U19s MATCH REPORT:  Tenacious Thunder win at London

Thunder Under 19s traveled to the capital on Sunday to take on London Broncos Under 19s as part of the Super League Under 19s competition. 

Having learnt some tough lessons at the hands of the Broncos last year, Thunder’s next generation were out to put in a performance they could be proud of.

A blistering start saw Thunder retain possession for a number of sets on the back of some aggressive carries from Chris Paterson, Rory Nettleton and Thunder’s Man of the Match, Kieran Hudson.

Some resolute defence from London kept Thunder at bay before Dan Coates’ precision kick bounced back off a post for Rory Nettleton to touch down for Thunder’s first.  Coates converting.

London were next on the score sheet following some slick interplay down their left edge with a very well timed unorthodox pass putting their winger over in the corner.

Cai Ellis then showed that he too has an unorthodox pass in his locker as he attacked the London line before flicking a pass out the back of his hand to put Adam Bielby over for a try, converted again by Coates.

It was Coates who was next on the scoresheet with a converted effort of his own.  Spotting a gap in the London defence during a set play, Coates straightened his run to bust the tackle and dot down.

Thunder continued to dominate the middle of the field with interchange middles Nat Kitching and Tyler Walton building on the foundations which were laid earlier.

It was Callum Kennedy who grabbed the next two tries, and his first for Thunder Academy, on the back of some good reactions under pressure from Coates to find Jed Charlton who eventually created the space for Kennedy to score in the corner.

The final score of the first half came following a Coates spiral bomb and an intense kick chase from Charlton caused problems for the London defence.

From the resulting scrum, hooker Ryan Jones jumped down the short side before Coates fed Kennedy to score.

Half-time score: London Broncos U19s 4-26 Newcastle Thunder U19s.

It was London who started the second half in the ascendancy on the back of their forwards carrying the ball with some real intent. They were unfortunate not to open the scoring but the scrambling Thunder defence kept them at bay.

It was Thunder who weathered the initial storm to score against the run of play – Jones running from dummy half and exploiting space in the London defence before finding Alex Clegg in support who ran in from half-way to score under the posts.

It was London who then took the initiative and began to dominate the game.  Some skillful interplay allowing them to score the next two converted tries with a jinking run from their exciting half opening Thunder defence before a break down their right edge saw them score again.

A panicked Thunder needed to remain patient and work hard to get a firm foothold on the game again, following trips to the sin bin for James McGurk and Jed Charlton.

The Newcastle lads did get a foothold in the game and it was Tom Wilcox who scored the final try of the game, diving over from close range to seal the result for Thunder.

Full time score: London Broncos U19s 16-38 Newcastle Thunder U19s.