As the match got underway, a great carry from Callum Bustin saw the 19s start the game on a high, but this didn’t last long, as a missed kick for touch from young James Meadows granted Wakefield possession of the ball.
Not long after, things went from bad to worse, as Wakefield’s Brad Moules sliced through the markers and went over the whitewash for the first try of the game, just five minutes in. A mere two minutes later, Wakefield were over again, this time through Max Jowitt.
More errors from London enabled Wakefield’s Judah Mazive to cross for their third try of the match. The young Broncos side started to fight back, however to their disappointment, Wakefield’s Joe Capless scored out wide despite the efforts of Broncos’ Callum Whitcombe.
Minutes later Capless crossed for his second of the match, leaving the Broncos in despair with the score at 26-0 and only 20 minutes in. The Broncos rallied, and responded with a great pass from Meadows to put Jordan Williams through a gap in Wakefield’s line to score, marginally reducing the gap to 26-6. Wakefield soon hit back through George Lord, who scored just before half time, taking the total to 30-6.
Broncos had the perfect start to the second half, with Tuoyo Egodo using his strength to score just three minutes in. London then forced errors from Wakefield, granting the side possession to put the captain Sadiq Adebiyi over the whitewash four minutes later. London had the majority of possession, however struggled to capitalise on it despite a great 40/20 kick from James Meadows. Rob Butler then went over from dummy half to put the scores at 30-22.
The Broncos looked set to make the comeback with some great attacking and defensive sets forcing errors from Wakefield, however made a costly error on Wakefield’s 20 metre line, allowing the opposition to attack. On the back of this, Jowitt get over for his second try of the match, putting the scores at 36-22 with 3 quarters of the match already gone.
The Broncos continued in pursuit of a comeback, but it just wasn’t happening for the under 19s. They weren’t going to give in, and strong carries from Mitchell Stone and Callum Bustin saw the tension build.
It all came crashing down when Wakefield’s Scott Fleming scored with only four minutes remaining. Some foul play on Callum Bustin in a tackle saw sparks fly, and his teammates rushed in to back him up. The Broncos were left disappointed with the final score at 42-22, but given Wakefield’s 12 more sets in the first half, did well to fight back. The team have a chance to regain their confidence this Sunday 6 March, taking on Widnes at Ealing Trailfinders at 12:00.
Wakefield Wildcats: Max Jowitt, Joe Capless, Judah Mazive, George Lord, Lee Kershaw, Scott Fleming, Christian Ackroyd, Aaron Gledhill, Brad Moules, Fraser Morris, James Bachelor, Liam Senior, Chris Brown
Interchange: Sam Blake, Shaun Wooffit, Aaron York, Jack Arnold
Tries: Jowitt 2, Capless 2, Mazive, Lord, Fleming, Moules
Goals: Jowitt 5/8
London Broncos: Fredd Dodd, Gideon Boafa, Tuoyo Egodo, Kam Pearce-Paul, Callum Whitcombe, James Meadows, Dan Wellden, Callum Bustin, Matt Davies, Sadiq Adebiyi, Dan Hindmarsh, Jordan Williams, Rhys Joel
Interchange: Mitchell Stone, Jordan Richardson, Rob Butler, Max Savage
Tries: Egodo, Adebiyi, Williams, Butler
Goals: Wellden 3/4
Photo credit: Matthew Merrick Photography