19s edged out by Bradford
Posted: Sunday 17th March 2019 - 12:35 PM
The under-19s were left waiting for their first win of the 2019 season after being edged out 18-6 by Bradford in tricky conditions at Castleford Panthers ARLFC.
In a clash that was ultimately closer than the score line suggests, the Tigers came up with their best performance of the year so far, despite being crippled by a host of injuries.
The visitors started the game the quicker of the two sides, landing the first blow after eight minutes via Ryan Butterworth. Bradford’s lead was then doubled shortly after, as Matthew Race touched down after being the first to react to an awkward quick that trickled into Castleford’s in-goal.
The Tigers reacted well though, and almost certainly should have scored before the break thanks to a multitude of chances.
Hard-running Joe Summers felt rightly hard done by as his storming effort from 30 yards out was chalked off. Then, Lewis Carr was unable to bring in a final pass with the line at his mercy.
Regardless, the signs were positive for the Tigers, but their task was made exponentially harder towards the end of the half as first-year centre Brad Graham – who has been a shining light so far this campaign – was forced to leave the field due to an injury.
This forced Tony Smith to play a number of his troops out of position, making what was an uphill challenge, nothing short of mountainous.
When the sides re-emerged from the sheds, the rainfall grew heavier and this did nothing for the quality of the contest.
Naturally, chances were sparse in the early stages of the second half, but one shift to the right edge from Bradford did look like it was going to bring about some points.
With the overlap in effect, a try seemed inevitable, but Jordan Bull did exceptionally well as he cut out a pass and made a try-saving interception on debut.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Bull’s effort was cancelled out two minutes later as Bradford earned a scrum close to the Castleford line and scored directly from the base. Daniel McGrath provided the finish, diving over in the corner.
With the Tigers requiring a point per minute to salvage a result, prospects were bleak for the hosts. However, the Tigers did keep the game alive with 14 minutes to play. After a spell of pressure on the Bradford line, Lewis Peachey grabbed a deserved score as he rumbled over the line from close range.
Just before Jake Sweeting converted, a brawl erupted behind the posts, resulting in both sides losing a man to the sin bin.
This ended up being the final meaningful action of the game though, as Bradford stifled the Tigers in the final ten minutes to claim the victory.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U19 6-18 Bradford Bulls U19
Castleford Tigers U19
Priest, Bean, Bull, Graham, Carr, Sweeting, Westwood, Peachey, Morgan, Fella, Collinson, Attley, Summers
Jowett, North, Hall, Hodgson
Conversion: Sweeting (1/1)
Goddard, M. Smith, Butterworth, Brining, McGrath, Shackleton, Race, Foster, Berry, Wilson, Gallagher, O’Hanlon, McGill
Mudoti, S. Smith, Scurr, Adams
Tries: Butterworth, Race, McGrath
Conversions: Race (3/3)
*Match report by Ross Williams
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