Academy defeat Hull KR

  • Match report as Wigan Warriors Academy scored nine tries to defeat Hull KR at Sewell Group Craven Park.
  • Jack Farrimond crossed for a hat-trick as Noah Hodkinson and Harlen Smith also scored twice in the win.
  • FT | Hull KR 4-50 Wigan Warriors.

Wigan Warriors Academy scored nine tries in a dominant display to defeat Hull KR 50-4 at Sewell Group Craven Park.

The Warriors started with authority in Hull to lead 24-4 at the break after first half tries from Taylor Kerr, Jack Farrimond, Noah Hodkinson and Harlen Smith.

The dominance continued after the restart as five further tries, including one from Lukas Mason, saw the Warriors hit 50 points in an impressive performance.


The contest started with intensity as each side completed full sets in the opening stages, however, the hosts were reduced to 12-men on six minutes when Kerry Chaulke was sent to the bin for preventing a restart after Jaiden Drachenberg claimed a kick on the final tackle in his own goal area.

The Warriors took advantage of the extra player as Kerr broke through a gap in the defensive line to score after a threatening carry from Farrimond created the opening. The kick from Farrimond was successful to make the score 6-0 with 10 minutes on the clock.

Wigan extended their lead before the mid-point of the half when play was worked left to Farrimond who dummied his way through the line to ground before he added the extras from the tee.

A handling error from the restart presented Hull KR possession, and after a powerful carry through the middle from Archie Gray, a kick through on the final tackle was grounded by Lewis Wing. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful as the score remained 12-4 on 25 minutes.

Successive penalties allowed Hull KR to set up an attack deep inside the Warriors half, however, Wigan stood firm on the final tackle to overturn possession before Finlay Yeomans broke through the line at pace to send Hodkinson over for a third try. Farrimond made no mistake with the kick to make the score 18-4 with five minutes of the half remaining.

The Warriors cut through the Hull KR defensive with ease to score a fourth try before the hooter sounded. The hosts failed to stop Yeomans who sent Smith away to touch down in the corner. Farrimond was accurate from the touchline to give the Warriors a 24-4 lead at the break.

Wigan came out firing in the second half as Smith dived over for his second try of the afternoon after a neat offload from Yeomans. Despite the kick falling narrowly off target, the Warriors led 28-4 on 45 minutes.

A powerful defensive hit from a trio of Warriors forced an error from Hull KR 10m out, however, a pass on the first tackle evaded Drachenberg on the wing to deny further points.

The Warriors scored twice in four minutes after the hour to extend their lead to 38-4. First a moment of individual brilliance saw Farrimond ground his own kick on the wing before the half-backs kick over the top bounced into the hands of Mason to score.

Wigan continued to punish errors from the hosts as Yeomans once more broke through the line before playing a pass inside to Hodkinson who ran in to score his second. Farrimond’s successful kick widened the points difference with five minutes remaining.

Hull KR almost crossed for a consolation score in the closing stages following a powerful carry from Luke Forearm, however, a combination of five Warriors forced the hooker into touch before Farrimond completed his hat-trick in the final minute after a break from Kian McDermott. The kick was successful as the score finished 50-4.

Hull KR: James Farr, Lewis Wing, Jake Parkes, Josh Ratuvou, Oli Forsyth, Henry Watkinson, Ryan Moses, Hayden Todd, Luke Forearm, Harrison Adams, Frankie Dearlove, Kerry Chaulke, Archie Gray.

Interchanges: Jay Longthorne, Cameron Docherty, Harry Fletcher, Ryan Hall.

18th Player: Josh Smith.

Tries: Wing (25′).

Sin-bin: Chaulke (6′).

Wigan Warriors: Noah Hodkinson, Harlen Smith, Finlay Yeomans, Austin Daniel, Jaiden Drachenberg, Jack Purtill, Jack Farrimond, Trent Kelly-Duffy, Reece Rowcroft, Kian McDermott, George O’Loughlin, Lukas Mason, Taylor Kerr.

Interchanges: Leo Wadsworth, Kalum Rathbone, Mike Porter, Dylan Kelly-Duffy.

18th Player: Josh Swindley.

Tries: Kerr (10′), Farrimond (18′, 62′, 79′), Hodkinson (35′, 75′), Smith (39′, 45′), Mason (67′).

Goals: Farrimond (7/9).

Sin-bin: N/A.

Sunday 28 April 2024