Academy defeat St Helens

  • Wigan Warriors Academy recorded a 12-10 Derby day victory over St Helens in the Academy League.
  • Two converted tries from Jack Farrimond sealed a hard-fought win at Ruskin Drive.
  • FT | St Helens Academy 10-12 Wigan Warriors Academy.

Wigan Warriors Academy recorded a hard-fought 12-10 Derby Day victory over st helens at ruskin drive.

Despite falling behind to St Helens after 15 minutes, Jack Farrimond scored two converted tries to give the Warriors a 12-4 lead at the break.

St Helens reduced the points difference at the start of the second half, however, the Warriors defended firmly to claim the two points.


An even battle unfolded in the early stages at Ruskin Drive as both sides went close to breaking the deadlock, however, the defences stood firm to keep the score level.

The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes when play was switched from left to right which allowed Harry Robertson to send Oliver Garmston through to score. The kick from George Whitby was unsuccessful.

The Warriors responded instantly after neat footwork from Farrimond saw the half break the line to score on the right before he converted the kick to put the Wigan 6-4 ahead mid-way through the half.

Wigan continued to threaten the Saints try line and despite the hosts’ best efforts to keep the Warriors out, Farrimond took advantage of a gap in the line to score between the sticks. Farrimond added the extras before the hooter to give the Warriors a 12-4 lead at the break.

St Helens forced an error from the restart, before a quick move out the scrum resulted in playing being shifted to the right to Owen Dagnall who went over on the right. Whitby was accurate with the conversion to reduce the score to 12-10.

The hosts threatened the Warriors defensive line on multiple occasions in an attempt to regain the lead, however, under the watch of Matt Peet, Wigan stood firm to keep Harry Robertson and William Keeley out.

Despite late pressure from the hosts, Wigan remained strong in defence to claim the two points and a first win of the Academy season.


St Helens: Louie Roberts, Owen Dagnall, Deacon Swarbrick, Matthew Penketh, Ellis Anderson, Harry Robertson, George Whitby, Daniel Frost, Cole Marsh, Morgan Barraclough-Watson, Oliver Garmston, William Keeley, Jake Davies.

Interchanges: Kian McGann, Matthew Evans, Alfie Tate, Thomas Humphreys.

18th Player: Reece Robinson.

Tries: Garmston (15′), Dagnall (42′).

Goals: Whitby (1/2).

Wigan Warriors: Austin Daniel, Thomas Bridge, Harlen Smith, Josh Cartwright, Jaiden Drachenberg, Charlie Yeomans, Jack Farrimond, Trent Kelly-Duffy, Jack Purtill, Kian McDermott, George O’Loughlin, Lukas Mason, Taylor Kerr.

Interchanges: Finlay Yeomans, Kalum Rathbone, Leo Wadsworth, Dylan Kelly-Duffy.

18th Player: Reece Rowcroft.

Tries: Farrimond (19′, 38).

Goals: Farrimond (2/2).

Saturday 30 March 2024