Rampant Wolves U19s secure derby win
Warrington Wolves U19s 66 - Widnes Vikings U19s 6
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves continued their great run of form with a very convincing victory over local rivals Widnes Vikings in the Academy Under 19s at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday evening.
The Wolves were a little sluggish in the opening exchanges but they were always in total control against a very brave Widnes side that gave a good account of themselves in the first half but were blown away with a stunning Warrington second half onslaught.
The home side opened the scoring after ten minutes when a fine kick downfield by scrum half Declan Patton forced an error by the Vikings. From the scrum, fine work from hooker Andy Ackers saw him spot a gap in the Widnes line and he put second row Jacque Peet through it to score on the right. Winger Scott Turner converted and then twelve minutes later a lovely short ball from Ackers found full back James Saltonstall who then put prop forward Daniel Murray away to score at the side of the posts. Turner added the conversion.
The Wolves went further ahead when a chip into the in-goal area by Patton was collected by the Vikings full back Dale Rothwell but as he tried to get into the field of play he lost the ball and Peet pounced to score in the right corner. On the half hour a long ball from the Wolves was intercepted by Widnes winger Daniel Stapleton and he raced thirty metres to score at the side of the posts. Scrum half Tom Gilmore added the conversion.
The response from the Wolves was swift as a strong drive from Wolves substitute Tom Walker punched a hole in the Widnes defence and Ackers, Patton and Saltonstall combined to put centre Jake Eccleston over wide out on the right. Turner converted and then three minutes before the break a great forty metre break from dummy half by substitute Sean Kenny, his first touch for the club, split the Vikings defence and he drew Rothwell towards him before offloading to second row Joe Philbin who raced forty five metres, outpacing the chasing pack, to score on the left. Turner's conversion gave his side a 28-6 interval advantage.
Two minutes into the second half a penalty for the Wolves put them deep into the Vikings half and Philbin switched play superbly and went down the blind side to find centre Toby King who scored in the left corner. Then four minutes later Kenny ran the ball on the last tackle and made a thirty metre break before offloading well to Philbin and he sent winger Jack Johnson over at the side of the posts. Turner added the conversion to the latter try.
The Wolves were now in total control and a great high kick to the corner by Patton saw Turner leap high to outjump his opposite number, collect the ball and score wide out on the right. Turner converted and shortly afterwards good work from dummy half by Patton saw him put loose forward Ryan Maneely over on the right.
The next try came for the rampant Wolves when another pin-point kick to the right wing by Patton saw Saltonstall collect and squeeze over in the corner. Turner's conversion attempt went over via the post and then four minutes later good hands from stand off Louis Jouffret and Turner saw them combine to find King who brushed off four defenders to score at the side of the posts. Turner tagged on the extras.
Right on the stroke of full time great work by Ackers split the Vikings defence and he found Philbin in support who rounded the full back to score under the posts. Turner converted to complete a very impressive 66-6 success for the Wolves.
After the game Wolves Under 19s assistant coach Lee Briers said: "I was very pleased with the way the lads went about their business especially in the second half. Every single one of them put in extra effort to ensure we got the win for head coach Danny Fullerton who missed the game through illness. It was a shaky opening twenty minutes or so where we made a few too many errors but then our big men in the middle started to get on a roll and that allowed Declan Patton to control the game and move us around the park. Sean Kenny also came on towards the end of the first half for his debut and he really sparked us up; he can be very happy with the start of his Wolves career. Our defence in particular was very strong and that gave us a platform for our attack to really shine and we scored some fabulous tries. At half time we discussed a few key areas that we needed to improve on which would help us to take it to the next level and to a man they did this. Robert Holroyd and Gavin Bennion both ran very strong and kept the Vikings on the back foot for long periods. The team is in good health at the moment and we are working hard to make sure that we finish the season strongly. We now have two weeks before our final league game at St. Helens, which is a curtain raiser to the Super League game, before we embark on the play offs."
James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Jake Eccleston, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Louis Jouffret, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Andy Ackers, Daniel Murray, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Ryan Maneely.
Subs: Sean Kenny, Sam Wilde, Robert Holroyd, Tom Walker.
Tries: Peet (10 mins, 28), Murray (22), Eccleston (34), Philbin (37, 80), King (42, 73), Johnson (46), Turner (50), Maneely (55), Saltonstall (69).
Goals: Turner 9 from 12
Dale Rothwell, Daniel Stapleton, Ed Chamberlain, Kane Ditchfield, Will Weir, Connor Davies, Tom Gilmore, Lloyd Hankin, Steve Ball, Joel Albinston, Jay Chapelhow, Matt Whitley, Kieron Murphy.
Subs: Joe Holian, Jordan Houghton, Danny Dakin, Sam McGrory.
Tries: Stapleton (30 mins).
Goals: Gilmore 1 from 1
Game pictures below courtesy of Bob Brough
16, Aug, 2013