Thunder U16’s rumble to fine Rhinos win

A home game which was considered a real test of character for our players as they looked to maintain their levels of performance against a well-respected team.

Thunder opened the score line early with two quick tries within the first ten minutes, firstly through Isaac Notes who carried out a Maradona style turn on the defender followed by a dive for the line, the next try was followed with Rupert Civil making a big carry to extend Thunders lead to 8-0.

Leeds replied with two tries for themselves through good work from their standoff who managed to grab a try for himself as the tables turned and Leeds took the lead 8-12. However, John Grey had other ideas as he scored minutes from half time in as he slammed the ball down he managed to dislocate his finger in the process. But it was in the last minute of the first half where Leeds were putting heavy pressure on the Thunder defence but luckily Jack Allen was to the rescue as he held the ball up on the line.

A half that was full of action and entertainment for those who were watching as both teams went down the tunnel all square at 12-12.

Second half started well for Thunder as they came out with great energy and putting great attacking plays together which was testing the young Leeds defence. Right centre Jack Allen found a gap and dotted it over the try line. Again, Thunder performing well as this time the captain, Fergus Simpson, made a big carry down the flank and smashed his way over the line but Leeds never showed signs of giving up as they responded with a try.

After gaining momentum in attack, the ball was passed wide where Isaac notes found himself with an opportunity, by throwing an outrageous dummy it opened the space in front and he charged through to the line from 10 metres out. But once again Leeds showed true resilience as they worked a good tip pass on the half way putting the player through and while showing good pace he managed to go in at the corner.

But it was our very own Man of the Match – Mark Roberts who was part of the last try of the match as he provided a bullet pass from a ruck passing 3 defenders to put Jack Walker in at the left wing leaving the final score 32-20 to Newcastle.

Overall a great performance by our Scholarship U16’s who showed great glimpses of what is yet to come from the Newcastle Thunder club throughout this season and they’ll be looking to carry this momentum as they play away to Bradford Bulls on the 31st of March.

If you can’t wait that long to get more rugby action then Newcastle Thunder first team play league leaders Doncaster on Sunday 25th March, 3pm kick off, as we look to strike revenge after last week’s defeat in the challenge cup,. More match details will be released but for now you can follow our social media accounts (on Facebook, Twitter – @ThunderRugby or @ThunderRugbyAC and Instagram – Thunder.Rugby) providing live action on match days, interviews, insights to the club and live tweets to make sure you’re update with the game!