posted on 20 July 2015

Wakefield Wildcats Under 19's returned to winning on ways on Saturday afternoon, beating London Broncos, 32-22.

The Wildcats scored tries through debutant James Batchelor (2), Max Jowitt, Sam Blake, Christian Ackroyd and Harry Swan.

London's reply came via Hayden Freeman, Alex Walker, Tuoyo Egodo and Callum Bustin but to no avail.

A combination of determination, team spirit and some classy individual displays contributed to Wakefield's first win three games.

However, it was the Broncos who were the first out of the blocks when Freeman was on the end of some neat passing to finish in the corner and give his side an early 4-0 lead.

Despite the early setback, it didn't take the Wildcats long to find a response; Batchelor received the ball from Scott Flemming and there was no stopping the back-rower from opening his account on debut. Jowitt converted, giving Trinity a 6-4 lead.

At this point, the Broncos stepped up a gear and it was no surprise when they scored the next try. Walker, who was arguably London's biggest attacking threat, was in support of a Bustin break to score under the posts. He converted his own try and London were 10-6 in front.

It was only three minutes until Stu Dickens' men were back on level terms though and the try came from Batchelor again. Full-back Tom Megretton made the intial break from his own try line and Batchelor was in support to do the rest from 50 metres out. Jowitt was unable to convert, leaving the scores at 10-10.

HALF TIME: Wakefield U19's 10-10 London U19's

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with London taking advantage of a Trinity error to grab the first try. Swan, who was named at prop, attempted a speculative offload inside his own half. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Egdodo was the first to pounce on the loose ball and he scored the four pointer. Walker added the extras and London led 16-10.

The try of the game came in the 53rd minute when the influential Jowitt evaded three would-be tacklers, then had the pace to get away from them all, to score a sensational try. He converted his own score to bring the scores back level at 16-16.

You had the feeling that whoever scored the next try in the game would go on to win and it came as a welcome relief when Blake took advantage of some tired defence to score a smart try from dummy half. Jowitt converted, 22-16.

The Wildcats continued to pile the pressure on the Broncos defensive line and scored another try ten minutes from time when Flemming put a teasing kick in behind the defence for his half-back partner Ackroyd to fall on. When Jowitt converted, Wakefield were 28-16 up, meaning the Broncos would have to score at least twice if they were to get anything from the game. However, they could only score the one try as Bustin powered over from close range. Walker converted the try to set up a tense finish but the Wildcats kept there composure and Swan crossed just before the hooter to give the home side a well deserved victory.

FULL TIME: Wakefield U19's 32-22 London U19's.

WILDCATS: Megretton, Capless, Lord, Jowitt, Mazive, Flemming, Ackroyd, Swan, Moules, Morris, Batchelor, Senior, Holt. INTERCHANGES: Blake, Wray, Sampson, Douglas.

Stu Dickens' men are next in action on Thursday evening when they travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Salford Red Devils, kick-off 7pm.




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