Despite a strong first half Castleford Tigers U16’s fell away in their second half fixture on Saturday Afternoon at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in their fixture with Wakefield Wildcats, despite both been all square at 14-14 at the break.
A thoroughly entertaining arm-wrestle of a first half, saw both sides give the large crowd an action packed start to the game with the sides trading points in a see-saw game, but the visitors starved the home side for long periods of the second half, and the Wildcats kicked on late on to finally win with a convincing victory.
The continuous good yardage of Harry Morland (pictured) reaped rewards with his strong running giving them good go-forward, and the Tigers opened the scoring on twelve minutes when Tom Schofield’s inquisitive kick into the in-goal was met by the fast feet of winger Elliot Caine who grounded the bouncing ball and give the home side the lead.
Coming out of back field, a knock-on gifted the visiting attack good field position, and from the resulting scrum Wakefield levelled the scores going over in the left hand corner.
The Tigers then gifted them a try when they failed to defuse a high kick deep in Tigers territory, with the Wildcats regaining passion and a clever inside ball to a supporting player charge under the sticks. The successful conversion gave them a 10-4 lead.
The lead didn’t remain in place for long, when the Tigers heaped pressure on the Wakefield attack and Caine intercepted to race 65 meters to the line. Harley Axe kicked the conversion and re-levelled the scores.
The Wildcats themselves failed to deal with a kick on the last from scrum half Reiss Butterworth, and Charlie Hanson finished on the end of the move and crossed out wide.
The scores were tied again as the half drew to a close.
From the resulting kick off, the home side made an error and the Wakefield attack quickly punished them for it with another try to go in the break all square 14-14.
The second half saw the home side struggle for possession as the Wildcats attack cut loose.
Two quick back-to back tries early in the half put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
An opportunity following an error from the Wakefield attack, gifted them good territory, but they spilled the ball on the first play.
The Wakefield attack then began to raise their game with the home side starved of good-ball.
They added three more quick tries, before three more in the final stages to give them a convincing 56-14 victory.
The Tigers U16’s are next in action when they travel to Huddersfield Giants on Saturday May 3rd at Huddersfield YMCA Rugby Union Ground Kick Off 1630Hrs.
Photo Courtesy of Matthew Merrick Photography
Castleford Tigers U16 Side
1) Travis Pearson
2) Oliver Barker
3) Danny Jarratt
4) Russ Barton
5) Elliot Caine
6) Tom Schofield
7) Reiss Butterworth
8) Ryan Kear
9) Tom Harwood
10) Ryan Foster
11) Charlie Hanson
12) Harry Morland
13) Jack Swain
14) Harley Axe
15) Kane Wells
16) Sam Keyworth
17) Tom Holmes
18) Ben Crawford
19) Seb Dymock
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