U16s secure victory over Cumbria
Cumbria Regional Academy U16s 14 - Warrington Wolves U16s 56
By Steve Phillips
Last weekend saw the U16s academy team back on the road for a long journey up to Cumbria. The journey gave everyone a chance to spend some time together as a team and enjoy the weather, scenery and a great quiz on the route up north! Everyone arrived refreshed at Aspatria RUFC to a warm sunny day and equally warm welcome. The Wolves players generally stuck to their game plan and ensured they came away with a hard fought win with Harvey Livett scoring 24 points to cap a good performance; the other tries came from Cory Bennie, George Moore, two from Thomas Millington, James Jones, Charlie Phythian, Reece Brunt and Nathan Ainsworth.
The Wolves showed no after effects from the long journey and got off the mark after less than five minutes. After a penalty, George Moore nearly went over but was held up just short, the ball was quickly recycled and played down the blind side with James Jones crashing over in the corner. Harvey wasn't able to add the extra points, but the Wolves were up and running.
Wolves just failed to score on their next attack and Cumbria made them pay, by attacking down their left flank they created an overlap with Matt While breaking through and off loading to Cameron Seeds who finished off the move. Jordan Johnson couldn't convert so the score was tied after eight minutes.
However from this moment on, the Wolves ensured they controlled the half, adding another 28 points without reply. Harvey Livett was next to score after Harry Reardon was again held up just short. Cumbria were caught offside at the play-the-ball and from the penalty Wolves moved the ball quickly to their left edge where Declan Kay's quick off load allowed Harvey to score; he wasn't able to convert his own try however. Their next try came on 17 minutes, again after another penalty against Cumbria, Warrington swung the ball to their left edge choosing to attack down the blind side where Tom Millington found the space to go over for the first of his two tries. This time Harvey was able to convert and pushed the score out to 4-14.
Harry Reardon's run out wide created the space for Harvey to score his second try on the 20-minute mark running in under the posts. A couple of back-to-back penalties against Cumbria put Warrington on their way to scoring their next with George Moore pushing his way over from close range. Harvey was able to convert both tries bring the score now to 4-26 after 28 minutes played.
The final score of the half went to Charlie Phythian, again Cumbria conceding penalties allowed the Wolves' players to push up the pitch, a good drive by Matt Clegg put the defence on the back foot and Charlie was quick to take advantage and reached out under pressure to score. Harvey again was able to convert, leaving the halftime score at 4-32 to Warrington
The team continued in the same vein in the second half ensuring they scored first, this time with Recce Brunt pushing over from dummy half after good work from James Jones. Harvey continued the form with the boot by adding the extras. A high kick from Harry Reardon caused problems for the Cumbria defence who didn't deal with it and Nathan Ainsworth reacted quickest to ground the ball, again Harvey converted moving the score sheet out to 4-44 after 53 minutes.
Cumbria ensured they scored next, with Cameron Seeds scoring his second try when they moved the ball out wide creating the space for the number four to go over in the corner. Jordan Johnson wasn't able to convert. A short kick off from Warrington put them straight back on the attack however, Jake Corrie's jinking run found space, the ball was passed left with Charlie Phythian passing onto to Harvey who forced his way over. This time he wasn't able to add the extras but it was now 8-48 with just under an hour of the match played.
Cumbria again showed they still have plenty of fight and following a knock-on by the Wolves they moved the ball into the middle of the pitch and Matt While ran a great line to slice through the defence to score under the posts. Jordan was able to convert bringing the score back to 14-48.
Warrington ensured however that they would get the final points, with two quick tries in the final minutes of the match. Tom Millington scoring his second, by attacking down the blindside after Cumbria gave away a penalty and pushed back inside to score. Cory Bennie had the final touchdown; James Jones attacking from a Warrington scum, drew in the defender before a lovely back-door pass put Cory into space and he accelerated away to round the defence and scored close to the posts making the kick easier. Harvey converts one of the two leaving the final score at 14-56 to the Wolves.
A delighted coach Ben Povey said after the match. "I was extremely pleased with the performance we put in. The big focus over the past few weeks has been about us pulling together as a group, with a view to transferring this feeling of togetherness into our defensive efforts, and we didn't let ourselves down. We played against a very big and physical Cumbria side and the only place they found any space was on our edges, which is a massive achievement after our last outing. To go to Cumbria and come away with a result is pleasing for any team but when you consider that ten of our eighteen players were from our under 15 age group, this result becomes all the more impressive. There were some huge performances out there today, Tom Millington and Harry Reardon deserve a special mention for their efforts, but I felt one to seventeen were outstanding in the way they went about their jobs and executed our game plan. I'm very proud of them indeed. It wasn't perfect, however, and we still have some areas to fine tune before our next game v Hull."
Joe Wright, Liam Hunsdale, Liam Armstrong, Cameron Seeds, Kieran Mews, Jordan Johnson, Ross Barker, Brad Bouch, Luke McIntee, Dominic Atkinson, Matt While, Danny Cain, Danny Dougherty, Brad Walker
Subs: Laim McNicholas, Laim Kirkbride, Connor Fitziammons, Dominic Obrian, Grady Slater, Danny Burns
Tries: Cameron Seeds 2, Matt While
Goals: Jordan Johnson - 1 from 3
Declan Kay, Brian Kamhiriri, Cory Bennie, Harvey Livett, Mason Tyler-Holland, Harry Reardon, Jake Corrie, Alex Whalley, George Moore, Thomas Millington, James Jones, Bradley Russell, Charlie Phythian, Reece Brunt
Subs: Jamie Butler, Niall Andrew, Nathan Ainsworth, Matt Clegg
Tries: Cory Bennie, Harvey Livett 3, George Moore, Thomas Millington 2, James Jones, Charlie Phythian, Reece Brunt, Nathan Ainsworth
Goals: Harvey Livett - 6 from 11
01, Jun, 2013