Under-19s: Catalans 10 Wigan 44
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s ease past Catalans Dragons Under-19s 44-10 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus despite playing 50 minutes with 12 men
Joe Brown, Ollie Partington, Josh Ganson, Liam Paisley, Caine Barnes, Joe Shorrocks and Sam Grant replace Jake Sculthorpe, Joe Turton, Aiden Roden, Nathan Wilde, Oscar Hansen, Jacob Corcoran and Adam Ford in the Warriors side
- Caine Barnes, Callum Green (2), Joe Brown, Liam Paisley, Nathaniel Marshall, Josh Ganson and James Worthington with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19s eased past Catalans Dragons Under-19s 44-10 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus despite playing 50 minutes with 12 men.
The Cherry and Whites led 16-0 after half an hour following tries from Caine Barnes, Callum Green and Joe Brown. Their task took on a different challenge soon after as Nathan Reidy was shown a red card after a spear tackle.
Wigan continued to dominate though and led 28-0 at the break after a second effort from Green and a try for Liam Paisley.
Further tries from Nathaniel Marshall, Josh Ganson and James Worthington in the second-half saw the 12-men of Wigan lead 44-0 before Catalans pulled back two tries at the death but Wigan were worthy winners.
Head of Youth Matty Peet made seven changes to the Wigan side that beat Newcastle Thunder last week. Joe Brown, Ollie Partington, Josh Ganson, Liam Paisley, Caine Barnes, Joe Shorrocks and Sam Grant replaced Jake Sculthorpe, Joe Turton, Aiden Roden, Nathan Wilde, Oscar Hansen, Jacob Corcoran and Adam Ford.
First Team squad player Paul Seguier started at prop for the Dragons while Corentin Le Cam played in the back-row.
Caine Barnes fired Wigan into the lead when he barged over the line following a powerful carry from close. Harry Smith converted to put his side 6-0 ahead after 12 minutes.
Four minutes later, Nathaniel Marshall made a blistering break down the left side before passing it inside to Joe Pilling who then produced a fine offload to the supporting Callum Green who finished a great Wigan move. Smith’s conversion went just wide of the mark but Wigan led 10-0.
The Warriors were in again when top try-scorer Joe Brown added to his tally following a blockbusting break from Samy Kibula. Smith’s conversion was good and Wigan were 16-0 in front.
Wigan went down to 12 men on the half hour mark when Nathan Reidy was shown a red card due to the front-rower committing a spear tackle.
The away side reacted to going a man down brilliantly though and scored with their next chance as Green grabbed his second as he pounced on a loose ball to race 40 metres and score. Smith converted to put Wigan 22-0 ahead.
Wigan scored another on the verge of the half-time hooter through Liam Paisley. The England Academy international burst onto a fine pass from Smith to touch down. Smith’s fourth conversion of the half saw them 28-0 to the good at the break.
HALF TIME: Catalans Dragons U19s 0–28 Wigan Warriors U19s
Catalans came close to scoring their first try of the game early in the second-40 as Thibault Osuna scooted over the line from close range but good Wigan defence denied the Frenchman.
The home side looked to make their numerical advantage pay off and had several sets deep inside the Wigan half.
The Warriors defended resolutely and eventually extended their lead as Nathaniel Marshall continued his try-scoring form latching onto a Craig Mullen grubber to score out wide. The conversion was off target but Wigan were 32-0 to the good. Marshall unfortunately picked up a leg injury whilst scoring and had to leave the action.
Frustration started to kick in for the Dragons and winger Jordan Flovie was sent to the sin bin on the hour mark following a dangerous tackle.
Josh Ganson deservedly got on the scoresheet after putting in a hard-working display for the Warriors. The hooker darted onto a James Worthington chip, with Smith converting to put his side into a 38-0 advantage.
Wigan scored their eighth try through James Worthington as they shipped it through quick hands to the centre, now on the wing instead of Marshall, who stepped off his left foot and finished well. Smith added the extras and Wigan were 44-0 up.
The Dragons finished with a flourish as they scored two in the last five minutes through Jordan Flovie and Paul Seguier but Wigan were good value for a fine 44-10 win.
FULL TIME: Catalans Dragons U19s 10–44 Wigan Warriors U19s
Catalans Dragons U19s – 10
Tries: Flovie, Seguier
Goals: Flovie 1/2
Wigan Warriors U19s – 44
Tries: Barnes, Green 2, Brown, Paisley, Marshall, Ganson, Worthington
Goals: Smith 6/8
Catalans Dragons U19s: 27. Luc Franco, 2. Jordan Flovie, 3. Matthieu Laguerre, 4. Lucas Vergniol, 5. Georgy Gambaro, 6. Arthur Mourgue, 7. Thibault Franck, 8. Barthelemy Rouge, 9. Romain Pallares, 10. Paul Seguier, 11. Corentin Le Cam, 12. Luc Delor, 13. Theo Lardot.
Interchange: 14. Thibault Osuna, 15. Florian Vailhen, 16. Bastien Scimone, 17. Thomas Perez.
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Nathaniel Marshall, 3. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 5. Joe Brown, 6. Callum Green, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Samy Kibula, 11. Joe Pilling, 12. Liam Paisley, 13. Paddy Casey.
Interchange: 19. Caine Barnes, 16. Nathan Reidy, 15. Joe Shorrocks, 20. Sam Grant.