Wigan Warriors Reserves ease to a comfortable 54-10 win over Bradford Bulls Reserves at Robin Park Arena on Thursday night
A Liam Forsyth second half hat trick helped Wigan to score 10 tries overall
- Macauley Davies, Sam Grant (2), James Worthington (2), Craig Mullen and Harry Smith with Wigan’s other tries
Wigan Warriors Reserves eased to a comfortable 54-10 win against Bradford Bulls Reserves on Thursday night at the Robin Park Arena.
Ten tries including a second half hat trick from Liam Forsyth contributed to a convincing win for the Warriors.
Joe Bretherton returned after dislocating his fibula in the London Skolars match during pre-season. Gabe Hamlin, James Worthington, Josh Ganson and Callum Field all started.
Macauley Davies got the first try of the match as Samy Kibula found a gap and offloaded the ball to the supporting Davies who outpaced the Bradford fullback to ease over the line within the opening two minutes.
Sam Grant then went over for Wigan as Liam Forsyth offloaded the ball on the right edge. The winger collected and ran towards the line and managed to get the ball down to score.
Bradford replied soon after as Joshua Rickett dived over in the right corner. A long-looping pass found the winger and he was able to touch down over the whitewash. Alix Stephenson missed the kick.
Wigan extended their lead as James Worthington strolled over on the left side. A quick-fire pass by Lewis Heckford found the centre who went through the gap to score.
However, the Bulls set up an interesting second half as Reiss Butterworth touched down. The hooker ran from dummy half and skilfully side stepped his man to score on the left side. Stephenson converted to make it 16-10 at half time.
The second 40 didn’t live up to Bradford’s expectations as Wigan rolled in another seven tries to see the game out.
Grant got his second as he intercepted a pass during a Bradford attack and ran 60 metres down field to score under the posts.
Centre Forsyth then got his first of the game as he powered his way over the line on the right side. Credit was due in abundance to Harry Smith as put on a show with his neat and clever footwork to set up Forsyth for the try.
Another excellent try then followed for the Warriors as Worthington got his second. Craig Mullen came up with an amazing acrobatic effort to keep the ball in play by throwing it between his legs to Worthington who scored.
Worthington then returned the favour as he found Mullen on the left side and he was able to dive over comfortably in the corner.
Forsyth got his second try after he broke through the middle of the Bradford line and he managed to get away to score under the sticks.
The cherry was placed on top as Forsyth quickly got his hat trick by diving over the line on the right side with ease.
To add more salt to Bradford’s wounds, Smith rounded off the victory with Wigan’s 10th try of the match as Mullen assisted the half back who went over to bring up the 50.
Smith converted seven out of the 10 kicks to contribute to Wigan’s impressive win.
Wigan Warriors Reserves 54–10 Bradford Bulls Reserves
Wigan Warriors Reserves– 54
Tries: Davies, Grant (2), Worthington (2), Forsyth (3), Mullen, Smith
Goals: Smith 7/10
Bradford Bulls Reserves– 10
Tries: Rickett, Butterworth
Goals: Stephenson 1/2
Wigan Warriors Reserves: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 3. Liam Forsyth, 4. James Worthington, 5. Sam Grant, 6. Lewis Heckford, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Callum Field, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Samy Kibula, 11. Macauley Davies, 12. Liam Paisley, 13. Gabe Hamlin
Interchange: 14. Aiden Roden, 15. James Barran, 16. Joe Bretherton, 17. Caine Barnes, 19. Cian Tyrer
Bradford Bulls Reserves: 1. Alix Stephenson, 2. Joshua Rickett, 3. Elliot Culling, 4. Ross Oakes, 5. Ryan Leadbeater, 6. Max Trueman, 7. Cobi Green, 8. Evan Hodgson, 9. Reiss Butterworth, 10. James Davies, 11. Daniel King, 12. Vytas Vaznys, 13. Matthew Storton
Interchange: 14. Jordan Andrade, 15. Brad Clavering, 16. Matthew Fletcher, 17. Keelan Foster, 18. Sam Smith, 19. Jack Wilson, 20. Lochlan McGill
Image – Sean Gosling