Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat City of Hull Academy Under-19s 12-10 at Bishop Burton College
Darrell Goulding made three changes to his side that beat Castleford Tigers last weekend
- Samy Kibula, Liam Paisley and Callum Green with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat City of Hull Academy Under-19s 12-10 at Bishop Burton College on Thursday night to strengthen their position at the top of table.
Wigan led 8-0 at half-time thanks to tries from Samy Kibula and Liam Paisley.
Callum Green put Wigan further ahead shortly after the break Hull replied with an effort from Max Riseham on the hour. Jez Litten then went over for the home side but it wasn’t enough as Wigan ran-out 12-10 winners on a wet night in Hull.
Darrell Goulding made three changes to the side that beat Castleford to knock the Tigers off top spot last weekend. Nathaniel Marshall, Callum Green and Josh Ganson replaced Sam Grant, Josh Woods and Liam Byrne.
Hull FC First Team player Jez Litten featured for the hosts while Zeus Silk and Tom Jubb also started.
Wigan started the game well and came close to scoring in the 13th minute as Aiden Roden looked to go over but the hooker knocked-on inches away from the line.
Darrell Goulding’s side broke the deadlock midway through the half as Samy Kibula pounced on the ball over the line following a kick. Harry Smith failed to convert but Wigan led 4-0.
The Warriors were playing with confidence and scored again after piling pressure on the Hull line. England Academy international Liam Paisley barged over on the back of a nice move, the conversion was off target but Wigan were now 8-0 to the good after 26 minutes.
Hull half-back Jack Wray was sent to the sin bin with five minutes of the first-half remaining for dissent meaning Wigan comfortably held onto their lead to go in at half-time 8-0 in front.
HALF TIME: City of Hull Academy U19s 0–8 Wigan Warriors U19s
The Warriors again started strong and scored just four minutes after the restart. Callum Green showed quick pace to score from a fine solo run from the halfway mark, Smith couldn’t add the conversion but Wigan were now 12-0 ahead.
Hull started to come back into the game though and Max Riseham got them on the scoresheet after Lochlan Fitzgerald shipped the ball out to the right. Jack Wray converted but Wigan still led 12-6 after 57 minutes.
A Brad Clavering offload saw Jez Litten pull another try back for Hull seven minutes later but Wray missed his conversion meaning Wigan narrowly led 12-10 with 16 minutes remaining.
Kibula received a yellow card for a high tackle in the 66th minute and Hull continued to throw the ball around but resolute Wigan defence kept them out.
Caine Barnes then became the second Wigan player to be sin-binned for using his elbow in a tackle but Wigan managed to hang on for a 12-10 victory.
FULL TIME: City of Hull Academy U19s 10–12 Wigan Warriors U19s
City of Hull Academy U19s – 10
Tries: Riseham, Litten
Goals: Wray 1/2
Wigan Warriors U19s – 12
Tries: Kibula, Paisley, Green
Goals: Smith 0/3
City of Hull Academy U19s: 1. Bobby Downs, 2. Josh Atkinson, 3. Max Riseman, 4. Kieran Buchanan, 5. Jack Sanderson, 6.Lochlan Fitzgerald, 7. Jack Wray, 10. Jack Brown, 9. Tom Jubb, 8. Brad Clavering, 12. Owen Harrison, 11. Adam Rooks, 13. Zeus Silk.
Interchange:18. Jez Litten, 15. Rob Branton, 16. Harry Bardle, 20. Ben Butler.
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Joe Brown, 2. Craig Mullen, 3. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 5. Nathaniel Marshall, 6. Harry Smith, 7. Callum Green, 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Aiden Roden, 10. Samy Kibula, 11. Liam Paisley, 12. Joe Pilling, 13. Joe Shorrocks.
Interchange: 15. Ben Kilner, 16. Caine Barnes, 17. Sammy Adejumo, 19. Josh Ganson.
Image - Sean Gosling