Wolves u16s suffer defeat across the pennines
Leeds Rhinos u16s 48 - Warrington Wolves u16s 12
By Steve Phillips (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves u16s players and staff were on the road for the first time this season travelling over the Pennines to face a strong Leeds Rhinos team.
Preparations didn't get off to the best of starts with Wolves losing a player in the warm up; however the first half ended all square. Leeds however, capitalised on mistakes made by the Wolves and drove home their advantage hard in the second half to push the final score out to 48-12. The score line didn't reflect the commitment shown by the young Wolves players in that second half and a lot of lessons were certainly learnt by all. Try scorers were Ben Stansfield and Matt Cleary with Harvey Livett converting both.
Leeds opened the scoring in the seventh minute; after keeping the ball alive near the Wolves line they passed it out to their left edge with Jordan Lilley stepping inside the defence to score out wide. Joe Sanderson converted the try with the ball coming off the posts.
After a knock-on from Leeds, Harvey Livett took full advantage and broke from the base of the scrum putting Leeds on the back foot. Wolves continued to press home their attack and on the third play-the-ball, Ben Stansfield went in at the corner. Harvey showed he could match the Leeds kicker by converting from out wide and tied up the score at 6-6.
Both teams pushed hard and defence was tested to the maximum; it was going to take something special to break the deadlock and that's what happened in the 23rd minute. Leeds were on the attack, but were called back for a forward pass, from the resulting scrum Brad Stanway saw his chance and chipped the oncoming defensive line, Ben Stansfield collected the ball on the bounce and cleverly side-stepped the defender. Matt Cleary was in support and collected the pass to score. Harvey Livett was able to convert and Wolves had moved into a 6-12 lead.
The final points in the half came in the 28th minute, Wolves kick on the last didn't go far enough and Leeds were on the attack straight away. The Wolves defence worked hard and held them up, but they then switched the ball to their left and Tommy Brierley showed a great step to push through the defence and score. Again Joe Sanderson score the extra points and the half ended all square.
The second half started off in the manner it was to continue with Leeds pushing forward and Wolves finding it difficult to build pressure due to a number of mistakes and having to defend for long periods of the half. Leeds took the lead only two minutes into the half after they forced Warrington to kick out from under their posts. Leeds drove the ball back in hard and hooker Morgan Smith dived over from close range under the posts. Joe Sanderson was successful with the kick.
Leeds continued to push and scored again in the 41st minute. Wolves failed to deal with a high kick and Leeds regained possession close to the Wolves try line. From the play-the-ball, the dummy half passed the ball between his legs to put in Ryan Jones on the blind side. Joe wasn't able to convert, but the score was now 22-12.
The referee penalised the Wolves defence for dragging a Leeds player into touch which seemed very harsh; however Leeds took full advantage and quickly moved the ball from left to right; Ryan Jones received the ball in space and was able to power over for his second try, again Joe Sanderson wasn't able to add the two points but Leeds were starting to pull away now.
From firstly a knock on and then a high tackle, Leeds moved up the field quickly. The Wolves defence stopped one attack up the middle but again Leeds were able to find space out wide this time with Keiran Walpole going in to score. Joe Sanderson found his range to push the score to 32-12 after 54 minutes.
The Wolves players weren't giving up but things just didn't seem to be going their way, as another Leeds scrum from a Wolves mistake saw them attack down their left before moving the ball back into the middle, this time Morgan Smith found space in the Wolves defence to score to the right of the posts. Jordan Lilley had taken over kicking duties but he wasn't able to convert this attempt.
Two quick tries from Leeds in the space of three minutes pushed the game well out of Wolves reach; the first try came from another scrum with the ball being shifted quickly across the pitch, the scrambling defence of the Wolves wasn't able to keep up and Jack Wray pilled over. The last try of the match came after an off load from Leeds player Jack Wray to Ashton Golding was who able to avoid a number of tired Wolves defenders to score. Jordan Lilley kicked both attempts leaving the final score at 48-12 to Leeds.
After the game Ben Povey, Wolves u16s head coach, said: "It's an old cliché, but that was truly a game of two halves. In the first half we looked comfortable. We kicked out a number sets, built pressure and got our rewards through two fantastic tries. If I'm being honest, we should have been further in front at the break. In the second half, however, Leeds really turned it on and were kicking early in sets and winning the territory battle throughout. We were starved of any possession and as a result our defence suffered numerous back-to-back sets. I will be asking some questions of the lads this week in this area (defence) and I know they will work hard. That aside, I was really pleased with some aspects of our play and it's pleasing to see this group of players grow week on week. There were also some huge efforts from certain players, namely Ben Stansfield and James Jones and they deserve recognition for their contributions. We will now knuckle down, review this game and work to develop ourselves for our next test in a couple of weeks time."
Ashton Golding, Keiran Walpole, Ryan Jones, Tommy Brierley, Billy McDermott, Macauley Barron, Joe Sanderson, Sam Hallas, Morgan Smith, Jonny Holmes, Colby Wilson, Jacob Ware, Jordan Lilley
Subs: Jack Wray, Nathan Barker, William Poching, Daniel Douglas, Connor Sunderland
Tries: Ashton Golding, Keiran Walpole, Ryan Jones x 2, Tommy Brierley, Morgan Smith x 2, Jordan Lilley, Jack Wray
Goals: Joe Sanderson - 4 from 6 Jordan Lilley - 2 from 3
Ben Stansfield, Brian Kahmriri, Matt Boyers, Harvey Livett, Jack Fox, Jack Hansen, Brad Stanway, Reece Brunt, Tom McFarlane, James Jones, Matt Cleary, Charlie Phythian,
Subs: Jake Corrie, Brad Russell, Tom Millington, Kieron Roche, Danny Norman
Tries: Ben Stansfield, Matt Cleary
Goals: Harvey Livett - 2 from 2
25, Apr, 2013