U16s beat Wakefield

U16s beat Wakefield

  • Six tries for Wigan Warriors U16s saw off Wakefield Trinity on Wednesday.

  • Young Cherry and Whites win 36-20 to make it two consecutive wins.

  • Anthony Atherton: “The work ethic throughout the team really stood out and we scored some impressive tries. The work the players have been putting in to training really paid off.”

Wigan Warriors Under-16s made it back-to-back wins on Wednesday as they scored six tries to beat Wakefield Trinity 36-20 at Wigan St Judes ARLFC.

First half tries from Harvie Hill, Toby Brannan, Reagan Sumner and Zach Eckersley raced the Cherry and Whites into a 24-0 half-time lead, before second half efforts from Adam Jones and Eckersley saw off a Wakefield rally.

With just three minutes on the clock, Hill opened the scoring as he burst through the middle of two would-be tacklers to score under the posts. Eckersley added the conversion.

An intense ten minutes of play followed with both defences on top until Brannan broke through the Wakefield line and added Wigan’s second try of the evening. Eckersley was again successful with the kick, taking the score to 12-0.

The next two tries came in similar fashion on opposite sides of the field. Sumner benefited from slick hands from Kyle Huish and Reece Stanton to cross near the touchline.

Shortly after, the Warriors moved the ball from right to left, as Logan Astley and Adam Jones combined to set Niall Povall into space on the wing who then turned the ball inside to the supporting Eckersley to cross under the posts. Eckersley was successful with both conversions and Wigan went 24-0 in front at the break.

The second half saw Wakefield stage a fightback with a couple of quick-fire tries from Sam Slater and Joe Mitchell.

But Wigan responded as Jones spotted a gap to wrong-foot the defence to dart over the whitewash.

Trinity crossed for another two tries in quick succession from Pat O’Donovan and Elliot Wood to take the score to 30-20.

The home side saw the win out in the last play, as slick handling involving Astley, Jones and Povall saw Eckersley cross for his second of the night. He made no mistake with the touchline kick and converted his sixth to complete the 36-20 scoreline.

Wigan Head Coach Anthony Atherton said: “It was good to see so many of our first year players on the field; some getting their first taste of Scholarship rugby.

“The work ethic throughout the team really stood out and we scored some impressive tries. The work the players have been putting in to training really paid off.

“We are back to it in a couple of weeks against Newcastle Thunder and we’ll be looking at the Wakefield game as a performance we can really build on.”

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