ACADEMY: Warrington Wolves 16-46 Widnes Vikings

ACADEMY: Warrington Wolves 16-46 Widnes Vikings

11th April 2017

A sparkling performance saw the U19s get back to winning ways as they scored nine tries in an emphatic victory. 

Both teams completed their opening sets without any problems but when Warrington dropped the ball on half way Liam Walsh showed them a clean pair of heels as he raced away to score under the posts.  Five minutes later, a pin point Joe Lyons kick saw Owen Buckley pluck the ball out of the air to score Widnes' second try and with Brad Walker converting both tries the visitors held an early 0-12 lead.  Buckley grabbed his second in identical circumstances as the Wolves defence just couldn't cope with his ability to rise above their defence.

Three quick penalties, in their own half, saw Widnes on the back foot for the first time and Warrington opened their account when a long pass found winger Ryan Jones who scored in the corner.  Poor discipline, this time from the home side, gave Widnes good field position and they didn't waste the opportunity as good swift handling across the pitch saw full back Lloyd Roby enter the line to score.  Both sides were then reduced to 12 as James Rutledge and then Matthew Kilgannon were shown yellow cards in two separate incidents. Just before the break Lewis Else waltzed through for his side's fifth try and with Walker converting, Widnes held a very healthy 4-26 advantage at half time.

Not surprisingly Warrington started the second half strongly and had a try disallowed for a knock on but despite their added impetus it was Widnes who were next to score.  Poor discipline again saw the Vikings deep in the Warrington half and scrum half Chris Wilson darted over.  Ben Davies then scored a very good try when he beat several defenders and cut inside to register Widnes' seventh touch down. Walker added the extras to both tries and at 4-38 the game was effectively over with 25 minutes still left.

Warrington reduced the arrears when Lewis Delaney-Turner scored in the corner.  A fine touchline conversion by Liam Aspin put his side in double figures but there was to be no respite for the Wolves as Widnes scored again.  This time it was Dan Norman who charged over from close range and with five minutes left Owen Buckley completed his hat trick from 20 metres.  With seconds left, Warrington claimed the final try of the match when Jones scorched in from half way which Harry Reardon converted.  However it was merely a consolation score as Widnes claimed their biggest win of the season to date. 

Warrington Wolves

Will Dagger, Lewis Delaney-Turner, Sam Storey, Charlie Phythian, Ryan Jones, Taylor Connor, Harry Reardon, Patrick Moran, Nathan Ainsworth, Alex Tankard, Ellis Gillam, Matthew Kilgallon, Ellis Robson.

SUBS: Liam Aspin, Lewis Barnett, Jacob Chamberlain, Jack Cottingham.

Tries: Jones 2, Delaney-Turner.

Goals:  Reardon 1/2, Aspin 1/1.

Widnes Vikings

Lloyd Roby, Jayden Hatton, Ben Davies, Keanan Brand, Owen Buckley, Joe Lyons, Chris Wilson, Pat McCarroll, Jake Burns, Luke Draper, Brad Walker, Dan Norman, Liam Walsh.

SUBS:  James Rutledge, Max Dudley, Louis Glover, Lewis Else.

Tries:  Buckley 3, Davies, Else, Norman, Roby, Walsh, Wilson

Goals:  B Walker 5/9


HT  4-26

FT   16-46

Pens  12-16

ACADEMY: Warrington Wolves 16-46 Widnes Vikings