Match report as Wigan Warriors Reserves beat Wakefield Trinity convincingly at Robin Park Arena
Morgan Escaré and Gabe Hamlin feature in strong Wigan team
- Craig Mullen, Morgan Escaré (2), Reece Hamlett, Josh Woods, Sam Grant and Josh Ganson with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors Reserves backed up the Under-19s win, as they beat Wakefield Trinity Reserves 34-6 in the second game of Saturday’s Academy double header at Robin Park Arena.
Morgan Escaré and Gabe Hamlin both started the match after they missed out on the first team’s win at Leeds on Friday. First team squad players Liam Forsyth, Josh Woods, Josh Ganson and Callum Field all started the game.
Wigan opened the scoring as Craig Mullen crossed over in the corner. The Warriors shifted the ball onto the right side and Forsyth found Mullen who raced away to dive over the whitewash.
Morgan Escaré extended his side’s lead just after the 20-minute mark as Wigan put together a string of passes on the left side and Woods gave the ball to the Frenchman who showed the dummy and his quick feet allowed him to find the gap to score. Woods converted to make it 10-0.
Three minutes later and Wigan were in again through Reece Hamlett. The Cherry and Whites broke the Wakefield line on the right side with Liam Forsyth but the ball was back on the left seconds later as Woods’ perfectly executed kick found Hamlett who collected and touched down in the corner.
Seven minutes before half time, Woods got on the scoresheet to further his side’s advantage. The try started from the half way line as Woods found Escaré to send the fullback through a gap and Woods’ support was rewarded as the full-back sent him in to score. Wigan 18-0 up as the sides turned around.
Escaré continued to trouble the Trinity defence in the second half as he provided Sam Grant with a try. Four minutes after half time, Escaré placed a chip over on the right side and the ball bobbled on the turf before Grant picked it up to score on the wing.
The visitors did get on the scoreboard with half an hour to play as Jack Croft eased over the line. Wakefield broke the Wigan line inside their own half through Nathan Newbound and he found Croft on the right side who went over for the try. Jacob Jones added the two points with the boot to make it 22-6.
However, Wigan finished the game in good fashion with two tries in the last nine minutes. The first came from Josh Ganson as he powered his way over the line. Liam Byrne broke 30 metres out through the Trinity defence but he was eventually brought down. Ganson took the ball from dummy half and he went alone from close range to touch down.
Escaré rounded off his superb performance with another try as he strolled over the line. Samy Kibula found Escaré with an inside pass and the Frenchman went past Coleby Colthorpe to score behind the sticks. Mullen added the extras to give Wigan Reserves a deserved 34-6 victory.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors Reserves 34–6 Wakefield Trinity Reserves
Wigan Warriors Reserves– 34
Tries: Mullen, Escare (2), Hamlett, Woods, Grant, Ganson
Goals: Woods 1/2 Mullen 2/2 Escare 0/3
Wakefield Trinity Reserves– 6
Goals: Jones 1/1
Wigan Warriors Reserves: 1. Morgan Escare, 2. Joe Brown, 3. James Worthington, 4. Liam Forsyth, 5. Craig Mullen, 6. Lewis Heckford, 7. Josh Woods, 8. Gabe Hamlin, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Callum Field, 11. Liam Paisley, 12. Macauley Davies, 13. Samy Kibula
Interchange: 14. James Barren, 15. Sam Grant, 16. Liam Byrne, 17. Oscar Hansen, 18. Reece Hamlett, 19. Oliver Partington, 22. Oliver Waite
Wakefield Trinity Reserves: 1. Coleby Colthorpe, 2. Myles Harrop, 3. Tyson Travis, 4. Oliver Greensmith, 5. Jack Croft, 6. Connor Bailey, 7. Chris Ackroyd, 8. Lewis Wray, 9. Harry Hiddleston, 10. Tendal Gwaze, 11. Ciaran Lewis, 11. Wilf Moxon, 13. Aaron York
Interchange: 14. Lewis Jones, 15. Jacob Jones, 16. Jocelyn Landu, 17. Thomas Schofield, 18. Yusuf Aydin, 19. Nathan Newbound, 20. Nico Devittoris