Wigan's under 20s just came-up short 16-20 in a hastily arranged friendly with South Wales Scorpions. In an error-strewn game thanks to persistent heavy rain, which left the pitch slow and boggy, South Wales just about edged a tense arm-wrestle thanks to a try straight after half time from Steven Parry.
The game was made possible due to Huddersfield puling-out of the weekend's Valvoline Cup fixture, and the Warriors and Scorpions drew on their new partnership to arrange it.
It took just two minutes for the Scorpions to register their first try as Dalton Grant slid onto a kick which rested in the in-goal area and within ten minutes Tom Morgan, in his first game back from a knee injury, doubled their lead before Wigan addressed the balance.
Welshman Rhodri Lloyd ran strongly enough to power over before Steven Parry, playing in the halves for the first time in two years restored the South Wales advantage as he escaped the clutches of the Wigan defenders for a try.
In the last ten minutes of the half, Wigan fought back with two tries to level the scores. The first through Logan Tomkins as he caught the defence out with a darting run from dummy half, before Liam Carberry scored the leveler.
Drew Johnson thought he had put the home side in front as he pounced on a Logan Tomkins dab through but he couldn't quite get to it before it went dead as the whistle went for the break.
Parry added his second after the restart in what proved to be the decisive score. Driving rain and a slippery surface made passing rugby impossible and both teams ended-up locked in a defensive battle which at times provided fierce hits which would have left cold bodies stinging.
As the half progressed, the pitch inevitably became heavy with no break from the rain, slowing the speed of the game and causing handling errors from both teams.
Matty Crow left the field with a cut to the head on the hour and the Scorpions enjoyed the majority of territory until late on when Wigan managed to apply pressure.
In a hurried scramble to snatch the game in the last five minutes, scoring opportunities again escaped Wigan thanks to dropped ball and the Scorpions held on for a confidence boosting win.
Wigan Warriors: Jack Murphy, Ryan King, Shae Lyon Fraser, John O'Donnell, Joe Bullock , Scott Leatherbarrow , Liam Fishwick , Gil Dudson , Logan Tomkins , Dom Crosby , Connor Farrell , Rhodri Lloyd , Ben Flower
Replacements: Liam Carberry , Kieran Harrison , Greg Burke , Drew Johnson , Andy Cunningham, Matty Crow
South Wales Scorpions:Jamie Murphy , Dalton Grant , Tom Morgan , Lewis Reece , Dave James ,Shaun Owens , Steven Parry , Tom Spencer , Nathan Mossop , James Greenwood Ashley Bateman , Chris Vitalini Joe Burke
Replacements: Alan Pope , Alastir McDonald , Alunwyn Davies , Liam Watton , TJ Collins , Jacob Morgan
Wigan Warriors 16:
Tries:Lloyd, Tomkins, Carberry
South Wales Scorpions 20:
Tries: Grant, Morgan, Parry 2
Weather: Rain, Cold.
MoM: Jamie Murphy (South Wales)