Match report as Wigan Warriors Under 19s beat Newcastle Thunder U19s 62-22 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium
Wigan tries from Tom Davies, Kyle Shelford (2), James Worthington (3), Josh Woods, Macauley Davies, Sam Grant, Sammy Kibula, Ben Kilner and Dec O’Donnell
- Depleted Warriors only had 16 fit players available again
A young Wigan Warriors Under 19s side comfortably beat Newcastle Thunder at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Kyle Shelford returned to the side at hooker after being on first-team duties in the last couple of weeks in place of Jack McHugh. Forward Ben Kilner came back into the side and started on the bench while half-back Olly Russell was ruled out through injury.
Wigan’s Aiden Sutton was again named on the interchange bench but did not feature due to injury.
Thunder’s key player Den Coates started at half-back while captain Jed Charlton led the side from the back-row.
The Cherry and Whites got off to a fantastic start with Tom Davies going over after just 43 seconds. The winger latched onto a cheeky Jake Moore grubber to cruise over. Half-back Josh Woods converted to put his side 6-0 up.
North East got themselves back into the game on the back of a Wigan error just five minutes later through some good attacking play. Half-back Den Coates threw a cut-out pass to winger Mark McCallan who finished tightly in the corner. Coates added the conversion to level the score at 6-6.
The game was very open and Wigan scored the third try inside just eight minutes after skipper Kyle Shelford scooted over from dummy-half to score.
The scoring continued at pace as the visitors pulled level just moments later when Owen Harrison shot through the Wigan defensive line to score. Coates’ conversion edged Thunder 12-10 in front.
Wigan went in to the game as clear favourites and soon started to show why. After repeat sets in the Thunder half Wigan scored as Kyle Shelford kicked through and pounced on his own grubber kick to score.
The ball then went through several pairs of hands as Wigan scored a nice try through James Worthington.
The Warriors were in for another on the half-hour mark when Woods sold the Newcastle defence a fabulous dummy to score. The former Leigh East junior converted his own try and Wigan were now in control at 28-12.
The speed of the ruck slowed down in the last ten minutes of the first-half but Wigan looked comfortable as they took a 16 point lead in to the sheds.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 28–12 Newcastle Thunder U19s
Wigan took just four minutes to add to their tally in the second-half as Woods’ fine cut-out pass found Worthington who finished with ease.
The Cherry and Whites were too hot to handle in the opening stages of the half and the visitors had no answers. Macauley Davies cottoned onto a little chip kick to storm over and Barran successfully converted, Wigan 38-12 up after 48 minutes.
Newcastle fought back in the next set as Owen Reed caught the Warriors napping to wriggle over from dummy-half. Coates sliced his conversion and Wigan still led 38-16.
Wigan continued to dominate up the middle but it was centre Sam Grant who scored the try of the game as he stepped several players to score a spectacular solo effort.
The home side registered a ninth try on the hour-mark as Sammy Kibula received a flat pass from Dec O’Donnell to crash over.
Just three minutes later the Warriors scored a carbon copy of their previous try, this time Shelford supplying Kilner with the pass to score. Barran converted both and Wigan led 54-16.
If this were a boxing match the referee would have stopped it and Wigan soon punished the visitors again as O’Donnell ran a fine line to ease over.
Newcastle still had some fight left as full-back Niall Sidney made a fine 50-metre break to score under the posts. Coates added the extras, Wigan 58-22 Newcastle.
The Warriors handed Newcastle a final blow as a great team try allowed Worthing to score his third, Wigan’s 12th, of the game to cap a fine afternoon.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 62–22 Newcastle Thunder U19s
Wigan Warriors U19s – 62
Tries: T Davies, Shelford 2, Worthington 3, Woods, M Davies, Grant, Kibula, Kilner, O’Donnell
Goals: Woods 4/6, Barran 3/5, Moore 0/1
Newcastle Thunder U19s – 22
Tries: McCallan, Harrison, Reed, Sidney
Goals: Coates 3/4
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. James Worthington; 5. Tom Davies, 3. Sam Grant, 4. Sammy Kibula, 2. Joe Pilling; 6. James Barran, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Kyle Shelford, 10. Paddy Jones; 11. Macauley Davies, 12. Jake Moore; 13. Paddy Casey
Interchange: 14. Sammy Adejumo, 18. Dec O’Donnell, 17. Ben Kilner, 21. Aiden Sutton
Newcastle Thunder U19s: 1. Niall Sidney; 2. Mark McCallan, 3. Adam Bielby, 4. Kane Young, 5. Jack Quinn; 6. Den Coates, 7. Dave Weetman; 17. Kieran Bruce, 9. Ryan Jones, 10. Sam Stephenson; 11. Jed Charlton, 12. Owen Harrison; 13. Rob Branton
Interchange: 14. Owen Reed, 15. Lloyd Gurnell, 8. Will Bentley, 16. Jake Eggleton