Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat the City of Hull Academy Under-19s at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium
Wigan produced a dominant performance in the second half to keep the City of Hull Academy scoreless and score twenty two unanswered points
- The Wigan Warriors U19s win the game after Callum Green scores a late try to give the Warriors the win in a dramatic fashion
Callum Green’s late try completed a fine Wigan comeback as the Warriors managed to beat City of Hull Academy.
In a somewhat topsy-turvy game both sides had periods of dominance, with the City of Hull Academy scoring four unanswered tries in the first half to hold a convincing 22-6 lead at half time. However, Wigan came flying out of the blocks in the second half with a renewed sense of purpose, and snatched the victory in the final minutes of the game.
Wigan took the early lead in the game in the ninth minute as Harry Smith collected a neat offload from Samy Kibula and crashed over the line. Smith converted his own try to give Wigan an early 6-0 lead.
However, after an early period of dominance for Wigan, the City of Hull Academy quickly gained control for the rest of the first half. City of Hull Academy struck back on the eighteenth minute of the game through prop Ben Butler who barged his way over the line and converted his own try levelling the scores at 6-6.
After a period of relative quiet and defensive dominance from both sides Rob Branton gave the City of Hull Academy the lead, and his try was converted by Harry Whittles.
The City of Hull Academy quickly stretched their lead further to 22-6 as they scored two quick fire tries just before the stroke of halftime through Bobby Downs and Chris Atkinson respectively.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 6 – 22 City of Hull Academy U19s
After a somewhat disappointing first half from the young Warriors they emerged for the second half with a renewed sense of purpose. Nathan Wilde grabbed the first try of the second half for Wigan as he burrowed his way over the line, Smith successfully converted cutting the lead to ten points.
Wigan exploded into action after Wilde’s try, as Sam Grant pouched a kick ten metres out from the Wigan line and raced eighty metres up field, before calmly putting Joe Brown over in the corner for a superb try.
Wigan appeared to have gained a real sense of superiority in the game, and upon regaining possession purposefully marched down field. After establishing ideal field position James McDonnell ran a great line and cut through the City of Hull Academy defence. After Smith successfully converted the try, the scores were level at 22-22.
With just minutes left in the game Callum Green weaved his way through a barrage of City of Hull Academy defenders, to dot the ball down under the posts and hand Wigan the victory in a dramatic fashion. The City of Hull Academy resolutely attempted in the dying seconds of the game to level the scores with a short kick-off, however Wigan gallantly and successfully defended their line to maintain their winning margin.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 28–22 City of Hull Academy U19s
Wigan Warriors – 28
Tries: Harry Smith, Nathan Wilde, Joe Brown, James McDonnell and Callum Green.
Goals: Harry Smith 4/5
City of Hull Academy – 22
Tries: Ben Butler, Rob Branton, Bobby Downs and Josh Atkinson.
Goals: Ben Butler 1/1, Harry Whittles 2/3
HT: 6- 22
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Callum Green, 2. Joe Brown, 3 Sam Grant, 4. Ben Holcroft, 5. Nathaniel Marshall, 6. Harry Smith, 7. James Barran, 8. Samy Kibula, 20. Aiden Roden, 10. Oliver Partington, 11. James McDonnell, 12. Joe Shorrocks, 19. Morgan Smithies
Interchange: 9. Declan O’Donnell, 15. Ethan Havard, 16. Nathan Wilde, 17. Liam Byrne
City of Hull Academy U19s: 1. Lochlan Fitzgerald, 2. Connor Wynne, 3. Harry Hutchinson, 4. Kieran Buchanan, 5. Josh Atkinson, 6. Harry Whittles, 7. Mikey Lewis, 8. Jack Brown, 9. Bobby Downs, 10. Ben Butler, 11. Charlie Patterson-Lund, 12. Adam Rooks, 13. Owen Harrison
Interchange: 14. Jordan Webster, 19. Tom Jubb, - Harry Bardle, 15. Rob Branton