U16s MATCH REPORT – Scholarship trounce Trinity in season finale

Newcastle Thunder’s Scholarship U16’s were in ruthless form on Wednesday evening, as they demolished Wakefield Trinity 42-6 at Kingston Park Stadium.

In an excellent all-around performance, Thunder’s youngest group of academy players signed off in style and gave an exciting glimpse of the incredibly talented players that are coming through the ranks.

On a day where the weather was perfect, it was a fantastic start for Thunder with a try on their opening attacking set, as they forced a Wakefield spill of the ball and capitalised through Fergus Simpson, crossing over the line under the sticks, giving Alex Donaghy the easy conversion.

The strong start continued for Thunder as they put in a series of attacks and strong defence sets which tested Wakefield before Isaac Nokes increased his sides lead as he collected a loose pass that bounced into his hands before spinning over the line to score.

Thunder’s defence showed no signs of being broken in the first half, as Wakefield’s closest attempt to scoring was met by a solid wall of Thunder defenders who proceeded to usher the Trinity player into touch.

Thunder were quick to reply as Jonny Grey found some space and dove for the line, followed by another successful kick by Donaghy.

Will Todd was next to get on the scoresheet as he showed fantastic pace on the left wing to run around the edge and dot the ball down, before Simpson grabbed his second of the day with a crash ball under the sticks.

Receiving a famous bullet pass from Mark Roberts from the ruck, Thunder went into the half with a big lead.

Half Time: Newcastle Thunder 26 – 0 Wakefield Trinity

After dominating the first half, it was clear the home side were out for a big win after a fantastic set of tip passes from the forwards puts Simpson clean through followed by Lewis Howe.

Running a close support line, Howe received the ball and charged over the line to finish what was a fantastic team try that really highlighted the skill set of these players.

Wakefield started to gain momentum towards the end after some good defence prevented a further Thunder score and then managed to then work down the field and bag a try for themselves.

After some words within the Thunder team, it was evident they were not going to let Wakefield score again as they all put their bodies on the line in an attempt to stop the Wakefield attack.

Grey then added more to score sheet by picking up another loose pass, finding space and diving again for the line which was followed shortly by Simpson getting his third and final try, sealing his hattrick and the win for Thunder.

Full Time: Newcastle Thunder 42 – 6 Wakefield Trinity

Overall, a fantastic game for all those watching and a real showcase of the talent developing with rugby league in the North East.

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Newcastle Thunder

Alex Donaghy, Will Todd, Jack Allen (Captain), Isaac Nokes, Morgan Jobling, Rupert Civil, Jonny Grey, Philly Brantingham, Mark Roberts, Fergus Simpson, Nathan Clemmitt, Jake Anderson, Jack Kellett, Aiden Simpson, Harry Bowler, Oliver Robinson, Lewis Howe, Harry Layland, Joe Nelless, Owen Foster

Try Scorers – Simpson (3), Grey (2), Todd, Nokes, Howe

Goal Scorers – Donaghy 6/8