Wigan Warriors Under-16s Head Coach, Shane Eccles, on Wigan’s 32-12 win over St Helens at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium
Morgan Smithies and Reece Hamlett stood out for Eccles
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Under-16s Head Coach Shane Eccles said he was pleased with Wigan’s defence in their 32-12 derby win over St Helens.
Amir Bourouh and Jack Kennedy put Wigan 10-0 in front before Jamie Little pulled one back for Saints just before the break.
Reece Hamlett and Umyla Hanley then stretched Wigan’s lead in the second-half before Josh Simm scored for Saints. The Warriors sealed a solid 32-12 win though with two tries from Hamlett and Oliver Waite in the latter stages.
Speaking after the game, Eccles told Wigan TV: “The biggest positive from it is how well we defended.
“Their (St Helens) try came from a bit of nothing really and their second try was from a kick so they never looked like breaking our line which was really pleasing to see.
“We hoped for better set completion because of the standards we set but it made us defend and not let them break our line which was pleasing for me.
“It was a Wigan and Saints derby so we started with some of the older lads but the Under-15s are going to be playing next year so we wanted to give them some experience of a big game and they all did well because they stood up to the test.”
Eccles picked out loose forward Morgan Smithies and winger Reece Hamlett for praise after impressive individual performances.
“I thought Morgan Smithies was really good,” he told Wigan TV. “He was solid in the middle, carried hard and made a couple of line breaks.
“Reece Hamlett on the wing was great too. There were a couple of difficult finishes for him but he finished them really well and tackled hard.
“It was a really big game and the lads have done well.”
That was the last game of the season for the Under-16s Scholarship team. CLICK HERE to see the game and reaction on Wigan TV.