Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Young Warriors Defeat Rhinos

After an extended break due to the cancellation of the visit to Hull KR, Wigan U19s returned to action with the hosting of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

The Rhinos made a superb start with the opening try inside two minutes through Nathan Barker with Joe Sanderson converting for a 6-0 lead. Wigan have been majestic at Orrell this year and showed just why with a three minute salvo from Lewis Heckford and Liam Marshall with Jake Shorrocks converting both for 12-6.

The Warriors continued their momentum with two further scores before the 20 minute mark as Macauley Davies and Oliver Gildart crossed out wide meaning a tough angle for Shorrocks who missed both attempts at 20-6. Leeds responded with a try from Nick Rawsthrone on 24 minutes which Sanderson converted for 20-12. Both sides pushed for more points in an exciting first half but went into the interval with the Warriors leading by eight.

Jake Shorrocks added to his points tally with a try six minutes after the restart but was unable to convert at 24-12 and just six minutes later, the game took a wrong turn with a brawl between the sides that saw Wigan's Liam Marshall sin binned and Leeds' Sam Hallas sent off for starting the fracas.

Wigan extended their lead just before the hour mark through Callum Field with Shorrocks converting for 30-12 before Ben Brady crossed for the Rhinos with Sanderson continuing his perfect record with the boot for 30-18. Alike the first half, the last 20 minutes saw the defences shore up meaning the game ended 30-18 and saw the Warriors continue their perfect home record ahead of s huge visit of St Helens this weekend.