Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat Leeds Rhinos Under-19s 24-10 at Robin Park Arena.
Cian Tyrer, Aiden Roden, James McDonnell and Amir Bourouh with Wigan’s tries.
- Win sees Shane Eccles’ side sustain their place at the top of the Academy Super League table.
Wigan Warriors Under-19s overcame Leeds Rhinos at the Robin Park Arena on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of the Academy Super League, for 24 hours at least.
An inspirational performance from captain Harry Smith saw the Warriors claim a 24-10 victory over the Rhinos, who remain second in the league standings.
Tries from Cian Tyrer, Aiden Roden, James McDonnell and Amir Bourouh were enough to see off Leeds, who went over twice in the second half through Owen Trout and Harvey Spence, before Muizz Mustapha was shown a yellow card, which gave his side too much to do.
The Warriors have now won their last five games since April’s away defeat to Leeds, as Shane Eccles’ have 22 points from a possible 24.
After just four minutes, Smith opened up the Leeds defence on the right side to provide winger Tyrer with the space to touch down and get his side off to the perfect start.
The home side doubled their lead in the 20th minute as Roden forced his way over the line from dummy half.
Seconds before half-time, Eccles’ side added a third try, as half-back Smith found McDonnell with a quick cut-in pass to allow the second row to go over.
Smith’s three converted kicks gave the Warriors a deserved 18-0 advantage at the break.
Wigan began the second half in the same way they started the first, as Amir Bourouh raced through a gap in the Leeds defence to expand the lead, with skipper Smith adding the extras to make it 24-0.
On the hour mark, the Rhinos broke through the Wigan line to get their first try of the afternoon, as Trout powered over.
Six minutes later, the visitors got their second, this time through Johnson with a swift attacking move from dummy half. After missing the first conversion, Harvey Spence made no mistake with the second as he took the score to 24-10.
That try proved to be nothing more than consolation for the Rhinos, as Mustapha was sent to the sin-bin in the 69th minute for a dangerous tackle, which allowed Wigan to see out the 24-10 triumph.
The Cherry and Whites have now won 11 games from 12 in 2019 and go four points clear at the top of the league. Local rivals St Helens can move above Leeds into second place and close the gap to Wigan to two points if they beat London Broncos at the Trailfinders Sports Ground on Sunday.
Wigan Warriors U19s: Umyla Hanley, Cian Tyrer, Corey Hall, Sam Halsall, Ben Holcroft, Jake Sculthorpe, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Aiden Roden, Oscar Stone, Harry Rushton, James McDonnell, Joe Shorrocks
Interchanges: Jack Bibby, Amir Bourouh, Ryan Forshaw, Brad O’Neil
Tries: Tyrer (4’), Roden (20’), McDonnell (39’), Bourouh (43’) Conversions: Smith (4/4)
Leeds Rhinos U19s: Liam Whitton, Ben Markland, Joe Burton, Jack Broadbent, Iwan Stephens, Harvey Spence, Callum McLelland, Harry Georgiou, Corey Johnson, Muizz Mustapha, Sam Walters, Owen Trout, Loui McConnell
Interchanges: Oli Burton, Brad Martin, Jarrod O’Connor, Sam Moorhouse
Tries:Trout (60’), Johnson (66’) Conversions: Spencer (1/2)
Referee: Neil Horton Touch Judges: Elliot Barnett & Stuart Fraser