Wakefield’s Under 19′s suffered at home to a ruthless London Broncos who ran in six tries compared to Trinity’s two, reports Connor Grace.
The London side saw their efforts rewarded with tries from Oli Toms, Alex Taverner, Harvey Burnett, Kieran Morgan and James Woodburn-Hall (2).
Wakefield replied via Brandon Conway and Jordan Crowther but unfortunately that wasn’t enough.
A mixture of poor discipline, unforced errors and some slack defending contributed to Trinity’s downfall. But all that said, nothing should be taken away from the classy Broncos who never looked like letting the game slip.
Although the Wildcats started the early exchanges the better side, London’s score on eleven minutes gave an early indication of their intent for the afternoon when Toms crashed over for a try in the visitors first set near Wakefield’s line. Joe Keyes converted and they had a 6-0 lead.
Straight after scoring, London dictated the pace of game and where it was played as Woodburn-Hall was kicking Wakefield to death and tiring them out early on.
London’s dominance showed and they ran in two tries in quick succession. The first coming from Taverner who received a crash ball to score close to the posts and the second coming from Burnett as he charged down Alex Parker’s kick to race 70 metres and score. Charlie Lawrence converted both tries to give London an 18-0 lead.
There was still more to come for the visitors before half-time and their fourth try of the half was from a Wakefield error. Scrum-half Josh Kittrick summed up Wakefield’s first half when he failed to find touch from a penalty. From the resulting set, Morgan kept his composure to cross and take London into the changing rooms with a comfortable 22-0 advantage.
If Stu Dickens’ young Wildcats were to get anything from the game, they had to score the first points of the second period and score first they did. Pacey winger Conway collected the ball from the kick-off, returned the ball with hunger before having the pace and power to break free from all would be defenders to open Trinity’s account. Jowitt goaled.
At this stage, Wakefield fancied their chances but once Woodburn-Hall teased the home sides middle unit to cross, the Wildcats had an almighty task on their hands. The deficit was once again 22 points after Lawrence converted.
The game was won on 59 minutes when Dan Igbinedion offloaded to Burnett who had Woodburn-Hall on his inside who grabbed his second try.
On 67 minutes the home side scored through the impressive Crowther who showed raw strength to fight off two London defenders and dot down under the posts, although it proved only a consolation.
Right on the hooter, Lawrence rubbed salt in the wounds of the sorry Wildcats by knocking over a penalty to seal an impressive 36-12 win for the London Broncos.
WILDCATS: Jowitt, Conway, Lee, Swan, Johnstone, Parker, Kittrick, Douglas, Maskill, Morris, Stone, Kilday, Crowther. INTERCHANGES: Cornell, Holt, Teanby, Walton.