Thursday, 24 September 2015

Young Warriors Seal Grand Final Date With Saints

After a superb victory away to Leeds to seal a six point advantage at the top of the table, Wigan entered the play-off semi final at home to Warrington in huge confidence with St Helens awaiting in the Grand Final.

Wigan were without their primary kicker Jake Shorrocks due to injury while Oliver Gildart's exploits in the first team meant Jack Higginson continued in the number three shirt at centre while Warrington also had players missing due to first team call-ups.  The Wolves made the better start of the two sides as Richard Harris crossed for the opening try in the 13th minute with Harvey Livett converting for 6-0.

However, Wigan were back on level terms just seven minutes later as Paddy Jones scored with Nick Gregson converting for 6-6 before Gabriel Fell put the hosts in front on the half hour mark with Gregson converting for 12-6 before missing with the boot three minutes later after Liam Paisley's try at 16-6. The Warriors went into the interval sitting even more comfortably as Liam Marshall crossed for a try which Gregson improved for 20-6 at the break.

The hosts surge continued early in the second half as Josh Ganson crossed within two minutes of the restart with Gregson converting for 26-6 before he missed with the boot after Liam Marshall's second try on 52 minutes at 30-6. Luke Waterworth (Gregson conv) pushed the lead to 36-6 on the hour mark before Ben Sewifield got the Wolves to double figures with Livett converting for 36-12 but it was a minor blip on the Warriors charge as Paisley and Ganson claimed their second tries with Gregson adding a single conversion for 46-12.

The result already confirmed, Warrington had the last say on the final score as Jack Fox crossed on 75 minutes for 46-16 but with the final whistle coming five minutes later, Wigan celebrated reaching yet another Grand Final as their stunning streak extended and the retention of their title was just one win away in a first ever appearance at the DW Stadium.