Good Challenge

Good Challenge

  • Wigan Warriors Reserves Head Coach, Matty Peet, on Wigan’s 30-4 win over Halifax

  • Reserves beat Championship side Halifax 30-4 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium, Orrell, on Saturday afternoon

  • Joe Bretherton, Jack Higginson and Harry Smith shine for Peet

Reserves Head Coach Matty Peet said Wigan’s 30-4 victory over Halifax proved a good challenge for his players.

Kyle Shelford put Wigan ahead before Sam Smith pulled one back for Halifax but Harry Smith’s conversion was the difference as Wigan led 6-4 at the break.

Four unanswered tries from Joe Shorrocks, Craig Mullen (2) and Aiden Roden in the second-half saw Wigan run-out 30-4 winners.

Speaking after the game, Peet told wiganwarriors.com: “It was pleasing on the whole and it was a test that a lot of the lads needed as individuals.

“Some of the First Team squad members who haven’t had regular game time will be better for that game and it provided a good challenge for some of our younger players and although it wasn’t the most cohesive performance, individuals did themselves proud.

“Credit to Halifax, they’ve been very competitive in the Reserve grade all year and are a little bit older than us but they are proud players at the end of the day from a good club so we knew that we would be challenged.

“It was very stop-start with the weather conditions and there was a lot of penalties so the game never really flowed as well as that you have got unlimited interchange so it poses a different threat but ultimately at times we looked Super League class.”

First Team forward Joe Bretherton put in a fine display while Jack Higginson returned after six months on the treatment table and Peet singled them out for praise.

Peet continued: “I was very pleased with Brevy (Joe Bretherton). I thought he really put his hand up and he has had some simple instructions and I thought he delivered.

“I thought Jack Higginson did well. To say he’s been out for so long, there were times when he looked like a First Team player and the younger lads did well too.

“I think an individual mention does need to go to Harry (Smith). He plays with incredible maturity, he has got good skill and he also understands what is expected defensively from him.”

Next up for the Reserves is a game against Hull FC at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium next Saturday, 2pm kick-off.

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