Match report as Wigan Warriors U19s beat Huddersfield Giants 26-10 at Lockwood Park.
Five-try display from the young Warriors sees them sustain their lead at the top of the Academy Super League.
- Shane Eccles: “The team showed excellent character and resilience to defend for large periods of the game.”
Wigan Warriors Under-19s recorded their ninth consecutive win in the Academy Super League on Saturday by beating Huddersfield Giants 26-10 at Lockwood Park.
Five tries from Umyla Hanley, Cian Tyrer, Amir Bourouh, James McDonnell and Corey Hall saw out a resurgent Giants outfit, who scored two touch downs through Jordan Paga and Oliver Peterkin.
The victory sees Shane Eccles’ Warriors sustain their four-point lead at the top of the table, with 30 points from a possible 32.
Wigan got off to the perfect start as Hanley scored the game’s first try. The full-back converted the kick and the Warriors went 0-6 ahead.
Soon after, the Cherry and Whites extended their advantage as winger Tyrer crossed over. Hanley’s kick went wide of the post but his side were 0-10 to the good.
Hooker Bourouh grabbed Wigan’s third try of the afternoon and Hanley added the two points to give the visitors a 0-16 lead at half-time.
The Giants made a bright start to the second half, as Peterkin planted the ball down over the whitewash for his side’s first try of the game. Paga missed the kick but there was hope for Huddersfield with the score standing at 4-16.
Wigan’s McDonnell eased the pressure off his team and nudged them further ahead with a try. Hanley could not add the two but the Warriors went 4-20 in front.
The home side made things a little more interesting again as Paga pounced over the try line for Huddersfield’s second. The stand-off successfully added the extras to make it 10-20 with 15 minutes remaining.
But, the Warriors sealed the two points when centre Hall darted over. Hanley kicked the goal to complete the 10-26 triumph - Wigan’s 15th in 16 games this season.
Huddersfield Giants U19s: Aidan McGowan, Oliver Peterkin, Dom Young, Ben Tibbs, Travis Corion, Jordan Paga, Sean Slater, Ronan Michael, Jack Flynn, Robson Stevens, Callum Cameron, Alfie Copley, Ross Whitmore
Interchanges: Ben Bamber, James Johnson, Lewis Lang, Alfie Schultz
Tries: Paga, Peterkin
Conversion: Paga 1/2
Wigan Warriors U19s: Umyla Hanley, Ben Holcroft, Ben O’Keefe, Corey Hall, Cian Tyrer, Sam Halsall, Jake Sculthorpe, Nathan Wilde, Aiden Roden, Jack Bibby, James McDonnell, Max Roberts, Harry Rushton.
Interchanges: Amir Bourouh, Jack Kennedy, Adam Lavin, Oscar Stone
Tries: Hanley, Tyrer, Bourouh, McDonnell, Hall
Conversion: Hanley 3/5
Referee: Michael Smaill
After the game, Head Coach Eccles said: “Following on from last week’s 82-0 win against City of Hull Academy, our main focus was our defence. We knew Huddersfield would be a different challenge. They have a very big pack and also some very big and powerful outside backs.
“Our focus was on our defence and to maintain the level of last week’s game. We did a lot of defending during the game with possession probably being 60-40 in Huddersfield’s favour if not higher. The team showed excellent character and resilience to defend for large periods of the game.
“It was also pleasing that after doing so much defending we were able to transition in attack under fatigue and post points.
“There are some areas where we can be better and we need to make sure we work on these areas building into the back end of the season.
“There were quite a few experienced players not in the squad for different reasons and it was great to see other players take responsibility and some of the younger players get some longer game time.”
Up next for Wigan Warriors U19s in the Academy Super League is Warrington Wolves at the Robin Park Arena on Saturday 27th July (K.O. 12:30pm).
(Images: Darren Greenhalgh)