Workmanlike win for Wolves U19s
Warrington Wolves U19s 34 - Wakefield Wildcats U19s 18
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves produced a workmanlike performance to dispose of a very determined Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side in the Academy Under 19s at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The young Wolves have been in excellent form over the past few months and made it ten wins out of eleven to remain in fourth place in the league table with two games left before the start of the play offs.
The home side opened the scoring after eight minutes when quick hands saw the ball swept the width of the field which created room for centre Toby King to break clear. After a quick play the ball hooker Andy Ackers raced thirty metres from dummy half to score on the left. Winger Scott Turner converted but then nine minutes later Wakefield replied when pressure on the Wolves line paid dividends as hooker Josh Murphy burrowed over from dummy half on the last tackle. Scrum half Josh Kittrick added the conversion to level the scores.
The Wolves went back ahead on twenty three minutes when a good run from second row Jacque Peet saw him held just short but from the play the ball Ackers went on his own from dummy half to score under the posts. Turner converted and then three minutes before the break a lovely short ball from loose forward Gavin Bennion put Man of the Match Ackers over under the posts to complete his first hat trick for the club. Turner added on the extras to give his side a deserved 18-6 interval advantage.
Wakefield got themselves back into the game eleven minutes into the second half when back-to-back penalties put them on the Wolves line and loose forward Jack Anderson powered over under the posts. Kittrick added the conversion and then seven minutes later a long ball out wide from stand off Scott Lee found winger Jamahl Hunte and he raced forty metres down the left wing to score wide out. Kittrick converted to level the scores once again at 18-18.
The Wolves refused to panic and their composure enabled them to go back in front. A fifty metre break down the right by full back James Saltonstall put them on the front foot and a quick play the ball saw it reach stand off Will Milner; his long ball then found winger Jack Johnson who squeezed over in the left corner despite having three defenders in attendance. Turner landed a fine conversion and then seven minutes later a great chargedown and pick up by the impressive Peet gave Wolves possession on the halfway line. Good work then saw centre Jake Eccleston break clear and his clever chip behind the line saw substitute David Johnston collect to score on the left.
Two minutes from time the Wolves made sure of the vital two league points when great hands by substitute Robert Holroyd saw him slip the ball behind his back to King and he sent Johnston away to score in the left corner. Turner converted to complete a very good 34-18 victory.
After the game Wolves Under 19s head coach Danny Fullerton said: "I was very pleased to get another win under our belt. We always seemed to have the game under control and although Wakefield came back at us after half time the lads never wavered from the gameplan and we have got exactly what we deserved. A highlight of our season is the fact that we have finished the stronger side in virtually all of our games, even the ones that we have lost; that is testament to the hard work that is being done by everybody involved with the team, especially the conditioners Gareth Whittaker and John Thursfield. We are delighted with how things have gone but we have to ensure we keep our heads down and continue to work hard in every training session and each game.
"Andy Ackers has been inspirational once again and is a constant thorn in the opposition's side; the way he took his three tries was very pleasing. Jacque Peet has once again produced an eighty minute performance in the back row and came up with some exceptional plays in attack and defence. The big lads Tom Walker, Daniel Murray and Robert Holroyd have also got through a lot of work and punched some huge holes in the Wakefield line. We have to also give credit to the Wildcats who provided us with a tough workout and kept going all the game. We now have a short turnaround as we play Widnes Vikings on Thursday in another curtain raiser at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, kick off 5.30pm. This is a local derby that we are all really looking forward to and we will make sure that the lads are fully refreshed and ready to go out and produce another positive performance."
James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Jake Eccleston, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Will Milner, Declan Patton, Daniel Murray, Andy Ackers, Tom Walker, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Gavin Bennion.
Subs: Ryan Maneely, David Johnston, Robert Holroyd, Sam Wilde.
Tries: Ackers (8 mins, 23, 37), Johnson (66), Johnston (73, 78).
Goals: Turner 5 from 6
Brandon Conway, Curtis Macdonald, Sam Doherty, Tom Rogers, Jamahl Hunte, Scott Lee, Josh Kittrick, Ben Shulver, Josh Murphy, Corbyn Kilday, Brad Day, Jack Walton, Jack Anderson.
Subs: Danny Maskill, James Healey, Jack Teanby, Reece Trout.
Tries: Murphy (17 mins), Anderson (51), Hunte (58).
Goals: Kittrick 3 from 3
Game pictures below courtesy of Bob Brough
11, Aug, 2013