Wolves u19s steal late victory over Giants
Huddersfield Giants u19s 28 Warrington Wolves u19s 30
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves produced a stunning fightback to claim a thrilling last gasp victory against a very hard working Huddersfield Giants side in the Under 19s Academy at Huddersfield YMCA RU on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolves looked to be dead and buried when they trailed by ten points with only six minutes of normal time remaining but three tries, two deep into injury time saw them snatch the win to break the Huddersfield hearts.
The opening stages of the game saw Huddersfield camped deep into Warrington territory but some wonderful defensive work by the Wolves kept them at bay and it was the visitors who were first on the scoreboard when strong drives from second row Joe Philbin and prop forward Micky Learmonth put them deep into the Giants half; that paved the way for stand off Jimmy Rowland to take on the line and burst through to race over under the posts. Rowland converted his own try and then seven minutes later good work by loose forward Jonny Brown saw him offload nicely to Rowland whose short ball found prop forward Daniel Murray and he went over at the side of the posts. Rowland added the conversion.
The Giants got off the mark five minutes before the break when a lovely inside ball from stand off Sam Candlin found second row Peter Aspinall and he raced through a gap on an arcing run to score on the left. Full back Jake Connor converted and then after the kick off was dropped in their own in-goal area by the Giants, the resulting drop out found touch in the Wolves half and from the scrum the ball reached Connor who raced forty metres to score on the left. He converted himself to make the half time score 12-10 to the Wolves.
Huddersfield went in front for the first time nine minutes into the second half when a short ball from Candlin found Aspinall who crashed over on the left. Connor converted but the Wolves regained the lead seven minutes later when a quick play the ball on the last tackle by substitute Daniel Hirst saw centre James Saltonstall chip ahead from dummy half and he collected the ball to score under the posts. Rowland added the simple conversion.
Huddersfield hit back once again shortly after the hour mark when a long ball from Connor close to the line cut out three defenders and found centre Jake Shoel in space to score wide out on the left. Connor landed a fine touchline conversion against the wind and then five minutes later a penalty for the Giants put them deep into Wolves territory and a lovely ball from the impressive Connor found winger Jared Simpson in space to score wide out on the right. Connor goaled to give his side a ten point cushion at 28-18.
The Wolves gave themselves a glimmer of hope six minutes from time when a sharp offload from Saltonstall found winger Jack Johnson who managed to squeeze over in the right corner to reduce the deficit to six points and then two minutes into injury time Saltonstall went down the blind from dummy half on the last tackle and put Johnson over in the right corner once again. Rowland failed with the difficult conversion attempt and the Wolves trailed by two points.
The drama wasn't over and in the last play of the game, six minutes into added on time, the Wolves ran the ball on the last tackle and Rowland combined with scrum half Will Milner to find Saltonstall out on the right and he passed to second row Jacque Peet who managed to ground the ball wide out despite the attention of four defenders to snatch an unbelievable 30-28 win for a delighted Warrington side.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Danny Fullerton said: "After a very challenging week for all involved it was very pleasing to see us come out on top in a thrilling encounter with both sides giving their all for the full eighty minutes plus stoppage time. Following the disappointing manner of the Bradford defeat it was a great response from all of the lads. We had a very productive meeting on Monday where we ironed out a few issues and since that the entire squad has been absolutely exceptional in their conduct as people and in the way that they have been with each other. We have strong values set at Warrington which we expect everybody to adhere to and that has been the case this week.
"Despite being ten points down with only six minutes of normal time remaining the lads kept their heads up and were honest with each other, trusted each other and were prepared to stick together to the end and this saw them get their just rewards. The standards that we have set ourselves this week now need to be stuck to going forward. We still have areas to work on but we are developing each week and that will continue to be the case going forward. We entertain Hull FC next Saturday, kick off 2.00pm at Wilderspool Stadium, and we will be back in training on Monday morning to ensure that we are fully prepared for another difficult encounter, but one that we are looking forward to giving a good account of ourselves in."
Jake Connor, Jared Simpson, Jake Shoel, Lewis Graham, Josh Hunt, Sam Candlin, Jack Miller, Tyler Dickinson, Sam Rotchford, Elliot Morris, Peter Aspinall, George King, Will Carlos.
Subs: Canaan Smithies, Mikey Wood, Nathan Mason, Jack Blagbrough.
Tries: Aspinall (35 mins, 49), Connor (38), Shoel (64), Simpson (69).
Goals: Connor 4 from 5
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: Rowland (16 mins), Murray (23), Saltonstall (56), Johnson (74, 80), Peet (80).
Goals: Rowland 3 from 6
Game pictures below (courtesy of Bob Brough)
05, May, 2013