Match report as Wigan’s Under-19s side comfortably beat Castleford Tigers Under-19s at Robin Park Arena on Thursday night
The 48-6 win means the young Warriors all but seal the Academy League title albeit still being mathematically possible for St Helens to catch them on points difference
- Wigan run in nine tries with eight different scorers
Wigan Warriors Under-19s continued their strong end to the season by winning convincingly against the Castleford Tigers Under-19s at the Robin Park Arena on Thursday night.
Nine tries and eight different try scorers completed an impressive 48-6 victory for Darrell Goulding’s side against last year’s Grand Final opponents.
Sam Halsall, Reece Hamlett (2), James McDonnell, Jake Sculthorpe, James Barran, Ryan Forshaw, Nathan Wilde and Harry Smith all got on the scoresheet for Wigan.
Robbie Storey scored Castleford’s only try of the game as the Warriors kept the Tigers out in the second half.
The two points means the young Warriors all but seal the Academy League title albeit still being mathematically possible for St Helens to catch them on points difference. Wigan still have two league games to play against Castleford (away) and Leeds (home) before the semi-final stage.
Darrell Goulding made six changes to the side that beat Catalans Dragons 12 days ago as Callum Green, Jack Kennedy, Oliver Waite, Joe Purcell and Dec O’Donnell all dropped out.
Reece Hamlett, Sam Halsall, Harry Smith, Joe Shorrocks, Nathan Wilde and Morgan Smithies all came into the 17-man match day squad.
It was a bad start for the Warriors as Joe Shorrocks was shown a yellow card by the referee for a swinging arm in a tackle. However, the sin bin to Shorrocks didn’t seem to affect his teammates as Wigan opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game with Sam Halsall crossing over. Harry Smith provided the assist as the half back found Halsall on the right side and the centre went through the gap to go over under the sticks. Smith converted and the Warriors took a 6-0 lead.
The Cherry and Whites doubled their advantage three minutes later as Reece Hamlett touched down. The try came from a great break by Ethan Havard as the prop was supported by Liam Byrne who showed an amazing turn of pace to charge towards the line. Byrne managed to get the ball away as he was chased down by the Tigers pack and Hamlett was there to pick it up and score. Smith added the two, Wigan went 12-0 ahead.
James McDonnell got Wigan’s third try on the 27th minute as he charged over the whitewash. The Warriors shifted the ball to the left side and McDonnell powered his way towards the line and forced off the attempted tackle to score. Smith missed the kick but the home side had gone 16-0 in front.
Castleford came to life eight minutes before half time as Robbie Storey got his team on the scoreboard. The Tigers moved the ball to the right side and Storey saw a gap in the Wigan line and went through it to touch down. Jake Sweeting added the two points to reduce the score gap to 10 points.
However, just before the break Wigan furthered their lead again as Jake Sculthorpe crossed over the line. A fantastic break away from the lightening pace of Hamlett resulted in Sculthorpe taking the pass from the winger to race away to touch down with ease. Smith converted and his side took a comfortable 22-6 score into the break.
Wigan Warriors U19s 22–6 Castleford Tigers U19s
Darrell Goulding’s young team came out firing in the second half as James Barran got on the scoresheet on the 43rd minute. The half back showed a dummy and found a gap from close range to dart over the try line. Loose forward Shorrocks took over kicking duties from Smith as he had a rest on the bench. Shorrocks made no mistake and Wigan extended the score to 28-6.
It was 32-6 soon after as Ryan Forshaw came off the bench to get in on the act. The half back strolled over the line after a brilliant break from Amir Bourouh and the supporting Forshaw was there to go over for his side’s sixth try of the night. Shorrocks’ kick went wide of the post.
With 12 minutes remaining, the game looked to be out of sight for the Tigers and that was confirmed when Nathan Wilde scored. The prop bulldozed his way over the line from close range. Barran was Wigan’s third kicker of the night and he converted to make it 38-6.
Wigan finished with a flourish as Hamlett dived over in the corner for his second of the match. The hosts got the ball out wide and Sculthorpe found his left sided partner and Hamlett, untouched, eased over the line. Smith was back on the kicks but his attempt went wide.
It wasn’t over there as Smith finished the game off in style as he scored his side’s ninth of the night. Wigan broke through the Castleford line again and Smith touched down under the posts to be the eighth different scorer. The scrum half added the two to complete a convincing 48-6 triumph.
Wigan Warriors U19s 48–6 Castleford Tigers U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s– 48
Tries: Halsall, Hamlett (2), McDonnell, Sculthorpe, Barran, Forshaw, Wilde, Smith
Goals: Smith 4/6, Shorrocks 1/2, Barran 1/1
Castleford Tigers U19s– 6
Goals: Sweeting 1/1
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Cian Tyrer, 2. Ben Holcroft, 3. Sam Halsall, 4. Jake Sculthorpe, 5. Reece Hamlett, 6. James Barran, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Ethan Havard, 9. Amir Bourouh, 10. Liam Byrne, 11. James McDonnell, 12. Max Roberts, 13. Joe Shorrocks
Interchange: 14. Ryan Forshaw, 21. Nathan Wilde, 16. Ben Kilner, 17. Morgan Smithies
Castleford Tigers U19s: 1. Callum Turner, 2. Alfie Goddard, 3. Kian Morgan, 4. Robbie Storey, 5. Lewis Carr, 6. Jake Sweeting, 7. Jacques O’Neill, 8. Jack Ray, 9. Reiss Butterworth, 10. Thomas Hall, 11. Joseph Summers, 12. Lewis Peachey, 13. Josef Fella
Interchange: 14. Jae Priest, 15. Benjamin Dobson, 16. Ben Holmes, 17. Harry Williams