11th February 2019, 12:42 | university

England Universities North 34-22 England Universities South

England Universities North 34-22 England Universities South

NIDO Student Origin Game
England Universities North 34
England Universities South 22

  • by David Butler at Loughborough University
  • Saturday 9th February 2019, 2.30pm

The NIDO Student University Rugby League Origin game provided all that was expected, with a close and well fought game throughout which has given England coaches Richard Tate and Kevin Deighton plenty to think about as they select their final England squad for 2019.

In the opening salvo it was the South who looked the more organised team, with some well worked plays building pressure on the North line, with forwards Dan Gover and William Budd proving to be a handful. It was that platform that led to Caley Gray storming through the line to open the scoring, with Callum Merrett adding the extras to put the Blues in front.

North clicked into gear and a high bomb from Alex Smith to the corner looked set to be swallowed up by Lewis Munyoro, but Munyoro was outjumped by his oppositive number Lee Registe who picked his pocket to scamper in for the try. Nathan Taylor levelled the score with the conversion.

The teams locked into the arm wrestle for a long portion of the half, with a number of players impressing, the North being organised by the fiery Tom Jubb whilst John Sipawa motivating the Souths forward back.

The deadlock was again broken by the South, when Aedan Coleman chased down an inch-perfect kick through to apply pressure millimetres before the dead ball line, but Josh Spearing was unable to further extend the lead, pushing the conversion wide. Just before the break, Daniel Munt broke free in midfield and raced away to level, with Nathan Taylor adding the easy conversion from in front to pust the maroons ahead at the break.

Half Time Score: 12 - 10

It was the North who scored first after the break, with Sean Croston taking an inside ball to skip in through the centres, with Taylor on target with the boot and the North applied more pressure shortly afterwards as Callum Fletcher charged in for a well worked try, although Taylor missed the kick.

It was all maroon now as Munt made his brace, charging up the left hand flank, with Taylor impressively landing the touchline conversion in the wind and Matthew Chrimes showed determination to finish a a well worked move after receiving a cut out pass from a wide move that started on the far left of the field, Taylor again kicking the goal.

The South rallied, with Munyoro restoring some pride for the Blues, diving in at the corner, which Spearing confidently converted and in the dying minutes, Gray added his brace for the South, with Spearing boucning the conversion in off the upright, to bring the game to a more respectable 12 point deficit.

Final Score: 34 - 22

England Universities North: Nathan Taylor (Edge Hill), Lewis Davey (Leeds Trinity), Sean Croston (Northumbria), Matthew Chrimes (Leeds Beckett), Alex Bielby (Northumbria), Alex Smith (Liverpool John Moores), Ben Gray (Sheffield Hallam), Thomas Jubb (Hull), Craig Banks (Sunderland) Alex Eckley (Liverpool John Moores), Kai Fagan (Sheffield Hallam), Ryan Langton (Huddersfield). Interchanges: Jack Quinn (Northumbria), James McDaniel (Hull), Daniel Munt (Salford), Charlie Frost (York St John), Andrew Joy (Manchester College), Henry Daventanivalu (Leeds Beckett), Conner MacCallum (Manchester Met), Charlie Fothergill (Northumbria).

Tries: Lee Registe (9), Daniel Munt (39, 57), Sean Croston (46), Callum Fletcher (52), Matthew Chrimes (63),
Goals: Nathan Taylor 5/6

England Universities South: Errol Carter (Gloucestershire), Aedan Coleman (UWE), Jack Daynes (Hartpury College), George Prewett (Loughborough), Lewis Munyoro (Coventry), Joshua Spearing (Gloucestershire), Callum Merrett (Gloucestershire), Daniel Gover (Coventry), Eric Sims (St Mary's), William Budd (St Mary's), John Sipawa (Coventry), Jacob Jones (Loughborough), Caley Gray (Bath). Interchanges: Joshua Boulger (Loughborough), Michael Holden (Cardiff Met), Joshua Bull (Reading), Sam Bloomer (St Mary's), Robert Branton (Loughborough), Henry Beer (UWE), Ciaran Dean (Nottingham), Brett Davies (Gloucestershire), Sam Bragoli-Jones (Bath)

Tries: Caley Gray (5, 76), Aedan Coleman (33), Lewis Munyoro (67)
Goals: Callum Merrett 1/1, Josh Spearing 2/3

Referee: John Seymour