U19s outclassed by Wigan
Warrington Wolves U19s 20 - Wigan Warriors U19s 44
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
A very classy all-round team performance from Wigan Warriors saw them gain a very good victory over Warrington Wolves in the Under 19s Academy at Wilderspool Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors were in dominant fashion and showed what a classy side they are although Warrington, to their credit, kept going for the full eighty minutes despite not playing as well as they have over the past few weeks.
After a cagey opening where both sides tested each other out it was Wigan who got on the scoresheet first when a long ball from stand off Ryan Hampshire went behind the line but winger Dominic Manfredi collected and raced cross field evading four attempted tacklers before finding fellow winger Joe Burgess who scored wide out on the left. Hampshire converted and then straight from the restart Wigan broke down the left with second row Rhys Pugsley who raced forty metres before sending Burgess away to score on the left. Hampshire added the conversion.
The Wolves got back into the game on twenty five minutes when a high cross field kick from stand off Jimmy Rowland was collected superbly by winger Jack Johnson to score wide out on the left. However, just before the half hour mark a dropped ball by the Wolves on the Wigan twenty metre line was swooped on by full back Lewis Tierney. He raced eighty metres before being superbly caught on the line by Johnson but a quick play the ball saw Pugsley manage to ground the ball wide out on the right.
Almost immediately the Warriors went over again when a short ball from hooker Callum Wright put Hampshire though a gap to score wide out on the right. Then right on the stroke of half time three quick penalties put the Wolves on the Wigan line and a lovely short ball from scrum half Declan Patton put full back James Saltonstall over at the side of the posts. Rowland converted to make the interval score 20-10 in Wigan's favour.
The Warriors scored their fifth try a minute into the second half when a kick into the in-goal area by scrum half Jake Shorrocks saw Burgess react quickest to claim his hat trick on the left. Hampshire goaled and four minutes later a penalty put Wigan deep in the Wolves half and Pugsley crashed over from close range. Hampshire again added the conversion.
A handling error by the Wolves allowed Shorrocks to pick up the loose ball and race sixty metres to score under the posts and then a short ball from Hampshire sent loose forward Robert Lever racing over at the side of the posts. Hampshire added both conversions.
The Wolves refused to give in and were rewarded for their efforts when Rowland squeezed over in the left corner and then when the restart went dead on the full they took full advantage as from the resulting penalty prop forward Tom Walker powered over from ten metres out. Rowland converted the latter but it was too little too late as Wigan deservedly recorded a 44-20 victory.
After the game Wolves' u19s head coach Danny Fullerton said: "It was very frustrating to lose the game in the manner that we did. We had prepared brilliantly all week and I was confident going into the game that we would give a good account of ourselves. We did start the game well and had Wigan on the back foot early on but unfortunately we failed to take our chances and they capitalised on our errors and punished us. We did score right on the stroke of half time to keep ourselves in the game but then we shot ourselves in the foot at the start of the second half by allowing the Warriors to get away from us again and that disappointed me. I cannot fault the effort from the lads and we did finish the game on the front foot but the damage had already been done; Wigan are a quality side and I have no complaints about the end result.
"Jacque Peet was tremendous for us once again and caused problems to Wigan all game; Tom Walker is getting better and better each week and is really starting to show what a quality prop forward he is. James Saltonstall was very busy at full back and gave his all for the full eighty minutes and Jack Johnson continues to show what a quality young player he is."
Fullerton added: "We now have a very short turnaround before our next game which is at Bradford Bulls on Thursday evening, kick off 7.30pm. This could prove to be a blessing for us as I know that the lads will be desperate to get back out on the field and put this game behind us. Bradford won quite convincingly at Wilderspool a couple of months ago so we know what a good side they are and we will prepare very well for what will no doubt be a very tough physical encounter. We have been in good form over the past four or five weeks so I am sure that we can bounce back from the Wigan game and get back to winning ways at the first opportunity."
James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Will Milner, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Robert Holroyd, Ryan Maneely, Tom Walker, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Gavin Bennion.
Subs: Andy Ackers, David Johnston, Micky Learmonth, Sam Wilde.
Tries: Johnson (25 mins), Saltonstall (40), Rowland (71), Walker (73).
Goals: Rowland 2 from 4
Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess, Chris Taylor, Oliver Gildart, Dominic Manfredi, Ryan Hampshire, Jake Shorrocks, Ryan Sutton, Callum Wright, Ben Austin, Grant Beecham, Rhys Pugsley, Robert Lever
Subs: Joe Bretherton, Luke Waterworth, Sam Brooks, Kieran Sharratt.
Tries: Burgess (14 mins, 16, 41), Pugsley (29, 45), Hampshire (32), Shorrocks (52), Lever (65).
Goals: Hampshire 6 from 8
Game pictures below courtesy of Bob Brough
23, Jun, 2013