U19s win London curtain-raiser
London Broncos u19s 24 - Warrington Wolves u19s 42
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Neil Ashurst)
Warrington Wolves Under 19s produced yet another excellent performance to defeat a very strong London Broncos side in a curtain raiser to the Super League game at Gillingham FC on Saturday afternoon.
The young Wolves put any thoughts of travel weariness behind them with a blistering start and then they finished the game in dominant fashion to register a quality win against a Broncos side who have been in very good form of late.
Warrington opened the scoring in the third minute when centre Will Milner intercepted a London pass and went thirty metres before passing on to winger Scott Turner. A couple of quick play the ball's had the Broncos defence stretched and scrum half Declan Patton and stand off Jimmy Rowland combined to put centre Toby King over wide out on the left for an unconverted try and then six minutes King brilliantly charged down a Broncos kick on their forty metre line and re-gathered the ball to race over under the posts. Winger Scott Turner added the conversion.
The Broncos hit back when a lovely inside ball from stand off James Woodburn-Hall put full back Illiess Macani through a gap and he went over on the right. Scrum half Joe Keyes converted but then just before the half hour mark the Wolves had head and feed at a scrum deep in the London half and from that full back James Saltonstall fed King who managed to twist in the tackle with three defenders on him to score wide out on the left to complete his hat trick and then five minutes later more great work from King saw him get held just short but a quick play the ball saw Rowland force his over wide out on the left.
Right on the stroke of half time a superb break down the left by centre Harry Little split the Wolves defence and he found Macani in support to go over under the posts. Keyes converted to make the interval score 18-12 in the Wolves favour.
Fourteen minutes into the second half a clever kick into the in-goal area from dummy half on the last tackle by London substitute Charlie Lawrence saw Macani react quickest to collect and score under the posts. Lawrence converted to level the scores but then three minutes later a Broncos error in their own half gave Wolves possession and a couple of good drives paved the way for prop forward Tom Walker to score on the right. Rowland added the conversion.
Just after the hour a short chip into the in-goal area from dummy half by Wolves substitute Andy Ackers saw Turner pounce to score on the right and almost immediately a high kick by Patton wasn't dealt with by the Broncos and Rowland brushed off Macani to get to the ball first and touchdown. Rowland added both conversions to put his side in command at 36-18.
The Wolves scored again when a superb high kick on the last tackle from Patton was brilliantly collected by Turner and he raced over under the posts. Rowland added on the goal points before the Broncos gained a consolation try in the final minute when back to back penalties put them close to the Wolves line and Little scored on the left. Lawrence converted to make the final score 42-24 to the Wolves.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Danny Fullerton was understandably in a very happy mood. He said: "I am delighted with that performance; every single player has produced the goods for us today and I am so proud of them. We have had a very intense week's preparation for this game and the entire squad has been challenged in training to ensure that we were 100% ready. We had a very early start this morning, leaving at 5.15am so for some of the lads from Yorkshire that meant that they were on the road at 4am. The professionalism shown prior to the game, especially on the coach journey, has been exemplary and just further highlights what a great set of lads we have at the club. We spoke about getting a quick start and that is exactly what we did. We knew that London would provide a stiff test for us and that proved to be the case as they have several high quality players in their ranks. They came back at us and levelled in the second half but the attitude and character of my player's shone through as we finished the game very strongly to pull away and get an excellent win. I really do appreciate the great work done by all the coaches, management, stats team, medical staff and the conditioners to make sure that we were physically and mentally in the best possible shape. This has all paid off as we put in a high class display against tough opposition.
"Jacque Peet gave his all for the full eighty minutes and was a constant thorn in the London side, Toby King is getting better each week since his move to centre and he has scored a stunning hat trick of tries today. I could mention every single player as they have all contributed to what was an excellent day."
Fullerton added: "We will now refocus ourselves and get ready for the return game against London next Saturday, 2.00pm kick off at Wilderspool Stadium. It is unusual to play league fixtures against the same opponents in consecutive weeks but that is something that we are looking forward to doing. We start again on Monday and we will do everything we did last week and more to give ourselves the best chance of getting another vital win. We have a very big squad and everybody is pushing to be included. I cannot fault the lads who have not been selected over the past couple of weeks and they are doing everything right in training to try and catch my eye and this is making the seventeen who do play perform to a high level to keep their place."
Illies Macani, Saeed Agboke, Harry Little, Harvey Burnett, Brandon Johnson, James Woodburn-Hall, Joe Keyes, Anthony Cox, Shaun Keen, Patrick Mooney, Oliver Toms, Joel Wicks, Liam O'Callaghan.
Subs: Daniel Igbinedion, Toby Everett, Harry Griffiths, Charlie Lawrence.
Tries: Macani (16 mins, 40, 54), Little (80).
Goals: Keyes 2 from 2, Lawrence 2 from 2
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, Brad Goulding, Micky Learmonth, Harry Cartwright.
Tries: King (3 mins, 9, 28), Rowland (33, 66), Walker (57), Turner (63, 73).
Goals: Turner 1 from 4, Rowland 4 from 4
09, Jun, 2013