Thunder U16’s serve some capital punishment

Newcastle Thunder U16 Scholarship side traveled to Ealing on Saturday to take on the London Broncos. In what is always a difficult trip with the six hour coach journey the team arrived at Ealing to find a snow covered pitch and sub zero temperatures which is a rarity down south and was more befitting of a home game at Kingston Park.


To say the young Thunder players handled the conditions better would be an understatement with middle man Jack Kellet putting Nathen Clemmitt through a gap after only a few seconds played, this was quickly backed up by Rupert Civil putting on a great bit of footwork to score under the post to put the visitors into an early 12-0 lead.


London left shell shocked couldn’t keep up with the pace of the newcastle side and it didn’t take long for the away team to get back on the scoreboard with another great bit of middle play, this time Fergus Simpson putting Jack Kellet through untouched. London did manage to get some time with the ball but an interception from Rupert Civil punished the Broncos and this was soon backed up with tries from Harry Layland, Jack Allen, Joe Nelless and Mark Roberts. The Broncos did get some reward before half time scoring two ties before the hooter leaving the half time score 40-10 in favour to the visitors.


After the break it was the home side that started the better scoring a try, looking in confident mood and sensing a come back the Broncos looked full of energy but this was short lived as Thunder quickly punished the London defence adding further ties from Nathan Clemmitt and Fergus Simpson scoring another two to claim his hat-trick of tries.


Sensing London were on the ropes the Newcastle side continued a ruthless streak with Rupert Civil going in for another try. And the best was saved to last with young middle Fergus Simpson scoring an outstanding individual effort to finish his tally of the day at four tries and a man of the match award.


After the game U16 Head Coach Jordan Robinson gave his thoughts on his teams 72-24 win “today was really pleasing, the long trip and weather conditions didn’t phase the lads and they approached the whole day like professionals, the attitude and commitment to everything they do is outstanding and to play with the high tempo and energy especially in the middle the Broncos couldn’t live with us. after 20 mins I looked at the stats and seen that we were completing at 100% in attack and 80% in defense, I don’t think I’ve ever coached a junior side with that sort of completion. I thought there was some outstanding performances and I’m really pleased with how the young u15’s played today, we will have a little review on Tuesday and prepare for the visit of Leeds Rhinos on Wednesday night. A special mention to all the players parents who had traveled down to the capital to support the team, outstanding support! See everyone on Wednesday”