Wigan 34 Widnes 12
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat Widnes Vikings 34-12 in opening game of the season
First-team squad members Caine Barnes, Josh Ganson, Callum Field and Jack Wells all feature for the Warriors
- Sammy Kibula, Jack Wells (2), Liam Paisley (2) and Josh Ganson with Wigan’s tries
It was a good start to the 2017 campaign for Wigan Warriors Under-19s as they eased past a determined Widnes Vikings Under-19s side 34-12 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium in Orrell on Sunday afternoon.
The game started slowly but Sammy Kibula put Wigan ahead in the 25th minute before Owen Buckley’s interception try pulled the visitors level 6-6 at the break.
Widnes went in front for the first time just minutes after the restart through Chris Wilson. The Warriors soon hit back though and were soon back in front after scoring three tries in 20 minutes through Liam Paisley and a double from Jack Wells.
Two Wigan tries in the last ten minutes of the game from Josh Ganson and Paisley sealed the two points for the Cherry and Whites.
Warriors first-team squad members Caine Barnes, Josh Ganson, Callum Field and Jack Wells started for Darrell Goulding’s side while first-year Harry Smith was a used substitute.
Third-years Craig Mullen, Josh Woods and Liam Paisley also started for Wigan.
Vikings first-team forward Brad Walker played at loose forward after signing a full-time three-year deal with the club while Sam Freeman started at full-back.
Both sides had a number of chances to score early in the game but stern defences managed to deny them each time.
It took 25 minutes for the first try of the game to be scored and it was from Wigan’s Sammy Kibula who ran a superb line to bust his way over with no Widnes players being able to deal with the blockbusting forward. Josh Woods successfully converted to put his side 6-0 up.
Wigan’s experienced pack controlled the majority of the first-half with first-team players Caine Barnes, Josh Ganson, Callum Field and Jack Wells taking the game by the scruff of the neck and making good hard yards up the middle.
The visitors did manage to level the score with just three minutes of the first-40 remaining when winger Owen Buckley intercepted and raced 50-metres to score. Brad Walker added the conversion to tie the score at 6-6 going into the interval.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 6–6 Widnes Vikings U19s
Widnes came out all guns blazing in the second-half and scored in their first set when Walker got a nice offload away to the supporting Chris Wilson who dived over. Walker notched up the conversion to put his side 12-6 in front.
The Vikings try seemed to be a good omen for the Warriors though with the hosts clicking into gear and scoring five minutes later. Wells latched onto a lovely Josh Woods grubber-kick to score. Woods’ conversion attempt went just wide of the mark meaning Wigan trailed 10-12.
Wells grabbed his second in as many minutes when he broke the line and sailed over. Woods made no mistake with the conversion this time and Wigan were back in front.
Darrell Goulding’s outfit were in complete control following Widnes’ earlier try and extended their lead on the hour-mark as Liam Paisley showed good strength while running a nice line to barge over. Woods converted to put his side 22-12 to the good.
Two tries in the final moments of the game from Paisley and Ganson capped off a fine Warriors performance with Joe Brown converting both which saw Wigan run-out 34-12 winners in their opening game of the Under 19s season.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 34–12 Widnes Vikings U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s – 34
Tries: Kibula, Wells 2, Paisley 2, Ganson
Goals: Woods 3/4, Brown 2/2
Widnes Vikings U19s – 12
Tries: Buckley, Wilson
Goals: Walker 2/2
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 22. Sam Grant, 4. James Barran, 28. James Worthington, 7. Josh Woods, 6. Olly Russell, 16. Caine Barnes, 9. Josh Ganson, 23. Callum Field, 11. Jack Wells, 12. Liam Paisley, 13. Paddy Casey
Interchange: 14. Harry Smith, 15. Ollie Partington, 10. Sammy Kibula, 17. Liam Byrne
Widnes Vikings U19s: 1. Sam Freeman, 2. Jake Knox, 3. Ben Davies, 4. Keanan Brand, 5. Owen Buckley, 6. Joseph Lyons, 7. Chris Wilson, 8. Owen Farnworth, 9. Danny Walker, 10. Pat McCarroll, 11. Danny Norman, 12. Liam Walsh, 13. Brad Walker
Interchange: 14. Jake Alder, 15. James Routledge, 16. Daniel King, 17. Luke Draper