Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat Huddersfield Giants Under-19s at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium in Orrell on Saturday
Wigan edge a tight affair with four converted tries from Harry Smith proving to be the difference
- Samy Kibula, Sam Grant, James Worthington and Paddy Casey with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Under-19s squeezed past Huddersfield Giants Under-19s with 24-20 win at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium.
The Warriors took an early lead as two tries from Samy Kibula and Sam Grant put them 12-0 in front in the opening 17 minutes. However, just before half time, Huddersfield half back Isaac Farrell gave his team hope for the second 40, as his individual try cut the gap to just six points.
That try seemed to give confidence to the away side, as two tries early on in the second half by Harry Woollard and Sam Hewitt gave the Giants the lead for the first time in the game.
Wigan sealed the two points with just over ten minutes remaining through tries from James Worthington and Paddy Casey. A late Oliver Jamieson effort for the visitors was too little too late, as the Warriors held on for a vital victory.
Darrell Goulding made four changes to the side that beat the Catalan Dragons last weekend. Nathaniel Marshall, Joe Brown, Liam Paisley and Nathan Reidy all dropped out as Jake Scunthorpe, Ben Kilner, Jacob Corcoran and Nathan Wilde came into the team.
As for Huddersfield, First Team squad players Matthew English and Izaac Farrell both started the game while Connor Murphy came back into the side.
The Warriors were the first to score as Samy Kibula muscled his way over the line. A flat pass from Josh Ganson to Kibula allowed the prop to bulldoze past the Giants’ defence and put Wigan ahead under the posts. Harry Smith kicked the two points and the home side led 6-0 with 13 minutes on the clock.
Four minutes later the Cherry and Whites’ were in again through winger Sam Grant. A string of quick passes on the last tackle by Kibula and then James Barran set up Grant to touch down in the right corner and extend Wigan’s lead. Smith converted from a tight angle and put his side 12 points in front.
Huddersfield eventually got on the scoresheet just three minutes before the break after putting pressure on the Warriors line. It was Izaac Farrell’s solo effort that brought the Giants back into the game as his silky footwork saw him dodge three Wigan players to score. Farrell added the extras and the visitors trailed 12-6 at the halfway stage.
Wigan Warriors U19s 12-6 Huddersfield Giants U19s
The Giants opened the scoring in the second half and brought the game level through Harry Woollard. Izacc Farrell’ trickery with the ball opened up a gap and his pass to Woollard resulted in the centre easing past the depleted defence to crash over under the posts. Farrell kicked the goal and Huddersfield were now level at 12 apiece with just under half an hour remaining.
Minutes later in the 57th minute the away side scored again and took the lead for the first time. Second rower Sam Hewitt stormed his way past three Wigan defenders to get the ball down. Farrell could not convert the kick but the Giants led 12-16.
Their lead did not last long though as Wigan winger James Worthington went over in the left corner on the 64th minute. An excellent cross field pass by Craig Mullen to Worthington set him up to score. Smith’s kick was successful and the Warriors were two points in front at 18-16.
Soon after, the home side extended their lead through Paddy Casey as a late James Barran grubber kick towards the line was followed up by the second rower with, seemingly, a fingertip touching the ball down. Smith converted and pushed his side’s lead to 24-16.
With just six minutes to go, the Giants were not giving up, as Oliver Jamieson went over in the right corner. A brilliant move in attack resulted in Olly Russell shipping the ball out to Jamieson who could not be stopped. Farrell missed the kick and the game ended with just four points separating the two sides.
Wigan Warriors U19s 24-20 Huddersfield Giants U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s– 24
Tries: Kibula, Grant, Worthington, Casey
Goals: Smith 4/4
Huddersfield Giants U19s– 20
Tries: Farrell, Woollard, Hewitt, Jamieson
Goals: Farrell 2/4
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. James Worthington, 4. James Barran, 3. Jake Sculthorpe, 5. Sam Grant, 6. Callum Green, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Caine Barnes, 12. Joe Pilling, 13. Paddy Casey, 11. Samy Kibula.
Interchange: 22. Ben Kilner, 19. Joe Shorrocks, 20. Jacob Corcoran, 21. Nathan Wilde.
Huddersfield Giants U19s: 1. Louis Senior, 2. Oliver Jamieson, 4. Jack Richardson, 3. Harry Woollard, 5. Innes Senior, 6. Oliver Russell, 7. Izaac Farrell, 10. Jon Luke Kirby, 9. Jack Flynn, 8. Matthew English, 12. Sam Hewitt, 11. Lucas Hallas, 15. Ross Whitmore.
Interchange: 14. Jamie Greenwood, 16. Alfie Copley, 19. Connor Murphy, 17. Thomas Hugill.
Image - Sean Gosling