Warrington Wolves' under 20s make triumphant return to Valvoline Cup campaign (From Warrington Guardian)
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Warrington Wolves' under 20s make triumphant return to Valvoline Cup campaign
11:58am Monday 23rd July 2012 in Wolves news
Castleford Tigers u20s 28 Warrington Wolves u20s 46
A FOUR-try haul for forward Danny Bridge helped Warrington Wolves make a triumphant return to the Valvoline Cup schedule after a seven-week lay-off.
The win, their 13th in 15 games, keeps them at the top of the league table on points difference ahead of a chasing pack led by Leeds Rhinos.
It was a match that mirrored the drama that unfolded in the Super League equivalent later that afternoon, with Wolves' excellent first-half display undermined by a Castleford revival after the break, though like their first team counterparts Richard Marshall's charges were good enough to retain the lead.
Tries from Bridge, three, James Mendeika and Rhys Evans set up a 28-6 advantage at the break, and though Tigers made inroads into their lead in the second half, further scores from Evans, Bridge and Mendeika sealed a comfortable victory.
Marshall said: “It was our first league game since the beginning of June and following a disappointing RL9s finals night we wanted to get back to winning ways and we did that.
"The way we started it looked as though we hadn’t had a break.
"We defended resolutely on our own goal line for a 10-minute period and then we managed to break away and score some fine tries.
"At half time we felt that we were comfortable and just needed to focus on winning the contact in the tackle but Castleford had other ideas and started playing faster and got some credibility, but our first half performance meant that we were always a little too far in front for them to get really close.
"We will be better for having this run out and we can now focus on finishing our league games strongly.
"We have seven players out on loan or on dual registration gaining valuable experience as well as three players touring Australia with England so this has given the next crop of players coming through the system the chance to show what they can do.
"Brad Dwyer was probing away and got us clear with a superb first half display, whilst Danny Bridge went over for four fine tries and centres James Mendeika and Rhys Evans chipped in with two each.
"We will now prepare to face Bradford Bulls this coming Saturday afternoon, kick off 2.30pm at Wilderspool Stadium."
Wolves: Jordan Burke, Ben Hellewell, Rhys Evans, James Mendeika, Gene Ormsby, Gareth O’Brien, Bobbie Goulding, Jack Cooper, Brad Dwyer, Jack Morrison, Andy Finn, Danny Bridge, Brooke Broughton. Subs: Micky Learmonth, Danny Birkett, Joe Philbin, Ryan Maneely.