Young Wolves defeat Aussies
Warrington Wolves Academy Select 56 - NRL Group 6 U18s 10
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves Academy had a very impressive 56-10 victory over Australian touring side NRL Group 6 Under 18s on Friday evening at The Halliwell Jones Stadium to round of the season in style.
The Wolves included eight members of the Under 16s squad who will be moving up to the Under 19s next season and they all contributed well to a fine all-round team performance as the Wolves proved far too strong for the brave NRL Group 6 side.
The scoring was opened in the sixth minute when a penalty to the Wolves put them on the NRL Group 6 30 metre line and from the tap second row Harvey Livett took the ball in and brushed off three defenders to score an unconverted try wide on the right. Then three minutes later good work by Wolves scrum half Daniel Hirst saw him give a lovely ball to centre Toby King who ran a great line to score on the left. Livett landed the conversion.
Shortly afterwards super play by Wolves stand off Declan Patton saw him find Livett who sent centre Jake Eccleston racing away and he put winger David Johnston over in the right corner. Just after the midway point of the half the Wolves had a scrum on their own ten metre line and full back Jack Johnson received the ball from it and broke through the line before racing ninety metres to score under the posts and give Livett the simplest of conversions.
The Australian side kept plugging away and were rewarded when pressure on the Wolves line resulted in them forcing a drop out and from that stand off Taylam Halls stepped round the defence to score on the left. Second row Toby Huxley converted but then six minutes before the break the Wolves had a scrum on the NRL Group 6 forty metre line and Patton found King with a bullet pass and he raced away to score under the posts. Patton added the conversion to make the half time score 26-6 to the Wolves.
The Wolves made a great start to the second half; an error by the touring side from the kick off gave the Wolves a scum deep in their opponents half and from that the ball reached substitute Morgan Nicholas who powered over on the right just a minute after coming on to the field. Livett converted and then seven minutes later loose forward Sam Wilde used his strength to force his way over on the left from close range and Livett tagged on the extras.
Almost immediately a handling error from the visitors from a scrum was punished when Wolves winger Matt Boyers picked up the loose ball and rounded the cover to score a fine try on the right. Livett converted and then on fifty one minutes Wolves substitute Joe Furlong chipped ahead and it was collected by fellow substitute Ben Stansfield who then weaved in and out of the NRL defence before finding Nicholas who scored in the right corner. Livett added a fine touchline conversion to bring up the half century.
The Wolves got their tenth try of the game when good work close to the line saw Furlong run the ball and he stepped through brilliantly to score on the left. Livett converted but it was the NRL Group 6 side who had the final say as good play out wide saw the ball reach centre Ryan Turner who broke out of an attempted tackle to score in the right corner and make the final score 56-10 to the young Wolves.
After the game Wolves Under 19s Head Coach Danny Fullerton said: "That was an excellent way for us to round off what has been a very exciting and productive season. It was a real honour for us to have been selected to play the latest crop of young Australians in their final tour game and it gave our lads a great opportunity to show what they are capable of. The young lads that came in did really well and showed plenty of promise for the future. The season as a whole has been really good. There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to ensure that everything comes right on matchday and we are really appreciative for everybody's hard work. We will have a few weeks off now to recharge the batteries and then we will be all set to start again in November as we look forward to what we hope will be an even more successful 2014."
NRL Group 6 Under 18s Head Coach Harvey Howard, the ex-Widnes, Wigan and England prop forward, said: "It was a great honour for our boys to have the opportunity to play at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. It is something that our boys will remember and we really appreciate being given the chance to take on the Warrington Wolves. The experience that our lads have gained from coming over here for this tour will benefit them massively in their future Rugby League careers. Warrington have a fine squad of players and I am sure that they will continue to go from strength to strength."
Jack Johnson, David Johnston, Jake Eccleston, Toby King, Matt Boyers, Declan Patton, Daniel Hirst, Daniel Murray, Ryan Maneely, Tom Walker, Harvey Livett, Joe Philbin, Sam Wilde.
Subs: Robert Holroyd, Sean Kenny, Andy Philbin, James Jones, Ben Stansfield, Declan Kay, Joe Furlong, Brad Stanway, Morgan Nicholas, Louis Jouffret.
Tries: Livett (6 mins), King (9, 29), Johnston (12), Johnson (18), Nicholas (36, 51), Wilde (43), Boyers (46), Furlong (56).
Goals: Livett 7 from 9, Patton 1 from 1
NRL Group 6
Hayden Wallace, Brodie Black, Regan Walsh, Ryan Turner, Tyler Fawcett, Taylam Halls, Jamie Milo, Wesley Ludlow, Dylan Readman, PJ Cliff, Toby Huxley, Daniel Bell, Pat Sutton.
Subs: Rhys Gurd, Ben Howard, Lachlan Pilkington, Chris Davison, Scott Bradshaw, Kyle Bell.
Tries: Halls (26 mins), Turner (59).
Goals: Huxley 1 from 2
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06, Oct, 2013