08 Mar 20
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

U18s show grit in defeat

The Under 18s side were full of confidence after their last run out against a strong St.Helens side and it showed from kick off, Jack Howorth gave the Broncos an early lead as the ball was worked down the middle, Sean Baker making easy work of the kick in front of the posts. The young Broncos side held the lead for the majority of the first half, and it took half way through the half for the visitors to string together their first real attack as the Broncos defence held strong to hold on. Shortly after, it was Castleford who were held up over the line as their full back tried to work his way over for their first points of the afternoon, but the attacking winger was put into touch just short of the Broncos line on the 5th tackle, the young Broncos side doing well to hold on to their lead. Five minutes before the end of the first half, the visitors grabbed their first points of the afternoon. After winning a penalty on the Broncos 30 metre line, Kieran Carr going over in the corner and Adam Rusling drew the Tigers level. The sides went in all square at the break and both still had it all to play for in the second half.
Castleford were the first to put points on the board in the second half, as Milthorpe went over for the visitors, but it didn’t take long for the Broncos to pull the game level, as a misplaced offload from the Castleford attack on half way was sent wide to Paddy Tennant on the left, who raced down the line with a turboboost to put the ball down on the far side. The level score line didn’t last long, a Broncos knock on from the following kick off saw the Tigers capitalise on the mistake, going over to the left of the posts and converting the two. The young Broncos side were resilient throughout the second half and the resilience paid off 15 minutes from time as Ted Davidson went over, but the kick couldn’t be converted. But with 10 minutes to go, Castleford scored 3 tries in 3 minutes to seal the win for the visiting side against a young, tiring Broncos side, who had given a good account of themselves, but it wasn’t their day as they fell to a 32-18 defeat.