Match report as Wigan Warriors Reserves beat Warrington Wolves Reserves 40-10 at Robin Park Arena
Nick Gregson featured in his first game since June 2016 following knee injury along with first-team squad players Tom Davies, Joe Bretherton, Josh Ganson, Callum Field and Caine Barnes
- Luke Waterworth (2), Callum Field, Joe Pilling, Josh Ganson, Josh Houghton and Tom Davies with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Reserves kept Warrington scoreless in the second-half to run out 40-10 winners at Robin Park Arena.
Danny Rasool and Benjamin Jullien gave the away side a 10-0 lead early on before a Luke Waterworth brace and two conversions from Josh Woods put the Warriors 12-10 up at the break.
Five further unanswered tries in the second-half from Callum Field, Joe Pilling, Josh Ganson, Josh Houghton and Tom Davies saw Wigan claim a convincing 40-10 win in their first Reserves fixture of the campaign.
Matty Peet named first-team players Tom Davies, Joe Bretherton, Josh Ganson, Callum Field, Nick Gregson and Caine Barnes in the Wigan side.
Grant Gore, Luke Waterworth and Josh Houghton of Swinton Lions also starred for the Cherry and Whites, owing to the dual-registration relationship between the Super League and Championship clubs.
For Lee Briers’ Warrington outfit, first-teamers Declan Patton, Benjamin Jullien, Sam Wilde and Jack Johnson all started.
Former Warriors Academy forward Paddy Jones also played for the Wire, due to their dual-registration partnership with Championship side Rochdale Hornets.
Warrington started quick out of the blocks as they passed it wide to centre Dany Rasool who scored after just four minutes. Declan Patton converted to put his side 6-0 up.
The visitors were in again a couple of sets later through Frenchman Benjamin Jullien. The back-rower fended off a couple of Wigan players before going over from close range. Patton dragged his conversion attempt wide but they led 10-0 after nine minutes.
The Cherry and Whites fought back midway through the first-half thanks to Luke Waterworth who went on a mazy solo run to pull one back for his side. Josh Woods added the extras and Wigan were just 10-6 behind.
Waterworth was an influential figure for the Warriors in the first-half and grabbed his second on the half hour mark. The hooker caught the Warrington defence napping as he scooted from dummy-half to wrestle his way over. Woods converted to give his side a narrow 12-10 lead.
Wigan had a couple of half chances late on but nothing came about meaning the Warriors were 12-10 ahead as they went into the sheds.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors Reserves 12–10 Warrington Wolves Reserves
After a slow start to the second half Wigan burst into life after 20 minutes when Callum Field stormed onto a Josh Ganson flat ball to dive over the line. Woods’ conversion attempt was on target which made the score 18-10 in favour of Wigan.
Wigan extended their lead less than 10 minutes later as Joe Pilling latched onto a smart Woods grubber to score with Woods’ conversion giving Wigan a three-try lead at 24-10.
The home side were in command and secured the win minutes later when in the following set Tom Davies made a sublime break down the left channel before assisting the supporting Josh Ganson who darted over. Woods converted and the Warriors were 30-10 ahead with just over ten minutes to play.
The Warriors were running riot in the latter stages of the game as Sammy Kibula made a fine break and an outstanding offload to Josh Houghton who raced over. Woods converted, Wigan 36-10 to the good.
Matty Peet’s Warriors outfit finished the game in style with five minutes left on the clock. Wigan used quick hands along the line to Tom Davies who finished expertly in the corner. Woods could not convert but Wigan rounded off a solid display with a 40-10 victory in their first Reserves game of the season.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors Reserves 40–10 Warrington Wolves Reserves
Wigan Warriors Reserves – 40
Tries: Waterworth 2, Field, Pilling, Ganson, Houghton, Davies
Goals: Woods 6/7
Warrington Wolves Reserves – 10
Tries: Rasool, Jullien
Goals: Patton 1/2
Wigan Warriors Reserves: 1. Craig Mullen, 5. Tom Davies, 4. Sam Grant, 3. Liam Paisley, 2. Joe Brown, 6. Grant Gore, 7. Josh Woods, 19. Joe Bretherton, 9. Josh Ganson, 8. Callum Field, 11. Paddy Casey, 12. Nick Gregson, 13. Caine Barnes
Interchange: 22. Luke Waterworth, 15. Sammy Kibula, 16. Nathan Reidy, 28. Josh Houghton, 18. Ollie Partington, 20. Joe Pilling, 24. James Worthington
Warrington Wolves Reserves: 26. Jack Johnson, 5. Declan Kay, 3. Jake Eccleston, 4. Danny Rasool, 2. Richard Harris, 22. Declan Patton, 7. Tyler Whittaker, 8. Lee Mitchell, 9. Jay Lobwein, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Lewis Hatton, 24. Benjamin Jullien, 25. Sam Wilde
Interchange: 21. Paddy Jones, 16. Luke Fowden, 15. James Jones, 17. Alex Whalley
The game was shown LIVE on Wigan TV and can be seen again, right HERE.