Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19’s comfortably beat Huddersfield Giants Under-19’s 54-16 at Lockwood Park
Caine Barnes and Josh Ganson start for Wigan as Darrell Goulding made eight changes to his side
- Joe Shorrocks, Josh Ganson (2), Sammy Kibula, Craig Mullen, Harry Smith (2), Joe Brown, James Worthington and Sam Grant with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19’s comfortably beat Huddersfield Giants Under-19’s 54-16 at Lockwood Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Giants took an early lead through Lucas Hallas but it was all Wigan from then on as tries from Joe Shorrocks, Sammy Kibula, Craig Mullen and a brace from Josh Ganson saw the Warriors lead 30-6 at half-time.
Huddersfield started the second-half better again thanks to a try from Tyllar Mellor but the try only sparked life into Wigan who scored four unanswered tries through Joe Brown, James Worthington and two from Harry Smith.
The spirited hosts scored through Sam Hewitt try late on but Wigan winger Sam Grant went over on the death to seal the two points for Wigan with a 54-16 victory.
Darrell Goulding made eight changes to his side that beat Newcastle Thunder a couple of weeks ago. James Worthington, James Barran, Craig Mullen and Josh Woods replaced Nico Rizelli, Liam Kenyon, Nathaniel Marshall and Olly Russell.
In the pack, Liam Paisley, Paddy Casey, Nathan Reidy and Liam Byrne came in for Joe Pilling, Nathan Wilde, James McDonnell and Luke Rhoden.
First-team forward Matty English started for Andy Kelly’s Huddersfield outfit while full-back Tyllar Mellor also featured.
Huddersfield piled pressure on Wigan at the start and scored in the fifth minute as Lucas Hallas burst onto a flat ball to barge over the line. Josh Pinder converted to put his side 6-0 in front.
Wigan pulled it back just a couple of minutes later as Josh Woods made a fine break before assisting the supporting Joe Shorrocks who cruised over. Josh Woods converted to tie the score at 6-6.
The away side were in again moments later as James Worthington burst through a gap in the Huddersfield defence before giving it to England Academy captain Josh Ganson who scored. Woods added the conversion to put his side 12-6 ahead after 13 minutes.
A melee occurred midway through the first-half which resulted in Wigan forward Ollie Partington and Huddersfield’s Reece Boxall-Hunt being sent to the sin bin.
Ganson was dictating the game from dummy-half for Wigan and went over from another fine carry in the 28th minute. Woods added the two points and Wigan were now 18-6 in front.
Wigan were on red hot form after a slow start and Sammy Kibula took no prisoners on the half hour mark as he went on a barnstorming run to dive over. Woods’ conversion attempt was on target and Wigan led 24-6.
Craig Mullen rounded off a solid first-half performance by making a break on the halfway line to skip past his opposite number and go under the sticks. The conversion was on point and Wigan went into half-time 30-6 to the good.
HALF TIME: Huddersfield Giants U19s 6–30 Wigan Warriors U19s
Huddersfield starter the quicker side once more and scored just two minutes into the second-half as Full-back Tyllar Mellor latched onto a Jamie Greenwood grubber kick to touch down. The conversion by Pinder was successful but Wigan were still 30-12 up.
Wigan hit back five minutes later as half-back Harry Smith was the first to react to a deflected Huddersfield kick to dive in the corner. Woods failed to convert but Wigan were in a healthy 34-12 lead.
Warriors were controlling the game again and were in for another on the hour. Joe Brown outpaced every Huddersfield player on the field as he ran 70-metres to score and Woods once again added the conversion to make the score 40-12 in favour of Wigan.
Darrell Goulding’s Wigan outfit were impressive in the second-half and scored their eighth when Worthington crashed onto a pass from Brown to score from 20-metres out. The conversion was on target and Wigan were 46-12 ahead with 15 minutes left.
Smith got his second in the latter stages of the game as he pounced on a fine grubber in the in-goal area, Woods failed to convert but Wigan were 50-12 up.
Huddersfield scored a consolation with minutes remaining through Sam Hewitt as they had an overlap on the left hand side. The conversion was missed meaning they now trailed 50-16.
Wigan completed a clinical display on the brink of full-time as Sam Grant touched down in the corner after receiving a short ball from Ganson. Woods’ conversion attempt went just wide of the mark but the Warriors ran-out 54-16 winners.
FULL TIME: Huddersfield Giants U19s 16–54 Wigan Warriors U19s
Huddersfield Giants U19s – 16
Tries: Hallas, Mellor, Hewitt
Goals: Pinder 2/3
Wigan Warriors U19s – 54
Tries: Shorrocks, Ganson 2, Kibula, Mullen, Smith 2, Brown, Worthington, Grant
Goals: Woods 7/10
Huddersfield Giants U19s: 1. Tyllar Mellor, 2. Louis Senior, 3. Oliver Jamieson, 4. Jack Richardson, 5. Alex Young; 6. Will Ingleby, 7. Josh Pinder; 8. Matty English, 9. Ethan Salm, 10. John Luke Kirby; 11. Billy Hayes, 12. Sam Hewitt; 19. Reece Boxall-Hunt
Interchange: 14. Jamie Greenwood, 15. Lucas Hallas, 16. Ross Whitmore, 17. Connor Hampson
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen; 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 5. Sam Grant; 6. Josh Woods, 7. Harry Smith; 8. Caine Barnes, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Ollie Partington; 11. Liam Paisley, 12. Joe Shorrocks; 13. Paddy Casey
Interchange: 16. Nathan Reidy, 19. Oscar Hansen, 21. Sammy Kibula, 22. Liam Byrne