- Match Report as Wigan Warriors Scholars scored eight tries to defeat Hull FC at Orrell St James.
- Jaiden Drachenberg and Joshua Swindley each scored twice as the Warriors extended their winning run to four matches.
- FT | Wigan Warriors Scholars 44-22 Hull FC Scholars
Wigan Warriors Scholars scored eight tries to defeat Hull FC 44-22 at Orrell St James while extending their winning run to four matches.
The Warriors opened the scoring after 45 seconds when, off the back of a scrum after a Hull FC knock on, the ball was worked to Jaiden Drachenberg who sprinted through the gap to dive over. Nathan Benson added the conversion.
After Connor Oxbury added a second try for the Warriors, a third came when Drachenberg burst through a gap in the defence before passing inside to Joshua Swindley who scored next to the posts. Benson’s two successful conversion increased the Warriors’ lead to 18-0 after 22 minutes.
Hull FC responded three minutes later when Leon Hayward powered over from close range. Finlay Davies added the extras for the visitors to reduce the score to 18-6.
Swindley crossed for his second, and Wigan’s fourth, try of the match just before the half hour when Benson’s short pass set the second rower up to sprint free and extend the Warriors’ advantage to 22-6.
The Warriors continued to dominate and after Hull FC conceded consecutive penalties, play was worked to Benson who dummied his way over with 33 minutes on the clock.
After maintaining their 26-6 lead to half time, Wigan widened their advantage by a further six points when Drachenberg dived over for his second of the match in similar style to his first.
The Warriors thought they had a sixth try after 46 minutes when Cameron Bate weaved through two tackles before diving over beneath the sticks, however, the officials denied the score due a forward pass.
Hull FC reduced the score to 32-16 after scoring two tries in five minutes before the hour, however, the Warriors responded instantly when Michael Porter powered over with Benson adding the extras.
The Cherry and Whites scored an eighth and final try on 70 minutes when Drachenberg’s cut out pass set Harlen Smith up to dive over in the corner to make the score 44-16 after Benson’s successful kick.
Despite Hull FC scoring a third try with six minutes remaining, the Warriors held on to a 44-22 win to extend their winning run to four matches.
Wigan Warriors: Jaiden Drachenberg, Connor Oxbury, Thomas Bridge, Harlen Smith, Haydn Bynoe, Finlay Yeomans, Nathan Benson, Michael Porter, Joe McGann, John Perry, Joshuan Swindley, Robert Bentham, Leo Wadsworth.
Interchanges: Corben Ashurst, Cameron Bate, Noah Forster, Leyton Hull.
18th Man: George Marsden.
Tries: Drachenberg (1′, 41′), Oxbury (15′), Swindley (22′, 29′), Benson (33′), Porter (62′), Smith (70′).
Goals: Benson (6/8).
Hull FC: Lloyd Kemp, Henry Watkinson, Leon Hayward, Andrew McCracken, Toby Matson, Harvey O’Brien, Joe Thompson, Jackson Smith, Finlay Davies, Callum Smith, Mason Tempest, Lennon Nicholson, Kieran Calvert.
Interchanges: Barley, Chapman, George, Howe, Nelson-Hewitt, Render, Wilson.
Tries: Hayward (25′), Nelson-Hewitt (55′), Calvert (60′), Watkinson (74′).
Goals: Davies (3/4)