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U19's in clinical Widnes Victory


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:39 AM

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Castleford Tigers U19 Academy got back to winning ways on Thursday evening at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with a clinical display in poor weather, finishing up with a 32-16 victory over visitors Widnes Vikings. &nbsp;Head Coach Ryan Sheridan and his staff have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in recent months, to continue fuelling the great infrastructure the club has in its Youth Development system, and production line of &lsquo;home-grown&rsquo; talent. &nbsp;
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The Tigers started well in appalling conditions throughout, the home side opened the scoring early after being awarded a penalty on the Vikings line, after Brad Foster had looked to break the deadlock, shipping the ball wide left where Ash Robson stepped through to open the scoring.
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They added to their lead the Tigers broke through the middle of the field, and Tom Holmes drew the last defender and sent Jordan Howden over the line to score.
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Howden then added another try, following slick passing by the home side against the right hand side, when Jake Calem almost broke the line after clever passing from Liam Blockley, with the fast feet of the attack earning a penalty after causing the Widnes defence problems. The side worked the ball left and Howden&rsquo;s show-and-go stepped through to grab his second. Robson added the conversion to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead.
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The Tiger&rsquo;s resilient defence continued as they hold firm and didn&rsquo;t break their temperament and character, in scrambling well and keep the visiting attack pointless through to half time.
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They started the second the second half much like the first, when Will Maher<em><strong> (pictured)</strong></em> &nbsp;back from England U18&rsquo;s victory over France last week, got an offload away as the tackle was almost complete and sent lively hooker Tom Holmes racing clear on the half way, and drawing the full back to send Naz Currie Clark racing to the line. Robson added the conversion from under the posts.
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With a knock on deep in Tigers territory, the Vikings were gifted possession in good field position and while looking to hold out, a repeat set of attack saw them break through to post a try.
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Coming straight back through the middle and getting back up-field, a penalty for holding down, saw them manage to wrestle over for a converted try and narrow the home sides lead.
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The Tigers quickly found their teeth again, when pressuring the Widnes attack on their last play saw a charge down and Brad Day seize the chance to pick up the bouncing loose ball and race to the line. Robson again added the successful conversion.
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The Vikings pulled back another converted try but the home side remained in control, and when an inquisitive kick into the in-goal by Howden wasn&rsquo;t dealt with by the home side, Robson with the quickest feet won the race to ground the ball. Tom Holmes added the conversion and sealed a workmanlike performance by the Tigers to win 32-16.
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The Tigers are next in action when they entertain Hull KR at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday 29th May with a 1930Hrs Kick Off.
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<strong><em>Photo Courtesy of Matthew Merrick Photography</em></strong>
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<u>Castleford Tigers U19s Side
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1) Ash Robson
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2) Jake Calem
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3) Liam Blockley
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4) Brad Hey
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5) Kane Riley
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6) Jordan Howden
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7) Danny Sowerby
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8) Will Maher
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9) Tom Holmes
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10) Connor Wick
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11) Matty Burman
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12) Brad Day
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13) Brad Foster
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Subs
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14) Scott Ellerington
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15) Brandon Westerman
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16) Brandon Douglas
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17) Naz Currie-Clark
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