U16s lose out in derby
Warrington Wolves U16s 16 - Wigan Warriors U16s 50
By Steve Phillips
The Bank Holiday weekend saw the Wigan Warriors visit Wilderspool in the Wolves fourth match of the Academy season. It was a bright but slightly cool afternoon and the match drew a large crowd. The game was hard fought from start to finish however the young Wolves side wasn't able, at times, to match the intensity of Wigan. After a close first half, Wigan pulled away in the second. However the Warrington team kept trying and fighting until the final whistle. Try scorers for Warrington were Ben Stansfield, two from Kieran Roache and one from Dan Norman.
It was Warrington that made the brightest start and after kicking early forced Wigan to drop out from under their posts; drives from George Shaw and Matt Cleary kept the attack moving forward. On the last the ball was kicked from right to left across the field, the Wigan defence wasn't able to gather and Dan Norman was able to drop on the ball between two defenders. Brad Stanway failed to convert his kick at goal.
Wigan levelled the score in the tenth minute; Jack Rush was able to push up the pitch with a number of Wolves players trying to bring him down, with Wolves on the back foot Wigan moved the ball quickly to their right and Tom Dempsey was able to find space in the line and dive over. He took the kick but wasn't able to add to the score, leaving it at 4-4. Wigan increased their lead some three minutes later after Jake Moore broke through the defensive line he was then able to put Ben Calland through. Again Tom wasn't able to add the extras.
Wigan kept the scoreboard moving again after only a couple of minutes; a break from Adam Thompson allowed Wigan to spread the ball to their right and it was Macualy Davies who received the ball this time in space to go over. This time Tom Dempsey was able to convert and made the score 4-14. Warrington ensured that they stayed in the game with a try from Kieran Roache on 25 minutes. From a Warrington scrum, play moved to the left and back to the middle of the pitch, stretching the Wigan defence. They then went left again with Dan Norman providing the final pass to send Kieran in at the corner. Brad Stanway wasn't able to convert from the touchline but the score was now pulled back to 8-14.
Wigan ensured they ended the half with scoring the final try, Geraint Lawrence took a good catch but Wigan managed to keep him trapped behind the try line. From the drop out, Wigan pushed forward with Wolves stopping the attack just short of the line, but from the resulting play the ball Kyle Shelford was able to dive over. Tom Dempsey had an easy conversion leaving the half time score at 8-20.
Warrington started the second half in similar fashion to the first with scoring first. Another cross field kick saw Kieran Roache take the catch and then out foxed the Wigan defence to make space for himself and cross in the corner. The kick was missed leaving the score at 12-20.
Two quick tries from Wigan knocked a bit of stuffing out of the Wolves team; firstly Jordan Jones jumped from hooker and forced Warrington back, they passed the ball left and Brad Burgess scored out wide. A second try followed a few minutes later with Wigan attacking up the middle; a clever reserve pass allowed Adam Thompson the space to score under the posts. Tom Dempsey converted both kicks making the score 12-32 after 44 minutes.
Some poor defence from Warrington allowed Jack Higginson to score under the posts; he collected the kick after Wolves had kicked on the last and was able to break through to score. Tom again converted moving the score out to 12-38. Even given the score Warrington continued to push forward and scored maybe the try of the match; from an attacking scrum the Wolves pushed up through the middle, Ben Stansfield ran a wonderful line coming onto the ball and was able to slice through the Wigan defensive line with ease pulling the score back to 16-38.
The two final tries of the half went Wigan's way, after a penalty to Wigan Adam Thompson was able to force his way over the line. The second showed that there was still fight in Warrington, after a short kick off that was nearly re-gathered but just knocked on. Wigan went on the attack down their left. A great chase back by Brian Kahmriri stopped the try at the first attempt, but Wigan went down the blind side and Jake Moore was able to dive over. Again Tom Dempsey converted both bringing his kicking tally to seven for the day and leaving the final score at 16-50 to the Wigan Warriors.
Ben Povey made the following observations after the match: "In rugby league you sometimes come up against a team that simply out muscles you and that happened. We had a relatively young team out today and we really struggled to contain what was a very big, physical Wigan side. We have no complaints about that and we will, again, work hard to better ourselves and keep the upward trend we are seeing in our play each and every game. I thought our attack was, at times, outstanding and I am really encouraged by some individual performances, but hats off to Wigan they played some great rugby and were very worthy winners. We will stick to our policy of giving both 15s and 16s a shot in this team, and what better way to test yourself in defence than taking trip to Cumbria. We can't wait for our next test."
Ben Stansfield, Kieran Roche, Dan Norman, Jack Fox, Geraint Lawrence, Harry Reardon, Brad Stanway, George Shaw, Pat Melling, Tom McFarlane, Matt Cleary, Johnny Wilbraham, Harry Swarbrick, George Moore
Subs: Alex Green, Pat Moran, Morgan Nicholas, Brian Kahmriri
Tries: Ben Stansfield, Kieran Roache x 2, Dan Norman
Goals: Brad Stanway - 0 from 3
Jack Higginson, Alex Gaskill, Tom Dempsey, Ben Calland, Brad Burgess, Danny Cassidy, Ryan Houghton, Jack Rush, Conner Adams, Adam Thompson, Jake Moore, Macualy Davies, Kyle Shelford, Lestyn Ball
Subs: Lewis Fox, Jordan Jones, Max Dudley, Patrick Casey
Tries: Jack Higginson, Tom Dempsey, Ben Calland, Brad Burgess, Adam Thompson x 2, Jake Moore, Macualy Davies, Kyle Shelford
Goals: Tom Dempsey - 7 from 9
14, May, 2013