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Wolves' Academy stars produce comeback victory in St Helens
3:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Wolves
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WARRINGTON Wolves under 19s Academy side produced a stunning second half performance to defeat St Helens at Langtree Park on Friday, securing a fourth-place finish in the league table.
Despite getting off to a nightmare start and trailing by twelve points after just five minutes, the collective will to win from every single player ensured that they bounced back to record a league ‘double’ over their arch rivals.
Wolves’ first team coach Richard Marshall said: “That was a really impressive performance from the lads, especially in the second half.
“The journey that they have come through this year is unbelievable, to see where they are now from where they were at the beginning of the season is amazing and everybody involved deserves great credit for that.
“Toby King had a brilliant game in the centre, he was very elusive and strong in attack but he also did a lot of important defensive work that kept Saints at bay on numerous occasions.
“He was very well supported by all of his teammates as they collectively showed how important it was for them to finish the regular league season on a high having won 12 of the last 13 games.”
“Having secured fourth place, the Wolves will be at home to fifth-place Huddersfield Giants on Saturday, kick off 12pm, at Wilderspool Stadium.”
St Helens opened the scoring in the second minute, when a smart kick to the corner by hooker Dominic Speakman allowed winger Lewis Galbraith to collect and score on the right.
Stand off Lewis Charnock converted.
Three minutes later a 40/20 by scrum half Danny Yates gave his side a scrum deep in the Wolves half and a short ball from Speakman sent prop forward Chris Webster powering over between the posts to give Charnock a simple conversion.
Wolves hit back on 10 minutes, when a jinking run by French stand off Louis Jouffret put them close to the Saints line and a quick play-the-ball resulted in hooker Andy Ackers darting from dummy half to send prop forward Daniel Murray over.
Winger Scott Turner converted, but Saints reopened their 12-point lead when second row Connor Dwyer took the ball to the Wolves line on the last tackle and offloaded for Saunders to score on the right. Charnock added the conversion.
Wolves reduced the deficit shortly before half time thanks to a lovely high kick to the corner by scrum half Declan Patton, which was plucked superbly out of the sky by centre Will Milner to send Turner over on the right.
Warrington needed a strong start to the second half if they were to get back into the game and they managed just that, Turner’s kick going dead in-goal to give the visitors a chance to pounce.
Patton’s pass found second row Joe Philbin running at speed and Saints failed to prevent him crashing over between the posts to give Turner the chance to reduce the gap to two points.
Six minutes later, they were ahead.
Patton was again the architect, taking on the line and stepping round three defenders to score out wide, with Turner adding the tough conversion to hand his side a four-point lead.
A tense battle ensued and for 25 minutes the two teams gave their all to ensure the scoreboard was not troubled until great hands from Patton, Jouffret and full back James Saltonstall moved the ball the width of the field and impressive centre Toby King capped a man-of-the-match performance by forcing his way over.
Warrington then made the game safe two minutes from time, Turner pouncing on a handling error to ensure Saints’ last-gasp try from Joe Ryan was not enough to overturn the result.
Wolves: James Saltonstall, Scott Turner, Will Milner, Toby King, Jake Eccleston, 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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