U19s last gasp victory over Rovers
Hull Kingston Rovers u19s 36 - Warrington Wolves u19s 38
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves snatched a last gasp victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in a very entertaining end to end Under 19s Academy encounter at New Craven Park on Saturday afternoon to remain in fourth place in the league table.
The Wolves twice built up a healthy advantage only for Hull KR hit back on both occasions and it took a mammoth penalty goal four minutes into injury time from winger Scott Turner to claim both league points.
Warrington opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a repeat set kept them close to the Rovers line and a high kick to the right corner on the last tackle by scrum half Declan Patton saw Turner superbly outjump his opposite number to collect and touchdown in the corner. Four minutes later a handling error by Rovers on the Wolves ten metre line saw second row Jacque Peet pick up and race seventy metres; then two quick play the ball's put them on the Rovers line and hooker Andy Ackers burrowed over from dummy half to score under the posts. Turner converted to give his side an early 10-0 lead.
The Wolves stretched their advantage when good work from Patton saw him give a lovely inside ball to full back James Saltonstall and he stepped round tree defenders to race thirty metres to score under the posts. Turner converted but then midway through the half Rovers opened their account when a repeat set followed by a penalty kept them camped on the Wolves line and hooker Connor Robinson went on his own from dummy half to score under the posts. Scrum half Matty Beharrell added the conversion.
Four minutes later Hull KR second row Aiden Armstrong was held just short but quick thinking from Robinson saw him go down the blind side from the play the ball and put winger Macauley Hallett over unopposed in the left corner. Beharrell converted from the touchline and then just after the half hour a 40/20 by Beharrell gave Rovers a scrum deep in Wolves territory and from that substitute Sonny Esselmont put loose forward Harry Aldous over at the side of the posts. Beharrell's conversion put Rovers ahead for the first time.
Four minutes before the break a penalty to Hull KR put them close to the Wolves line and a short ball from Beharrell found second row Harry Aldous who went over at the left of the posts. Beharrell goaled to give the home side a 24-16 half time advantage.
The Wolves hit back nine minutes into the second half when their first penalty of the game put them deep into the Rovers half and second row Joe Philbin powered over under the posts. Turner converted and then on the hour they forced a repeat set close to the Rovers line and the pressure paid off a substitute Ryan Maneely burrowed over from dummy half to put the Wolves back in front. Turner added the conversion.
Almost immediately that lead was extended when a quick play the ball put them on the front foot and Saltonstall broke clear and fended off three defenders on a thirty metre run to score wide out on the right and four minutes later a high kick to the corner by Patton found Turner in space to collect and score wide out on the right to make the score 36-24 in the Wolves favour.
As the game entered the final ten minutes Rovers rallied and a long ball from stand off Elliott Kerry found winger Jack Stewart who managed to squeeze over in the right corner. Beharrell converted superbly and then four minutes later a high kick to the right corner on the last tackle by Beharrell was fumbled by the Wolves and centre Dave Harrison picked up the loose ball to score. Beharrell again landed a brilliant touchline conversion to level the scores.
The Wolves pressed in the closing stages to get both points and four minutes into injury time they were awarded a penalty goal almost on the half way line and Turner stepped up to coolly land a monster kick to give a jubilant Wolves side a very hard fought 38-36 victory.
After the game Wolves Under 19s Head Coach Danny Fullerton said: "That really was a see-saw encounter with both sides having periods of supremacy but I am delighted for my guys that they kept going right until the final whistle to get the win and they were rewarded right at the death. You have to give credit to both sides for contributing to a very exciting spectacle that kept everybody on the edge of their seats but we have yet again proved that our fitness is top notch and that is allowing us to tough it out at crucial times and get into the position to win close games. We were not at our best by any stretch of the imagination; our defence was well below par at times but I cannot fault the effort and enthusiasm that each and every player showed and that has got us the right result.
"Gavin Bennion was a constant thorn in the Hull KR defence and Andy Ackers and Ryan Maneely both had massive impacts on the game from the hooking position; then for Scott Turner to step up deep into injury time and nail a long distance penalty like he did showed plenty of bottle. We will now work very hard in the week as we prepare for another away trip to Featherstone Rovers next Saturday, 2.30pm kick off. We will need to tighten up on our defence and if we can do that then it will certainly make things a lot easier for ourselves."
Alex Gilbey, Jack Stewart, Dave Harrison, Scott Ellerington, Macauley Hallett, Elliott Kerry, Matty Beharrell, Tom Sullivan, Connor Robinson, Elliott Bulmer, Harry Aldous, Aiden Armstrong, Steve Holker.
Subs: Macauley Duke, Josh Hamilton, Craig Smith, Sonny Esselmont.
Tries: Robinson (20 mins), Hallett (24), Holker (32), Aldous (36), Stewart (70), Harrison (74).
Goals: Beharrell 6 from 6
James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Will Milner, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Louis Jouffret, Declan Patton, Micky Learmonth, Andy Ackers, Tom Walker, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Gavin Bennion.
Subs: Ryan Maneely, Marcus Elliott, Joe Collins, Daniel Murray.
Tries: Turner (4 mins, 67), Ackers (8), Saltonstall (14, 63), Philbin (49), Maneely (60).
Goals: Turner 5 from 8
20, Jul, 2013