Match report as Wigan Select XIII lost 44-6 to Swinton Lions
Warriors field youthful side ahead of First Team game in Catalans on Saturday
- Joe Brown scorer of Wigan’s only try
A Wigan Select XIII went down to defeat 44-6 at the hands of Championship side Swinton Lions at Heywood Road on Thursday night.
With the First Team squad in France ahead of the game against Catalans on Saturday Head of Youth Matty Peet led a young team into battle.
The Championship side were dominant throughout running in nine tries with Joe Brown mustering a consolation try for the Warriors.
Wigan made a few changes to the team that lost out by four points at London Skolars with Callum Woods, Nathaniel Marshall and Kyle Shelford dropping out.
The Warriors added just Sam Adejumo meaning they went with six substitutes I this pre-season game.
Swinton fielded a few familiar faces with former Wigan players Jack Murphy, Rob Lever, Ben Austin and Luke Waterworth all named in John Duffy’s side.
Similar to last week’s game in London, the home side certainly had a healthy weight advantage against Wigan’s young team.
The Lions looked a skilful side and they opened the scoring seven minutes in when numbers on the right allowed Shaun Robinson to go in at the corner.
Just minutes later the home side doubled their lead as Grant Gore made a break up the middle and found half-back partner Ben White who scored under the posts. Chris Hankinson’s first successful goal taking it to 10-0.
Swinton continued to have the better of it but Wigan worked hard in defence with full-back Craig Mullen one of the stand out defenders.
As the game entered the second quarter the home side launched another attack but Wigan did well forcing the ball to hit the deck allowing Joe Brown to collect and race 80 metres to score. Harry Smith added the two and the Warriors trailed 6-10.
Back to back penalties allowed Swinton close in on the Wigan line and Chris Hankinson split the defence in two to score his side’s third try of the game. Hankinson failed to convert his own try but Swinton led 14-6 with almost 30 minutes on the clock.
Minutes later and the home side scored again as a Jack Murphy break allowed Ben White to cross despite a determined effort from Wigan left-wing Nico Rizzelli. Chris Atkins took over the kicking duties and slotted home the conversion, 20-6 Swinton in front.
Wigan continued to stick at it but the Championship side were now asserting their dominance on the game and Sean Kenny went over on the hooter. Chris Atkins’ boot taking the half-time score to Swinton 26-6 Wigan.
HALF TIME: Swinton Lions 26-6 Wigan Select XIII
Both sides struggled to get into their stride at the start of the second half with handling errors stifling attacks at either end of the field.
Wigan were holding their own in defence and held Swinton out on their own line for a set however a hand in on the last gifted the Lions another set and from it Matt Gardner went in at the corner. 30-6, 15 minutes into the second-half.
As the game passed the hour-mark the hosts scored their seventh try as Shaun Robinson finished acrobatically in the corner despite Wigan’s best efforts, Atkins’ conversion attempt brushing the post before going wide.
John Duffy’s side were home and hosed with Chris Atkin going over following a Swinton scrum and converting to take their tally to 40 before Mike Butt completed the scoring as he crossed in the corner to make it 44-6.
FULL TIME: Swinton Lions 44–6 Wigan Select XIII
Swinton Lions - 44
Tries: Robinson 2, White 2, Hankinson, Kenny, Gardner, Atkin, Butt
Goals Hankinson 1/3, Atkins 3/6
Wigan Select XIII - 6
Tries: Joe Brown
Goals: Harry Smith 1/1
Swinton Lions 15. Jack Murphy, 2. Shaun Robinson, 3. Chris Hankinson, 5. Matt Gardner, 20. Mike Butt, 6. Ben White, 9. Grant Gore, 13. Rob Lever, 4. Sean Kenny, 10. Jordan Hand, 11. Connor Dwyer, 17. Oliver Davies, 12. Andy Thornley
Interchange: 16. Ben Austin, 14. Anthony Bate, 1. Chris Atkin, 23. Luke Waterworth, 18. Josh Houghton
Wigan Select XIII 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Barran, 4. James Worthington, 5. Sam Grant, 6. Harry Smith, 7. Oliver Russell, 8. Caine Barnes, 9. Paddy Casey, 10. Liam Byrne, 11. Joe Pilling, 12. Liam Paisley, 13. Oliver Partington
Interchange: 14. Nico Rizelli, 15. Sam Adejumo, 16. Tom Maloney, 17. Aidan Roden, 18. Aiden Sutton, Sammy Kibula