MATCH REPORT – Thunder U16’s 26 v 28 Bradford U16’s

Tough lesson for the U16s yesterday as the team took the fight to Bradford Bulls in a nail-biting 28-26 loss with tough conditions.

Wet conditions proved challenging for both sides during the clash but it was Thunder that found themselves on the backfoot as a rocky start found them 12-0 down after Bradford took advantage of two penalties resulting in two tries and conversions to the home side.

After an immediate wake-up call, Thunder responded via an explosive show of play from Fergus Simpson, crashing through several defenders to score with a conversion by captain Alex Donaghy.

The game proved to be a show of physical prowess and after another two attacking sets it was Jack Kellett who secured Thunder with another try coupled by yet another converted kick from Donaghy taking both teams to a classic 12-12 thriller.

After an unfortunate break of defense saw Thunder let Bradford off to score the 5th try of the day with another conversion to follow.

The determined 16s would not let the Bulls see red for the remaining half and Thunder had the home side trapped within their own trench with an impressive show of defense resulting in Will Todd finally capitalising on the hard work after running an unstoppable line, tipped up by Alex Donaghy who later converted the kick.

A tight 18-18 to end this thriller of a first half.

After a superb start to the second half, we see Jonny Grey give a quick-witted chip through to winger Morgan Jobling over the thunderstruck Bulls to end in an unconverted Try.

The match only heightened in intensity and flare as both teams looked outstanding with Thunder seemingly edging the Bulls attack and applying devastating defensive efforts.

Yet another show of strength seen Morgan Jobling score his second try, unfortunately unconverted.

However, despite the great show of play from the 16s, it was the home side that had the final say. Thunder, after what seemed like a vice grip in defence, slipped up during the remaining minutes, letting two soft tries away to the Bulls and after one last show of passionate, testosterone-fueled play from both sides, it was the Bulls that by the skin of their teeth, edged Thunder in a show of unbelievable effort from both sides.

NEWCASTLE THUNDER

WILL TODD, JACK WALKER, JACK ALLEN, ISAAC NOKES, MORGAN JOBLING, ALEX DONAGHY(C), RUPERT CIVIL, LEWIS HOWE, MARK ROBERTS, FERGUS SIMPSON, NATHAN CLEMMITT, JAKE ANDERSON, JACK KELLETT  (JOE NELLESS, JOHN GREY, HARRY LEYLAND, MATTY KEHOE, OLIVER ROBINSON, TYLER HEPPLE)

Try scorers– Fergus Simpson, Jack Kellett, Morgan Jobling x2, Will Todd

Goal kicks– Alex Donaghy 3 / 5

MoM– Nathan Clemmitt