Comprehensive win for U19s
Warrington Wolves u19s 58 - Sheffield Eagles u19s 0
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves produced a very competent display to dispose of a very brave Sheffield Eagles side in the Under 19s Academy at Wilderspool Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The scoreline does not reflect the superb effort put in by the Sheffield side who were on top for large parts of each half but the Wolves defence was in mean mood and that paved the way for a comprehensive win.
After a strong opening by Sheffield that saw them force three early drop-outs it was the Wolves who opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute when good hands between stand off Jimmy Rowland and full back James Saltonstall sent centre Toby King away and he slipped the ball to winger Jack Johnson who scored wide out on the left. Fellow winger Scott Turner converted and six minutes later the Wolves scored again when straight from a scrum on the Eagles twenty metre line scrum half Declan Patton found Saltonstall linking into the line and his diagonal run saw him force his way over wide out on the left.
Just after the half hour Wolves increased their advantage when King intercepted an Eagles pass superbly and raced sixty metres unopposed to score under the posts. Straight from the restart Saltonstall collected the ball and went forty metres weaving round the defence before finding loose forward Ryan Maneely on his inside to go forty metres and score at the side of the posts. Turner added both conversions.
A penalty for the Wolves put them deep inside the Eagles half and a short ball from Rowland put second row Joe Philbin over under the posts. Turner converted and then right on the stroke of half time an inside ball from Maneely sent Rowland away and he dummied through the line to go sixty metres to score on the right. Turner goaled to make the interval score 34-0 to the Wolves.
The resilient Sheffield side once again came out strongly in the second half and continually tested the Wolves defence with a constant stream of pressure but the home side were in mean mood and thwarted everything that the Eagles threw at them with some terrier-like defence that meant that the scoreboard didn't move until the final ten minutes of the game. A penalty put the Wolves in the Eagles twenty metre area and two quick play the balls had the visitors defence stretched and that enabled Patton to weave his way over from close range. Rowland converted and then a short ball from prop forward Tom Walker sent Rowland racing clear on a thirty metre run to score under the posts to give himself a simple conversion.
As the game entered the final moments a scrum to the Wolves in the Eagles half saw the ball swept along the line to Johnson who raced down the left before cutting back inside to score at the side of the posts; Rowland goaled and then right on time a brilliant sweeping move from the restart saw the ball reach centre Will Milner and he sent substitute Brad Goulding away. He brushed off three defenders on a great thirty metre run to score wide out on the right. Rowland converted to complete a very impressive 58-0 victory.
After the game Wolves Under 19s Head Coach Danny Fullerton said: "I was delighted with how we played. The tenacity that we showed in defence was very pleasing indeed and to ‘nil' a side at this level is a great achievement. The final scoreline does little justice to the way that Sheffield played. They had a real dig and put us under immense pressure for large parts of the game but the lads were determined to keep their try line intact and the way that they put their bodies on the line was testament to the great attitude that they have and showed the pride that they have in themselves and in the club jersey. When we did get chances to attack we were very clinical and scored some absolutely wonderful tries. We scored four tries in the last eight or nine minutes of each half which really did show that when we get on a roll during games then we are very hard to defend against.
"We made a few changes to give some of the squad a run who haven't had much game time and they certainly did not let themselves down. Harry Cartwright made his debut for the club and did very well when he came on in the front row and Brad Goulding made his first appearance at this level and can be very happy with how he performed. He stopped a couple of certain tries and then capped off a fine showing by scoring an excellent try in the last minute. Joe Philbin put in yet another eighty minute performance and Gavin Bennion also played almost the whole game in the front row and always kept us going forward. Ryan Maneely was outstanding once again and is really showing on a regular basis what an excellent talent he is and Jimmy Rowland produced yet another eye catching display and added another couple of tries to his season's tally."
Looking forward to next week Fullerton added: "We have a long trip down South to face London Broncos on Saturday which is a curtain raiser to the Super League game at Gillingham and will be a great opportunity for the lads to put on a show in front of the travelling fans. The game kicks off at 12.30pm which means we will be leaving Warrington at 5.30am but we will enjoy the journey together as a squad. We will yet again be working hard in training to make sure that we are at our best for what will be a very hard physical game against a London side who have had a number of impressive victories already this season."
James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Will Milner, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Andy Ackers, Tom Walker, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Ryan Maneely.
Subs: Joe Furlong, Brad Goulding, Jake Eccleston, Harry Cartwright.
Tries: Johnson (16 mins, 79), Saltonstall (22), King (32), Maneely (34), Philbin (37), Rowland (40, 74), Patton (71), Goulding (80).
Goals: Turner 5 from 6, Rowland 4 from 4
Dan Saudaby, John Hale, Nick Taylor, Eddie Medforth, Ryan Millar, Cory Aston, Callum Butler, Callum Potts, Greg Burns, Jose Kenga, Kadeem Williams, Tom Bailey, Liam Ellis.
Subs: Jack Mitchell, Darren Forde, Marcus Stock, Joe Batchelor.
Game pics gallery below - courtesy of Bob Brough
02, Jun, 2013