FOUR Warrington Wolves young guns contributed to a huge England Knights win against Jamaica in the Jordan Turner Testimonial game at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in Castleford.

Danny Walker, Matty Ashton, Ellis Longstaff and Connor Wrench all got on the scoresheet in a 56-4 success.

Hooker Walker marked a proud night as captain of Paul Anderson’s England development side with a first-half try that capped a typically livewire display on a bitterly cold night.

With his vision, organising and probing runs, the 22-year-old inspired his side to an impressive commanding performance.

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Danny Walker marshalling the troops for England Knights. All pictures by

He showed his versatility too, spending time in the halves in the final quarter due to stand-off Will Pryce limping out of the action.

Ashton was authoritative at full-back all night and capped a sterling shift with two tries in five minutes in the second half courtesy of his outstanding support play.

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Try time and celebrations for Matty Ashton

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Industrious right second-rower Longstaff also got on the scoresheet, reacting fastest to a grubber kick from enterprising man-of-the-match stand-off Pryce as England pulled away in the second half.

And at left centre Wrench looked dangerous with the ball all night, with his pace and fancy footwork leading the Reggae Warriors a merry dance at times.

His lovely double sidestep created space for him to score the 10th and final try for England.

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Connor Wrench breaks away and scores for England Knights

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Centre Jack Broadbent put England ahead against the run of play when he raced home from 95 metres after intercepting a Turner pass. Pryce converted.

Four minutes later Walker crossed from dummy-half after Ashton had been held up short, with Pryce’s goal moving the Knights 12-0 ahead.

While prop George Lawler was in the sin-bin for a shoulder charge, Pryce and Longstaff were unable to prevent Ben Jones Bishop from crossing as he straightened up off a Turner pass in the 31st minute.

England responded with Pryce stepping on the gas from a standing start as he switched play from first receiver to defy a napping Jamaica defence. And he converted his own try for 18-4.


Aaron Smith marked his arrival in place of Walker with a simple close-range effort from dummy half between the sticks, with Pryce’s conversion the last act of the half.

England’s chase was so good from the re-start that Broadbent snaffled up the ball as the kick came down and crossed unopposed for his second try from 30 metres for another six points.


Then after replacement prop Matty Lees was held up short for the second time in as many minutes, Pryce threaded through a perfectly weighted grubber for Longstaff to touch down.

In the next set, Smith broke from dummy half and the supporting Ashton hared away from 40 metres and Pryce’s extras brought up the 40 points.

The floodgates looked to be open as Mikey Lewis got away and after handing over to Kai Pearce-Paul there was Ashton in support again to finish off his second try in five minutes.

But Jamaica held on to concede only twice more, a second from short range by dummy half Smith eight minutes from time and then Wrench’s belter from a double sidestep after receiving Ashton’s pass.