Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Young Warriors Cruise Past Robins

After finishing third in the table, Wigan U19s played host to sixth place Hull KR U19s in the first week of the play-offs with the loser dropping out of the competition and the winner moving on to face the winners of Leeds/Hull FC.

In order to retain their title, Wigan would need to win four sudden death games beginning on Saturday and they made a good start in the 10th minute as a Liam Marshall crossed for the first try of the afternoon but a tough angle meant Nick Gregson was unable to convert at 4-0.

A nice passing set resulted in try for Macauley Davies after and with a good angle for the conversion, Nick Gregson was successful in pushing Wigan into a 10-0 lead but Hull KR responded and reduced the deficit in the 26th minute with a try from Ben Holdsworth which Connor Robinson converted easily for 10-6.

Wigan regained their 10 point lead just six minutes later as Oliver Gildart crossed for a try which was successfully converted by Jake Moore for 16-6 but the Warriors reached the 20 point mark just before the interval as a cross field kick from Jamie Doran sailed into the arms of Liam Marshall who crossed for his second try of the game. Jake Moore was unable to convert as Wigan went into the break leading 20-6.

A good start to the second half saw Wigan extend their lead as Gabriel Fell crossed for a try out wide which Jake Moore was unable to convert at 24-6 before Oliver Gildart claimed his second try of the game just after the restart with Jake Moore converting for a third time for 30-6.

The Robins gave themselves hope just before the hour mark as Connor Robinson crossed for a try but was unable to convert his own score at  30-10 but Wigan responded well as Liam Marshall completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute with Jake Moore converting for a third time to move the score to 36-10.

Wigan wrapped up the win with seven minutes remaining as Gabriel Fell crossed for his second try of the afternoon with Jake Moore adding a successful conversion for 42-10 and Hull KR had the last say as Matty Marsh crossed for a try in the 77th minute with Connor Robinson converting for 42-16.

The game did have a strange ending as Callum Wright was sent to the sin bin for interference but with just seconds left, it failed to serve as a real punishment for Wigan as they secured a 42-16 win that sets up a home tie against Leeds on Sunday.