Warrington Wolves u19 6 Leeds Rhinos u19 36

PAUL Anderson was keen to take the positives despite another defeat for his Wire under 19s side.

A well-contested opening saw the game scoreless until the 25th minute, but visitors Leeds Rhinos crossed four times in the 15 minutes before the break to stretch out to a decisive lead.

The Wire did not get on the scoresheet until three minutes from time when Joe Barnes scored from dummy-half, with Josh Thewlis converting.

Winger Iwan Stephens scored four of Leeds’ seven tries at Victoria Park, with Liam Whitton, twice, and Sam Walters also crossing.

Warrington remain fourth in the Academy Super League table but are now seven points behind the third-place Rhinos.

Anderson believes Leeds’ second try knocked the stuffing out of his side but complimented them for never giving up.

“The opening half hour was really even and we had a few chances, but once they scored their second try our confidence dipped and Leeds took full advantage,” he said.

“There were some positives to take out of the game – we never gave up and were rewarded for our efforts with a late try.

“We have no game next weekend so it will give us a chance to get a few troops back into contention.”

Things do not get any easier for Anderson’s side as their next game sees them visit league leaders Wigan Warriors on Saturday, July 27.

Wolves: Josh Thewlis; Aaron Pimblett, Callum Green, Reece Hamlett, Sam Thackeray; David Gibbons, Joe Barnes; Eribe Doro, George Roby, Tayler Brown, Ben Ivory, Connor Wrench, Jacob Gannon. Subs: Jamie Abram, Karlton Bates, Daniel Harper, Alex Pendlebury