Academy share spoils with Wakefield: Report and Highlights

The Saints travelled over the Pennines lacking some of their more experienced players as Wakefield held us to a 22 all draw on Saturday.

Saints slipped behind early to a very big Trinity outfit that also possessed a fair amount of pace and an offload or two.

A last-ditch Daniel Moss tackle in the right-hand corner stopped the home side from going three scores ahead and in effect kept the Saints in the game.

After the break it was a completely different story as the Saints came out firing with a renewed sense of belief.

Two minutes in and Trinity knocked on in their own half. Two drives later the ball was moved left for Sam Haynes to stroll over.

Lacking usual kicker Shay Martyn, it fell to Ellis Archer to try his luck from the touchline only to see his attempt drift just wide.

Trinity went further ahead 10 minutes later with a great piece of quick thinking. On the last they just managed to keep it alive before the scrum half put a 40-metre cross kick on a sixpence for his winger to go over in the corner.

But they were fading fast as the Saints pounded them down the middle. Led by Captain Harry Brook the Saints levelled it with two tries in five minutes.

Firstly, the skipper showed great white line awareness in stretching out of the tackle to touch down by the sticks.

On the Saints next possession Taylor Pemberton’s pinpoint 50 metre kick stopped in the in-goal area. As he tried to get back in play the full back was kept behind the line by a rampaging Cole Appleby who had led the charge with a 50-metre run to gain his side a repeat set.

His effort was fully rewarded three tackles later as full back Ellis Keppel danced his way to the line before imitating his Captain and reaching out to touch down.

A steady set from the restart pinning the flagging home side into their red zone and the game would have been over. Instead, the Saints knocked on at the half way line and that led to Trinity retaking the lead.

But 5 minutes from time Saints levelled the scores yet again.

A rampaging 30 metre Appleby charge followed on by another one from Brooks saw the Skipper halted at the line. From the play the ball Archer committed the defence before putting McKenzie Buckley over in the left corner. Archer this time put the ball through the posts with a nerveless kick.

Another Appleby charge put the Saints within drop goal range but the ball was lost before the attempt could be made and the spoils were shared.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats U19’s: Robbie Mann; Lewis Murphy,  Wesley Bruines,  Oliver Farrar (C), Mac Walsh; Thomas Milburn, Robbie Butterworth; Josh Leeson, Josh Phillips, Isaac Shaw, Leon Ruan, Luke Mearns, Patrick O’Donovan.

Interchanges: Alfie Crawford, James Hartley, Joe Mitchell, Sam Peel, Courage Mkuhlani, James Ferguson, Tommy Lee Corke.

Tries: Isaac Shaw (2), Oliver Farrar (13), Lewis Murphy (52), James Hartley (66).

Goals: Robbie Butterworth 3 from 4.

St Helens U19’s: Ben Lane; Ellis Keppel, Rio Corkill, Owen Blackwood, Keane Gilford; Daniel Moss, Ellis Archer; Cole Appleby, Taylor Pemberton, George Delaney, McKenzie Buckley, Eliot Peposhi, Harry Brooks (C).

Interchanges: Kallem Rodgers, Ben O’Donnell, Kalan Devine, Alfie Whittle, Sam Haynes, Joe Woods.

Tries: Sam Haynes (42), Harry Brooks (58), Ellis Keppel (63), McKenzie Buckley (74).

Goals: Ellis Archer 3 from 4.

Half Time: 12-0

Full Time: 22-22

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