U16s victorious over City Reds
Warrington Wolves U16s 34 - Salford City Reds U16s - 16
By Steve Phillips
A rearranged fixture meant the Wolves Academy match against Salford was switched to a Wednesday afternoon slot; but despite this there was still a large expectant crowd to watch the game.
It was nearly a game of two halves with Warrington putting in an excellent first half, giving away no penalties and opening up a substantial lead. Salford hit back hard in the second half. However the Wolves players were able to settle the ship and secure their first win of the season.
The team scored six tries with Ben Stansfield, Matt Boyers, Harvey Livett, Geraint Lawrence, Reece Brunt and Johnny Wilbraham all getting over the white-wash with Harvey Livett kicking five from six attempts at goal.
After a solid start by both teams it was the Wolves who scored first after ten minutes. From a scrum they pushed up the field, Brad Stanway took the ball to the line where he cleverly chipped over the advancing defence and was able to gather in to set up the attack. With support from Danny Norman and Matt Boyers the Wolves were stopped just short of the line; but Reece Brunt was able to drive over to register the first points of the match. Harvey Livett was successful with the conversion and Wolves were in front 6-0.
The crowd didn't have to wait long for Salford's reply which came after a forward pass by the Wolves. Salford broke from the resultant scrum and pushed hard down their left hand edge with Aidan Coulthard. He was able to offload to the winger Paul Ogunbodede who took the pass at speed and dived over to score in the corner. Salford couldn't add to the score so after 13 minutes it was now 6-4.
After a number of scrums for both sides, and a few minor mistakes, it was the Wolves who took control of the half. They scored next on 19 minutes after good work down their right, the ball was shifted back inside through hands and Johnny Wilbraham was about to spin out of an attempted tackle to reach over and score just to the left of the posts. Harvey was again successful with the kick.
Two quick tries ensured that the Wolves took a strong lead into the halftime break. The first came after good pressure by Warrington forced a penalty, from the kick to touch Brad Russell and Ben Stansfield ran the ball in hard. Wolves then spread the play out to their left, Salford weren't able to get across to cover and Harvey Livett was strong enough to skip through a tackle and score. The next try came only three minutes later after Salford were called off-side by the referee at the kick-off. Warrington drove down the centre of the field and with the defence going backwards, Ben Stansfield was able to find a gap and break free to dive over underneath the posts. Harvey was successful with this kick after missing the last, allowing the Wolves to go in at half-time 22-4 up.
Salford scored two quick tries of their own early in the second half to reduce the difference to only six points at one stage. Jack Norfolk scored the first try after the Wolves defence had worked hard to stop the Salford attack over the line, the referee took them back 10 metres and Jack was then able to ghost through the defence from the play-the-ball and score under the posts. Three minutes later and Salford were over again; Wolves conceded a penalty for not being square and Salford moved the ball to their right from the scrum. Michael Kenworthy took the defence on and was able to round them and score out wide. Alex Jobson kicked both conversions and the match after 42 minutes was now 22-16.
The next 10 minutes saw the game played mainly in the middle of the field with neither team able to convert their possession into points. Finally the Wolves made the pressure pay; they first attacked down their right side and were held up over the line, then switching their attack across the field with left wing Geraint Lawrence receiving the ball and scoring in the corner after forcing his way past a number of defenders. Harvey Livett was on target with his kick and Wolves moved out to a 28-16 lead.
Again both teams continued to attack hard but no-one could take control of match due to numerous penalties. With only a few minutes remaining however, Wire scored the final try of the match again after forcing a mistake. Salford were attacking down their left and after pressure from Matt Boyers they forced a pass before being tackled into touch. The ball went to ground with Matt reacting first and hacking it forward. He showed a great turn of pass so late on to beat two Salford defenders to touch down in the corner with Harvey adding the two points. The referee blow his whistle a few minutes later with the final score at 34-16 in favour of the Wolves.
Ben Povey, Wolves u16s coach commented: "I was really happy with the effort and determination shown by my players. We learnt a lot from our first game and it was very satisfying to see some of the things we have worked on in the week being successful in the game. We needed to play very well to beat a very strong and skillful Salford side, and the game was in the balance deep into the second half, so the way the lads pulled together in order to get the win was really pleasing. We will enjoy the positives and work on the areas we need to in order to prepare fully for the Rhinos."
Ben Stansfield, Matt Boyers, Danny Norman, Harvey Livett, Geraint Lawrence, Reece Brunt, Harry Swarbrick, Niall Andrew, Brad Stanway, Tom Millington, Brad Russell Johnny Wilbraham, Charlie Phythian
Subs: Tom McFarlane, Harry Reardon, Jacob Browne, Alex Whittam
Tries: Ben Stansfield, Matt Boyers, Harvey Livett, Geraint Lawrence, Reece Brunt, Johnny Wilbraham
Goals: Harvey Livett - 5 from 6
Alex Jobson, Arnold Dube, Michael Kenworthy, Adam Smith, Paul Ogunbodede, Jubril Olajide, Noah Robinson, Aidan Coulthard, Gavin Rodden, Daniel Jones, Luke Fowden, Albert Keeling, Adam Jones
Subs: Nathan Doran, Sam Mason, Jonny Scott, Bradley Thompson, Jack Norfolk
Tries: Michael Kenworthy, Paul Ogunbodede, Jack Norfolk
Goals: Alex Jobson - 2 from 3
(photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
13, Apr, 2013