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Warrington Wolves under 15 and under 16 sides both win in Widnes
11:51am Monday 30th April 2012 in Wolves news
Widnes u16 18 Warrington Wolves u16 46
A KANE Ditchfield hat-trick helped Wolves' under 16s build on their fine start and register the first of two victories for Warrington in an away-day double at Widnes.
The importance of starting on the front foot was stressed by coach Danny Fullerton, and as a result the young Wolves flew out of the traps to ensure they recorded a comfortable victory against their local rivals.
Fullerton said: "We started the game with heaps of enthusiasm making some good yards off the back of skilful plays from the pivots.
"Once we had laid the foundations we speeded up the game with offloads and quick play-the-balls, creating some good tries.
"Defensively, I thought we were in control for long spells of the game, limiting their options to play.
"Credit to Widnes, as they continued to ask questions and never gave in, but I would like to highlight Sam Wilde, Dan Murray, Robert Holroyd and Joe Furlong for their outstanding contributions."
The visitors were two tries up within the first 10 minutes, Ditchfield opening his account in the corner before Jordan Burns' offload sent Luke Davidson crashing over to double their lead.
The hosts reduced the gap to two with a converted effort of their own, before capitalising on a knock on to score next to the posts and add another six points to take the lead for the first time in the game.
From there Wolves never looked back, with further tries for Ditchfield and Ed Chamberlain, who also added a goal, to secure a 18-12 half time lead.
The visitors continued to stretch their lead after the break, with Ditchfield completing his hat-trick and further tries for Lewis Christian, Ed Chamberlain, Jordan Burns, Daniel Murray and George Beal added to goals from Chamberlain and Connor Messenger to complete the scoring.
Wolves: Luke Davidson, Lewis Christian, Ed Chamberlain, Jordan Burns, Jack Johnson, Joe Furlong, Josh Woods, Daniel Murray, Connor Messenger, Robert Holroyd, Tom Dickinson, Sam Wilde, Kane Ditchfield. Subs: George Beal, Frankie Halton, Ged Saundry, Liam Parfitt, Shaun Nichol.
Widnes u15 22 Warrington Wolves u15 24
Warrington Scholarship under 15s had their first taste of playing away from Wilderspool this season when they travelled to neighbours Widnes at the Stodart Stadium.
They also had to contend with the new i-pitch and as a result they started slowly, giving the home side a 16-point lead at one stage.
But with Harvey Livett continuing his try-scoring form and adding a faultless kicking display, joined by a few new faces on the score sheet, Wolves' youngsters ensured they came away with a narrow victory.
Under 15s coach Ben Povey said: "Technically we were far from our best performance.
"We didn’t respect the football enough and allowed Widnes too much second phase, resulting in us spending more than half of the second period defending.
"However, the team always believed in themselves and the word that sums up the game was ‘character’.
"The lads showed a level of togetherness and determination well beyond their years and as the coaching staff we are hugely proud of the effort they showed today.”
Wolves were already 10-0 down before they managed to trouble the host's defence, Harvey Livett scoring and converting his own try in the corner to drag his side back into the contest and make the half time score 10-6.
Like the first half, Widnes emerged from the break with the impetus, scoring twice more through Jack Bond and Jack Haughton tries converted by Danny Richardson to leave Wolves trailing 22-6.
But instead of folding and allowing their hosts to run away with the result, Wolves' youngsters showed some of the resolve their first team counterparts have been known for and managed to craft a superb comeback.
A short kick off handed them an immediate reply through Ross Ainley, converted by Livett, and that gave them the momentum to keep testing Widnes' defence.
Tries from Jack Oakes and Curtis Berry, both converted by the trusty boot of Livett, secured Wolves' brilliant turnaround and completed a Wolves double over Widnes on the day.
Wolves: Ben Stansfield, Brian Kamhiriri, Harvey Livett, Johnny Stapleton, Joe Oaks, Theo Holt, Brad Stanway, Ross Ainley, Jack Hansen, Morgan Fearnley, James Jones, Johnny Wilbraham, Morgan Nicholas. Subs: Matt Horne, Matt Hesketh, Liam Smith, Curtis Berry Adam Smith.