Full time from Bishop Burton College, 14:30 Kick-off
Hull FC U19’s - 18
Tries: Lancaster, Osbourne, Clavering
Goals: Abdull 3/3
Wigan Warriors U19’s - 32
Tries: Davies 2, Gildart 3, Thompson
Goals: Shorrocks 4/6
Wigan Warriors Academy side ran in six tries to record an impressive 18-32 victory over previously unbeaten Hull FC Under 19’s at the Bishop Burton College. An Oliver Gildart hat-trick along with a Tom Davies brace and a David Thompson score sealed the win for Matty Peet’s side in a wet and windy Humberside.
The Warriors replicated what their first team counterparts did against Wakefield on Friday night and got off to a flying start, as Tom Davies read the Hull attacking move and intercepted the pass to run unopposed under the posts. Jake Shorrocks’ converted to make it 0-6 to the visitors with only five minutes on the clock.
Things got better for the Cherry and Whites six minutes later, as Oliver Gildart took Jack Well’s offload to score again in the corner following great work by Macauley Davies. Luke Waterworth had to help his captain out during the conversion, holding the ball on the tee against a strong wind but Shorrocks’ still kicked it to make it 0-12 to the Warriors.
Wigan were showing their class now, and Shorrocks’ brilliant break and offload allowed Gildart to get another try in the 20th minute. With the wind now picking up Shorrocks’ could not add the extras on this occasion so it stayed at 0-16.
The Warriors thought they had their fourth try five minutes later as David Thompson went over in the corner, but referee Billy Pearson deemed there was a forward pass in the build-up so it was ruled out.
The home side need to respond, and they did just that in the 35th minute as Callum Lancaster scored a fantastic try, as he collected his own kick through to get his side on the board. Jordan Abdull added the additional two to make it 6-16.
This got an immediate reply from the visitors as Gildart turned provider on this occasion offloading to allow David Thompson to slide in. Once again because of the swirling wind, Shorrocks’ could not convert so it stayed at the half time score of 6-20.
HALF TIME: Hull FC U19’s 6 Wigan Warriors U19’s 20
Wigan did not start the second half well as they conceded a penalty on the first set, which allowed the black and whites to march up field. Despite amazing defending from the Cherry and Whites, they could not keep the hosts out, as Ross Osbourne barged his way over to reduce the arrears. Abdull once more converted to make it 12-20.
This just provoked another great response from the Warriors in the 50th minute, as Gabriel Fell made a fantastic run breaking through the Hull line, and offloaded onto Oliver Gildart who completed his hat-trick. Shorrocks’ converted to extend the Cherry and Whites lead to 12-26.
In what was becoming a see saw game, Hull were next to add to the scoring as a grubber kick was re-gathered to give them good field position, and Brad Clavering exploited this by powering over near the sticks. Abdull once more added the extras to leave the game at 18-26.
Just on the hour mark, Tom Davies took a brilliant catch from Shorrocks’ high bomb and ran in to get his second try, the captain converted to give the match a scoreline of 18-32. Despite Hull throwing everthing at Wigan in the remaining minutes, they produced some heroic defending to see the game out.
Hull FC U19’s: 1. Callum Smith, 2. Tom Stark, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Jack Sanderson, 5. Callum Lancaster, 6. Jez Litten, 7. Harry Tyson - Wilson, 8. Brad Fash, 9. Josh Wood (Captain), 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Ash Bastiman, 12. Joel Marquez - Laynez, 13. Jordan Abdull ,
Interchange: 14. Brad Clavering, 15. Charlie Johnson, 16. Ross Osborne, 17. Brad Harrison
Wigan Warriors U19’s: 1. Gabriel Fell, 2. David Thompson, 3. Oliver Gildart, 4. Jack Higginson, 5. Tom Davies, 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Craig Mullen, 8. Joe Bretherton, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Patrick Jones, 11. Jack Wells, 12. Macauley Davies, 13. Kyle Shelford
Interchange: 14. Patrick Casey, 16. Max Dudley, 17. Brad Lawrence, 18. Josh Ganson
Referee: Billy Pearson