Wolves U19s Outclass Tigers
Castleford Tigers U19s 12 - Warrington Wolves U19s 44
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves produced a superb performance to completely outclass Castleford Tigers in the Under 19s Academy at Wheldon Road on Thursday evening to strengthen their position in the top four of the league table.
The opening half saw the Wolves in rampant mood and they completely dominated their opponents with some brilliant attacking play to build up a very commanding lead that they were never in danger of losing despite a more spirited second half showing from the Tigers.
The Wolves got off to a great start and took the lead after just four minutes when back-to-back penalties put them on the Tigers twenty metre line. Stand off James Saltonstall managed to release the ball in the tackle and centre Jake Eccleston picked up to score on the right. Three minutes later another penalty put the Wolves deep into the Tigers half and after a strong run from second row Joe Philbin, that saw him held just short, hooker Andy Ackers burrowed over from dummy half to score on the left. Full back Scott Turner saw both conversion attempts hit the post and bounce wide.
Further misdemeanours by the home side saw the Wolves once again move deep into their territory and Philbin cleverly switched play and found centre Toby King who used great leg strength to brush off three defenders and score wide out on the left. Turner converted and then midway through the half lovely play by scrum half Declan Patton saw him find King whose smart pass back to Patton saw him go over at the side of the posts. Turner added the conversion.
Just before the half hour mark a 40/20 by Patton gave the Wolves head and feed at the scrum and a strong carry by substitute Robert Holroyd saw him get close to the Tigers line; from the play the ball Ackers and Saltonstall combined to find Philbin who forced his way over wide out on the left. Turner added on the goal points and then three minutes before the break a short high kick to the centre of the field by Patton saw Turner leap high to pluck the ball out of the air and score at the side of the posts. He converted himself to give the Wolves a thoroughly deserved 32-0 half time advantage.
The second half didn't quite live up to the standard of the first period with both sides guilty of several handing errors and it took until almost the hour for any further scoring and it was Castleford who went over; a barnstorming run from loose forward Ryan Backhouse saw him brush off several Wolves defenders to score at the side of the posts. Stand off Ben Reynolds converted and then when the Wolves put the restart out on the full the Tigers profited as they set up good field position from the penalty and that enabled Reynolds to step round the cover to score at the left of the posts. Reynolds added the conversion himself.
The Wolves then switched back into gear and straight from a scrum on the Tigers line Saltonstall chipped into the in-goal area and reacted quickly to touchdown at the side of the posts. Patton converted. Nine minutes from time Saltonstall was held just short and Ackers went on his own from dummy half to duck under the defenders and score. Patton added the conversion to complete a very impressive 44-12 victory.
After the game Wolves Under 19s Head Coach Danny Fullerton said: "I was absolutely delighted with the performance from the lads. They really did step up to the mark from the outset and dominated the game. The first half showing was possibly our best forty minutes of the season and it completely blew Castleford away. Our execution in attack, coupled with some outstanding defence, really did have the Tigers on the back foot and I was very impressed with how ruthless we were in that opening half. We have had a very tough schedule of late and this was a short turnaround from Saturday's physical encounter at Featherstone but the players handled themselves with great maturity and it goes to show how far we have come as a group this season. We have now won nine of our last ten fixtures which is a great effort from all the squad.
"I made several changes once again and the players who come in slotted in seamlessly; that again proves what a quality set of players I have at my disposal. Once again Andy Ackers has shown what an excellent player he is with another top class performance and he was very well supported by Gavin Bennion, Tom Walker and the rest of a very dominant pack. We will now prepare for a home game against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats a week on Saturday, kick off 12.30pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium which will be a curtain raiser to the Super League encounter between the two sides. We will make sure that we keep our feet firmly on the ground as we know that we still have areas that we can improve on and this game will give us a different challenge but one that we are really looking forward to."
Shaun Allan, Jamie Graves, Liam Blockley, Connor Taylor, Billy Nodder, Ben Reynolds, Jordan Anderson, Liam Lunn, Casey Canterbury, Nathan Darby, Tommy Newbould, Lewis Farr, Ryan Backhouse.
Subs: Connor Land, Ben Passmore, Luke Day, Mitch Law.
Tries: Backhouse (58 mins), Reynolds (61).
Goals: Reynolds 2 from 2
Scott Turner, Brad Goulding, Jake Eccleston, Toby King, David Johnston, James Saltonstall, Declan Patton, Daniel Murray, Andy Ackers, Tom Walker, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Gavin Bennion.
Subs: Daniel Hirst, Jack Johnson, Robert Holroyd, Sam Wilde.
Tries: Eccleston (4 mins), Ackers (7, 71), King (14), Patton (20), Philbin (28), Turner (37), Saltonstall (66).
Goals: Turner 4 from 6, Patton 2 from 2
02, Aug, 2013