Academy Tigers fall short against FC
Posted: Saturday 14th March 2020 - 8:00 PM
Castleford Tigers Academy suffered a 20-32 home loss to Hull FC after a strong second half from the Black & Whites.
The young Tigers side began with real intent defending strongly and getting into a tight arm wrestle of a match in the opening 20 minutes and they came close to scoring first on a couple of occasions but it was Hull FC registered the first try of match, they broke through the defence near the halfway line and a passed inside to Ferreira to register the first try of the game.
A response was needed to close out the first half, first up was a swift passing play from the posts to the left edge which Nathan Magee finished well from short range by powering his way over, the kick for the extras was converted by Adam Rusling from the wing to bring it back level. In the follow up set Cas scored again on the left edge with Josh Milthorpe crashing over the Hull defenders after a pass near the line. Just before the half time whistle Rusling’s conversion, from a similar spot to the first attempt, came off the posts and the Ford’s lead 10-6.
Brad Graham got Castleford off to a great start in the second half, after piling pressure on the Black & Whites near their own line he fended off an opposing player to put the ball down, the conversion went wide to deny a 10-point lead.
Hull FC began to click into gear and notched up three tries in a ten minute period, the first from Ferreira crashing over in the corner and then two breakaway tries from Barron both coming on the back of small mistakes from the Tigers and made the score 14-22.
Kieran Carr gave the Fords a lifeline by getting a loose ball from the FC fullback and juking around more defenders to score underneath the posts for an easy conversion and just two points in the match 20-22 with 10 minutes to go.
On the back of a penalty Hull moved forward and Wallis scooted near the line to score with McNamara adding the conversion to seal off a win for the Airlie Birds but they were not yet done as they added one final try after a bouncing ball was kicked forward and jumped on by Smith to close off the match 20-32.
Following the defeat Under 18’s Head Coach Danny Evans said; “I thought we had a real good go to start off with and we just got unraveled for a ten minute period in the second half where they scored three tries and we seemed to not be able to claw our way back into the game. Lads are disappointed but we have to learn by our mistakes and move forward.
“We’re still a brand-new team learning our way and as young kids they’re just going to keep getting better and it’s all about their improvement and development.
“We go to Bradford in about two weeks, so dust ourselves off and move forward.”
Full Time: Castleford Tigers U18’s 20-32 Hull FC U18’s
Starting Line Up: Charlie Harris, Mackenzie Scurr, Josh Milthorpe, Brad Graham, Kieran Carr, Kyle Cranswick, Adam Rusling, Sam Hall, Jack Sadler, Liam Buffet, Louis Collinson, Nathan Magee, Ninian Donnelly
Interchanges: Cain Robb, Archie Fletcher, Jacob Harte, Lewis Ransome
Tries: Magee, Milthorpe, Graham, Carr
Conversions: Rusling 2/4
Starting Line Up: Marcus Walker, Harvey Barron, Jude Ferreira, Davey Litten, James Driver, Ben McNamara, Jacob Hookem, Kai Tyson, Callum Rutland, Harrison Petrie, Will Wallis, Leon Stewart, Matthew Smith
Interchanges: Aidan Burrell, Ewan Badham, Brad Radford, Alex Gibson
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