Wolves u19s too strong for gallant Eagles
Sheffield Eagles U19s 18 - Warrington Wolves U19s 48
By Dave Whalley
Warrington Wolves continued their fine recent run of form with a convincing victory against a very gallant Sheffield Eagles side in the Academy Under 19s at the Don Valley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolves, although not as dynamic as the past two games, still had far too much skill and knowhow for a Sheffield side who never gave up. Wolves ran in nine tries with winger Jack Johnson bagging a deserved hat trick.
Warrington opened the scoring in the fourth minute when scrum half Declan Patton and stand off Jimmy Rowland combined to find prop forward Joe Philbin at speed to power over under the posts. Rowland converted and then twelve minutes later a fine run down the left by centre Jordan Burns put the Wolves deep into the Eagles half and a pinpoint high cross field kick by Patton on the last tackle was collected superbly by winger Jack Johnson and he scored wide out on the right. Rowland added the conversion.
Just before the midway point of the half Philbin crashed over from close range following a flowing passage of play that started straight from the restart; Rowland goaled and three minutes later a short ball from hooker Andy Ackers found Rowland who brushed off two defenders to score wide out on the left.
The Wolves continued to dominate and their next try came when substitute Daniel Hirst, Rowland and full back James Saltonstall combined to put Burns over in the left corner. But then right on the stroke of half time the Eagles were rewarded for their persistence when a great break by stand off Cory Aston split the Wolves defence and he kept the ball alive well and found full back Dan Saudaby in support to score under the posts. Scrum half Jack Mitchell added the conversion to make the half time score 26-6 to the Wolves.
Seven minutes into the second half a superb long ball from Patton cut out two Eagles defenders and found Johnson in space to score in the right corner. Nine minutes later a great switch from the base of the scrum by Hirst found Saltonstall down the blind side and he broke clear down the right before offloading superbly to Johnson who brushed off four attempted tacklers to claim a deserved third try. Rowland goaled the latter to make the score 36-6.
Just before the hour mark Eagles loose forward Joe Batchelor brushed off some weak Wolves tackling to score on the left from close range. Mitchell added the conversion but then a lovely short ball from Patton found centre Will Fairhurst racing on to the ball at speed to blaze over under the posts. Rowland tagged on the extras.
Sheffield went over for their third try of the afternoon when the impressive Aston, son of Eagles Head Coach Mark Aston, hit the line and stepped through a gap that he had created to round the cover and score on the left. Mitchell converted but the Wolves had the final say right on the final whistle when a great offload by Philbin found fellow prop forward Gavin Bennion who scored under the posts. Rowland added the conversion to make the final score 48-18 to the Wolves.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Gary Chambers said: "The game highlighted where we are skill and maturity wise. We cannot afford to be focussed less than 100% because today it meant that we made it harder for ourselves than it needed to be for periods of the game. We managed to score nine tries but the disappointing part was the three tries that we conceded and the fact that we did more work in defence than we should have done. This means that the players will wake up in the morning stiffer due to the extra defending. Having said all that we did play several of our younger players today and they will gain valuable experience from this which will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.
"Sam Wilde continued to impress as did centres Jordan Burns and Will Fairhurst; winger Jack Johnson again showed how far he has come in the past few weeks and deservedly claimed our first hat trick of the season but it was Jimmy Rowland who stole the show again with another very polished performance. We will now work hard in training this week and prepare for the visit of Huddersfield Giants, kick off 2.00pm at Wilderspool Stadium on Saturday. This will be a very tough physical test as they have a very big set of forwards. We will have to respect the ball better than we did today otherwise we will create problems for ourselves."
Dan Saudaby, Kadeem Williams, Tom Bailey, Eddie Medforth, Ryan Millar, Cory Aston, Jack Mitchell, Liam Ellis, Greg Burns, Jose Kenga, Joel Wilmott, Tino Decaro, Joe Batchelor.
Subs: Joe Lowther, Callum Potts, Lewis Bowman, Steve Howegate.
Tries: Saudaby (40 mins), Batchelor (59), Aston (73).
Goals: Mitchell 3 from 3
James Saltonstall, Jack Johnson, Will Fairhurst, Jordan Burns, Jake Eccleston, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Andy Ackers, Joe Philbin, Jacque Peet, Sam Wilde, Toby King.
Subs: Daniel Hirst, Joe Furlong, Daniel Murray, Joe Collins.
Tries: Philbin (4 mins, 19), Johnson (16, 47, 56), Rowland (22), Burns (31), Fairhurst (65), Bennion (80).
Goals: Rowland 6 from 9
Game Pics below (courtesy of Bob Brough)
17, Mar, 2013