Good Friday victory for Wolves u19s
Widnes Vikings U19s 22 - Warrington Wolves U19s 54
By Dave Whalley (Picture courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves Under 19s continued their fine form with a comprehensive defeat of Widnes Vikings in the Under 19s Academy at the Stobart Stadium on Good Friday.
The Wolves, whilst not always at their best, had far too much skill and composure in their ranks for a valiant Vikings side and ran in some exceptional tries to get new head coach Danny Fullerton's reign off to an impressive start.
After a cagey opening, where both sides tested each other out, it was the Wolves who took the lead on fourteen minutes when a penalty put them deep into the Vikings half. A lovely delayed pass from scrum half Declan Patton found prop forward Gavin Bennion running a great line and he rounded the full back to score under the posts. Stand off Jimmy Rowland added the conversion but then midway through the half Widnes hit back when a superb inside ball from full back Jack Owens sent second row Jay Chapelhow away. He found scrum half Tom Gilmore in support to race away and score on the right. Gilmore converted himself to level the scores.
The Wolves went back in front when Rowland went on his own on the last tackle and rounded the cover to score on the right; he converted himself but then, on the half hour, a handling error by the Wolves gave the Vikings a scrum deep in the Wolves half. A short ball from Gilmore put J. Chapelhow over at the side of the posts for an unconverted try.
Five minutes later a great run by Wolves substitute Tom Walker, playing his first game for seven months following a broken ankle, put his side on the Vikings line and it paved the way for Patton to go over under the posts. Two minutes before the break a great move, started by a Walker charge, saw Rowland's long ball excellently caught by centre James Saltonstall who raced away down the left before finding winger Marcus Elliott whose inside ball put Rowland over. Rowland added the conversions to both tries to make the half time score 24-10 to the Wolves.
The Wolves stretched their lead two minutes into the second half when Patton stepped through the line and rounded the cover to go over for a fine individual try which Rowland converted. Three minutes later a wayward Wolves pass on their own twenty metre line was gleefully intercepted by Gilmore who scored under the posts and he also added the simple conversion.
Warrington were soon back on the offensive and a short ball from Patton found substitute Robert Holroyd coming onto the ball like a steam train to power over on the left; Rowland converted and then straight from the restart two great drives from Holroyd and fellow substitute Micky Learmonth got the Wolves to the halfway line. A quick play the ball saw substitute Andy Ackers give a short ball to Patton who raced forty metres to complete an excellent hat trick. Rowland goaled to make the score 42-16.
Just after the hour the Wolves went over again when quick hands, the width of the field, saw full back Scott Turner put Saltonstall over in the left corner. Patton converted superbly from the touchline but the valiant Vikings refused to lie down and good work by Gilmore saw him find Owens linking into the line to score at the side of the posts. Gilmore landed the conversion.
Eight minutes from time a flowing move from the Wolves that was started in their own half was finished off when Patton put Turner over on the right to bring up the half century. Patton tagged on the extras to complete a convincing 54-22 victory for the rampant Wolves.
After the game coach Danny Fullerton said: "It was very pleasing to get a good ‘derby' victory. The opening half hour saw both sides go toe to toe but the introduction of our big three forwards from the bench: Tom Walker, Micky Learmonth and Robert Holroyd, proved pivotal as they tore holes in the Widnes defence and allowed us to pull away just before the break. We fixed a few things up at half time and really came out firing at the start of the second half and took the game to Widnes. We managed to pull away from them scoring some fantastic tries. I must pay credit to Widnes who kept going for the full eighty minutes.
"Declan Patton had his best game of the season; he was very destructive with ball in hand and fully deserved his hat trick of tries. Tom Walker coming back into the side after seven months out was a real boost and we also had Micky Learmonth and Scott Turner returning after seven weeks out and they both did very well. Big Robert Holroyd really made a nuisance of himself to the Widnes defence and at only sixteen years of age it was a great effort from him. We will now look forward to our trip to Leeds Rhinos next Friday, kick off 7.30pm at Stanningley ARLFC. This will be another massive test for us against the league leaders but it is a game that we are all relishing. We will prepare well in the week and make sure that we are in the best possible shape to give a good account of ourselves."
Fullerton added, "It was really good getting the first win under my belt since taking over from Gary Chambers. The transition has been really good and I'd like to thank the great staff that I have around me and also the players for being so supportive. Gary was a fantastic servant to the club and I am really thankful for all the knowledge that he has passed on to me. It is a great opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to the challenge."
Jack Owens, Keiran Butterworth, Danny Stapleton, Ed Chamberlain, Kyle Ross, Kane Ditchfield, Tom Gilmore, Ted Chapelhow, Ellis Sant, Ged Saundry, Jay Chapelhow, Steve Ball, Matt Whitley
Subs: Daniel Dakin, Ricky Murphy, Nathan Sharratt, Dale Rothwell.
Tries: Gilmore (20 mins, 45), J. Chapelhow (30), Owens (69).
Goals: Gilmore 3 from 4
Scott Turner, Jack Johnson, Will Fairhurst, James Saltonstall, Marcus Elliott, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Ryan Maneely, Joe Philbin, Jacque Peet, Jonny Brown, Will Milner.
Subs: Andy Ackers, Micky Learmonth, Robert Holroyd, Tom Walker.
Tries: Bennion (14 mins), Rowland (27, 38), Patton (35, 42, 52), Holroyd (50), Saltonstall (62), Turner (72).
Goals: Rowland 7 from 7
Patton 2 from 2
Game pictures courtesy of Bob Brough
30, Mar, 2013