Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Perfect Start For Academies

Over the last few seasons, I have seen a fair amount of young players go through the ranks at Wigan, from the Scholarship-Academy-Senior squads. This season, I have seen the 16s open their season at home and this past weekend, saw my first 19s action of the year.

The 16s game was against the newly former Hull '2' on my 29th birthday meaning both this and last years birthdays featured a 16s game and just like in 2015, the outcome was a victory.

The young Warriors raced into a 10-0 lead inside 20 minutes before being pegged back to 10-10. They went 20-10 behind before mounting a comeback and eventually regaining the lead at 22-20. Wigan extended the lead to 26-20 and breathed a sigh of relief as Hull's next try went unconverted thereby ensuring that they held a 26-24 lead which lasted long enough to secure the win.

After clashes with my trips to film Skem United at home, I missed the first two 19s home game of the season but finally made my 2016 debut as they hosted London Broncos last Saturday. The Warriors took a 10-0 lead inside 12 minutes with tries from James Worthington and Liam Paisley coupled by a conversion from Jake Moore. London replied through Jordan Williams for 10-4 before Wigan moved to 22-4 with efforts from Craig Mullen and James Barran with Jack Higginson converting both.

The lead held into the half-time break but within a minute of the restart, Josh Ganson extended the lead before completing a four minute brace with Higginson  the first and Moore the second as Wigan opened up a 34-4 advantage. Paisley and Worthington claimed their second tries in a three minute period with Moore converting both for 46-4. The final Wigan score came from Moore himself on 62 minutes and he converted his won try for 52-4 but the final say on the score came from London as Gidds Boafa crossed with five minutes remaining with Rhys Joel converting for a 52-10 final score.