Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19’s beat Warrington Wolves Under-19s at Victoria Park
Warriors lead 20-10 at the break and keep Wire scoreless in the second half to win 34-10
- James Worthington, Sam Grant and Joe Brown all score twice with Ben Kilner also crossing
James Worthington, Sam Grant and Joe Brown all crossed twice for Wigan Under-19s as they ran out 34-10 winners against Warrington at Victoria Park.
Wigan led 14-0 after just 23 minutes as tries from Worthington (2) and Grant along with a Harry Smith conversion put them in control.
Against the run of play Wire scored twice through Liam Jones and Charlie Phythian but Wigan had the final say of the half as Joe Brown crossed with Smith’s conversion making it 20-10 at the break.
Darrell Goulding’s side rarely looked troubled throughout and Brown’s second just before the hour-mark made it a three-try lead before tries from Ben Kilner (66) and Grant’s second (79) sealed the win.
With Josh Ganson called up to the first team and Caine Barnes and Liam Paisley both sitting out the first game of respective two game bans the Warriors fielded an inexperienced side.
James Barran missed out through injury with Callum Field and Paddy Casey also missing out. Sam Grant, Sammy Adejumo, Aiden Roden, James McDonnell and Joe Shorrocks all came into team.
Warrington had first team squad player Morgan Smith back after injury.
Wigan dominated the early exchanges and took the lead in the 13th minute when quick hands down the left allowed James Worthington to split the centre and winger to score.
The Warriors soon doubled their lead when neat footwork near to the line from Sam Grant saw him go over. Harry Smith added his first conversion and Wigan led 10-0.
Worthington was soon in for his second, Wigan’s third, as he showed good strength to go over on the left edge again.
Warrington had shown little thus far but made a rare appearance in the Wigan half and forced an error as the Warriors gifted them possession on their own 10-metre line. The home side took full advantage as they shipped the ball left for Liam Jones to score in the corner with Morgan Smith’s conversion making it 6-14.
Five minutes later and Pat Moran’s break put Warrington in good field position and Harry Reardon’s cut-out pass allowed Charlie Phythian to score.
Wigan had dominated for much of the game but had been pegged back. The home side sniffed a chance on the stroke of half-time as they attempted a 40:20 only for Sam Grant to collect and race 40 metres, Grant’s pass inside found Joe Brown who completed a well-worked try to restore Wigan’s two-try lead. Smith converted and Wigan led 20-10 at the break.
HALF TIME: Warrington Wolves U19s 10–20 Wigan Warriors U19s
The Cherry and Whites were dominating in the middle of the park in the second-half with Oliver Partington, Samy Kibula, Jack Wells and Ben Kilner all punching holes in the Warrington defence and muscling up well in defence too.
It was Kilner who would score Wigan’s next try as Liam Jones fumbled a high ball and the from the resulting set the Wigan forward bulldozed his way over, Brown taking over kicking duties and adding the two to make it 26-10 with little over 20 to play.
The three-try lead saw Warrington heads drop and just minutes later a half-break from Joe Shorrocks allowed Brown to race away and score in the left corner. Brown was making a rare appearance at his favoured full-back position and was a danger throughout.
Sam Grant sealed the win in the final minute as he picked up a loose ball to scoot over on the right. Brown was unable to add either conversion but Wigan deservedly ran out 34-10 winners.
FULL TIME: Warrington Wolves U19s 10–34 Wigan Warriors U19s
Warrington Wolves U19s – 10
Tries: Liam Jones, Charlie Phythian
Goals: Morgan Smith 1/2
Wigan Warriors U19s – 34
Tries: James Worthington 2, Sam Grant 2, Joe Brown 2, Ben Kilner
Goals: Harry Smith 2/4, Joe Brown 1/3
Warrington Wolves U19s: 1. Will Dagger, 2. Liam Jones, 3. Sam Storey, 3. Charlie Phythian, 5. Ryan Jones, 6. Morgan Smith, 7. Harry Reardon 8. Pat Moran, 20. Nathan Ainsworth, 16. Alex Tankard, 11. Ellis Gillam, 12. Matty Kilgannon, 13. Ellis Robson
Interchange: 9. Flynn Stanley, 15. Jack Wilson, 22. Matt Heritage, 19. Lee Dyas
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Joe Brown, 2. Craig Mullen, 24. James Worthington, 28. Sam Grant, 5. Adam Ford, 6. Callum Green, 7. Harry Smith, 8. Oliver Partington, 9. Aiden Roden, 10. Liam Byrne, 11. Jack Wells, 12. James McDonnell, 13. Joe Shorrocks
Interchange: 23. Ben Kilner, 20. Jake Sculthorpe, 16. Sam Kibula, 22. Sam Adejumo
Image - Sean Gosling