Fortress Kingston Park intact as Thunder beat Leeds

Newcastle Thunder Academy before their game with Leeds City College.
Newcastle Thunder Academy before their game with Leeds City College.

Newcastle Thunder Academy, a partnership with Tyne Met College, ran in eight tries to secure a big win over Leeds City College.

Thunder looked dangerous from the first whistle and played with an intensity that Leeds couldn’t handle.

It took them only seven minutes to get on the scoreboard with Matty Gordon going over in the corner. A superb touchline conversion from Jack Redfern made it 6-0.

Newcastle continued applying the pressure on the Yorkshire outfit and added a try from Craig Banks.

But a costly error saw Leeds go over to make it 12-6.

Thunder restarted the game with a determined attitude and they got their reward by winning the ball back and adding two more tries from Arron Davis and Charlie Leask before Leeds grabbed a second meaning Thunder went into the break 22-12 up.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Banks going in for his second of the game, then prop Jake Egglestone, doing his best impression of a freight train, got his rewards by scoring a great try.

Leeds could not get back into the game as the hard-working middle man Bevan Leak scored a fantastic solo effort and Davis bagged his second of the game to maker the final score 42–12.

Man of the match was Egglestone.

After the game, Thunder coach Jordan Robinson said: “The boys have been putting the graft in on the training pitch over the last few weeks and are always wanting to learn and improve, they thoroughly deserved the win.

“We are still a brand new squad of players but it’s great to see how well the team are taking to the new structure and starting to gel as a team.”

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