RICHARD Marshall praised how his Warrington Wolves academy side ‘put their foot on the throttle’ after half time during their win over Huddersfield Giants yesterday.

The Wire youngsters chalked up a sixth consecutive victory in dominant fashion, running in nine tries to secure a 52-14 win at Victoria Park.

After Huddersfield came up with the first score of the second half, the game was relatively in the balance at 16-8 but 24 unanswered points allowed Warrington to set a winning platform.

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Marshall believes the fitness of his side played a big part, praising strength and conditioning coach Liam Myler for his work with the players.

“The scoreboard suggests it was a relatively comfortable win but it certainly wasn’t,” he said.

“Particularly in the first half, Huddersfield really gave it to us at times. They put us in corners and it was a tough battle.

“We went in with a slight lead but I think our fitness told in the end. Liam Myler our strength and conditioning coach has done a great job and we looked really fit.

“Our outside backs carried really strong out of back field, our forwards defensively dominated the opposition and Leon Hayes’ kicking game was great again.

“Their discipline unravelled a bit – they had a man sin-binned and they gave away quite a few penalties but I think that was because of our ruck speed.

“We spoke in the week about having too much push in and around the play-the-ball and I think that was evident.

“The scoreline blew out in the end but I think the damage was done in the 10 minutes after half time when we really put our foot to the throttle.”

Skipper Hayes put in an excellent display at scrum-half in scoring a try, assisting two more and forcing numerous goalline drop-outs with his short-range kicking game.

Marshall praised his display and that of back rower Adam Holroyd, who crossed for two tries.

“He said before the game he was going to control the game and he backed that up,” the academy head coach said of Hayes.

“His kicks were outstanding, his organisation was really good and he led us round the park with great detail.

“I thought Adam Holroyd in the second row was class as well.

“He was really dogged and tough – he’s not the biggest but he’s certainly one of the bravest.”