Under-19s: Wigan 46 Catalans 8
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19’s beat Catalans Dragons Under-19’s 46-8 at the Robin Park Arena
Darrell Goulding makes five changes to the side that beat St Helens last week
- Josh Ganson (3), James Worthington (2), Liam Paisley, Callum Green and Craig Mullen with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat Catalans Dragons Under-19s as part of the Family Funday at Robin Park Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Under-19s, playing ahead of the First Team game, were up 12-0 inside eight minutes thanks to tries from Josh Ganson and James Worthington. Catalans pulled one back through Georgy Gambaro but a Liam Paisley effort saw the Warriors 18-4 to the good at half-time.
Callum Green and Ganson put the hosts further ahead in the second-half but the Dragons didn’t give up and scored through Luc Franco. Three tries in the final ten minutes from Worthington, Ganson and Craig Mullen saw Wigan clinch a fine 46-8 victory.
Darrell Goulding made five changes to his side that beat St Helens last weekend with Adam Ford, Callum Green, Ben Kilner, Liam Byrne and Jake Sculthorpe replacing Sam Grant, Joe Shorrocks, Joe Pilling, Caine Barnes and Josh Woods. The latter two on dual-registration duty with Swinton in the Challenge Cup.
First Team player Paul Seguier played in the front-row for the Dragons while Fabian and Jordan Flovic started at full-back and wing respectively.
Wigan were quick out of the blocks as Josh Ganson scooted from dummy-half to bulldoze his way over. Harry Smith converted to put his side 6-0 up.
The Dragons were struggling to deal with the Warriors in the opening stages and Wigan scored again following a nice passing move down the left side that allowed James Worthington sail over. Smith added the extras and Wigan led 12-0 after just eight minutes.
Catalans pulled one back midway through the half by way of a Georgy Gambaro try. Romain Dallares passed it along the line to Gambaro, with the winger diving in at the corner. Arthur Mourges failed to convert and Wigan were still 12-4 ahead.
It took just a couple of minutes for the Cherry and Whites to bounce back though as England Academy international Liam Paisley scored following a scramble in the in-goal area. Smith’s conversion put Wigan 18-4 to the good.
The Warriors had one man less near the end of the first-half for 10 minutes Craig Mullen was sent to the sin bin for committing a professional foul but Wigan were in a healthy 18-4 lead at the interval.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 18–4 Catalans Dragons U19s
It took 17 minutes before the first try of the second-half was scored as first-year Callum Green broke the deadlock with a sublime solo effort. The conversion was good and the score was now 24-4 in Wigan’s favour.
Ganson scored his sixth try in as many games in the 66th minute scooting from dummy-half again to for his way over. Smith added the additional two points to put his side 30-4 up.
The Dragons pulled a consolation try back a few sets later when they shipped the ball down the line to Luc Franco who finished well. Mourges dragged his conversion meaning Wigan were still 30-8 ahead.
Wigan were on top form in the latter stages of the game, with Smith and Green linking well together in the halves, a combination that resulted in Worthington getting his second. Smith failed to convert for the first time in the game.
Ganson completed a man of the match performance by getting his hat-trick after supporting a Craig Mullen break. Smith was back on target with the boot and Wigan were 40-8 in front.
The home side scored at the death as Joe Brown made a quick break, resulting in the supporting Mullen racing over. Smith converted to secure a 46-8 win for his side.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 46–8 Catalans Dragons U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s – 46
Tries: Ganson 3, Worthington 2, Paisley, Green, Mullen
Goals: Smith 7/8
Catalans Dragons U19s – 8
Tries: Gambaro, Franco
Goals: Arthur Mourges 0/2
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 24. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 11. Adam Ford; 6. Harry Smith, 7. Callum Green, 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 14. Callum Field, 19. Jack Wells, 23. Liam Paisley, 13. Paddy Casey.
Interchange: 12. Ben Kilner, 17. Sammy Kibula, 18. Liam Byrne, 20. Jake Sculthorpe.
Catalans Dragons U19s: 1. Fabian Flovic, 2. Jordan Flovic, 3. Holthian Cacfueine, 4. Luc Franco, 5. Georgy Gambaro, 6. Arthur Mourges, 7. Romain Dallares, 8. Maxime Garcia, 9. Clement Meunier, 10. Paul Seguier, 11. Le Cam Corentin, 12. Luc Depon, 13. Theo Lardot.
Interchange: 15. Youssouf Samirdine, 16. Sebsatien Bled, 18. Florian Vaihen, 14. Bastien Scimone.