U18s Power Past Wolves

SAINTS Academy beat Warrington 50-20 at the weekend writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.

With Dom Speakman at his imperious best the home side were lucky to be within touching distance.

Point a minute scoring in the first quarter saw the Saints run in four unanswered tries. Jordan Case opened the scoring charging onto a Danny Yates pass and drives from the big two, Joe Bate and Brad Ashurst on the next set, gave Corey Lee space to put Leon Tatlock over in the corner.

Quick hands down the right put James Hill away and he gave a perfect inside ball to Mark Percival for the first of the centres four tries.

Percival scored his second on the restart running a great line back on the inside from Speakman’s ball.

Good defence at the line from Corey Lee kept the Wolves out but only delayed the inevitable as poor tackling let the home side in.

Percival repaid his winger as he twice broke down the right before finding Hill on the outside for the fifth try of the half but a knock on at the restart allowed the Wolves to close the gap at the whistle.

The Saints turned on the style at the start of the second half with another four try burst to put the result beyond doubt.

A break down the middle by the impressive Jordan Case from Yates’ short ball found its way via Nathan Skupski to Corey Lee who went over in the corner.

The home side were finding the Saints pack a handful epitomised by Brad Ashurst who twice drove into the heart of the Wolves driving them back giving room for Ste Yates to drive over.

A Speakman break put Percival in for his hat-trick and from the kick off a 50 metre break from his half back partner Yates gave Tatlock a walk in for his second.

The Wolves pulled one back before Percival showed his class yet again in crossing for his fourth wide out.

The pack led by Bate, Ashurst and Connor Dwyer rolled over their opposition giving Speakman and Yates all the time in the world to bring the best out of Percival et al.

Next week is liable to be a tougher proposition as the Academy travel to Stanningley to face the Rhinos.

Match Summary:

Tries: Nathan Hill, Keith Holden, Brad Smith, Ben Warrilow
Goals: Bobby Goulding 2

Tries: Corey Lee, James Hill, Mark Percival 4, Ste Yates, Leon Tatlock 2, Jordan Case
Goals: Mark Percival 2, Jordan Case 3

Half Time: 24-12
Full Time: 50-20


1. Jake Melling, 2. Jack Milligan, 3. Nathan Hill, 4. James Nurney, 5. Ben Warrilow, 6. Bobby Goulding, 7. Brad Marwood, 8. Jack Morrison, 9. Ben Moores, 10. Gav Bennion, 11. Mat Dowman, 12. Jacque Peat, 13. Keith Holden.
Subs: 15. Ashley Platt-Hughes, 16. Sam Brookes, 17. Brad Smith, 20. Olly Giles.

1. Corey Lee, 2. James Hill, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Ste Yates, 5. Leon Tatlock, 6. Dom Speakman, 7. Danny Yates, 8. Joe Bate, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Brad Ashurst, 11. Jordan Case, 12. James Tilley, 13. Connor Dwyer.
Subs: 14. Jack Jones, 15. Adam Hesketh, 16. Jordan O’Neill, 17. Nathan Skupski.


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