Briers pleased with under 19s' professionalism

Warrington Guardian: Briers please with under 19s' professionalism Briers please with under 19s' professionalism

Hull FC u19 16 Warrington Wolves u19 42

LEE Briers praised his side’s ‘professional performance’ after they recorded their 11th victory in a row with a win at Hull FC.

Toby King scored twice, with further tries from Declan Patton, Jack Johnson, Ryan Maneely, James Jones and Sam Wilde.

Head coach 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.

“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.”

Danny 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.”

Wolves came into the game on the back of 10 successive victories and were determined to keep that record going against a resilient Hull FC side.

The RFL trialed 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 50 metres before being hauled down.

But two quick play the balls had Wolves’ defence stretched and the ball was sent out wide to winger Ashley Leaming who scored in the left corner.

Four minutes later Wolves hit back when a penalty put them on the Hull FC 10 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.

Wolves stretched their advantage when loose forward Ryan Maneely kept the ball alive well and found hooker Sean Kenny, who was held just short and a quick play the ball saw Patton dummy his way through and he stretched out and scored between 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 40 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 Wolves stepped up their game as second rower Sam Wilde bounced out of an attempted tackle and went over between the posts to give Patton a simple conversion.

Seven minutes later Wolves moved further clear when a clever kick into the in-goal area by Patton saw in-form centre King react quickest 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 and H 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.

Patton completed a perfect afternoon with the boot to round off an excellent 42-16 win.

Wolves: 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.

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