As the match got underway, an opening try from Brandon Douglas enabled Castleford to take an early lead. Back to back sets followed from both teams, and the match looked to be a close one. London had plenty of opportunities to level the score, but just couldn’t gather the finishing touches.
On the 20 minute mark, Jacques O’Neill went for a quick dart from dummy half to see him over the whitewash and put the scores to 12-0. The Broncos looked to be back on track, keeping the Tigers out, but once again they proved to be too strong, and Aiden Ineson went over the whitewash after a grubber that bounced over London’s defence. Declan Sheehan crossed in the corner just moments later.
Another two late tries saw Calum Turner and Pat Diskin go over, leaving the score 34-0 at half time.
As the second half got underway, Castleford came out fired up from the first half and put two quick tries past London, through Jack Ray, and Ineson crossing for his second of the match.
The Broncos battled on, and finally Louis Godfrey scored out wide, and Rhys Joel converted. With their first points on the board at 44-6, London seemed to re-gather some energy, but the Tigers were quick to take the wind out of their sails, with three quick tries from Will Cooke, Conor Fitzsimmons and Russ Barton increasing their lead and putting them even further ahead.
The Broncos were determined not to give up, but the Tigers’ Cooke also went over for his second, closely followed by Barton crossing for his brace in the dying moments. The game finished at 68-6, and left the Broncos bitterly disappointed with the score line.
The under 19s are in action this week, on Saturday 14 May against North East at Ealing Trailfinders, 2pm kick off.
Castleford Tigers: Turner, Sheehan, Southern, D. Dixon, Diskin, Ineson, Barton, Douglas, O’Neill, Kear, Cooke (2), Burns, Fitzsimmons
Interchange: Million, R. Dixon, Johnson, Ray
Tries: Douglas, O’Neil, Ineson (2), Sheehan, Turner, Diskin, Ray, Cooke (2), Barton (2), Fitzsimmons
Goals: Turner (8/12)
London Broncos: Fredd Dodd, Gideon Boafo, Callum Whitcombe, Jacob Ogden, Louis Godfrey, Meadows, Rhys Joel, Rob Butler, Matty Davies, Lewis Bienek, Dan Hindmarsh, John Sipawa, Maleek Montgomery
Interchange: S. Davis, Max Savage, Jordan Richardson, Ati Laqeretabua
Goals: Joel (1/1)
Written by Alfie Lawrence