The Wigan Warriors Junior Academy bravely bowed out of this years Grand Final series with a hard fought defeat against St Helens on Friday night in the Final Eliminator at Knowsley Rd.
The under strength Warriors started the brighter of the two sides with Ben Davies impressing with some strong defence and carries. The pressure soon told when a superbly weighted Brett Robinson kick saw Shaun Ainscough win the race to the line, Josh Veivers was unable to convert 0-4.
The Warriors held the lead for nearly 20 minutes until Johny Lomax opened the Warriors defence to send winger Steven Tyrer to level the scores, 4-4.
The Warriors then fought back and it was Josh Veivers who scored next from dummey half after some great work by the outstanding Gareth Melling, 4-8. St Helens soon replied on 36 minutes when Liam Farrell made an uncharacteristic error near his own line and Kyle Eastmond swooped on the ball to score next to the posts, Jamie Foster converted to send the Saints in at half time with a slender two point lead 10-8.
The second half saw the more experienced Saints side take control of the match with some great performances from stand off Johny Lomax and Steven Tyrer which led to five converted tries from Tyrer 2, Eastmond, Warren Thompson and Phil Bateman all of which Jamie Foster added the extras. The only response from the Warriors came from scrum half Joe Mellor who sliced through the Saints defence on 55 minutes to score in front of the posts for Josh Veivers to add the extras.
The final score finished 40 - 14 with Farrell, Melling and Davies standing out for the Warriors.