Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s ease past Newcastle Thunder Under-19s 62-0 at Kingston Park
Caine Barnes and Josh Ganson feature for Wigan as Darrell Goulding makes nine changes to his side
- Joe Brown (3), Josh Ganson, Oscar Hansen, Olly Russell (2), Nico Rizelli, Liam Kenyon, Caine Barnes and Nathaniel Marshall with Wigan’s tries
Olly Russell scored 26 points as Wigan Warriors Under-19s comfortably eased past Newcastle Thunder Under-19s 62-0 at Kingston Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherry and Whites led throughout and scored five tries in the first-half thanks to Joe Brown, Josh Ganson, Oscar Hansen, Nico Rizelli and Russell to lead 30-0 at the break.
Wigan scored six further unanswered tries in the second-half through Liam Kenyon, Caine Barnes, Nathaniel Marshall, Russell and two more from Brown as they ran-out comfortable 62-0 victors with a fine performance.
Darrell Goulding made nine changes to the side that beat Widnes Vikings with Nico Rizelli, Liam Kenyon, Nathaniel Marshall and Aiden Rhoden replacing the likes of Craig Mullen, James Barran, James Worthington and Josh Woods.
In the Warriors pack, Joe Pilling, James McDonnell, Joe Shorrocks, Nathan Wilde and Oscar Hansen came in for Callum Field, Jack Wells, Liam Paisley, Paddy Casey and Liam Byrne.
David Weetman started at loose forward for Thunder while Cal Ellis also featured in the halves.
Wigan were the better side from kick-off and it didn’t take long for them to open the scoring as full-back Joe Brown scored on the back of a good passing move. Olly Russell converted to put his side 6-0 up.
Despite Newcastle having a couple of sets on the Warriors line, they never really looked like scoring due to solid Wigan defence.
First-team hooker Josh Ganson extended Wigan’s lead midway through the first-half as he scooted from dummy-half to barge over and Russell added the conversion, 12-0 Wigan.
The Warriors were soon in complete control as debutant Oscar Hansen went on a barnstorming run to score under the posts while carrying four Thunder players. The conversion was good and Wigan had a healthy 18-0 advantage.
Former Oldham St Annes amateur Olly Russell was running the game in the first-half and reaped the rewards as he scampered through the Newcastle defence to dive over. The scrum-half converted his own try to make the score 24-0 in Wigan’s favour.
Darrell Goulding’s outfit were on fire and Nico Rizelli finished brilliantly in the corner after Wigan passed it through quick hands along the line. Russell arrowed his conversion over which saw the Warriors go into the interval with a comfortable 30-0 lead.
HALF TIME: Newcastle Thunder U19s 0–30 Wigan Warriors U19s
It took just three minutes of the second-half before the Warriors struck again as Hansen made another fine break and assisted the supporting Brown who finished the try with ease. Russell once again added the extras and Wigan were 36-0 in front.
Thunder were really struggling to cope with Wigan’s attacking flare and they cracked five minutes later when centre Sam Grant made a sublime break down the left side to pass inside to England Academy international Brown who completed his hat-trick. Russell added the additional points and Wigan were 42-0 ahead.
Liam Kenyon then marked his Under-19s debut with a try after showing nice footwork following a superb break from Caine Barnes. The conversion was missed but Wigan were impressing with a 46-0 lead.
Wigan’s youngest first-team player Barnes who recently turned 18 got a well-earned try in the 70th minute as he stormed over with no Thunder players even attempting to make a tackle. Russell added the two points from the conversion to put his side 52-0 up.
Goulding’s men looked formidable and they scored in their following set as highly-rated youngster Russell wrestled his way over the line to grab his second of the game. He again converted his own try and the score was then 58-0.
Rapid winger Nathaniel Marshall rounded-off a marvellous Warriors performance with a try with five minutes remaining as he raced over. Russell’s conversion attempt went just wide of the mark but Wigan were worthy 62-0 winners.
FULL TIME: Newcastle Thunder U19s 0–62 Wigan Warriors U19s
Newcastle Thunder U19s – 0
Wigan Warriors U19s – 62
Tries: Brown 3, Ganson, Hansen, Russell 2, Rizelli, Kenyon, Barnes, Marshall
Goals: Russell 9/11
Newcastle Thunder U19s: 1. Jake Woods, 2. Anthony Dyne, 3. Aaron McBride, 4. Mark McCallan, 5. Jack Quinn, 6. Dan Coates, 7. Cal Ellis, 8. Sandy Rak, 9. Ryan Jones, 16. Nat Kitching, 11. Jed Charlton, 12. Chris Patterson, 13. David Weetman
Interchange: 14. Owen Reed, 15. Rory Nettleton, 17. Scott Derrick, 10. Kieran Bruce
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Joe Brown, 2. Nico Rizelli, 3. Sam Grant, 4. Liam Kenyon, 12. Nathaniel Marshall, 24. Harry Smith, 7. Olly Russell, 8. Ollie Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 18. Caine Barnes, 20. Joe Pilling, 11. James McDonnell, 13. Joe Shorrocks
Interchange: 23. Nathan Wilde, 10. Sammy Kibula, 19. Oscar Hansen, 6. Aiden Rhoden