Under 19s: Leeds 24 Wigan 28
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s win late against the Leeds Rhinos Under-19s at Stanningley.
Joe Shorrocks’ late try seals fine win for inexperienced side
- Other tries from Samuel Adejumo, Aiden Roden, Joe Brown and Ben Kilner earn a 24-28 victory.
The Under-19s rounded off their league campaign with a fine win over Leeds Rhinos at Stanningley.
With the Reserves playing on the same day and featuring a number of Under-19s players it was an inexperienced side that saw off the Rhinos.
Leeds went ahead early with a try from Nittim Pedrero, however, it was cancelled out immediately as Samuel Adejumo went over for the Warriors.
The home side then scored two tries in succession through Harry Newman and Ellis Nuttall but the Cherry and Whites fought back just before the break with Aiden Roden going over.
The Warriors sustained their fightback with two more tries from Joe Brown and Ben Kilner. Spencer Darley then scored for the Rhinos under the posts to put his side in front by two points.
However, in the 78th minute, Joe Shorrocks dived over to win the game for the visitors.
The Warriors made eight changes to squad that was picked to play against the London Broncos two weeks ago that was unfortunately postponed. Craig Mullen, James McDonnell, Caine Barnes, Samuel Adejumo, Joe Shorrocks, Liam Byrne, Oscar Hansen and Joe Turton all came in.
Harry Smith, Josh Woods, Olly Partington, Josh Ganson, Paddy Casey, Liam Paisley and Samy Kibula all played against St Helens in the Reserves game, while Nathan Wilde was ruled out through injury.
Adrien Morley made three changes to the team that was humiliated by Warrington last time out, as Alfie Goddard, Connor Sunderland and Alex Sutcliffe replaced Kiedan Hartley, Muizz Mustapha and Tyler Dupree.
It was the Rhinos who started well, as Nittim Pedrero went over on the right side. A flurry of quick passes opened up the Wigan defence and Lewis Hosty set up Pedrero who scored. Thomas Schofield added the extras and Leeds led 6-0.
Wigan responded five minutes later in the 13th minute through Samuel Adejumo. The second rower took on Callum Green’s pass and bulldozed his way past the Leeds defence to dart over. Joe Brown missed the kick so the Warriors trailed 6-4.
Leeds went in front again just before the half hour mark with a try from Harry Newman. A powerful pass by Schofield found the left centre and he managed to beat the Warriors line and touch down. Schofield converted the try and the Rhinos were 12-4 in front.
A few minutes later and the home side extended their points tally to 18 as Ellis Nuttall crossed over. Full back Jack Walker was able to get away from his man and sprung a pass to Nuttall who pounced and scored. Schofield put his side further ahead with the kick.
Just before the break, the Cherry and Whites pulled a try back through Aiden Roden. The hooker ran from dummy half towards the line and went over to bring his team back into the game. Joe Shorrocks took over kicking duties and added the two points. Leeds 18-10 ahead at the break.
Leeds Rhinos U19s 18-10 Wigan Warriors U19s
The visitors began the second half with a try from Joe Brown. James McDonnell tapped the ball out wide to the left winger who dived over in the corner. Shorrocks converted the extras and the score was now 18-16.
Wigan continued their comeback, as Ben Kilner put the Warriors in front for the first time in the game. The prop burst towards the whitewash and beat the Rhinos line to cross. Shorrocks added the extras and put his side 18-22 ahead an hour into the game.
Leeds, however, took the lead again with just 16 minutes of the match remaining. Spencer Darley capitalised on a mistake from Callum Green, as a high kick from Schofield troubled the scrum half. The post seemed to get in his way, as he fumbled into the path of Darley and the prop then eased over in front of the posts. Schofield kicked the goal and the Rhinos led by two points at 24-22.
With just two minutes left, the Warriors grabbed the points with a try from Joe Shorrocks. The score came from winger Sam Grant finding a gap in the Leeds defence and running 60 metres down the field. Callum Green took the tackle and Grant was involved again, as he gave the ball to Craig Mullen who assisted Shorrocks to win the game. Shorrocks converted his own try to give Wigan a 24-28 triumph.
The Under-19s now host Catalans in the semi-final at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium, Orrell on Sunday 20 August- 2pm kick-off.
Leeds Rhinos U19s 24–28 Wigan Warriors U19s
Leeds Rhinos U19s–24
Tries: Pedrero, Newman, Nuttall, Darley
Goals: Schofield 4/4
Wigan Warriors U19s–28
Tries: Adejumo, Roden, Brown, Kilner, Shorrocks
Goals: Brown 0/1 Shorrocks 4/4
Leeds Rhinos U19s: 1. Jack Walker, 2. Alfie Goddard, 3. Lewis Hosty, 4. Harry Newman, 5. Nittim Pedrero, 6. Theo Guinguet, 7. Thomas Schofield, 8. Connor Sunderland, 9. Harvey Whiteley, 10. Spencer Darley, 11. Alex Sutcliffe, 12. James Barraclough, 13. Josh Jordan Roberts
Interchange: 14. Harrison Scott, 15. Ellis Nuttall, 16. Loui McConnell, 17. Owen Trout
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 3. Jake Sculthorpe, 4. James McDonnell, 5. Sam Grant, 6. James Barran, 7. Callum Green, 8. Ben Kilner, 9. Aiden Roden, 10. Caine Barnes, 11. Joe Pilling, 12. Samuel Adejumo, 13. Joe Shorrocks
Interchange: 14. Nathan Reidy, 15. Liam Byrne, 16. Oscar Hansen, 17. Joe Turton