August 15, 2019

Match Preview – Castleford U19’s vs. Trinity U19’s

It’s derby day in West Yorkshire as the Under 19’s make the short trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to face, Castleford Tigers. 


Trinity coach, Mark Applegarth, has the under 19’s playing some exciting stuff and with eight wins in their last 13 games, things are looking up. Trinity head into the Jungle coming off the back of a comprehensive 26-14 victory at the weekend, moving them up to seventh in the league standings. On our last meeting with the Tigers back in May, Trinity ran out 34-22 winners at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. 


For Castleford, on the other hand, the 2019 season has been inconsistent, to say the least. The Tigers have only managed two wins in their last 10 games and currently sit second from bottom in the league standings and head into the game coming off the back of an 18-10 loss at the hands of the league leaders, Wigan Warriors. Trinity will know that only win will do when they face them on Thursday. 


Connor Bailey – The young stand-off has made quite the impact in Trinity colours and was rewarded with a first-team contract back in April. One thing that makes Bailey stand out is his ability with the boot. His high kicks, grubber kicks and conversions make him a nightmare to defences throughout the league. 

Lewis Murphy – With four tries in three games, Lewis Murphy has been on fire recently. The young trialist is a great option on the left, with his pace, awareness and try-scoring ability, Murphy is a real asset in Mark Applegarth’s side.


Speaking to the Trinity Media Department ahead of tonight’s game, Trinity coach, Mark Applegarth, is happy with how his side is currently performing and feels that the Trinity youth are coming into their own; 

“I’m pleased, they are starting to understand the ways of Rugby now, how we want them to play and how Wakefield Trinity play. One of the most pleasing aspects is how they are starting to construct their sets, they are thinking for themselves and they are not looking for any coaches to guide them anymore and are starting to understand how professional Rugby is played. So it is pleasing to watch them put it all together and they are getting their rewards for it.” 

“Anytime you play a Wakefield vs Castleford game there is always a threat. The lads need to get used to the local derby and the challenges that entail. It doesn’t matter about form, it is local derby day and both teams will be hoping to get one over each other.”