Under-19s: St Helens 17 Wigan 44
Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19’s beat St Helens Under-19’s 44-17 at the Totally Wicked Stadium
Sam Grant, Paddy Casey and Liam Byrne replace Nathaniel Marshall, Aiden Roden and Joe Pilling in Darrell Goulding’s side
- Craig Mullen, James Worthington, Caine Barnes, Ben Kilner, Josh Ganson, Joe Brown (2) and Samy Kibula with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19s eased past St Helens Under-19s 44-17 at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday night.
The Warriors started well thanks to tries from Craig Mullen, James Worthington and Caine Barnes but Saints fought back with three tries of their own as well as a drop-goal from Rob Fairclough which saw St Helens lead 17-16 at half-time.
Darrell Goulding’s Wigan team kept Saints scoreless in the second-half and scored five further tries through Ben Kilner, Josh Ganson, Joe Brown (2) and Samy Kibula to seal a resounding 44-17 victory to complete a double over local rivals Saints this season.
Darrell Goulding made three changes to his side that beat City of Hull Academy last week. Sam Grant, Paddy Casey and Liam Byrne replaced Nathaniel Marshall, Aiden Roden and Joe Pilling.
First Team squad players Rob Fairclough, Matty Lees and Josh Eaves all started for Saints.
Wigan started strong and scored in the opening minute as Craig Mullen barged over out wide. Harry Smith converted to put his side 6-0 up.
Saints pulled one back shortly after though through Tom Nisbett. The winger showed good footwork to score and Brad Billsborough added the extras to level the score at 6-6.
The Cherry and Whites went back into the leave as Craig Mullen assisted James Worthington who scored. Smith missed the conversion but Wigan were 10-6 in front.
It was an end to end affair in the first-half. First Team squad player Caine Barnes crashed over the line for Wigan from close range. Smith’s conversion was good and Wigan led 16-6 after 16 minutes.
The hosts fought back again and scored through Luke Ward following a fine break from Kevin Brown. The conversion was on target but Wigan were still 16-12 ahead.
Warriors full-back Mullen was sent to the sin bin with four minutes of the first-half left for a high tackle, and Saints then used the overlap on the right to score through Ward. Billsborough dragged his conversion wide, with the score 16-16.
Saints took the lead for the first time in the game with just seconds of the half remaining. Rob Fairclough added a drop-goal to send his side into the break with a narrow 17-16 lead.
HALF TIME: St Helens U19s 17–16 Wigan Warriors U19s
It was an almost identical start to the second-half as it was the first-half. Wigan scored just three minutes after the restart as Ben Kilner stormed onto a flat ball from Josh Ganson to barge over. Smith added the additional points to put Wigan 22-17 up.
Saints were struggling to deal with Wigan’s attacking plays following the interval. England Academy captain Josh Ganson scooted to dive over the line with Smith converting, St Helens 17-28 Wigan.
Joe Brown scored another for Wigan on the hour mark. A nice passing move saw the winger finish well in the corner. Smith failed to convert but Wigan were in a healthy 32-17 lead.
Brown grabbed his second in as many minutes as the former Bradford Bulls man ran 70 metres to score. Smith didn’t miss this time and Warriors were 38-17 to the good.
The home side looked tired towards the back end of the game and Wigan were in again in the 65th minute. Samy Kibula threw a sharp dummy to touch down. Smith converted to make the score 44-17 in favour of Wigan.
Two red cards were handed to Wigan’s Kibula and Saints’ Matty Lees with 10 minutes left due to a brawl occurring.
Ollie Partington was sin-binned two minutes later, owing to a late challenge on Fairclough.
Saints had a couple of sets late on but strong Wigan defence kept them out as Darrell Goulding’s outfit ran-out 44-17 winners in the Derby.
FULL TIME: St Helens U19s 17–44 Wigan Warriors U19s
St Helens U19s – 17
Tries: Nisbett, Brown, Ward
Goals: Billsborough 2/3
Drop Goals: Fairclough 1
Wigan Warriors U19s – 44
Tries: Mullen, Worthington, Barnes, Kilner, Ganson, Brown 2, Kibula
Goals: Smith 6/8
St Helens U19s: 1. Kevin Brown, 5. Tom Nisbett, 3. Chris Follin, 4. Sean Croston, 2. Luke Ward, 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Rob Fairclough, 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 16. Alex Eckley, 11. Sam Royle, 12. Mike Wheldon, 13. Callum Hazzard.
Interchange:15. Joe Sharratt, 10. Jordan Olmez, 17. Evan Bullen, 19. Chris Kellet.
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 5. Sam Grant, 6. Harry Smith, 7. Callum Green, 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Caine Barnes, 11. Liam Paisley, 12. Paddy Casey, 13. Joe Shorrocks.
Interchange: 15. Ben Kilner, 16. Samy Kibula, 17. Sammy Adejumo, 19. Liam Byrne.