Hull Snatch Victory Away From U19s
Hull FC U19s 36 - Warrington Wolves U19s 28
By Dave Whalley
Hull FC produced an excellent second half comeback to snatch victory against Warrington Wolves in a very keenly fought Under 19s Academy game at Bishop Burton College on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolves produced a very impressive opening forty minutes to go in at the break with a twelve point cushion but the home side came out strongly at the start of the second half and did enough to gain a hard earned win.
Warrington opened the scoring in the second minute when a lovely pass from scrum half Declan Patton found prop forward Joe Philbin running a great line and he went on a forty metre run before finding full back Marcus Elliott in support to race thirty metres and score under the posts. Loose forward Jimmy Rowland added the conversion but twelve minutes later Hull FC replied when a repeat set on the Wolves line was rewarded with second row Alex Starling going over from close range. Stand off Jordan Abdull converted to level the scores.
The Wolves went back into the lead just before the midway point of the half when great work by Patton saw him step through the defensive line and he found Maneely on his shoulder to score under the posts. Ten minutes later another great diagonal run from Philbin saw him power over from close range. Rowland added both conversions.
A minute before the break Hull FC hit back when Abdull went down the blind side and found winger Ash Leaming who managed to brush off three defenders to squeeze over in the left corner. Abdull goaled from the touchline but the last play of the half saw a high kick from Hull FC taken superbly by Wolves winger Tom Battye who then raced eighty metres down the wing to outpace the chasing cover and score on the right of the posts. Rowland converted to make the half time score 24-12 in the young Wolves favour.
A mistake from the Wolves right at the beginning of the second half saw Hull FC gain possession deep in the Wolves half and after three strong drives Abdull went over on the left; he converted himself to reduce the deficit to six points. The Wolves then went back down the other end and after good work from stand off Will Milner and Rowland the ball reached centre Will Fairhurst, via a Hull FC hand, and he scored in the right corner.
Either side of the hour mark Hull FC managed to break the Wolves line to score tries; firstly hooker James Cunningham burrowed over from dummy half after substitute Andrew Ward had been held just short and then a chip through from Abdull on the last tackle saw Starling react quickest to collect and score. Abdull goaled both tries to give his side a narrow two point advantage.
On seventy minutes Hull FC winger Tom Stark and Wolves winger Sean Henney were dismissed for fighting whilst Hull FC's Starling and the Wolves Elliott were yellow carded for their involvement in the same incident. From the resultant penalty the Humbersiders sent the ball along the line for substitute Sam Hick to score in the right corner. A minute from the end a penalty goal from Abdull ensured the two points for Hull FC as they recorded a 36-28 success.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Gary Chambers said: "It really was a game of two halves; we were unable to maintain the momentum that we had in the first half and Hull FC capitalised on our errors. The first half showed the advances we are making as a group but conversely the second half highlighted that there are still areas for us to improve on. Every week is a big learning curve for the young lads and we are making positive advances each game. Most of the squad have now had a taste of action at this level and that will now help them to realise what they are preparing for. I cannot fault the effort or commitment of the players in any game so far and we will continue to get better each week. Joe Philbin was a powerhouse, running great lines and causing all sorts of problems for the Hull FC defence; Jacque Peet continued his impressive form with another hard working display; Ryan Maneely was very busy from acting half back and directed us very well; and Tom Battye had a very good game on the wing. We will now work hard and get ourselves ready for next Saturday's game when we entertain Hull Kingston Rovers at Wilderspool Stadium, kick off 2.00pm. This has been switched from Hull KR and we will now travel there in July."
Josh Nicklin, Tom Stark, Matthew Liggins, Saul Beavis, Ash Leaming, Jordan Abdull, Josh Wood, Ryan Wilson, James Cunningham, Zach Braham, Alex Starling, Jack Downs, Jansin Turgut.
Subs: Andrew Ward, Ryan Smith, Bobby Tyson-Wilson, Sam Hick.
Tries: Starling (14 mins, 63), Leaming (39), Abdull (42), Cunningham (56), Hick (71).
Goals: Abdull 6 from 7
Marcus Elliott, Tom Battye, Will Fairhurst, Jordan Burns, Sean Henney, Will Milner, Declan Patton, Daniel Murray, Ryan Maneely, Joe Philbin, Jacque Peet, James Saltonstall, Jimmy Rowland.
Subs: Joe Furlong, Sam Wilde, Robert Holroyd, Jonny Brown.
Tries: Elliott (2 mins), Maneely (18), Philbin (28), Battye (40), Fairhurst (50).
Goals: Rowland 4 from 5
Games Pics Here (courtesy of Bob Brough)
24, Feb, 2013