Defence wins the day for Wolves
Warrington Wolves picked up their second Under-19 boys title in two years with victory over Nottingham in the National Final.
Both teams brought vocal supporters, but Wolves’ fans included someone in a full wolf costume and this may have provided the edge that the boys team needed as Wolves ran out winners 34-22.
At half-time the North-West team led 20-13, through a strong defensive effort. Nottingham couldn’t find a way through Wolves’ defensive wall. Speed was the hallmark of both teams, especially from both keepers who played fast balls from the back.
Wolves replaced their keeper midway through the first half and brought on penalty specialist Jack Booth. He did as promised and immediately saved a penalty for the men in black.
Wolves’ coach Nate Green said the bulk of today’s team were in the victorious 2018, but paid tribute to the younger players who have broken into the squad. “The youth coming into the squad gave us such squad depth. We had quite a bit of experience, then some younger ones coming through.”
Wolves’ tactics were outlined by keeper Jack Booth. “We wanted to out and hit them hard in defence, and then get them on the attack.” This strategy paid off, with the goals coming from all over the Wolves team.
Left back Ruben Wardle and left wing Tom Bidwell shared the honours, with seven each.
Nottingham scored nearly half their goals from one player, Josh Plumridge, who netted an impressive ten times.