Young Tigers go through to Grand Final

Jacques O'Neill.
Jacques O'Neill.

Castleford Tigers under 19s claimed their place in the Academy Grand Final as they came from behind to beat the City of Hull Academy 26-24.

They looked to be struggling when 18-10 down at half-time despite tries by Paddy Burns, after good work by Jake Trueman, and Jacques O’Neill, from Callum McLelland’s break and flicked pass. Calum Turner also kicked a goal.

But a bright start to the second half saw O’Neill jump out from dummy-half to power over and Jack Render converted. Cas went in front for the first time when Robbie Storey scooped up a loose ball and raced 40 metres to score. Render’s conversion made it 22-18.

Another try followed as Burns, Trueman and Turner combined to send Storey over.

Hull hit back with a converted try to make it a nervy finish, but the Tigers held on for a memorable victory and will now face Wigan in the final.

Tigers: Turner; Sheehan, Storey, Diskin, Render; McLelland, Trueman; Dixon, O’Neill, Goodall, Summer, Johnson, Burns. Subs:: Million, Ray, Kear, Sweeting.