U19s win nip and tuck game against Giants
Warrington Wolves u19s 36 - Huddersfield Giants u19s 26
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Will Gibson)
Warrington Wolves won a top quality encounter against a very strong Huddersfield Giants side in the Under 19s Academy at a sun drenched Wilderspool Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game was nip and tuck all the way with the lead changing hands at regular intervals but it was the sheer courage of the young Wolves that saw them come out on top to claim a very good two league points.
The Wolves opened the scoring in the third minute when a superb break down the left by second row Joe Philbin was carried on by centre Toby King and after a couple of quick play the ball's, that had the Giants defence stretched, scrum half Declan Patton chipped to the in-goal area on the last tackle. Winger Scott Turner reacted quickest to touchdown in the right corner but the Giants hit back fourteen minutes later when sustained pressure on the Wolves line paid off. Hooker Canaan Smithies burrowed over from dummy half on the last tackle. Second row George King added the conversion.
Warrington regained the lead when quick hands the width of the field saw the ball reach centre Jacque Peet and he slipped a lovely pass to Turner who scored in the right corner but again Huddersfield responded as a strong run from second row Peter Aspinall broke the Wolves line and he found substitute Jack Blagbrough in support to score at the side of the posts.
The Giants increased their lead soon afterwards when a clever chip over by full back Jared Simpson saw him re-gather the ball and send scrum half Sam Candlin over under the posts. Substitute Kruise Leeming converted but then right on the stoke of half time good work close to the line by Wolves second row Sam Wilde saw him keep the ball alive and he found substitute Andy Ackers who ducked under an attempted tackle to score on the right. Turner added the conversion to make the interval score 16-14 in the Giants favour.
The Giants got the first try of the second half five minutes into it when a short ball from Leeming found Blagbrough who powered over under the posts. Second row Peter Aspinall added the simple conversion but again the Wolves responded when substitute Daniel Hirst managed to slip the ball out in the tackle and stand off Jimmy Rowland collected to score on the right. Turner goaled to reduce the deficit to just two points.
The Wolves regained the lead just after the hour when good work on the Giants line saw Hirst and Patton combine to find full back James Saltonstall linking in the line to score wide out on the left. Almost immediately a superb fifty metre break by Philbin saw him held just short but a quick play the ball saw the ball reach T. King who put winger Jack Johnson over in the left corner. Turner converted the latter from the touchline to give the Wolves an eight point cushion.
A handling error by the Wolves on their own twenty metre line proved costly as from the scrum the ball reached winger George Croisdale who scored in the right corner but then two minutes from time the Wolves secured a very impressive win when Rowland forced his way over at the side of the posts from close range. Turner added the conversion to complete a 36-26 win.
After the game Wolves Under 19s Head Coach Danny Fullerton said: "That was a very impressive performance from all of the players, I was absolutely delighted with them. They were very courageous against a very big and physical Giants side and never took a backward step. Even though we found ourselves eight points behind on two occasions the lads never panicked and stuck to the structure and got their just rewards with a magnificent win. Some of our attacking play was sublime and that enabled us to get on the front foot at crucial times and the Giants at bay. The maturity that we showed was really good and to come out of such a hard arm wrestle really will help us to kick on in the coming weeks. Huddersfield deserve great credit for their part in the game; they are a very tough and skilful side who really tested us for the full eighty minutes. Joe Philbin deserved a massive wrap for his eighty minute contribution; he constantly hammered the Giants defence and showed what a quality player he is but the whole team deserve praise for their efforts. We have had a tough period of games but have come through it well and that is testament to the values and camaraderie of the whole squad."
Fullerton added: "We will now look forward to the Sheffield Eagles game next Saturday, kick off 2.00pm at Wilderspool Stadium. The whole squad will be training with the first team on Monday morning and that will spur us on to improve us even further."
James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Jacque Peet, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Ryan Maneely, Robert Holroyd, Joe Philbin, Sam Wilde, Jonny Brown.
Subs: Daniel Hirst, Andy Ackers, Micky Learmonth, Daniel Murray.
Tries: Turner (3 mins, 26), Ackers (40), Rowland (54, 78), Saltonstall (61), Johnson (63).
Goals: Turner 4 from 7
Jared Simpson, Josh Hunt, Jake Shoel, Zac McComb, George Croisdale, Lewis Graham, Sam Candlin, Nathan Mason, Canaan Smithies, Elliot Morris, Peter Aspinall, George King, Will Carlos.
Subs: Mikey Wood, Tyler Dickinson, Jack Blagbrough, Kruise Leeming.
Tries: Smithies (17 mins), Blagbrough (32, 45), Candlin (36), Croisdale (66).
Goals: King 1 from 1; Aspinall 1 from 3; Leeming 1 from 1
26, May, 2013