Academy fightback to win at Hull FC

  • Match Report as Wigan Warriors Academy beat Hull FC Academy.
  • Warriors came from 10-0 down to take a hard-earned victory.
  • FT | Hull FC Academy 14-32 Wigan Warriors Academy.

Wigan Warriors Academy overturned a 10-point deficit in the opening half to take home the two points with a hard-earned victory on the road at Hull FC.

Despite trailing to nil at the break, an impressive second-half fightback saw Warriors claim a fifth win of the season.

In what was a closely contested opening half an hour at the University of Hull, the hosts found the breakthrough when Callum Shaw went over in the corner after play had been worked out wide from a scrum.

Hull extended their lead three minutes later when, off the back of multiple six agains, a short pass allowed Kye Armstrong to power over. Mackenzie Harman added the extras this time, and the Black and Whites maintained their 10-0 lead at the interval.

Wigan came out firing at the start of the second-half, and three tries in 10 minutes saw the game swing in Warriors’ favour.

After a sustained period of pressure, Nathan Lowe’s tidy pass sent George O’Loughlin over in the left corner to get Wigan on the scoreboard. Jack Farrimond was successful with adding the extras.

Farrimond was involved once more to draw Warriors level as the half-back’s perfectly-weighted grubber kick was grounded by Kalum Rathbone after 53 minutes.

A third try was added five minutes later when Wigan took advantage of Hull’s ill-discipline, as Lukas Mason powered over from close range. Farrimond slotted the conversion to give Warriors a 16-10 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Hull responded instantly as they forced, and capitalised on, a Wigan error from the restart which saw Roman Dawson pick up a loose ball before accelerating 40m to score. Harman was unsuccessful from the tee, which kept Wigan ahead.

Warriors kept battling and a fourth try arrived after a period of swift play in the middle set up Lowe to score in the left corner, extending the lead to 20-14 after 65 minutes.

The Cherry and Whites asserted their dominance in the closing stages, and two scores in the final five minutes increased their lead to 18-points.

First a break down the middle set-up the supporting Farrimond to cross, before he converted his own try with his fourth successful kick of the afternoon.

With a minute remaining, Reece Rowcroft intercepted the ball from Harman before breaking clear to score and round-off an impressive second-half showing. Farrimond kicked the extras to take his points total to 12 in a 32-14 win.


Hull FC: Logan Moy, Callum Shaw, Ryan Westerman, Ben Johnson, Roman Dawson, Jack Charles, Sully Medforth, Jude Thompson, Jeylan Hodgson, Charlie Stipetic, Kye Armstrong, Will Kirby, Mackenzie Harman.

Interchange: Lennon Clark, Sam Dulson, Will Hutchinson, Cobie Wainhouse.

Tries: Shaw, Armstrong, Dawson

Goals: Harman 1/3

Wigan Warriors: Noah Hodkinson, Maddox Jeffery, Josh Cartwright, Nathan Lowe, George O’Loughlin, Charlie Yeomans, Jack Farrimond, Ryan Brown, Joe Baldwin, Trent Kelly-Duffy, Finlay Irwin, Lukas Mason, Taylor Kerr.

Interchange: Reece Rowcroft, Dylan Kelly-Duffy, Kalum Rathbone, Troy Richmond.

18th Player: Harry Higham.

Tries: O’Loughlin, Rathbone, Mason, Lowe, Farrimond, Rowcroft.

Goals: Farrimond 4/6

Monday 08 May 2023