U16s suffer defeat at hands of Hull
Warrington Wolves U16s 18 - Hull FC U16s 44
By Steve Phillips (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
With the Wolves looking to kick on from their last win, they welcomed Hull FC to Wilderspool last Saturday, 15 June. Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan and apart from a few good passages of play, the Wolves team struggled to contain a strong Hull FC side over the course of the match. Warrington's points came from three tries; one each for Alex Whalley, James Jones and Jack Hansen with Harvey Livett converting all three kicks.
Hull wasted little time in getting their first points on the board with only a minute gone in the match. After Wolves dropped the ball, Hull gathered and quickly moved it across the pitch with Alfie Potter finding space on the right to score. Reece Dean wasn't able to convert however. Brad Clavering scored next after six minutes, again Hull moving the ball quickly through hands from one side of the pitch to the other creating the space for Brad to go in out wide on the right. Reece Dean found his range with this kick and the score was 0-10.
Brad Clavering scored his second try a few minutes later following a mistake by the Wolves side giving Hull an attacking position. This time Hull attacked up the middle with Brad on hand to find the gap and score, again Reece was able to add the extras.
Wolves started to come into the game and put pressure on the Hull line, but following a penalty against them for a late tackle, Hull pushed the score out to 0-22 with a try from Reece Dean. He was able to jink his way through the defence to score and was then on hand to convert his own try.
Warrington scored their first points of the game in the 26th minute; a great one-on-one steal by Matt Boyers set the Wolves off. They attacked down their left channel and James Jones was able to force his way over and touch down. Harvey Livett ensured that the extras were added and it was now 6-22. The score seemed to wake the Warrington team, with a great cross-field move only thwarted by the referee's whistle for a forward pass. The Wolves kept up their work rate but again were denied a repeat set by the referee's call. The half ended soon afterwards with Wolves looking like they were starting to get to grip with the Hull FC side, even though they were 6-22 behind.
The second half started off with a few mistakes, but Wolves scored first after a great 40/20 kick gave them a good attacking position. They again went down the left channel and after being stopped just short of the line, Jack Hansen was able to dive over from dummy half finishing off a great passage of play. Harvey was able to convert and Wolves seemed to have turned a corner with the score now being 12-22.
However following their set of six, Wolves kicked on the last with Josh Poskitt collecting the ball on his own 40m line; he was then able to evade the Warrington defence running through a number of tackles to score in the right hand corner. Again Reece Dean added the extras with the momentum now swinging in Hull's direction.
Three more tries followed for Hull pushing the game out of reach for the Warrington side. The first came from a scrum, Hull attacked down the middle with Harry Tyson-Wilson drawing the defender before passing to Alfie Potter to score his second try of the match. Hull scored from their next attack after Warrington kicked out on the full and again the attack came down the middle with the Wolves players unable to stop Hull's momentum; George Russell finally going in from dummy half. Wolves nearly scored only to watch Hull then score on their very next attack. The ball was off loaded to Bradley Spriggs who powered into space and was able to just beat Brian Kamhiriri to the line.
Warrington had the final say however, Hull kicked out on the full and from the scrum attacking runs from Mason Tyler-Holland and Jordan Baldwin put Hull on the back foot. Alex Whalley took the ball and angled his run back into the ruck and was able to power over to score. Harvey Livett kept up his 100% kicking record with the match finishing 18-44 to Hull FC.
Ben Povey, Wolves' u16s coach, said: "We were really disappointed with our performance. We really struggled to execute our game plan and some of our basic skills were way off the mark. As a result of this we gifted a very able Hull side a number of opportunities in our half. We were then let down by some poor line defence. When you come up against sides like Hull you have to be on top of your game and we just were not at the races and we paid the price. We have a few weeks now to look at what went wrong and fix some areas up as the challenges keep coming with a trip to St. Helens. We will expect a response from ourselves in that game. No excuses, we were beaten by the better team on the day."
Declan Kay, Brian Kamhiriri, Matt Boyers, Harvey Livett, Mason Tyler-Holland, Harry Reardon, Brad Stanway, Niall Andrew, Jordan Baldwin, Alex Whalley, James Jones, Johnny Wilbraham, Morgan Nicholas
Subs: Jack Hansen, Matt Cleary, Jacob Browne, Brad Russell, Harry Swarbrick
Tries: Alex Whalley, James Jones, Jack Hansen
Goals: Harvey Livett - 3 from 3
Bradley Spriggs, Josh Poskitt, Alfie Potter, Connor Bower, Ryan Adamson, Reece Dean, Harry Tyson-Wilson, George Russell, Charlie Weaver, Ash Bastiman, Brad Clavering, Brad Harrison
Subs: Jez Litten, Zeus Silk, Chris Osindeinde, Joel Marquez-Laynez, Liam Sharp, James Oliver
Tries: Bradley Spriggs, Josh Poskitt, Alfie Potter 2, Reece Dean, George Russell, Brad Clavering 2
Goals: Reece Dean 6 from 8
22, Jun, 2013