Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s finish top of the table after 58-24 win over Warrington
The Cherry and Whites run in ten tries in front of bumper 1,016 crowd at Fan Day 2017
- Joe Brown scores a hat-trick on his return while Sam Grant, Callum Green, Craig Mullen, Paddy Casey, Samy Kibula and James Worthington get Wigan’s other tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19s rounded off a memorable 2017 Fan Day with a resounding win over Warrington that secured top spot in the Academy table with two games to spare!
The Warriors started well with two tries in the first seven minutes from Sam Grant and Joe Brown. Four more tries throughout the first half then followed with Craig Mullen, Callum Green, Paddy Casey getting on the scoresheet while Brown got his second.
With 36 unanswered points at half time for Wigan, Warrington came out at a pulsating pace in the second half as three tries by Ellis Robson, Harry Reardon and Lewis Turner gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.
However, it wasn’t to be as Wigan recovered and ran in three more tries through Brown, Green and Samy Kibula. There was a late consolation from Liam Aspin but a James Worthington try on the 80-minute mark rounded off a fine performance.
There were three changes to Darrell Goulding’s side that beat Huddersfield last weekend as Joe Pilling, Jake Scunthorpe and Nathan Wilde were all out. Joe Brown, Liam Paisley and Callum Field came in.
Warrington made four changes as Will Dagger, Ryan jones, Conor Taylor and Louis Wainwright were replaced by Fynn Stanley, Lewis turner, Liam Aspin and Jacob chamberlain.
The Warriors started the game at a blistering pace as Sam Grant went over in the third minute. A string of passes down the right side led to James Barran flinging the ball out wide to Grant who finished well. Harry Smith converted the kick and the Cherry and Whites went 6-0 in front.
Wigan were in again four minutes later through the returning Joe Brown. A hopeful grubber kick by Josh Ganson was not dealt with by the Warrington defence, as Brown was allowed to chase and touch the ball down with just a fingertip. Smith added the extras and put his side 12 points ahead.
The home side got their third just after the 15-minute mark, as Craig Mullen eased over. It was Ganson again who provided the assist with his neat pass to Mullen opening up space in the Wolves line. The full back’s quick feet allowed him to go over under the posts and further his side’s lead. Smith’s effort on goal was good and the Warriors went 18-0 up.
A try of brilliance then followed for Wigan with Callum Green racing over the line. Mullen’s skill and intelligence to pick up the ball from his neat short kick during a free play set up the try, as he then gave it to the supporting Green who outpaced the chasing Warrington pack to touch down. Smith converted and his side were now 24-0 to the good.
Wigan were well on top and stretched their advantage in the 32nd minute when a move on the right side saw Grant twist and turn to then feed Paddy Casey to go over. Smith added the two points and put the Warriors 30-0 in front.
The game looked to be over already with just 35 minutes gone, as Brown dived over for his second. A sharp turn by James Worthington on the left side resulted in him beating his man and assisting the England Academy International who scored with ease. Smith converted his sixth goal and the home side led 36-0 at the break.
Wigan Warriors U19s 36-0 Warrington Wolves U19s
The visitors pulled a try back through Ellis Robson in the opening four minutes of the second half. Robson found a gap in the Wigan defence and powered his way past Mullen and over the line. Kicker Joe Edge made it 36-6 with the goal conversion.
The Wolves scored another in quick succession as Harry Reardon showcased some excellent footwork and a fine dummy to fool the Wigan defence to go in under the posts. Edge added the extras and the score was now 36-12.
A third try within ten minutes of the second 40 for the Wire brought the game to light with Lewis Turner going over in the left corner. Full back Edge gave the ball to the winger who ran towards the line and managed to beat five Wigan defenders. Edge converted and closed the score gap to 36-18.
The momentum was well and truly with the visitors but Wigan struck back to put the game beyond Warrington’s reach when Brown completed his hat-trick. A smooth move down the left side resulted in Worthington again setting up Brown to dive over the line. Smith made no mistake and furthered Wigan’s lead to 42-18.
The floodgates then started to open, as Green went in for his second. Ganson’s slick pass gave the stand-off a gap to run into and cross over to get his brace. Smith was accurate with the kick and Wigan had a 30-point lead again.
Wigan got their eighth try of the game through prop Samy Kibula. With ten minutes remaining, Ganson got his third assist as his dummy created space for him to find a pass to Kibula who went over behind the posts. Smith converted and the 50 was up for Wigan- 54-18 now the score.
Liam Aspin went over for a consolation try for the away side in the 72nd minute but Wigan rightly had the final say as Mullen, again from a free play, caused havoc down the left for Worthington to score. Smith was unlucky not to complete a 100% record with the boot as his conversion drifted off target but Wigan were deserving winners 58-24.
Wigan Warriors U19s 58–24 Warrington Wolves U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s– 58
Tries: Grant, Brown , Mullen, Green , Casey, Kibula, Worthington
Goals: Smith 9/10
Warrington Wolves U19s– 24
Tries: Robson, Reardon, Turner, Aspin
Goals: Edge 4/4
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 5. Sam Grant, 6. Callum Green, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Caine Barnes, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Callum Field, 13. Patrick Casey, 12. Liam Paisley, 11. Samy Kibula
Interchange: 19. Joe Shorrocks, 20. Jacob Corcoran, 21. Olly Partington, 22. Ben Kilner
Warrington Wolves U19s: 1. Joe Edge, 2. Liam Jones, 3. Jack Roper, 4. Charlie Phythian, 5. Lewis Turner, 6. Fynn Stanley, 7. Harry Reardon, 8. Alex Tankard, 20. Nathan Ainsworth, 10. Jack Cottington, 11. Ellis Gillam, 12. Matty Kilgannon, 13. Pat Morgan
Interchange: 14. Liam Aspin, 15. Jack Wilson, 16. Ellis Robson, 17. Jacob Chamberlain