Wigan Warriors Under 19s draw 38-38 against City of Hull Academy Under 19s at Orrell
Wigan tries from Macauley Davies (2), Josh Woods, Liam Paisley (2), Paddy Jones & James Worthington
- Cherry and Whites held to draw in their first game of the season
Wigan Warriors Under 19s were held to a 38-all draw against City of Hull Academy Under 19s in their first game of the season at the Ad Options Community Stadium in Orrell.
The game didn’t start too brightly as Hull took an early lead but Matty Peet’s side scored four tries in the first-half to go into the interval leading 22-14. However, Hull fought back in the second-40 to snatch a draw. The Yorkshire side kicked a penalty conversion in the dying embers of the game to settle for a draw.
Hull came back into the game from being 38-20 down in the second-half to score three unanswered tries as well as a penalty conversion in the last 15-minutes.
A bitter cold afternoon in Orrell didn’t affect the game as it was an end-to-end and gripping match up with a total of 14 tries being scored in total. The Cherry and Whites were held to a draw at home, after a quick comeback from the City of Hull stole a point.
Last year’s Under 16 graduates James Worthington, Caine Barnes and Olly Partington all featured for Matty Peet’s side while Jack Higginson made his first appearance since last year’s semi-final in the Academy League due to injury. Josh Woods also started alongside Lewis Heckford in the halves following his impressive performances in the Reserves.
Wigan Warriors Under 19’s didn’t get off to the best start in their opening game of the season as Hull took an early lead when they had an overlap on the right edge. Hull half-back Lochlan Fitzgerald shipped it wide to Mike Adlard, with the winger darting in at the corner with no Wigan players being around to tackle him. Full-back Reece Dean failed in his conversion attempt, Hull lead 4-0 after four minutes at Orrell.
The Cherry and Whites took the lead in the 14th minutes through Macauley Davies. He received a flat ball from half-back Josh Woods to storm over the line, with no Hull players even attempting to stop the hard working back-rower. Centre Jake Moore successfully converted the try to put his side into a 6-4 lead.
Matty Peet’s side were in for another midway through the first-half as Woods latched onto a Lewis Heckford grubber to score near the sticks. The try gave an insight into this year’s combination between the half-back pairing which looks slick and exciting! Moore added the extras, Wigan 12-4 to the good.
City of Hull got themselves back into the game in the 2th minute as they scored through Max Riseman. Half-back Liam Morris passed the ball along the line to Riseman, with the centre having space and time to finish at they had an overlap on the left edge. Dean successfully converted from the touchline, Wigan still lead 12-10.
Hull took the lead for the second time just minutes later after winger Mike Adlard intercepted a pass on his own line and ran the length of the field to score, despite Lewis Heckford just missing out on tackling the speedster. Full-back Dean sliced his conversion attempt, Hull 14-12 up.
In the 35th minute, the Cherry and Whites fought back and they were in for another through Liam Paisley. The centre pounced onto a little chip kick from winger Jack Higginson to go over the line to complete an outstanding Wigan move. Moore’s conversion attempt went just wide of the mark, Wigan now lead 16-14.
The Warriors extended their lead when prop Paddy Jones bulldozed over the line from close range after receiving a short ball from hooker Josh Ganson, while also carrying four Hull players with him. Moore added the additional points to put his side 22-14 up.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors Under 19s 22–14 City of Hull Academy Under 19s
Wigan started the second-half very well as forward Davies scored a second try which was almost identical to his first as he burst onto a short ball from Woods to barge over the line from close range. Moore converts the try to make the score 28-14 to Wigan.
Hull pulled a try back through hooker Will Jubb as he ran from dummy-half and stormed over Wigan’s tryline from just yards out. Dean added the extra two points, Wigan still lead 28-20 after 50-minutes.
Matty Peet’s side quickly got their heads back into gear and it was James Worthington who finished a fantastic move off which saw six Wigan players involved as they managed to run 50-metres all together. Moore added the extras, Wigan 34-20 to the good.
Wigan scored their seventh try of the afternoon on the hour mark through Liam Paisley. Woods and Heckford shipped the ball out wide to the centre who crossed the whitewash to finish a nicely worked play. Moore just dragged his kick wide, Wigan lead 38-20.
City of Hull Academy reduced the margin through winger Will Oakes. They had an overlap on the left edge and Oakes finished with ease in the corner. Dean successfully converted the try from out wide, Wigan 38-26 in front.
The away side were in again in the 72nd minute as hooker Tom Jubb ran from dummy-half and stormed over the line will no Wigan players being able to stop him. Dean was successful in his conversion attempt, Wigan still 38-32 up.
Winger Oakes got his second of the afternoon after Hull had another overlap in which they capitalised on. Fitzgerald threw a cut-out pass to Oakes who darted in at the corner. Dean missed the conversion; the score is now 38-36 to Wigan after 74 minutes.
Hull were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute and they opted to take the two. Full-back Dean successfully converted from bang in front to snatch a point out of the game in the last kick of the game. The score was levelled at 38-all.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors Under 19s 38–38 City of Hull Academy Under 19s
Wigan Warriors – 38
Tries: M. Davies 2, Woods, Paisley 2, Jones, Worthington
Goals: Moore 5/7
City of Hull Academy – 38
Tries: Adlard 2, Riseman, W. Jubb, Oakes 2, T. Jubb
Goals: Dean 5/8
Man of the Match: Caine Barnes
Wigan Warriors Under 19s: 1. James Worthington; 2. Jack Higginson, 3. Liam Paisley, 4. Jake Moore, 5. Tom Davies; 6. Lewis Heckford, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Max Dudley, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Callum Field; 11. Jack Wells, 12. Macauley Davies; 13. Kyle Shelford.
Interchange 14. Sam Brady, 15. Caine Barnes, 16. Olly Partington, 17. Paddy Jones.
City of Hull Academy Under 19s: 1. Reece Dean; 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Joe Wardill, 4. Max Riseman, 5. Will Oakes; 6. Lochlan Fitzgerald, 7. Liam Morris; 8. Kieran Moran, 9. Will Jubb, 10. Chris Smith; 11. Zeuj Silk, 12. Ash Bastiman; 13. Joe Catol.
Interchange: 14. Tom Jubb, 15. Bradley Spriggs, 16. Charlie Weavel, 17. Ben Butler.