Match report as Wigan Warriors Under-19s beat Newcastle Thunder Under-19s at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium
Wigan produced a dominant performance in the second half which saw them keep Newcastle scoreless and score 34 unanswered points
- Cian Tyrer was particularly impressive and influential throughout the match from full back and scored a superb hat-trick
Wigan Warriors Under-19s ran out comfortable victors against Newcastle Thunder Under-19s, after producing a dominant second half performance which saw them keep Newcastle scoreless and register 34 unanswered points.
After a relatively cagey first ten minutes which was dominated by some staunch defence from both sides, Wigan sprang into action and scored two quick fire tries through Max Roberts and Morgan Smithies.
Roberts registered the first score of the game as he ran a brilliant line and sliced through the Thunder defence to dot the ball down under the posts. Upon re-establishing good field position on the back of some strong carries, Morgan Smithies produced a powerful run from ten yards out, and crashed over the line to stretch Wigan’s lead. Both tries were successfully converted by Harry Smith to take the score to 12-0.
A period of relative quiet ensued as both teams exchanged sets in an attempt to gain the upper hand and build some sense of pressure. However, after a strong defensive effort from Wigan on their own goal line, Alexander Clegg collected a testing grubber kick to touch down in the corner and cut the Wigan lead to eight points.
The conversion from out wide was unsuccessful. Despite Newcastle’s renewed sense of purpose and notable lift in intensity, Wigan quickly rallied to re-establish their twelve point advantage. Cian Tyrer produced a jinking run and weaved his way over the line to score his first try of the game taking Wigan’s lead to 16-4.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 16 – 4 Newcastle Thunder U19s
After a relatively tense first half the young warriors leapt into action early on in the second half, and quickly gained a level of supremacy and dominance which would set the tone for the remainder of the match.
Ryan Forshaw scored the first try of the second half for Wigan when he cut through the Newcastle defence and barged over the line from short range. Within a matter of minutes Cian Tyrer scored his second try of the game as he finished off a sweeping team move and dotted the ball down in the corner, the touchline conversion attempt from Harry Smith drifted agonisingly wide, leaving the score at 26-4.
Over the next few minutes Wigan began to really apply the pressure and stretch the Newcastle defence, Cian Tyrer completed his hat trick in superb fashion just minutes after his previous try, as he stepped around three defenders to crash over the line.
Wigan applied further pressure through some vigorous defence after Tyrer’s try and quickly forced an error from Newcastle, which handed Wigan possession thirty metres out from the line. Upon regaining possession Harry Smith received the ball in centre field and threw a convincing dummy which opened up the defence and allowed him to complete an impressive solo effort, which he successfully converted.
With little time remaining in the match Wigan demonstrated their attacking potency as they registered two quick-fire tries through Callum Green and Ryan Forshaw. Green raced down the touchline and illustrated his electric turn of pace to touch the ball down in the corner, and Ryan Forshaw allowed Wigan to register an impressive half century of points as he crashed over the line form short range to complete an impressive Wigan victory.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors U19s 50–4 Newcastle Thunder U19s
Wigan Warriors – 50
Tries: Max Roberts, Morgan Smithies, Ryan Forshaw (2), Cian Tyrer (3), Harry Smith, Callum Green
Goals: Harry Smith 7/ 9
Newcastle Thunder– 4
Tries: Alexander Clegg
Wigan Warriors U19s: 1. Cian Tyrer, 2. Jack Kennedy, 3. Sam Halsall, 4. Ben Holcroft, 5. Reece Hamlett, 6. Harry Smith, 7. Ryan Forshaw, 8. Nathan Wilde, 9. Dec O’Donnell, 10. Ethan Havard, 11. Oliver Waite, 12. Max Roberts, 19. Morgan Smithies
Interchange: 14. Amir Bourouh, 20. Callum Green, 16. James McDonnell, 24. Joe Shorrocks
Newcastle Thunder U19s: 1. Jack Quinn, 2. Kieran Hudson, 3. Alexander Clegg, 4. Mark McCallan, 5. Callum Kennedy, 6. Thomas Wilcox, 7. Cal Ellis, 8. Rory Nettleton, 9. Oliver Gowing, 10. Christopher Paterson. 11. Jed Charlton, 15. Adam Bielby, 13. Tyler Walton
Interchange 14. Daniel White, 12. James McGurk, 16. Nathaniel Kitching, 17. Rhys Burr