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Warrington Wolves' under 19s secure victory against Sheffield Eagles
4:24pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in Wolves news
Sheffield Eagles u19 18 Warrington Wolves u19 48
WARRINGTON Wolves’ Academy side continued their fine recent run of form with a comfortable victory against the gallant Sheffield Eagles at the Don Valley Stadium.
Although not as dynamic as their previous two showings, Wolves still had far too much skill and know-how for Sheffield, with winger Jack Johnson’s deserved hat trick helping them clock up nine tries.
Warrington opened the scoring in the fourth minute, when scrum half Declan Patton and stand off Jimmy Rowland combined to find prop Joe Philbin running at speed to power over between the posts, Rowlands converting.
Twelve minutes later, a fine run down the left by centre Jordan Burns put Wolves deep into the Eagles half and a pinpoint high crossfield kick by Patton on the last tackle was collected superbly by winger Jack Johnson for the first of his trio. Rowland added the conversion.
Just before the midway point of the half Philbin crashed over from close range to hand Rowland another conversion, before a short ball from hooker Andy Ackers gave the kicker a chance to open his try-scoring account just three minutes later.
Wolves continued to dominate and their next try came when substitute Daniel Hirst, Rowland and full back James Saltonstall combined to put Burns over in the left corner.
Eagles never let their heads drop, and their persistence paid off on the stroke of half time then a great break by stand off Cory Aston split the Wolves defence and he found full back Dan Saudaby in support to score between the sticks.
Scrum half Jack Mitchell added the conversion to make the half time score 26-6 to the Wolves.
Wolves resumed normal service seven minutes into the second half, when a superb long ball from Patton cut out two Eagles defenders and found Johnson in space to score in the right corner.
Nine minutes later a great switch from the base of the scrum by Hirst found Saltonstall down the blind side and he broke clear before offloading superbly to Johnson, who brushed off four attempted tacklers to claim a well-deserved third try. Rowland added the extras to make it 36-6.
Just before the hour mark Eagles loose forward Joe Batchelor brushed off some weak Wolves tackling to score on the left from close range, Mitchell adding the conversion, but Wolves wasted no time in returning the favour.
A lovely short ball from Patton found centre Will Fairhurst racing on to the ball at speed to blaze over between the posts giving Rowland the simple task of tagging on the extras.
Sheffield went over for their third try of the afternoon when the impressive Aston, son of Eagles’ head coach Mark Aston, hit the line and stepped through a gap that he had created to round the cover and score on the left. Mitchell converted.
Wolves had the final say on the stroke of full time, when a great offload by Philbin allowed fellow prop forward Gavin Bennion to score between the posts. Rowland added the conversion to make the final score 48-18 to the Wolves.
Wolves: James Saltonstall, Jack Johnson, Will Fairhurst, Jordan Burns, Jake Eccleston, Jimmy Rowland, Declan Patton, Gavin Bennion, Andy Ackers, Joe Philbin, Jacque Peet, Sam Wilde, Toby King. Subs: Daniel Hirst, Joe Furlong, Daniel Murray, Joe Collins.