Wakefield Trinity Wildcats youngster Max Jowitt scored twice and took the man of the match plaudits on his home ground as England Youth sealed a series win over France with a commanding 42-16 win at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
England had to win by eight or more points to secure victory in the two-Test series following last Friday’s 34-26 defeat against the French at the Stobart Stadium in Widnes - and the hosts responded emphatically, led by the superb Jowitt.
Westgate Wolves player Jacob Ware, on a scholarship with Leeds Rhinos, also featured for Stuart Barrow’s men in their eight-try success.
England dominated from the off and Jowitt was central to the opening try of the game when he burst through the French defence to put winger Ryan Ince in.
The Wakefield full-back also thwarted France’s most threatening move of the match with a last-ditch tackle before getting a try of his own minutes later to help England to a 28-0 lead at half-time.
Jowitt extended his side’s lead with his second try of the match early in the second half and despite a French rally the hosts hung on to seal the series win.
“I thought the lads were outstanding today,” said Barrow. “We came together as a group last week but there was a real bond after the defeat on Friday and that showed today.
“There was a lot of disappointment after that defeat but we got together on Saturday and we identified what went wrong and the lads worked really hard over the weekend.
“We focused hard of defence and to prevent France from scoring in the first half was really pleasing and I thought our structure was very strong. The French came at us hard in the second half and although we conceded a few tries, we showed good character and resolve to come through.”
England: Max Jowitt (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Stanley Rangers), Ash Golding (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley), Jacob Ware (Leeds Rhinos, Westgate Wolves), Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks). Ryan Ince (Widnes Vikings, Widnes Moorfield), Harry Tyson Wilson (Hull FC, West Hull), Morgan Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley Rangers), Sam Hallas (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley), Brad Parker (Hull FC, East Hull), Frazer Morris (Huddersfield Giants, St Josephs Sharks), Jake Moore (Wigan Warriors, Wath Brow Hornets), Liam Johnson © (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers), Jack Wells (Wigan Warriors, Folly Lane), Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion), Jake Campbell (St Helens, Blackbrook), Liam Cooper (St Helens, Blackbrook), Jack Rush (Wigan Warriors, Rochdale Mayfield)
France: Etienne Ferret, Douglas Gavin, Vincent Albert, Fouad Yaha, Dorian Munoz, Evan Albert, Marvin Merbah, Mohamed Zentri, Yoan Veve, Nicolas Pomie, Olivier Ruiz, Sebastien Nietche, Mickael Goudemand, Maxime Banquet, Georges Mingaud, Dorian Denat, Christopher Denis.