Smith pushed the Rhinos three scores ahead with a try of his own.
Inside the final ten minutes, the Tigers produced a late rally with a pair of tries in the left corner from Harry Williams and Kian Morgan. However, the Rhinos were just too far ahead and a final Chapman-Smith try in the final minute symbolised the final nail in the coffin.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 22-34 Leeds Rhinos U19
Castleford Tigers U19
Turner, Goddard, Priest, Morgan, Carr, Sweeting, Williams, Beckett, Butterworth, Ray, Storey, Peachey, Summers
Hall, O’Neill, Dobson, North
Tries: Goddard, Carr, Williams, Morgan
Conversions: Sweeting (2/4)
Penalty: Sweeting (1/1)
Leeds Rhinos U19
Hartley, Markland, Broadbent, Russell, Hamill, Chapman-Smith, Spence, Moorhouse, Johnson, Darley, Sutcliffe, Trout, McConnell
Jowitt, Georgiou, Barraclough, Dupree
Tries: Sutcliffe, Johnson, Broadbent (2), Chapman-Smith (2)
Conversions: Spence (5/6)
*Match Report by Ross Williams
*Photo Courtesy of Melanie Allatt