Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Young Warriors Set Up Derby Clash

After defeating Hull KR U19s in week one of the Academy play offs, Wigan U19s hosted Leeds U19s on Sunday with a place in the semi final the prize for the victor and would put Wigan just two wins away from retaining their title.

However, Wigan's hopes suffered an instant blow as Ash Handley crossed for the opening try for Leeds inside a minute but with Jordan Lilley unable to convert, The Rhinos held a slim 4-0 lead. Wigan fought back superbly with three tries in five minutes as Liam Marshall, Kyle Shelford and Oliver Gildart all scored after pacy runs through the Rhinos defence with Ryan Hampshire converting twice from three attempts for 16-4.

Wigan extended their lead further in the 21st minute when Ben Austin crossed for a try which Ryan Hampshire converted successfully for 22-4 before Leeds responded with a second try for Ash Handley but with Jordan Lilley unable to convert the score remained at 22-8.

Leeds gave themselves hopes of staging a comeback in the 57th minute when Nathan Barker crossed for a try but with Ben White unable to convert the Rhinos were still on the wrong end of a 22-12 score which was added to in the 69th minute by Oli Gildart's second try for the Warriors. Ryan Hampshire was unable to convert but at 26-12, Wigan were in control and managed to hold the 14 point lead until the end of the 80 minutes set up a tie away to St Helens on Saturday.