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Warrington Wolves' under 20s deliver beating to Bradford Bulls in Valvoline Cup
12:34pm Monday 30th July 2012 in Wolves news
Warrington Wolves u20 58 Bradford Bulls u20 10
WARRINGTON Wolves impressed once again as they put a gallant Bradford Bulls side to the sword at Wilderspool Stadium to remain at the top of the Valvoline Cup table.
Wolves' under 20s head coach Richard Marshall said: “We prepared well in the week and several of our dual-registered players made themselves available to boost the squad.
"Our defence was very good all the way through the game with some good decisions being made to nullify their attacking threat.
"We scored some fine tries and James Mendeika was unlucky to have two ruled out that would have given him a hat-trick.
"Danny Bridge was excellent once again and Jordan Burke was very solid at the back while Brad Dwyer was the stand out performer despite suffering from injury early in the week.
"The lads said after the game that they thought it was a true all-round team effort where everybody contributed and I would have to agree with them.
"Hopefully this will put us in good heart for the remainder of the season; we are away at St. Helens a week on Monday in a curtain raiser to the first team so that should be a special occasion for the lads.”
Wolves opened the scoring in the second minute when hooker Brad Dwyer went from dummy half and spotted a gap in the Bulls defence to go 30 metres before finding stand off James Mendeika in support to race over at the side of the posts.
Eight minutes later Dwyer ran from dummy half once again, stretching out and scoring on the left. Shaw added both conversions.
Dwyer struck again following a fortunate bounce from a chip on 20 minutes, Shaw goaling, but Bulls managed to reply with one of their own soon after, when second row Jack Cockerham broke through some weak defence to score on the right and scrum half Cain Southernwood added the conversion.
Wolves' response was clinical; firstly the impressive Dwyer gave a great offload to substitute Ryan Duffy, who crashed over at the side of the posts.
Then two minutes before the break a high kick to the corner by scrum half Bobbie Goulding saw winger Gene Ormsby leap superbly to take and a quick play-the-ball saw second row Andy Finn throw an outrageous dummy and go through the gap to score.
Shaw converted on both occasions to give the Wolves a deserved 30-6 half time lead.
Warrington started the second half strongly and after second row Danny Bridge had been held short, Dwyer passed the ball through his legs from dummy half to bamboozle the Bulls defence and allow winger Danny Birkett to cross on the right.
Full back Jordan Burke then used great footwork to create a gap and race over on the right, Shaw converting.
A Wolves handing error on their own 10-metre line saw the Bulls have a scrum in a good position and the ball was whipped along the line for winger Kyle Williamson to score in the left corner, but the Wolves replied instantaneously when good work by substitute Ryan Maneely set prop forward Jack Morrison up and he burrowed over from close range to score between the posts. Shaw tagged on the extras.
Wolves' final try of the game came two minutes from the end, when Dwyer’s short pass found prop forward Glenn Riley, who powered over. Shaw’s conversion completed a fine 58-10 victory.
Wolves: Jordan Burke, Danny Birkett, Ben Hellewell, Ryan Shaw, Gene Ormsby, James Mendeika, Bobbie Goulding, Glenn Riley, Brad Dwyer, Jack Morrison, Andy Finn, Danny Bridge, Jack Cooper. Subs: Micky Learmonth, Callan Beckett, Ryan Duffy, Ryan Maneely.
Bulls: Elliott Kear, Jason Crookes, Rob Hawthorne, Sam Wood, Kyle Williamson, Jordan Aitchison, Cain Southernwood, Nick Scruton, Adam O’Brien, Matt Bailey, Jack Cockerham, Oliver Roberts, Joby Murphy. Subs: Jack Dawson, Emmerson Whittle, Connor Spencer, Jonny Payne.