U19s Make Stunning Comeback To Beat Robins
Warrington Wolves U19s 46 - Hull KR U19s 27
By Dave Whalley
A stunning last quarter of the game saw Warrington Wolves Under 19s defeat Hull Kingston Rovers in an enthralling Under 19s Academy game at Wilderspool Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Hull KR looked as though they had the game won as they moved into a commanding lead with just over twenty minutes of the game remaining but the never-say-die attitude of the young Wolves saw them score six tries to end Rovers unbeaten start to the season.
The Wolves opened the scoring in the fifth minute when a short kick through into the in-goal area by scrum half Declan Patton was kicked back into play by a Hull KR defender and second row Will Milner reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball and score under the posts. Stand off Jimmy Rowland added the conversion and then three minute later Patton found prop forward Joe Philbin whose lovely short ball sent Rowland through a gap and he raced seventy metres, outpacing the chasing cover, to score under the posts and he converted himself.
Hull KR hit back shortly afterwards when a penalty on the Wolves ten metre line paid dividends when a long ball from scrum half Matty Beharrell cut out three Wolves defenders and winger Jack Stewart went over in the right corner. Then just before the half hour mark a beautifully weighted kick into the Wolves in-goal area saw centre Macauley Hallett win the race to touchdown on the left. Beharrell added the conversion.
The visitors took the lead for the first time three minutes before the break when a beautiful inside ball from the impressive Beharrell found full back Josh Gudzek linking into the line to score wide out on the left. Beharrell converted and then landed a thirty metre drop goal in the last act of the first half to give his side a 17-12 half time advantage.
Rovers increased their lead four minutes into the second half when a great seventy metre break by Gudzek from in front of his own posts put his side in a good position and when hooker Connor Robinson managed to knock the ball back with his foot on the Wolves line winger Elliott Kerry collected to score in the left corner. Eleven minutes later quick hands the width of the field stretched the Wolves defence and a fine offload from centre Alex Gilbey put Stewart over in the right corner. Beharrell goaled to put the Humbersiders in command at 27-12.
From the restart Patton found touch and from the resulting scrum second row Jacque Peet was held up just short but a quick play the ball saw hooker Andy Ackers go on his own from dummy half to score at the side of the posts. Rowland converted and then just after the hour a chargedown by Peet saw Wolves gain possession deep in the Rovers half and substitute Ryan Maneely scooted from dummy half to score. Rowland added the conversion to reduce the deficit to just three points.
The Wolves were now starting to dominate their opposition and on seventy minutes good work by the Wolves pack got them close to the Hull KR line and that enabled Philbin to power over on the left and put his side back in front once again. A chip on the last tackle by Rowland then bounced off the post and Patton reacted quickest to pounce on the ball and score. Rowland added both conversions.
Warrington were now rampant and they made sure of the win two minutes from time when a great kick downfield by Patton saw winger Jack Johnson use his searing pace to beat his opposite number to the ball and he then held off three defenders to score in the right corner. Then right on the final whistle, just after Hull KR prop forward Ryan Devaney had been dismissed for swearing at the referee, the impressive Philbin stormed over from close range for his second try of the afternoon. Rowland converted the latter to complete an absorbing 46-27 victory for a delighted Warrington Wolves side.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Gary Chambers said: "That really was a great payback for a tough week in training. We spoke all along that the harder you work then the greater the reward will be. We did make it more difficult for ourselves at times but we found a way to win from a perilous position and that shows what great character and camaraderie we have in our squad with everybody wanting to play for each other and put their bodies on the line. Some of the younger players will have never been in that situation and they now know that if you stick to the gameplan then you will get the right results in the end.
"Jonny Brown really rolled his sleeves up and did some tough stuff that helped us get back into the game; Declan Patton stepped up to the mark with a great kicking game at crucial times that allowed us to execute our plays. Joe Philbin once again showed how destructive he can be when he is running onto the ball and he now needs to focus on what he does when he is not on the ball. We can now take a bit of a good feeling into training on Monday as we prepare for a mouth-watering clash with St. Helens next Saturday, kick off 2.00pm at Wilderspool Stadium. We will be working very hard to put the little things right so that we are in the best possible position to give a good account of ourselves."
Marcus Elliott, Jack Johnson, Will Fairhurst, Jordan Burns, Sean Henney, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Daniel Murray, Andy Ackers, Joe Philbin, Jacque Peet, Will Milner, Toby King.
Subs: Ryan Maneely, Sam Wilde, Robert Holroyd, Jonny Brown.
Tries: Milner (5 mins), Rowland (8), Ackers (57), Maneely (63), Philbin (70, 80), Patton (75), Johnson (78).
Goals: Rowland 7 from 8
Joe Gudzek, Elliott Kerry, Alex Gilbey, Macauley Hallett, Jack Stewart, Marvin Lee, Matty Beharrell, Ryan Devaney, Connor Robinson, Craig Smith, Scott Ellerington, Sonny Esslemont, Steven Holker.
Subs: Matty Marsh, Tom Sullivan, Elliott Bulmer, Travis Jones.
Tries: Stewart (12 mins, 55), Hallett (29), Gudzek (37), Kerry (44)
Goals: Beharrell 3 from 5
Drop Goal: Beharrell 1
Game Pictures Below (courtesy of Bob Brough)
03, Mar, 2013