Wildcats too strong for U16s
Wakefield Wildcats U16s 34 - Warrington Wolves U16s 12
By Steve Phillips
U16s Academy season draws to a close:
Warrington Wolves U16s last match of the season saw them head over to Yorkshire for a midweek game against a strong Wakefield Wildcats side. The evening was just right for rugby and the players ensured the crowd were well entertained throughout the match.
Wolves went in at half time close on the heels of Wakefield, but they spent long periods of the second half having to defend and couldn't build pressure as they had in the first with Wakefield taking advantage to win the game. Try scorers for the Wolves were Harry Reardon and Ethan Jukes with Mason Tyler-Holland kicking both conversations.
A very late change saw Ethan Jukes come into the side at scrum half, but that didn't seem to upset the team at all. However it was Wakefield who scored first through Adam Badkin after Warrington had knocked on at the base of their scrum. The Wildcats moved the ball quickly to their right and found space for Badkin to go in out wide. George Lord was successful with the conversion and it was 6-0 after six minutes played.
The Wolves players had been asked to think about their defence for the game and they went about that task with a great deal of relish stopping Wakefield on a number of occasions from scoring with a solid defensive performance; Jordan Baldwin nearly drew the sides level after good work from Andy Philbin and Nathan Ainsworth, but he wasn't able to ground the ball and knocked on under pressure.
It was Wakefield that scored again but not until the 25th minute. Wakefield attacked down the middle with Nathan Stone coming into the line, drawing the defender and passing to Liam Paisley to score. Again George Lord was successful with the kick, moving the score to 12-0.
Warrington were still working hard and were awarded a scrum after forcing the Wakefield player into touch. With the defence set, Ethan Jukes took his opportunity with a great piece of individual skill; he chipped the advancing line and re-gathering the ball after it bounced, stepped around the full back to score under the posts. Mason Tyler-Holland had no problems with the conversion and Warrington were back in the match at 12-6 after 32 minutes. There were no more scores in the half and both teams headed to the dressing rooms to hear from their coaches.
On the first set of the second half, the Wolves were guilty of trying to get an extra pass in which they didn't really need; Liam Paisley was alert to this and stepped into the line to intercept and from only 20m out he went in under the posts. Luke Harrison had taken over the kicking and added the extra two points.
However, Warrington ensured they scored the next try with an interception of their own; with Wakefield looking to spread the play out wide they sent out a long pass to their right, Harry Reardon darted forward to intercept and gathered after a brief juggle. However, he still had half the pitch still to run. With a number of defenders close on his heels he had enough speed to dive over in the corner for a great try. Mason added the extras with an excellent touchline conversion and after 44 minutes it was back to a six-point game at 18-12.
Warrington nearly drew level after a great run by Andy Philbin and then a cross field kick by Harry Reardon, but Wolves were just unable to gather the ball. Back-to-back penalties on Wakefield's next attack saw them advance up the pitch; a cheeky flick out of the back door by Harry Swan gave Rhys Allatt just enough room to squeeze in at the corner; Wakefield weren't able to convert but on 49 minutes it was now 22-12 to the home side.
Jack Slater scored next for Wakefield on 55 minutes after they had attacked down the middle; they looked to have lost the ball over the line, with Slater re-gathering and touching down however the referee decided that it was good and awarded the try. George Lord took the kick in-front of the posts to add the extra points.
Warrington continued to attack and a kick into the in-goal area was gathered by a Wakefield defender for a tap on the 20 metre line. However the referee decided that Nathan Ainsworth didn't allow them to play it quickly and sent him to the sin-bin for 10 minutes. With Warrington being down a player and tiring the Wildcats took advantage by spreading the ball out wide for Harry Swan to dive over. George Lord was on target with his fourth conversion and with only a few minutes remaining the score was now 34-12. The Wolves continued to attack but couldn't find that final score and the referee called time on the 2013 season with the Wildcats running out 34-12 winners.
An upbeat coach Ben Povey commented after the match: "We focused on our defence over the weeks leading up to this game and we challenged ourselves to show some heart in our defensive efforts. We showed that in this game with some enormous efforts in this area and we worked hard for each other from start to finish. Sadly though, silly penalties caused many repeat sets and as a result we bombed some real chances due to fatigue. We handed the ball over too often and gave Wakefield far too many chances to build momentum and that took its toll. Ultimately that was the story of the game; you don't score without the ball."
George Lord, Adam Badkin, Lewis Locking, Liam Paisley, Declan Brerton, Jack Slater, Christian Ackroyd, Scott Beattie, Ben Cornell, Jordan Crowther, Charles O'Carroll, Declan Sykes, Luke Harrison
Subs: Aiden Kay, Tom Bailey, Jack Burgess, Nathan Stone, Harry Swan, Connor Clarke, Rhys Allatt
Tries: Adam Badkin, Liam Paisley (2), Jack Slater, Harry Swan, Rhys Allatt
Goals: George Lord 4 from 4, Luke Harrison 1 from 2
Charlie Phythian, Brian Kahmriri, Cory Bennie, Harry Swarbrick, Mason Tyler-Holland, Reece Brunt, Ethan Jukes, Pat Moran, Jordan Baldwin, Tom McFarlane, Jamie Butler, Nathan Ainsworth, Morgan Nicholas,
Subs: Harry Reardon, Alex Green, Ellis Gillam, Conner Scrivens, Andy Philbin,
Tries: Ethan Jukes, Harry Readon
Goals: Mason Tyler-Holland - 2 from 2
30, Jul, 2013