Will Allman dives over for the Saints' first try against Newcastle © Adedapo Segun
Match Report, Academy News FALCONS U18 3 SAINTS U18 37 Youngsters dominate in Penrith
A steady first half set the foundations for a dominant second as the Saints Under-18s notched up back-to-back Academies League maximums – this one over Newcastle far less dramatic than in Leeds seven days earlier.
Will Allman’s try and three penalties from Harry Mallinder opened up a handy 16-3 lead at the break and with the skipper adding one of three tries after the break and also taking his personal haul to 22 points, it was left to Rotimi Segun to seal the fifth point late on.
A slow start to the game saw the visitors edge ahead courtesy of two Mallinder penalties and it was from the restart of the second that the game finally came to life.
Having pinched the ball back from a ruck, Michael Morris box kicked and with a kind bounce and some good control on a follow up kick, Allman beat the cover to score.
A yellow card on the stroke of half-time left Newcastle a man down and further behind, Mallinder kicking the resulting penalty and the centre would pierce a gap in Newcastle’s depleted line to add try number two.
That was the first of two tries in a dominant opening to the second 35, James Fish also punishing the 14-man Falcons, but a bonus try appeared increasingly elusive as the clock ran down.
But having seen a pair of great opportunities slip by, Segun was on hand to turn four points into five, collecting Morris’ brilliant cross kick and finishing the game in style.
The league action continues for the Saints youngsters tomorrow lunchtime, Sale at the Gardens for a 12:30pm kick off. Double your black, green and gold intake for the weekend and catch the game for free on Pitch One.
7mins SAINTS Pen Mallinder 0-3
20mins FALCS Pen 3-3
23mins SAINTS Pen Mallinder 3-6
25mins SAINTS Try Allman Con Mallinder 3-13
34mins FALCS Yellow
35mins SAINTS Pen Mallinder 3-16
HALF-TIME FALCS 3 SAINTS 16
40mins SAINTS Try & Con Mallinder 3-23
43mins SAINTS Try Fish Con Mallinder 3-30
70mins SAINTS Try Segun Con Mallinder 3-37
FULL-TIME FALCS 3 SAINTS 37
SAINTS U18: Packman; Rawcliffe, Hutchinson, Mallinder (capt), Segun; Sheppard, Morris; Eveleigh, Fish, Byrne, Wilkins, Peters, Cox, Allman, Ludlam
Reps - Griffiths, H Marshall, Onojaife, Hawkins, Lee-Everton, Defeo, Furbank