Match report as Wigan youngsters lose 28-20 to Swinton Lions
Warriors lead twice in second half but Lions score late tries to take the win
- Liam Forsyth, Morgan Smithies, James Worthington and Samy Kibula all on the scoresheet for Wigan
A young Wigan side lost out late on at Heywood Road as two late Swinton tries saw the Lions take the win.
Having been 12-0 behind following tries from Luke Waterworth and Matthew Sarsfield the Warriors hit back through Liam Forsyth and Morgan Smithies to trail 10-12 at the interval.
The Warriors had the lead twice in the second half owing to tries from James Worthington and Samy Kibula but the Championship outfit proved just too strong as Mark Nicholson and Elliott Caine secured the win.
Wigan used a young squad for the game with several first team squad players including Jake Shorrocks, Romain Navarrete and Liam Forsyth all involved alongside several academy players.
The Lions included new recruits and former Wigan players Gabe Fell and Kyle Shelford in their 18-man squad.
Swinton struck first as former Wigan academy player Luke Waterworth spotted a gap in the line to burst over and open the scoring.
Just minutes later the Lions scored again as Marcus Webb’s break allowed Matthew Sarsfield to cross. Chris Hankinson converted both tries and the Lions were 12-0 up inside 16 minutes.
The Warriors did well to hang in and were rewarded on the 24th minute when swift hands from Craig Mullen and Jack Higginson allowed Liam Forsyth to dive over in the corner.
Wigan continued to have the better of it and looked the more likely to score as the pitch started to cut up.
Both sides made changes as the half wore on and it was Wigan substitute Morgan Smithies who scored next as he barged over following a penalty. Jake Shorrocks added the conversion and Wigan were just 10-12 down at the break.
HALF TIME: Swinton Lions 12–10 Wigan Warriors
The second period sparked into life on the 50th minute when an incident saw all 26 players come together, the referee sending Matt Sarsfield and Jack Higginson to the sin bin to calm down.
Wigan reacted well as Josh Woods’ bullet pass found James Worthington who dived over in the left corner and the Warriors led 14-12.
Swinton weren’t behind for long as the referee called a second effort by the Warriors and Hayden Hansen took full advantage to score his side’s third of the game. Hankinson’s goal making it 18-14.
Back to a full complement, Wigan took the lead again in the 62nd minute when Samy Kibula raced onto a flat ball from Josh Ganson and proved too strong for the defenders. Woods’ conversion making it 20-18.
The Warriors had dominated territorially for some time but Swinton always looked dangerous going forwards and eventually proved too strong as Mark Nicholson and Elliott Caine saw Stuart Littler’s team take the win.
FULL TIME: Swinton Lions 28–20 Wigan Warriors
Swinton Lions - 28
Tries: Luke Waterworth, Matthew Sarsfield, Hayden Harris, Mark Nicholson, Elliott Caine
Goals: Chris Hankinson 4/5
Wigan Warriors - 20
Tries: Liam Forsyth, Morgan Smithies, James Worthington, Samy Kibula
Goals: Jake Shorrocks 1/2, Josh Woods 1/2
Swinton Lions: 1. Gabe Fell, 5. Mike Butt, 3. Chris Hankinson, 4. George Tyson, 2. Marcus Webb, 6. Daniel Ansell, 7. Jack Hansen, 13. Josh Barlow, 9. Luke Waterworth, 17. Kyle Shelford, 21. Chris Worrall, 12. Matthew Sarsfield, 14. Hayden Hansen
Interchange: 8. Omer Djalout, 18. Mark Nicholson, 22. Connor Taylor, 23. Elliot Caine, 24. Aaron Hall
Wigan XIII: 1. Craig Mullen, 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Worthington, 4. Jack Higginson, 5. Liam Forsyth, 7. Jake Shorrocks, 6. Josh Woods, 8. Romain Navarrete, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Callum Field, 11. Liam Paisley, 12. Macauley Davies, 13. Ollie Partington
Interchange: 14. Lewis Heckford, 15. James Barran, 16. Samy Kibula, 17. Caine Barnes, 18. Joe Shorrrocks, 19. Morgan Smithies
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