Under 19s: Wigan 46 Bradford 18
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s ran out 46-18 winners over the Bradford Bulls Under-19s at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium
String of late tries help Warriors pull clear of Bulls
- Joe Shorrocks with four tries with Joe Brown, Joe Pilling, Nathaniel Marshall and Mullen also scoring.
Wigan eventually ran out comfortable winners as four tries in the final 20 minutes saw them beat Bradford in a tough encounter.
Both teams attacked with purpose in the first half and Wigan led 10-0 just 13 minutes in following tries from the two Joes – Shorrocks and Brown. The Bulls scored back to back tries through Ryan Butterworth and Rowen Mills to lead but Shorrocks’ second made sure Wigan led at the break.
Both sides struck early in the second half with Joe Pilling scoring for Wigan and Vytas Vaznys for Bradford. The second half was tight for a first 20 minutes before a late Wigan barrage eventually saw a comfortable win, two more tries from Shorrocks as well as Mullen and Marshall as the game helping Wigan home, 46-18.
Wigan lost Samy Kibula through suspension and James Worthington after his first team debut as well as Sam Grant following the Under-19s Derby. The Warriors welcomed back Josh Ganson, Liam Paisley and Adam Ford with Nathaniel Marshall on the wing with Darrell Goulding using the game to field an inexperienced side.
Bradford brought in Matthew Storton and Wilf Moxon with Ebon Scurr pushed to the bench. Vaznys, Okanga and Doyle come onto the bench as Brandon Wilkinson dropped out.
Wigan had the better start in the game with some early chances. The Warriors capitalised when they were first to score after a move which saw Joe Brown pass to Joe Shorrocks who scored the try from close range. Harry Smith converted for a 6-0 scoreline after seven minutes.
Wigan had good momentum from their first try and a second came soon after as Callum Green’s short ball allowed Joe Pilling to break the line before offloading to Joe Brown who touched down. Smith struck the post with his second attempt as the score stood at 10-0 following 13 minutes.
Bradford grew into the game and hit back when Reiss Butterworth carried some Wigan defenders over the line before grounding under the sticks. Alix Stephenson made no mistake with the score closed to 10-6 with 22 minutes played.
The Bulls continued to push when Ryan Butterworth ran almost 80 metres from a 20-metre restart before being tackled allowing Rowen Mills to fall over the line from dummy-half. Stephenson converted again as Bradford led 10-12 after 28 first half minutes.
Wigan weren’t behind for too long as they scored a third try, Joe Shorrocks’ second as he showed blistering speed to break the line and go over. Harry Smith kicked his second conversion for a 16-12 scoreline at half time.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 16-12 Bradford Bulls U19s
The Warriors put some pressure on early in the second half and a try soon followed when a sweeping move saw a Wigan form an overlap and Joe Pilling went over comfortably before Smith converted. 22-12 was the score after only four second half minutes.
Yet again, however, Bradford didn’t let the game get away. They struck once more when Vytas Vaznys barged his way over the line from close. Stephenson kicked another the restore the 4-point gap 47 minutes in.
The second half had become a much more cagey affair with both teams defending strongly. It was Wigan who broke the scoring drought when Nathaniel Marshall utilised his pace getting on the outside of numerous would-be defenders to score uncontested. Smith converted the try for a 28-18 lead with 20 minutes remaining.
The next try came from Wigan as well. Harry Smith’s short ball saw a rampaging Joe Shorrocks burst through the Bulls again as he completed his hat-trick. It was an easy kick for Smith who increased the score to 34-18 with just 12 minutes now to play.
Wigan were easing to the victory when Callum Green found his way through the Bulls with slick footwork to bamboozle the defence. Smith made no mistake to increase Wigan’s lead to 22 at 40-18 with only seven minutes left.
The scoring wasn’t complete though as Harry Smith threw a dummy to break the line. He found Joe Shorrocks in support to score again, his fourth of the game. Smith had an easy kick to finish the game at 46-18.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 46-18 Bradford Bulls U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s – 46
Tries: Shorrocks (4), Brown, Pilling, Marshall, Green
Goals: Smith (7/8)
Bradford Bulls U19s – 18
Tries: Butterworth, Mills, Vaznys
Goals: Stephenson (3/3)
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Joe Brown, 2. Nathaniel Marshall, 3. Jake Sculthorpe, 4. Joseph Shorrocks 5. Adam Ford, 6. Harry Smith 7.Callum Green, 8.Nathan Wilde 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Liam Byrne, 11. James McDonnell, 12. Joe Pilling, 13. Patrick Casey
Interchange: 14. Aiden Roden, 15. Nathan Reidy, 19. Joe Turton, 18. Oscar Hansen.
Bradford Bulls Under-19s: 1. Alix Stephenson, 2. Ryan Butterworth, 3. Rowen Mills, 4. Brandon Wood, 5. Ryan Leadbeater, 6. Jay Panter, 7. Jack Wilson, 8. Evan Hodgson (38), 9. Reiss Butterworth (33), 10. Keelan Foster, 11. Matthew Storton, 12. Bradley Gallagher, 13. Wilf Moxon
Interchange: 14. Ebon Scurr, 15. Vytas Vaznys, 16. Lawrence Okanga, 17. Thomas Doyle.
Image – Sean Gosling