Furness Raiders silence Thunder

NEWCASTLE THUNDER 6 FURNESS RAIDERS 28

A TIGHT defence and some slick movement in attack saw Furness Raiders maintain their 100 per cent record in the College League on Wednesday.

Furness Raiders – parading three 16-year-olds and nine 17-year-olds in the team – proved too hot for Newcastle Thunder’s youngsters as they made it three wins out of three.

Prop Eliott Campbell, 16, came off the bench for his first game and acquitted himself well in the pack.

Tries came from Ryan Johnson, who went over the whitewash twice, with others coming from Jack Cairns, Carter and Tyler Batty. Johnson was again accurate with the boot slotting over four goals.

Head coach Darren Carter was again delighted with his under-19s – who had previously defeated Midland Hurricanes and Wakefield College – after their win at Kingston Park.

He said: “It was another great performance.

“After the Wakefield game there were some areas that we weren’t happy with defensively, and as a group of players we all identified how we needed to improve and worked on our spaces.

“The defensive side was probably the best we have been all year, that was really rewarding.”

Although Furness Raiders were always in control and went into a 16-0 lead, a dogged Thunder refused to give in pulling the score back to 16-6 at the interval.

He added: “There were some outstanding performances. As a team defensively they were really good, in attack there were a few players that stood out, but it was a great night and a great occasion.

“I thought Danny Wright was really good in the pack along with Eric Hill. Jack Cairns, in for his first game this year, had a great game for us. Jake Carter was outstanding, his decision-making and pass selection was really good and he controlled the game for us.

“Rowan Smedley fitted in at hooker because both Blain Marwood and Joe Crarey were both injured and he had a really good game, he is getting back to how I know he can play.”

Article by Leo Clarke

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