Thursday, 18 June 2015

Young Warriors Rout Weakened Wolves

After a narrow win away to Castleford in their first game of the Academy Sevens phase, Wigan U19s played host to Warrington for the second time this season since claiming victory over the Wolves in the Grand Final.

After their success, a number of last year's stars now ply their trade for the respective senior sides in Super League but both teams have continued their power of bringing through talent to sit second and fourth in the table.

Wigan made a superb start with stand-in winger Jack Higginson scoring the opening try inside two minutes which Jake Shorrocks converted for 6-0 before Liam Forsyth crossed from centre just four minutes later with Shorrocks on hand to make it 12-0. Warrington looked to respond but left themselves open for five further tries in the final 12 minutes of the first half.

Nick Gregson touched down twice ahead of second efforts for Jack Higginson and Liam Forsyth but all after a try from Lewis Heckford, Jake Shorrocks kicked all but the last attempt for a huge 40-0 lead at the interval. Forstyh secured his hat-trick just eight minutes after the restart with Shorrocks resuming his success for 46-0.

The game seemed to be over as a contest by the 52nd minute as Oliver Gildart showed why he has been selected for Salford in Super League with a fine try out wide which Shorrocks was unable to improve at 50-0. Kyle Shelford added another score for the Warriors for 54-0 before Warrington finally got on the board with a try from Reece Brunt which Harvey Livett converted for 54-6/

Wigan wrapped up the huge victory with three tries in the last 13 minutes as Nick Gregson completed his hat-trick ahead of efforts from Gabriel Fell and Jake Moore with Shorrocks converting all three for a 10 goal haul in a 72-6 final score.