Under 19s continue sublime form
Wigan go 204 minutes without conceding a point
- Hat-trick for winger Reece Hamlett
Wigan’s under 19s side extended their winning run to five game notching up over 50 points for the fourth game in succession, beating their London Broncos counterparts 58-6 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium in Orrell on Saturday.
In an entertaining yet, one-sided contest, Wigan ran in ten tries with wing Reece Hamlett crossing for a hat-trick, plus centre Jake Sculthorpe and second row James McDonald each crossing for a brace of tries.
After a lively opening that included an eye-catching break from prop forward Sammy Kibula, Wigan opened the scoring after 14 minutes when wing Reece Hamlett touched down for what would be the first of his three tries. Hamlett touched down after a sustained period of pressure on the London line from the Cherry and Whites, which saw second row Joe Shorrocks held up over the line prior to Wigan taking the lead.
Four minutes later Shorrocks would get his try, running onto a delayed pass from halfback Harry Smith to dot the ball down under the uprights unopposed.
Wigan were playing at a speed that the Broncos struggled to handle in the opening half an hour of play. With prop forward Kibula making inroads and the influential Dec O’Dpnnell dictating proceedings from dummy half, Wigan enjoyed quick ball at the ruck and they were over again in the 24th minute when second row James McDonnell crossed for try, collecting a fine inside ball from centre Jake Sculthorpe in the build-up
Wing Reece Hamlett was the next scorer for the hosts, racing in from the halfway line after a nicely worked short-side play from standoff James Barren engineered an overlap for the fleet-footed Hamlett to score.
Wigan were moving through the gears with ease and before the break they crossed for two more tries. Centre Danny Sculthorpe crossed for a try on the 36th minute mark, collecting a pass from full-back Callum Green who made the initial break in the build-up. Stand-off James Barren then dummied his way over minutes before half-time, with his halfback partner Harry Smith adding the extras to add his faultless kicking display in the first half of six conversions from as many attempts.
Half-time Score: Wigan Warrior U19s 36 London Broncos U19s 0
Wigan Warriors: 36 - London 0
The beginning of the second half saw the Broncos attack the Wigan try-line for three consecutive sets of six. Wigan stood form and their fortitude was rewarded with a try when full-back Callum Green shimmied his way over on 46 minutes. Barren failed to convert.
The Broncos were much improved in the second half, testing the Wigan line on numerous occasions only to be frustrated by some steadfast defence.
Just approaching the hour wing Hamlett sealed his hat-trick when a well-worked backs move from the base of a scrum released the prolific wing to race in from 30 metres. Barran converted.
The next try of the afternoon was the pick of the bunch. Spotting a short-side opportunity the ball was quickly moved towards stand-off Barran, who’s tip pass found McDonnell. The pacy second rower’s finish was as equally impressive as his stand-off’s slight of hand, running in the try from 50 metres evading three Broncos defenders in the process. Centre Sculthorpe rounded off the scoring for Wigan in the 67th minute finishing off a fine team move. The Broncos would have their consolation score when second row Jacob Jones crossed with ten minutes left to play.
Wigan Warriors U19 58 - London Broncos U19 6
Wigan Warriors Team : 1 Callum Green, 2 Cian Tyrer, 3 Sam Grant, 4 Jake Sculthorpe, 5 Reece Hamlett, 6 James Barran, 7 Harry Smith, 8 Nathan Wilde, 9 Dec O’Donnell, 10 Sammy Kibula, 11 James McDonnell, 12 Joe Shorrocks, 19 Morgan Smithies
Interchange : Aidan Roden, Ryan Forshaw, Ethan Roberts, Max Roberts
Wigan Warriors Tries : Hamlett (14, 30, 58), Shorrocks 18, McDonnell (24,63), Sculthorpe (36,67), Barran 38, Green 45,
Wigan Warriors Conversions : Smith (15,19, 25, 31, 37, 39), Barran 58, 63, 67
Wigan Warriors Drop Goals :
London Team : 1 Gideon Boafa, 2 Jesse Fearn, 3 Joshua Hodson, 4 Charlie Gamble, 5 Ryan Couch, 6 Joe Leigh, 7 James Meadows, 8 Christian Gale, 9 Sam Davis, 10 Adam Green, 11 Jacob Jones, 12 William Blakemore, 13 Rhys Joel,
Interchange : 14 Alfie Edwards, 15 Caley Gray, 16 Max Clarke, 17 William Budd.
London Tries : Jones 70
London Conversions : Joel 71 London Drop Goals :