U19s beat Wolves

U19s beat Wolves

  • Match report as Wigan Warriors U19s win convincingly at Warrington.

  • Six tries for Shane Eccles’ side sees off Wolves at Victoria Park on Saturday.

  • Sam Halsall, Aiden Roden, Amir Bourouh, Brad O’Neill (2) and Corey Hall with Wigan’s tries.

Wigan Warriors Under-19s continued their winning start to the new season after a convincing 32-18 victory at Warrington Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

Three tries in each half saw Shane Eccles’ side take a deserved win at Victoria Park.

Sam Halsall, Aiden Roden and Amir Bourouh all crossed over in the first half, while a brace from Brad O’Neill and touch down from Corey Hall saw the young Cherry and Whites take the two points.

Wigan got off to the perfect start, scoring two tries within the opening ten minutes. Centre Sam Halsall powered his way though the Warrington line to cross over, before hooker Aiden Roden showed a dummy to touch down from close range.

The Wolves replied though with two tries of their own in the space of six first half minutes. Liam Brinksman got the first as eased over in the right corner following a quick attacking move, before opposite winger Lewis Hall dived over on the left edge.

After his two tries in the opening two games of the new campaign, substitute Amir Bourouh made another impact for the Warriors, as he capitalised on a huge mistake in the Warrington play-the-ball. The hooker picked the ball up to score under the posts five minutes before half time.

The Wolves raced out of the blocks in the second half, as centre Cole Oakley went over on the left side following a swift move. Riley Dean converted the kick to make it a two-point ball game at 14-16.

But Wigan responded almost instantly and restored their comfortable lead courtesy of Brad O’Neill’s try. The forward powered his way over the line, after finding space in the Warrington line.

Brad O’Neill.

Despite constant Warrington pressure following O’Neill’s try, Wigan held firm and Umyla Hanley raced away as he picked up a mistake in the Wire attack. The full-back got his side within ten metres out of the try line and and as the ball fell to the right edge, Corey Hall was there to score in the corner.

O’Neill sealed the victory for his side on the 65th minute as he bulldozed his way over from a few metres out. Skipper Joe Shorrocks converted four goals from six attempts to contribute to the 32-18 win.

Warrington added a try late on as Josh Thewlis found space on the right side of his team’s attack to go through a gap and score, but it was only conciliation.

The young Warriors now have six points from their opening three Academy games, after wins against London Broncos, Huddersfield Giants and Warrington.

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