Wheelchair Championship side through to final
- Wigan Warriors Wheelchair Championship sides progress to Grand Final in their first season.
- Warriors scored twelve unanswered tries on Sunday afternoon to take the win.
- FT | Wigan Warriors Wheelchair Championship 64-0 Sheffield Eagles Wheelchair.
Wigan Warriors Wheelchair Championship side have qualified for the Grand Final in their opening season after beating Sheffield Eagles in the play-off semi-final on Sunday afternoon.
Having beaten the Eagles 64-46 only a few weeks ago, the home side were anticipating a tough encounter at Robin Park, but they were happy to open the scoring just 5 minutes in with Mark Williams crossing the line.
Starting on the bench, but entering the play after 15 minutes, Nathan Roberts was next on the score sheet. He scored twice either side of a Daniel Dutson tries to increase the Wigan lead further.
Finishing the half with his own try, having been instrumental in all the others in the first 40 minutes, Chris Greenhalgh added the fifth for the Warriors. With three of the five conversions successful, the score was 26-0.
The second half followed a similar pattern, but it was Nathan Roberts who showed his true class with five consecutive tries, taking his tally to seven for the afternoon. However, this all came from strong carries and quick play the balls from the rest of the team that allowed him to strike against a retreating Sheffield defence. Greenhalgh and Roberts added three further conversions between them to put the game well and truly out of reach at 52-0.
Chris Greenhalgh then went the full length of the court for Wigan’s penultimate try of the afternoon. Having converted the previous try, Williams made it a brace for himself within the final minutes, before also adding the extras, taking the score to 64-0 as the whistle blew.
Wigan Warriors Wheelchair Reserves have now earned their place in the Championship Grand Final that takes place on Sunday 15th October at the National Basketball Centre in Manchester, and will face either against league leaders North Wales Crusaders or Bradford Bulls.
Wigan Warriors: Chris Greenhalgh, Reece Duddle, Mark Williams, Daniel Dutson, Tom Welch
Interchanges: Nathan Roberts, Rob Gregson, Leila Hamrang, Shaun Gash
Tries: Williams (2), Roberts (7), Dutson, Greenhalgh (2)
Conversions: Greenhalgh (5/8), Williams (2/3), Roberts (1/1)
Sheffield Eagles: Lottie Davis-Browne, Chris Haynes, Jack Johnson, Emma Pearson, Stuart Wilkinson
Interchanges: David Butler, Shaun Orton, Ben Simpson, Stephen Reilly, Joe Wink-Simmonds