Wigan Warriors Under 19's Head Coach Matty Peet was ‘immensely proud' after his team pushed the Australian Schoolboys side all the way in their 18-36 defeat this afternoon.
Reacting after a pulsating contest at the Solid Strip Community Stadium, Peet commented: "My team are a credit to the Wigan Club and I am immensely proud of them. It was a great experience for the lads, although we're disappointed not to get the victory.
"I think we just ran out of bodies in the end, but take nothing away from Australia, credit to them as they have some talented players. Their intensity and athletic style makes them the World class team they are and I wish we could play them every week!"
Matty heaped further praise on his players stating: "Australia have some special players, but we have some special players of our own. Going forward in their careers, I expect some of our lads to beat Australia, as today was a game we could have and maybe should have won."
Peet then singled out some of his team saying: "Ryan Sutton was outstanding, to play in the forwards for the full game when it was unlimited substitutions takes some doing, he was absolutely relentless.
"Jamie Doran showed his class too with some nice plays and a great try, which proves our faith in him. Oliver Gildart also played brilliantly as he was a constant threat, and held up well in defence against some big bodies."
The Warriors Coach then commended the scholarship Coaches stating: "Huge credit has to go to the scholarship Coaches, as they do an amazing job and today evidenced that. We had some young 16 year olds on our bench such as Max Dudley, Jack Wells, Josh Ganson and Josh Woods who will all improve immeasurably after today
"It was their first game of Academy Rugby and what a start that is against probably the best team they will face, it is a tribute to the scholarship coaches that they all fitted in seamlessly."
Regarding injuries, Peet said: "There are some breaks there unfortunately, but that's Test Rugby. There are some who will miss a chunk of pre-season training now; we always knew that was a risk when playing in this game, but it was still a great fixture to be involved in so well worth it."