U19s secure hard-fought win over Featherstone
Featherstone Rovers U19s 26 - Warrington Wolves U19s 38
By Dave Whalley
Warrington Wolves produced a battling display to earn a very hard fought victory over a very well drilled Featherstone Rovers outfit in the Academy Under 19s at Post Office Road on Saturday afternoon.
The lead changed hands several times during the game but it was the extra skill and composure at the vital times that saw the Wolves home; although they were pushed all the way by a very enthusiastic and gallant Rovers side.
Featherstone opened the scoring in the ninth minute when slick passing stretched the Wolves defence and the ball reached winger Joe Caulfield who squeezed over in the left corner. Full back James Glover landed a fine conversion but then just after the midway point of the half a scrum on the Rovers ten metre line to the Wolves paved the way for scrum half Declan Patton to step round the defence to score on the right.
Almost immediately the Wolves took the lead for the first time when a great break from dummy half by hooker Ryan Maneely caught the Rovers defence flat footed and he found full back Marcus Elliott in support to race over at the left of the posts. Patton converted but then just before the half hour Rovers hooker Luke Teasdale went down the blind side and he found centre Liam Dodman who scored wide out on the left to level the scores.
The Wolves got the ball dead from the restart and from the resulting drop out they moved close to the Rovers line and stand off Louis Jouffret rounded the cover with ease to score an unconverted try at the side of the posts. Then four minutes before the interval Wolves substitute Daniel Hirst made a great break from dummy half and he managed to offload to loose forward Andy Ackers who scored under the posts. Patton goaled to give his side a 20-10 half time advantage.
Rovers came out strong at the start of the second half and a penalty from the first set put them deep into the Wolves half. Some quick hands stretched the Wolves defence and centre Joe Turton scored in the right corner. Glover goaled superbly from the touchline and then two minutes later a smart kick downfield by Glover on the last tackle bounced back over the Wolves defenders heads and into the arms of Dodman who scored at the left of the posts. Glover's conversion put his side ahead again at 22-20.
The Wolves regained their composure and just after the hour the impressive Ackers burrowed over from dummy half with three defenders in attendance to score at the side of the posts. Second row Jacque Peet took over the goalkicking duty to add the conversion but again Rovers rallied and a penalty close to the Wolves line paid dividends as Teasdale forced his way over from dummy half. The goal attempt hit the post and went wide to leave the scores level once again at 26-26.
Seven minutes from time good work once again from Ackers kept the ball alive and he found prop forward Gavin Bennion who spun out of a tackle and scored under the posts; Peet converted and then in the final minute fine work from dummy half by Ackers took the Wolves close to the Rovers line and he found Jouffret who managed to ground the ball wide out on the left. Peet added the conversion to complete a 38-26 victory for the Wolves.
After the game Wolves Under 19s Head Coach Danny Fullerton said: "That was a very tough physical encounter and at times we turned the ball over cheaply but I thought that the character and the will to win for each other was clearly apparent and that enabled us to get a hard fought win. We gave a few lads a rest this week as we have had a very punishing schedule of late and this gave other members of the squad the opportunity to show what they are capable of. We have now won eight of our last nine fixtures and to do that at this level is a great achievement and I am very proud of the entire squad. Featherstone were really up for this game and gave their all for the full eighty minutes.
"Andy Ackers was absolutely outstanding for us; he started the game at loose forward and then played the last twenty five minutes at hooker and he has been superb in both positions and scored two very well taken tries that have proved the difference between the sides. David Johnston has made his first start for the club on the wing and he has given a very assured display that he can be very proud of. We now have a very short turnaround as we travel to Castleford Tigers on Thursday evening, kick off 7.30pm, and this will be another difficult game for us but we will make sure that we are ready to give a good account of ourselves as we aim to remain in the top four."
James Glover, Lewis Prince, Joe Turton, Liam Dodman, Joe Caulfield, Lewis Young, Sam Day, Luke Cooper, Luke Teasdale, Jack Byrnes, Matty Brook, Sean Day, Ben Brailsford.
Subs: Charlie Ledger, Dave Robinson, Jack Coventry, Brad Cable.
Tries: Caulfield (9 mins), Dodman (29, 44), Turton (42), Teasdale (69).
Goals: Glover 3 from 5
Marcus Elliott, Brad Goulding, Will Milner, Toby King, David Johnston, Louis Jouffret, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Ryan Maneely, Daniel Murray, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Andy Ackers.
Subs: Daniel Hirst, Sam Wilde, Joe Collins, Tom Walker.
Tries: Patton (22), Elliott (24), Jouffret (32, 80), Ackers (36, 63), Bennion (73).
Goals: Patton 2 from 4, Peet 3 from 3
29, Jul, 2013