Hull FC U19s 16 - Warrington Wolves U19s 42
By Dave Whalley (photo courtesy of Bob Brough)
Warrington Wolves continued their fantastic run of form with a very professional and hard-fought victory away at Hull FC in the Under 19s Academy at Bishops Burton College on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolves came into the game on the back of ten successive victories and they were determined to keep that record going against a resilient Hull FC side, who competed throughout, but the extra class that the Wolves had in their ranks shone through as they dominated the second half to run out deserved winners in a game that saw the RFL trial a two-referee system for the first time with Super League whistlers Phil Bentham and Matt Thomason taking control.
Hull FC opened the scoring in the fifth minute when centre Jack Logan picked up a loose Wolves' pass and raced fifty metres before being hauled down. Two quick play the ball’s had the Wire defence stretched and the ball was sent out wide to winger Ashley Leaming who scored in the left corner but four minutes later the Wolves hit back when a penalty put them on the Hull FC ten metre line and the ball found full back Jack Johnson who used great footwork to round the cover defence and score wide out on the left . Scrum half Declan Patton landed a fine touchline conversion.
Midway through the half the Wolves stretched their advantage when loose forward Ryan Maneely kept the ball alive well and found hooker Sean Kenny who was held just short. A quick play the ball saw Patton dummy his way through and he stretched out and scored under the posts. He converted himself and then right on the stroke of half time a lovely ball from Patton sent second row Joe Philbin through a gap on a forty-metre run and he found centre Toby King who danced round three defenders and forced his way over at the left of the posts. Patton converted to mak4e the half time score 18-4 in the Wolves' favour.
Hull FC responded two minutes into the second half when, on the last tackle close to the Wolves' line, substitute Josh Wood found fellow substitute Bobby Tyson-Wilson at speed to power over under the posts. Harry Tyson-Wilson added the conversion but on the hour the Wolves stepped up their game as second rower Sam Wilde bounced out of an attempted tackle and went over under the posts to give Patton a simple conversion.
Seven minutes later the Wolves moved further clear when a clever kick into the in-goal area by Patton saw in-form centre King react to collect and score on the left; Patton converted but then Hull FC forced a drop out from the restart and two fine drives put them close to the Wolves' line which paved the way for substitute Ross Osborne to go over under the posts. Tyson-Wilson landed the conversion.
As the game entered the final three minutes Wolves' substitute Harvey Livett was held just short but Maneely went from dummy half to score wide out on the right. Patton converted and then right on time Kenny made a superb break before finding substitute James Jones in support to score under the posts. Patton completed a perfect afternoon with the boot to round off an excellent 42-16 win.
After the game Wolves head coaches Danny Fullerton and Lee Briers were full of praise for their charges once again. Briers said: “It was a thoroughly professional performance; as a whole the team played their part in what was an excellent win. Going to Hull is never easy and we have now done that twice in recent weeks and put in comprehensive displays. Today we had two referees on the field and our boys really benefitted with the quick speed around the ruck area. Yet again the standards they are setting as individuals and as a team are outstanding.”
Fullerton added: “I would like to compliment the players on their attitude; once again we have made four changes to the side and the players coming in have really stepped up to the mark. Both centres Jake Eccleston and Toby King played as if they were back rowers and got through an enormous amount of quality work. We go again now and get ready for our home game with London Broncos next Sunday which will be a curtain raiser to the Super League clash, kick off 12.15pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. We will fix up where we fell is needed to enable us to put in another good showing for our fans.”
Josh Nicklin, Tom Stark, Jack Poskitt, Jack Logan, Ashley Leaming, Harry Tyson-Wilson, Reece Dean, Ryan Smith, Alex Shepherdson, Zach Braham, Ashley Bastiman, Matty Liggins, Brad Harrison.
Subs: Josh Wood, Bradley Spriggs, Ross Osborne, Bobby Tyson-Wilson.
Tries: Leaming (5 mins), B Tyson-Wilson (42), Osborne (70).
Goals: H Tyson-Wilson 2 from 3
Jack Johnson, Ben Stansfield, Jake Eccleston, Toby King, Declan Kay, Declan Patton, Louis Jouffret, Andy Philbin, Sean Kenny, Alex Whalley, Joe Philbin, Sam Wilde, Ryan Maneely.
Subs: Robert Holroyd, Harvey Livett, Daniel Murray, James Jones.
Tries: Johnson (9 mins), Patton (20), King (40, 67), Wilde (60), Maneely (77), Jones (80).
Goals: Patton 7 from 7
Referees: Phil Bentham and Matt Thomason
Photo gallery by Bob Brough