Match report as Wigan Warriors Reserves win at the Fairhurst Accountants Community stadium against Halifax Reserves on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherry and Whites run in five tries in a 30-4 victory.
- Kyle Shelford, Joe Shorrocks, Craig Mullen (2) and Aiden Roden with Wigan’s tries.
Wigan Warriors Reserves beat Halifax Reserves 30-4 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community stadium in Orrell on Saturday.
The Cherry and Whites got the first try of the game as Kyle Shelford powered over. However, Halifax responded with a Jamie Stringer try midway through the first half. Wigan edging a tight half, 6-4.
In the second 40, the Warriors were dominant as three tries in ten minutes came through Joe Shorrocks and a Craig Mullen brace. Aiden Roden rounded off a comfortable win for Wigan with just under 20 minutes to go.
For Matty Peet’s side, Joe Brown, Harry Smith, Josh Ganson, Samy Kibula and Jack Wells all came in after Sunday’s Academy Grand Final win. Jack Higginson started at centre after six months on the sidelines.
First team players Morgan Punchard and Alex Mammone started for Halifax.
After an even start to the game, the Warriors took the lead in the 9th minute through Kyle Shelford. Josh Ganson ran from dummy half to draw in the Halifax defence to assist Shelford who crossed over. Harry Smith converted the kick and Wigan went ahead 6-0.
Halifax responded 12 minutes later with Jamie Stringer going over on the right side. A pass from Morgan Punchard to Sam Smith led to the centre bringing the ball back inside to set up Stringer to score. Jordan Syme could not add the extras as the Cherry and Whites had a two-point advantage.
Wet conditions made it difficult for both teams and defences were on top as neither side could add to their tally before the break.
Wigan Warriors Reserves 6–4 Halifax Reserves
Wigan started the second half in similar fashion to the first as Joe Shorrocks scored under the posts. Ganson again was the provider as his intelligent run to fool the Halifax defence created a gap and gave him space to give the ball to Shorrocks who eased over the whitewash. Smith added the extras and Wigan went 12-4 in front.
A high bomb by Callum Green troubled the Halifax full back Curtis Edwards Hampson as he fumbled the ball into the path of Liam Forsyth who offloaded the ball to Mullen and the England Academy international eased over. Smith extended Wigan’s lead to 18-4 with the kick.
The home side went further ahead after Mullen got his second of the match in the 55th minute. A break away by Gabriel Fell on the right side followed by a pass to Forsyth allowed the centre to find Mullen who outpaced the chasing Halifax defence and dived over. Smith converted the two points and the Warriors had a comfortable 20-point lead.
Substitute Aiden Roden made a swift impact as he got Wigan’s fifth try of the game. The hooker took advantage of the depleted Halifax line and managed to beat two defenders to touch down under the posts. Smith made it five from five with the goal to take the score to 30-4 with Wigan easing home.
Wigan Warriors Reserves 30–4 Halifax Reserves
Wigan Warriors Reserves– 30
Tries: Shelford, Shorrocks, Mullen , Roden
Goals: Smith 5/5
Halifax Reserves– 4
Goals: Syme 0/1
Wigan Warriors Reserves: 1. Gabriel Fell, 2. Craig Mullen, 3. Liam Forsyth, 4. Jack Higginson, 5. Joe Brown, 6. Callum Green, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Joe Bretherton, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Kyle Shelford, 11. Samy Kibula, 12. Nick Gregson, 15. Jack Wells.
Interchange: 14. Nathaniel Marshall, 17. Nathan Reidy, 18. Joe Shorrocks, 13. Jake Sculthorpe, 20. Aiden Roden, 21. Oscar Hansen, 23. Nathan Wilde.
Halifax Reserves: 1. Curtis Edwards Hampson, 5. Jamie Stringer, 3. Sam Smith, 4. Conor McGrath, 2. Jack Etchells, 6. Jordan Syme, 7. Morgan Punchard, 8. Alex Mammone, 9. Chris Cullimore, 10. Fraser Morris, 11. Connor Clayton, 12. Zak Dewhirst, 13. Martin Reilly.
Interchange: 19. Jude Corcos, 14. Will Calcott, 18. Curtis Davies, 16. Connor Davies, 16. Connor Davies, 17. Sian Jones, 15. Joslin Landu.
Image - Sean Gosling