One-pointer seals win for u19s
Bradford Bulls u19s 26 - Warrington Wolves u19s 27
By Dave Whalley (picture courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves produced a very courageous performance to defeat Bradford Bulls in a high quality and keenly contested Under 19s Academy game at the Provident Stadium, Odsal on Thursday evening.
The young Wolves were heavily defeated at home by the Bulls earlier in the season and were determined to put things right and they did that with a magnificent all-round team display that enabled them to get a deserved last gasp win.
The Bulls opened the scoring in the second minute as an error from the kick off by Warrington gave them a scrum and the ball was swept along the line to winger Jarrod Ward who squeezed over in the right hand corner with three defenders in attendance. Scrum half Adam Brook converted from the touchline but then four minutes later a great interception by Wolves stand off Jimmy Rowland saw him knock the ball in the air and catch it before firing a long ball out to winger Jack Johnson who raced sixty metres down the left wing outpacing the chasing pack to score wide out.
The Wolves hit the front for the first time on eleven minutes when a perfectly judged high kick to the corner by scrum half Declan Patton was superbly caught by winger Scott Turner and he scored wide out on the right but then six minutes later a scrum on the Wolves ten metre line to the Bulls saw the ball reach centre Sam Wood and he managed to slip the ball to winger Todd Binns who scored in the left corner. Brook again landed a superb conversion.
Just after the midway point good work again from Rowland put his side close to the Bulls line and a quick play the ball saw hooker Andy Ackers go on his own from dummy half and duck under two attempted tacklers to score under the posts. Turner converted and then from the restart both sides were temporarily reduced to twelve men when the Bulls had Ward sin binned along with Wolves prop forward Micky Learmonth following a flare up.
The Bulls who went back in front just before the half hour mark when they kept the ball alive close to the line and that allowed substitute Emmerson Whittel to force his way over at the side of the posts. Brook converted but then three minutes from half time a little chip to the corner by Wolves full back Marcus Elliott was fumbled by the Bulls and Turner pounced to score in the right corner. He added a fine conversion himself to give his side a slender 20-18 interval advantage.
The home side hit the front once again seven minutes into the second half when quick hands along the line saw the ball reach Ward who squeezed over in the right corner but just after the hour the see-saw battle took yet another twist when a high kick on the last tackle by Patton was caught superbly by Turner and his offload was picked up by prop forward Tom Walker who scored on the right. Turner added on the goal points to give the Wolves a four point lead.
Ten minutes from time more slick handling from the Bulls stretched the Wolves defence and it eventually reached Ward who went over in the right corner to complete his hat trick and level the scores but then four minutes from time the Wolves managed to position themselves deep in the Bulls half and Rowland coolly slotted over a drop goal to complete a magnificent 27-26 victory.
After the game a very happy Wolves under 19s head coach Danny Fullerton said: "I was absolutely delighted with the way the lads performed as a unit. The togetherness and will to win for each other was evident all the way through the game and we got our just rewards. It was a big ask for us to back up so quickly after a hard physical encounter with Wigan last Saturday but every one of them stood up to be counted and gave their all. It was not the most polished display we have had as we did make a few too many handling mistakes but the overall commitment was top class. The two half backs, Jimmy Rowland and Declan Patton, organised us really well and that laid the platform for our forwards, led by Tom Walker who had another outstanding game, to get on top of their opposite numbers."
Fullerton added: "We now have a couple of extra days to prepare for the visit of Leeds Rhinos next Friday, which should be a great occasion for our lads as it will be our first curtain raiser of the season at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Kick off is 5.30pm and it would be great if our fans could get their early and give us their support; the boys would really appreciate that. Leeds are a top quality side and are vying for top spot with Wigan Warriors so it promises to be a very exciting game."
Curtis Naughton, Jarrod Ward, Josh Casey, Sam Wood, Todd Binns, Liam Coe, Adam Brook, Sam Bates, Danny Gregory, Steve Copeland, Alex Mellor, Oliver Roberts, Jordan Hargreaves.
Subs: Emmerson Whittel, Connor Nolan, Nathan Conroy, Kyle Moore.
Tries: Ward (2 mins, 47, 70), Binns (17), Whittel (28).
Goals: Brook 3 from 5
Marcus Elliott, Scott Turner, Will Milner, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Micky Learmonth, Andy Ackers, Tom Walker, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Gavin Bennion.
Subs: Ryan Maneely, Daniel Hirst, Robert Holroyd, Daniel Murray.
Tries: Johnson (6 mins), Turner (11, 37), Ackers (23), Walker (62).
Goals: Turner 3 from 5
Drop Goal: Rowland 1
29, Jun, 2013