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Warrington Wolves Academy side rack up 10 wins in 11 games
9:45am Monday 12th August 2013 in Wolves
Warrington Wolves u19 34 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats u19 18
WARRINGTON Wolves produced a workmanlike performance to dispose of a determined Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side in the Academy under 19s at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.
The young Wolves have been in excellent form over the past few months and made it 10 wins out of 11 to remain in fourth place with two games or the regular season remaining.
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.
“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 80-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.”
The home side opened the scoring after eight minutes when quick hands saw the ball swept the width of the field and centre Toby King broke clear to send Andy Ackers racing away to score.
Winger Scott Turner converted, but 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.
Wolves went back ahead on 23 minutes, when a good run from second row Jacque Peet saw him held just short and from the next play-the-ball Ackers went on his own from dummy half to score between the posts. Turner converted.
They gave themselves breathing room three minutes before the break, a lovely short ball from loose forward Gavin Bennion putting man-of-the-match Ackers over between the posts to complete his first hat-trick for the club. Turner added the extras to give his side a deserved 18-6 interval advantage.
Wakefield got themselves back into the game 11 minutes into the second half when back-to-back penalties put them on Wolves’ line and loose forward Jack Anderson powered over between the posts. Kittrick added the conversion.
Seven minutes later a long ball from stand off Scott Lee found winger Jamahl Hunte and he raced 40 metres down the left wing to score out wide. Kittrick converted to level the scores once again at 18-18.
But Wolves refused to panic and their composure enabled them to go back in front. A 50-metre break down the right by full back James Saltonstall put them on the front foot and a quick play-the-ball resulted in winger Jack Johnson squeezing over in the left corner despite having three defenders in attendance. Turner landed a fine conversion.
They wrapped up the game seven minutes later following a great charge down and pick up by the impressive Peet, which gave Wolves possession on the halfway line. Centre Jake Eccleston broke clear and his clever chip behind the line saw substitute David Johnston collect to score on the left.
They twisted the knife two minutes from time after great hands by substitute Robert Holroyd, who slipped the ball behind his back to King and he sent Johnston away to score in the left corner. Turner converted to complete a comfortable 34-18 victory.
Wolves: 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.
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