Wolves u19s lose out in Academy thriller
Warrington Wolves U19s 32 - Hull FC U19s 33
By Dave Whalley (pictures copyright Paul English)
An amazing Under 19s fixture at Wilderspool Stadium on Saturday afternoon went the way of Hull FC as an injury time drop goal saw them defeat Warrington Wolves in a thrilling encounter that could have gone either way.
The visitors twice held commanding advantages over the Wolves but the young Warrington boys never know when they are beaten and came back strongly to set up a grandstand finish but it was all in vain as the Humbersiders gained the last gasp win.
Hull FC opened the scoring in the sixth minute when a poor handling error by the Wolves from a twenty metre restart saw scrum half Richard Wilkinson pick up the loose ball and race over at the side of the posts. Stand off Jordan Abdull converted and then six minutes later Wilkinson shot through a gap in the Wolves line and found second row Jack Downs on his shoulder to score at the side of the posts and Abdull added the conversion.
The visitors scored again on eighteen minutes when a penalty put them close to the Wolves line and from that prop forward Bobby Tyson-Wilson powered over from close range. Abdull converted but just after the midway point a great sixty metre break by Wolves second row Joe Philbin turned defence into attack and a quick play the ball saw scrum half Will Milner show superb vision to chip ahead and winger Sean Henney won the race to collect and score in the right corner.
A brilliant take from the kick off by Philbin saw him set off down the left and he slipped a lovely ball to centre Toby King who brushed off four defenders on a great fifty metre run to score at the side of the posts. Stand off Jimmy Rowland converted but then an error from the restart by the Wolves saw Hull FC profit as the ball was sent out wide to centre Jack Logan who scored in the left corner.
Right on the stroke of half time the ball went to ground on Hull FC's last tackle and Wolves winger Jack Johnson pounced on the loose ball and raced sixty metres down the left wing to score under the posts. Rowland added the conversion to make the interval score 22-16 to Hull FC.
A 40/20 three minutes into the second half by Abdull gave his side a scrum on the Wolves ten metre line and from that the ball reached Abdull who found full back Josh Nicklin linking in the line to score in the left corner. Abdull goaled from the touchline and then a penalty to Hull FC close to the Wolves line saw Abdull find Nicklin again to score on the left.
The Wolves got back into the game on the hour when a quick play the ball close to the line saw substitute Daniel Hirst find Milner who powered over under the posts. Rowland converted and then four minutes later a lovely ball from Rowland sent Johnson away down the left and he rounded the full back and fended off three defenders on a brilliant eighty metre run down the wing to score in the left corner and reduce the deficit to six points.
Quick hands by the Wolves close to the Hull FC line saw the ball reach King who stepped back inside and reached out to score on the left. Rowland converted to level the scores but there was still time for drama as a last minute penalty for the Wolves went narrowly wide and then two minutes into injury time a drop goal from Abdull gave Hull FC a dramatic 33-32 win.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Danny Fullerton said: "Even though we lost the game in heartbreaking fashion at the end it was a great effort from all of the lads. The spirit and character that they showed to come back twice in the game really did prove that the values we have as a club are being adhered to by all of the lads. We put ourselves under pressure early on and went eighteen points behind but we never let our heads go down and the talk on the field was all positive and that helped us to get back into the game; similarly at the beginning of the second half when we slipped behind the lads never panicked and they clawed their way back once again to level the score and we even had chances to win the game but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be on this occasion. We scored some amazing tries with top quality skill levels that really did have the crowd on their feet.
"Toby King looks very settled in the centre position and scored two great tries as did Jack Johnson who is really beginning to show what a top class winger he is becoming. Tom Walker continually tore holes in the Hull FC defence when he came off the bench and kept them on the back foot for long periods and fellow substitute Robert Holroyd put in a great stint. For a sixteen year old prop forward to keep going for the entire second half really was a top effort. This game really was a learning experience for the lads and it will do them the world of good for their future development as Rugby League players. We will continue to work hard on the areas that need improving over the next few weeks. We have a week off now before our next fixture which is against Huddersfield Giants on Saturday 25th May, kick off 2.00pm at Wilderspool Stadium."
Scott Turner, Jack Johnson, James Saltonstall, Toby King, Sean Henney, Jimmy Rowland, Will Milner, Daniel Murray, Ryan Maneely, Micky Learmonth, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Jonny Brown.
Subs: Daniel Hirst, Sam Wilde, Tom Walker, Robert Holroyd.
Tries: Henney (23 mins), King (25, 72), Johnson (40, 64), Walker (60),
Goals: Rowland 4 from 7
Josh Nicklin, Tom Stark, Jack Logan, Sam Hick, Ashley Leeming, Jordan Abdull, Ryan Wilkinson, Bobby Tyson-Wilson, Josh Brown, Ryan Wilson, Jansan Turgut, Jack Downs, Jack Humphries.
Subs: Zac Braham, Ryan Smith, Gabriel Gatu, Andrew Ward.
Tries: Wilkinson (6 mins), Downs (12), Tyson-Wilson (18), Logan (28), Nicklin (43, 47)
Goals: Abdull 4 from 6
Drop Goal: Abdull 1
12, May, 2013