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Chambers not overly impressed by Warrington Wolves u19's comfortable win
10:03am Monday 18th March 2013 in Wolves news
WARRINGTON Wolves may have closed the gap on under 19 Academy league leaders Leeds Rhinos, but head coach Gary Chambers believes his young side made their victory over Sheffield Eagles more difficult than it needed to be.
“The game highlighted where we are skill and maturity wise,” he said after watching his side fight to a 48-18 victory at the Don Valley Stadium.
“We cannot afford to be focussed less than 100 percent, because it meant that we made it harder for ourselves than it needed to be for periods of the game.
“We managed to score nine tries but the disappointing part was the three tries that we conceded and the fact that we did more work in defence than what we should have done.
“This means that the players will wake up in the morning stiffer due to the extra defending.
“Having said all that we did play several of our younger players today and they will gain valuable experience from this which will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.”
A hat-trick for young winger Jack Johnson was the highlight of that nine-try haul for Wolves against a hard-working but ultimately outclassed Eagles side, a performance that still had some individual highlights despite the team’s defensive lapses.
Chambers will be looking to tighten his side’s defending ahead of the physical test that Huddersfield Giants are sure to bring to the table on Saturday.
Chambers said: “Sam Wilde continued to impress, as did centres Jordan Burns and Will Fairhurst.
“Winger Jack Johnson again showed how far he has come in the past few weeks and deservedly claimed our first hat trick of the season, but it was Jimmy Rowland who stole the show again with another very polished performance.
“We will now work hard in training this week and prepare for the visit of Huddersfield, kick off 2.00pm at Wilderspool Stadium.
“This will be a very tough physical test as they have a very big set of forwards.
“We will have to respect the ball better than we did today otherwise we will create problems for ourselves.”