North East Thunders U19's V Wakefield Wildcats U19's
This week, Wakefield Wildcats travelled to the home of Newcastle Falcons to face North East Thunder. After a long journey and a late afternoon kick off, you may have expected a slow start from the traveling side, but this was not the case.
The Wildcats quickly took the lead in the first minute, after a good break from Max Jowitt resulted in a Christian Ackroyd try. Wakefield’s second try came five minutes later after a knock on by North East Thunder was collected by Jowitt who offloaded to Declan Brereton who then scored in the corner giving Wakefield an 8-0 lead.
Errors from North East Thunder and good defence from Wakefield set the tone for the remainder of the first half, which saw Luke Powell and Jack Teanby cross the line to make the score 20-0 to the visitors.
North East Thunder did seem to get things under control and gained some possession, but this resulted in no points on the board and Wakefield’s defence never looked like breaking. In the final ten minutes of the first half, Wakefield once again dominated and with George Lord scoring and Declan Brereton getting his second try of the game, meaning the wildcats went in at half time with a 30-0 lead.
The second half began very much like the first, with Juda Mazive running the length of the field and then passing to a supporting Max Jowitt who scored under the sticks. This was followed up with Luke Powell scoring his second try and taking the score to 42-0.
North East Thunder, responded with a well worked try, which saw the home side put together some nice passing which sent their winger diving in the corner to get North East off the mark.
After this, the rain came, and the game became scrappy; with both teams making errors and having lapses in defence. This however changed in the final quarter and Wakefield added to their score with try’s from Kieron Holt, Ben Cornell and Max Jowitt.
North East Thunder did manage to score in the dying minutes of the game that will give them something to build on going into their next game. It was however Wakefield’s athleticism and strength that proved to be the big difference between the two teams not to mention the ruthless attitude they showed in not letting up regardless of the score that will give them confidence for next week’s game against Widnes Vikings.