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Warrington Wolves under 19 Academy dominate Widnes Vikings at The Halliwell Jones Stadium
9:59am Monday 19th August 2013 in Wolves
Warrington Wolves u19 66 Widnes Vikings u19 6
WARRINGTON Wolves continued their great run of form with a convincing victory over local rivals Widnes Vikings in the under 19 Academy at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Wolves started a little sluggish in the opening exchanges, but they were always in total control against a very brave Widnes side that gave a good account of themselves in the first half but were blown away with a stunning Warrington second half onslaught.
After the game Wolves’ assistant coach Lee Briers said: “I was very pleased with the way the lads went about their business especially in the second half.
“Every single one of them put in extra effort to ensure we got the win for head coach Danny Fullerton, who missed the game through illness.
“It was a shaky opening 20 minutes or so, where we made a few too many errors, but then our big men in the middle started to get on a roll and that allowed Declan Patton to control the game and move us around the park.
“Sean Kenny also came on towards the end of the first half for his debut and he really sparked us up; he can be very happy with the start of his Wolves career.
“Our defence in particular was very strong and that gave us a platform for our attack to really shine and we scored some fabulous tries.
“At half time we discussed a few key areas that we needed to improve on which would help us to take it to the next level and to a man they did this.
“Robert Holroyd and Gavin Bennion both ran very strong and kept the Vikings on the back foot for long periods.”
Warrington opened the scoring after 10 minutes, when a fine kick downfield by scrum half Declan Patton forced an error and from the scrum fine work from hooker Andy Ackers saw him spot a gap in the Widnes line to put second row Jacque Peet through to score. Winger Scott Turner converted and then 12 minutes later a lovely short ball from Ackers found full back James Saltonstall, who put prop forward Daniel Murray away to score at the side of the posts. Turner added the conversion.
Wolves went further ahead when a chip into the in-goal area by Patton was collected by the Vikings full back Dale Rothwell, but as he tried to get into the field of play he lost the ball and Peet pounced to score in the right corner.
On the half hour a long ball from Wolves was intercepted by Widnes winger Daniel Stapleton and he raced 30 metres to open his side’s account.
Scrum half Tom Gilmore added the conversion.
The response from the Wolves was swift, as a strong drive from substitute Tom Walker punched a hole in the Widnes defence and Ackers, Patton and Saltonstall combined to put centre Jake Eccleston over wide out on the right, Turner converting.
Three minutes before the break a great 40-metre break from dummy half by substitute Kenny, his first touch for the club, split the Vikings defence and he sent second row Joe Philbin racing over from 45 metres.
Turner’s conversion gave his side a 28-6 interval advantage.
Two minutes into the second half a Warrington penalty put them deep into the Vikings half and Philbin switched play superbly and went down the blind side to find centre Toby King, who scored in the left corner.
Four minutes later Kenny ran the ball on the last tackle and made a 30-metre break before offloading well to Philbin, who sent winger Jack Johnson over at the side of the posts.
Turner added the conversion to the latter try.
Wolves were now in total control and a great high kick to the corner by Patton saw Turner leap high to outjump his opposite number, collect the ball and score, Turner converting.
Shortly afterwards good work from dummy half by Patton saw him put loose forward Ryan Maneely over on the right.
The next try came for the rampant Wolves when another pinpoint kick to the right wing by Patton allowed Saltonstall to collect and squeeze over in the corner.
Turner’s conversion attempt went over via the post before good hands from stand off Louis Jouffret and Turner helped them combine to send King through four defenders.
Turner tagged on the extras.
Right on the stroke of full time great work by Ackers split the Vikings defence and his pass found Philbin in support, rounding the full back to score under the posts. Turner converted to complete a very impressive 66-6 success.
Wolves: James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Jake Eccleston, Toby King, Jack Johnson, Louis Jouffret, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Andy Ackers, Daniel Murray, Jacque Peet, Joe Philbin, Ryan Maneely. Subs: Sean Kenny, Sam Wilde, Robert Holroyd, Tom Walker.
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