Under-19s: Wigan 36 Wakefield 18
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat Wakefield Trinity Under-19s 36-18 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium, Orrell
838 fans attend game following 2017 Players’ BBQ
- Samy Kibula put in a man of the match performance with two tries. Marshall, Green, Mullen and Worthington also scored for the Warriors.
Wigan Under-19s ran out comfortable winners as they eased past Wakefield Trinity at the 2017 Players’ BBQ.
The Warriors dominated the first half running in five tries, Nathaniel Marshall got the first after four minutes before a second from Craig Mullen in support of Oli Partington four minutes later. Callum Green grabbed the third after 15 minutes before Samy Kibula added another midway through the half. Joe Pilling completed the scoring for Wigan before an Elliot Caine intercept try got the visitors on the scoreboard.
The second half was a tighter affair as both teams attacked well. Wakefield struck first through Lee Kershaw before Kibula scored his second of the day. A spirited Wakefield scored again when Caine got his second. The final Wigan try came from James Worthington before Tyson Travis completed the scoring with the last play of the game for Trinity.
Jake Sculthorpe and Sam Kibula started for the Warriors with Liam Byrne on the bench. Aiden Roden continued for Josh Ganson at hooker with Joe Pilling playing in place of Jack Wells.
Wakefield named an unchanged line up from their last game, a 40-22 win over Catalans.
The Warriors struck early on in the game when a swift move to the left wing saw James Worthington pick out Nathaniel Marshall who finished smartly under pressure from the Wakefield defence. Joe Brown dragged the ball across the posts but Wigan led 4-0 after four minutes.
A second followed swiftly for Wigan when Oli Partington broke through the line strongly before finding Craig Mullen in support to ground under the posts. Brown made no mistake to make the score 10-0 with only eight minutes gone.
Wigan continued their dominance when some brilliant footwork from Samy Kibula saw him break into open space, he found Callum Green who ran in uncontested. Brown again converted for a 16-0 lead with 15 first half minutes played.
Kibula went one better shortly after when he stormed over the line from close range carrying defenders as he did. Brown missed the kick as the score stood at 20-0, 20 minutes in.
Wigan were making it look easy and just minutes later added to their advantage when a long looping pass marooned the defenders and found Joe Pilling who scored easily. Brown converted this time as the home side led 26-0.
Wakefield finally found their way on to the score sheet when, under intense Wigan pressure Elliot Caine pounced on a pass and ran the length of the pitch to score in the corner. Luke Hooley missed the tough kick and the teams turned around at 26-4.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 26–4 Wakefield Trinity U19s
It was Wakefield who found the opening score of the half. A stint of pressure led to Elliot Caine scoring from close range from dummy half. Hooley missed another with the score at 26-8 12 minutes after the break.
When Samy Kibula returned to the field he made an immediate impact to restore Wigan’s 22-point lead. From close range he latched onto a dummy half pass and fired over for his second of the game. Craig Mullen converted after Brown had left the pitch. 32-8 with 24 minutes remaining.
Wakefield were showing some great resilience and weren’t lying down. Their attitude paid off when they found space on the left wing and Tyson Travis found Kershaw for his second. Hooley missed his third with a scoreline of 32-12 with just 15 minutes of the game to play.
Wigan weren’t finished either when another barnstorming break from Kibula saw him find Joe Shorrocks who in turn found James Worthington. Mullen missed his conversion attempt.
Another consolation try came for Wakefield at the death when Tyson Travis grounded under three defenders from close range. Hooley converted this time for a final scoreline of 36-18.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 36–18 Wakefield Trinity U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s – 36
Tries: Marshall, Mullen, Green, Kibula (2), Pilling, Worthington
Goals: Brown 3/5, Mullen 1/2
Wakefield Trinity U19s – 18
Tries: Kershaw (2), Caine, Travis
Goals: Hooley 1/4
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Joe Brown, 2. Liam Kenyon, 3. James Worthington, 20. Jake Sculthorpe, 5. Nathaniel Marshall, 6. Callum Green, 7. Craig Mullen, 8. Oliver Partington, 9. Aiden Roden, 10. Samy Kibula, 11. James McDonnell, 12. Joe Pilling, 13. Joe Shorrocks
Interchange: 18. Ben Kilner, 19. Nathan Reidy, 22. Sam Adejumo, 23. Liam Byrne
Wakefield Trinity U19s: 1. Luke Hooley, 2. Lee Kershaw, 3. Zayne Cloete, 4. Tyson Travis, 5. Elliot Caine, 6. James Colthorpe, 7. Christian Ackroyd, 8. Lewis Wray, 9. Henry Hiddleston, 10. Jacob Jones, 11. Nathan Newbound, 12. Chris Brown, 13. Shaun Jordan
Interchange: 14. Samuel Blake, 15. Shaun Wooffitt, 16. Aaron York, 17. Harvey Hallas.