Match Report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat St Helens Under 19s 21-10 in the Under 19s derby
Tempers flare in the match which saw Worthingon, Partington and Ganson sin binned for Wigan who also had Liam Paisley sent off with Bullen sin binned for St Helens
- Wigan’s tries came from Brown, Worthington, Woods and Grant with Woods also grabbing a drop-goal
Wigan Warriors Under-19s made it a Derby double as they beat St Helens on Easter Sunday in front of a good crowd at the Fairhurst Accountants Stadium, Orrell with many more watching on live on Facebook.
The game was shown live on the social networking site to showcase the fantastic live coverage of the Academy by Wigan TV.
Wigan started brightly but it was Saints who opened the scoring through Thomas Nisbet. In a see-saw first half where the lead changed three times, Wigan went in front through a Joe Brown try converted by Harry Smith. St Helens then led again after Mike Wheldon’s try before Wigan were level through James Worthington. Josh Woods gave Wigan a half time lead with a drop-goal just before the break.
The first half also saw both teams have players sin binned with James Worthington and Oli Partington spending 10 minutes in the sin bin before Liam Paisley was sent off for a spear tackle for Wigan as Even Bullen was sin binned for Saints due to his involvement in the scuffle that followed.
The second half was a much tighter affair as both teams defended well and struggled to break each other down. Wigan had the better of the period with Ganson held-up over the line and Grant knocking on as he attempted to score.
Wigan got the breakthrough in the half where the next try was always going to be crucial as Josh Woods broke the St Helens defence on the line before converting the try. The next try also went the Warriors’ way as Sam Grant was on the end of an inventive first tackle kick near the line from Josh Ganson. Ganson was sin binned in the final minute following a team warning in a second half which saw Wigan keep the visitors scoreless.
Wigan brought in first team member Jack Wells at second row and Oli Partington at prop for Callum Green and Nathan Wilde in a strong team for Darrell Goulding.
Derek Traynor’s St Helens made numerous changes from their last game against Huddersfield with Matthew Costello playing full back as Brad Billborough played at stand-off.
Wigan had the better of the opening minutes but St Helens, on the back of a penalty had marched up the field for their first chance of the match. They grabbed the first try of the game when an accurate grubber to the corner was pounced on by Thomas Nisbet. Bilsborough pulled the kick to the left of the uprights as St Helens lead 0-4 after 8 minutes.
St Helens continued to be on the defence as Wigan looked for a reply. Another period of pressure saw Joe Brown level the scores with a flying finish into the corner. A tough kick was converted by Harry Smith and Wigan had the lead at 6-4 with 16 minutes played.
James Worthington was sin-binned midway through the half for a shoulder charge. The Saints soon took advantage as Mike Wheldon found his way to the line through the depleted Wigan defence. Billsborough made no mistake this time as he converted giving St Helens the lead again at 6-10, 26 minutes into the game.
A second Wigan player was then sin-binned as Partington left the field for a high tackle. The frustrated Wigan quickly saw a third man leave the pitch as Liam Paisley saw red for a spear tackle. St Helens had Even Bullen sin binned for his part in a brawl as 10 men played 12.
Back to 11 men, Wigan scored a second as James Worthington had returned to dart through the St Helens defence and put down near the posts. Smith missed the kick as the ball cannoned back off the posts putting the scores level at 10-10 with 5 minutes of the half left.
With the first half drawing to a close, Josh Woods took his chance and scored a drop-goal for Wigan to give them a half time lead.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 11-10 St Helens U19s
Right from the restart it was a tight and gritty second half as Saints couldn’t break down the 12 men of Wigan who struggled to do the same being a man down. Both teams were defending strongly to keep the score as it was but also had chances.
Wigan carved out the best chances of the period and made a breakthrough as Josh Woods burst through the St Helens defence close to the line for the first try of the second half. Woods also took over the kicking duties and converted with a tough kick. Wigan now led 17-10 with 25 Second Half minutes played.
A massive Sammy Kibula shot on Costello then gave Wigan a chance on the line as the ball came free. On the first tackle, Ganson spotted a gap on the Wigan right wing and expertly kicked over the defence to find Sam Grant to score. Woods missed the kick but the score was 21-10 with just eight minutes to play.
As the game neared its end, Wigan saw a third man in the sin bin following a team warning as Ganson departed for the final moments.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 21-10 St Helens U19s
Wigan Warriors Under-19s- 21
Tries: Brown, Worthington, Woods, Grant
Goals: Smith 1/3, Woods 1/2
Drop Goals: Woods
St Helens Under-19s - 10
Tries: Nisbet, Wheldon
Goals: Billsborough 1/2
Wigan Warriors Under-19s: 1. Craig Mullen; 2. Joe Brown, 24. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 11. Sam Grant, 6. Harry Smith, 7. Josh Woods, 8. Oliver Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 14. Callum Field, 19. Jack Wells, 23. Liam Paisley, 13. Paddy Casey.
Interchange: 12. Joe Pilling, 17. Sammy Kibula, 18. Caine Barnes, 20. Joseph Shorrocks.
St Helens Under-19s: 1. Matthew Costello; 2. Joe Sharratt, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Owen Smith, 5. Thomas Nesbit, 7. Brad Billsborough, 6. Elliot Jenkins, 19. Matthew Lees, 9. Joshua Eaves, 13. Jorge Lewtas, 11. Alec Eckley, 12. Mike Wheldon, 10. Jordan Olmez.
Interchange: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Sam Royle, 18. Chris Follin, 17. Even Bullen.
Image - Sean Gosling