Academy management duo Andrew Stanley and Gary Meechan praised a 'committed performance' by Warriors A as they produced a stirring second half comeback to draw 25-25 with Leeds Carnegie in the A League.
Leeds looked to have taken control of the game at Sixways Stadium as they ran in three tries to lead 20-6 early in the second half.
But a stunning comeback and tries from Matt Kvesic, Calum MacRae and Earl Collins saw the Warriors battle back in a game that really exploded into life in the final 25 minutes.
"We asked for a response after the defeat in north Wales recently and I feel we got just that," said Academy Manager Andrew Stanley.
"We always knew it was going to be a hard game, Leeds are renowned for developing young players.
"They always give us a big challenge when we face them at this level, there is never much between us and they brought a hard and competitive squad.
"What is important is that we produced a performance that we can build on. We produced a committed performance and can now look to take it up another level in our next game."
"We asked the team at half-time to address the balance and in the last 25 minutes we produced some of the best rugby we have for a long time," added Academy Assistant Manager Gary Meechan.
"The young players that came on made an impact and it was a fantastic try from Earl Collins. The back row was also massive for us, all four that played there were outstanding. It was also good to see Callum Black on the field and getting 80 minutes under his belt after injury."
Warriors A are next in action on Monday, March 15 when they entertain Northampton Wanderers (kick-off 7.30pm). Season Ticket holders and Debentures gain free entry. Adults are £3 entry and juniors can come in for free.
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