Wigan and Huddersfield played out a pulsating draw in the opening Under-19s game of 2018.
After a tense opening Wigan scored the game’s first try as Harry Smith moved the ball right to Sam Grant who found Jake Sculthorpe in space to score.
Harry Smith was unable to convert but soon had another opportunity as Wigan scored again. This time Grant made a nice break down the right and stepped outside and back on the inside to avoid four would-be defenders to score. Smith added the extras and Wigan led 10-0 inside the opening half-hour.
A penalty on the stroke of half-time for lying-on allowed former Wigan junior Oliver Russell to put the Giants on the board. Wigan ahead 10-2.
The Giants started the second half well and were within touching distance after Sam Hewitt barged over in the 56th minute.
Not long after the half-backs of Russell and Josh Pinder combined well to put Innes Senior in open space and the centre raced away to finish the 60-metre effort.
Wigan trailed for the first time in the game and had to wait until the 74th minute to be on level terms as Harry Smith slotted over a penalty goal after a drop-out went out on the full.
The Warriors looked to have won it when after pushing the Giants back deep inside their own half, Smith slotted over a drop-goal and the Warriors were 13-12 ahead with just two minutes remaining.
Jamie Greenwood had other ideas though as he dropped a goal at the death to secure a point for his side.
FULL TIME: Huddersfield Giants 13-13 Wigan Warriors
Huddersfield Giants – 13
Tries: Hewitt, I Senior
Goals: Russell 2/3, Greenwood 1DG
Wigan Warriors – 13
Tries: Sculthorpe, Grant
Goals: Smith 2/3 + 1DG
Huddersfield Giants U19s: Louis Senior, Tyllar Mellor, Innes Senior, Jack Richardson, Dominic Young, Oliver Russell, Josh Pinder, Jon Luke Kirby, Jack Flynn, Ben Bamber, Lucas Hallas, Sam Hewitt, Ross Whitmore
Interchange: Jamie Greenwood, Alfie Copley, Ellis Broadbent, Callum Cameron
Wigan Warriors U19s: Joe Brown, Reece Hamlett, James Barran, Jake Sculthorpe, Sam Grant, Callum Green, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Aiden Rodan, Oliver Partington, James McDonnel, Morgan Smithies, Joe Shorrocks
Interchange: Amir Borough, James Worthington, Ben Kilner, Liam Byrne