-First half blitz from Wigan Reserves, as they ran-in five tries in a dominant first-half display
Halifax rallied in the second half but Wigan ran out 32-16 winners
- Tries from Shorrocks, Waite, Mullen, Halsall, Holcroft and Byrne for the hosts
Wigan Reserves first-half blitz was too much for Halifax Reserves, as the Warriors ran-out 32-16 winners at the Fairhurst Accountants Stadium in Orrell. Wigan ran-in five first half tries in a dominant display to lead 26-6 at the break. Halifax rallied in the second-half, pinning the Warriros back with two scores of their own only for Wigan to seal the win with a late score from close range by interchange forward, Liam Byrne.
It was Halifax who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory in the opening exchange, as they pinned Wigan back in their own half with an early repeat set. Yet, Wigan absorbed the pressure and it hosts who opened the scoring. Stand-off Jake Shorrocks finished off the move, with a drop of the shoulder from 10m out but the try belonged to full-back Craig Mullen, whose 60 metre break leading up to the try put Wigan on the front-foot. Shorrocks converted his own score.
Wigan enjoying some early dominance with stand-off Jake Shorrocks prominent in the early exchanges. The Warriors didn’t have to wait much longer for their next scores, with the hosts overwhelming their opponents in the opening quarter of the game.
Next to score was back-rower Oliver Waite, who burst over from close range after Wigan worked a short-side move. Craig Mullen soon followed with a score of his own as Matty Peet’s side looked to cut loose. Halifax though, rallied, and minutes later they crossed for a try of their own when wing Jude Corocos squeezed over in the corner.
Wigan were soon back in their groove, with a late flurry in the first half that saw their Wigan’s right-edge cross for both tries. First up was centre Sam Halsall, who dummied to score and then wing Ben Holcroft finished brilliantly in the corner minutes later as Wigan led 26-6 at the break.
Half-Time: Wigan Warriors Reserves 26 – Halifax Reserves 6
The opening ten minutes of the second half didn’t produce much action, as both sides returned from their changing rooms lacking the intensity and accuracy of their play in first half.
It was Halifax who eventually broke the second half deadlock, when Liam Cooper pounced on a loose ball in-behind the Wigan line to score. Syme converted. The Halifax try saw the visitors’ confidence grow, as they played with a renewed vigour on the edges despite Wigan’s dominance up front. Halifax doubled their tally with wing Jack Etchells collecting a brilliant offload from Halifax centre, Rizelli. Syme failed to convert from out wide. Just as Halifax were building-up a head of steam, Wigan hit-back. Interchange forward Liam Byrne powered over from close range to extinguish any worries of a miraculous comeback from the spirited Yorkshire outfit.
Final Score: Wigan Warriors Reserves 32 Halifax Reserves 16
Wigan Warriors Reserves: 1. Craig Mullen; 2. Jack Kennedy, 3. Sam Grant, 4. Samuel Halsall, 5. Ben Holcroft; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. James Barren; 8. Callum Field, 9. Dec O’Donnell, 10. Samy Kibula, 11. Max Roberts, 12. Oliver Waite, 13. Oliver Partington.
Interchanges: 14. Amir Bourouh, 18. Joesph Purcell, 16. Liam Byrne, 15. Ryan Forshaw
Tries: Jake Shorrocks (7’), Oliver Waite (13’), Criag Mullen (17’), Sam Halsall (31’), Ben Holcroft (36’), Liam Byrne (67’) Conversions: Jake Shorrocks 3/5, James Barren 1/1
Halifax Reserves: 1. Jamie Stringer; 14. Jude Corocs, 3. Conor McGrath, 4. Nico Rizelli, 5. Jack Etchells; 6. Jordan Syme, 15. Kian Oldroyd; 8. Jack Fairbank, 9. Curtis Davies, 10. Frazer Morris, 11. Connor Davies, 12 Zak Dowhirst, 13. Walid Bourega
Interchanges: 2. Harris Morris, 23. Brad Allen, 19. Will Calcott, 18. Jordon Baldwinson, 21. Liam Cooper, 17. Connor Hambon
Tries: Jude Corocos (25’), Liam Cooper (56’), Jack Etchells Conversions: Jordan Syme 2/2