Wildcats scholar and England youth international Max Jowitt said receiving Man of the Match in the 42-16 win over France by senior international boss Steve McNamara is a moment he will never forget.
The 15-year-old is also a product of Stanley Rangers and he won the deserved accolade after a superb display from his favoured full-back position. He scored two tries and directly assisted two others amongst an assured defensive display.
It was Jowitt’s second appearance for his country after he played on the wing in the Good Friday defeat to France at Widnes. That meant Stuart Barrow’s men had to win by more than eight points at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium as they charged into a 28-0 half-time lead.
The Wildcats under 16’s scholar explained he loved the experience of playing and winning for his country.
“It was awesome game, we came into the game as underdogs as well so to beat them by that margin is awesome.
“All the lads were really fired up in the changing rooms and we went out to show it out on the pitch. We had a hard two days training for the game from our loss on Friday and it worked well on the pitch with a big turnaround.”
Jowitt started the game strongly and had a hand in the opening try after setting up the attack with a fine break and went from strength-to-strength that culminated in his man of the match award.
“It’s an awesome achievement and something I won’t ever forget. It means a lot (to play on his home ground), I had all my friends and family as well watching me so to get man of the match and score two tries is awesome.
“I was just helping my teammates out in defence by moving them about and we worked well. To say we came together as 31 people and not knowing each other we’ve worked well, not just at the game, but in camp as well.
“We really have bonded as a group, we came together as individuals and we’ve definitely came out a team.”
Meanwhile, Wildcats and France head coach Richard Agar was in attendance with the senior England boss and McNamara was delighted with the display by Jowitt and the rest of the England youth team.
“I’m really pleased,” said McNamara. “It’s difficult to have two games in a couple of days. They got on the wrong side of the scoreboard in game one and it was great for them to get another opportunity and put some things right and it was great to see a lot of really great talent out on the field.
“I was really impressed with him (Jowitt) and a lot of players really held their hands up and played well and used a lot of good individual skills but I think Max was the standout on the day. He made some great breaks and some really good attacking skills and he looks a really promising youngster looking forward.”
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