Wigan Warriors Under 20s prevailed by 34-16 against Castleford Tigers Under 20s today at Orrell, in bracing conditions.
There was little between the two teams in the early stages, the only notable chance when Ben Davies was unable to ground Logan Tomkins' grubber kick.
The deadlock was broken after fifteen minutes when Logan Tomkins' teasing run was ably supported by Davies, who powered over two defenders at close range. Jack Murphy added the extras, Wigan 6-0 up.
Nine minutes later it was a special effort from Ryan King, promoted to the first team squad this year, who gathered the ball from a Castleford drop out and showed tremendous agility in swerving around three tacklers at full pelt to extend the lead. Murphy with two more, Wigan 12-0.
Castleford would get one back five minutes before the end of the first half, Ben Blackmore's inside run leading to four points and an easy conversion for Ryan Brierley. The first half ended soon after, Wigan 12-6 in front.
Ten minutes into the second stanza Wigan would strike again, Sam Powell's crossfield kick freeing Jack Murphy, who rounded the last defender to place down. Murphy on form again, 18-6 Wigan.
Soon after Powell would be at the heart of things again, finishing a move by jinking through a small gap to dive down beneath the sticks. Murphy kicked well once more, Wigan 24-6.
Castleford hit back once more on sixty minutes, Greg Eden going through after Richard Owen's break had been superbly tracked down by King. Brierley missed the kick, Wigan still with the advantage at 24-10.
Wigan were immediate in their response however, Logan Tomkins showing guile in following his own tap through all the way to the line after Matty Russell's initial run. Murphy with the kick, Wigan 30-10.
A few minutes later the Warriors would move further in front, King picking up a loose ball and releasing an excellent flick pass to the unmarked Jamie Acton, the big centre steaming to the line for four points. Murphy went wide with the touchline conversion, Wigan 34-10.
Similar to the first half, Castleford picked a try up five minutes out, Joe Pickets with a dummy-half effort from two metres out. Brierley with the routine two from right in front, Wigan 34-16.
The whistle blew at that score, with Wigan deserving of the spoils. Coach Darren Fletcher will be pleased at the display in the first competitive match, at home, of the season against a strong and willing Castleford. The Under 20s return to Orrell on the 12th March against Hull FC.
Ref- Jonathan Roberts
Tries- Davies, King, Murphy, Powell, Acton, Tomkins
Goals- Murphy 5
Tries- Blackmore, Eden, Pickets
Goals- Brierley 2
Wigan Warriors - Matty Russell, Ryan King, Jamie Acton, Jack Murphy, Jayden Sandford, Chris Taylor, Sam Powell, Tom Spencer, Logan Tomkins, Ben Davies, Danny Bridge, Jack Hughes, Greg Burke
Replacements -James Greenwood, Dom Crosby, Liam Carberry, Keiron Harrison
Castleford Tigers -Ben Blackmore, Josh Atkinson, Willie Isa, Greg Eden, James Clare, Richard Owen, Ryan Brierley, Jack Smith, Joe Pickets, Clark Thompson, Billy Harris, Steve Snitch, Chris Simms
Replacements - Dan Fleming, Jonny Payne, Josh Nathanial, Ben Johnston