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Under 20s: Wigan 40 St Helens 22
Posted by Bilko on April 23 2011 - 14:57

Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Under 20s Valvoline Cup.
Easter Saturday 23rd April 2011. Kick Off 2:00pm at Co-Operative Stadium, Orrell.

Match Report by Tom McCooey

Wigan secured their third consecutive win in the Valvoline Cup after over coming a period of St. Helens pressure in each half in a furiously fast contest.

The 40-22 result was in the balance until a spectacular solo effort from substitute Matthew Crow eleven minutes from time put the Warriors out of sight. It was his second try in a stand out performance after coming off the bench.

Wigan looked comfortable at 18-6 three minutes before the break, but with the help of a Danny Yates try at the stroke of half time, Saints clawed their way to a two-point deficit with twenty minutes to go. A late rally from the hosts though, ensured the large crowd wouldn’t be biting their nails until the final whistle.

It was Saints who started the stronger side in an intense first quarter which saw Joe Greenwood stretch to get the ball on the line after Saints made use of the territory gained from a penalty on 15 minutes.

It took Wigan ten minutes to even the score with a clever try from dummy half for Liam Carberry, but only after Wigan had blown two earlier chances; knocking-on after receiving a penalty for a high tackle followed by a wild pass into touch from Amos Roberts four minutes later.

Once on the board, Wigan looked to have taken hold of the game with another Carberry try following a try saving tackle on James Greenwood as he collected Roberts’ neat pass once he’d broken the line.

Six minutes later, Roberts was again involved as he put a neat grubber through a gap in the Saints defence for Matthew Russell to collect and finish the move. Jack Murphy was good on all three attempts at goal.

Wigan began the second half as Saints had the first, and Johnny Walker got his reward for an afternoon of strong running by grabbing a try on 48 minutes. The field position had come from a Matthew Crow break followed by a penalty for a high shot on Shay Lyon Fraser, who was strong under constant tests under the high ball throughout.

At 24-10 Saints weren’t done, and after a series of big gains from the forwards, Anthony Walker crashed over underneath a heap of Wigan defenders. Five minutes later, Saints were back in the game and had the momentum when Danny Yates grabbed his second following a break from Nathan Ashe. Tommy Johnson added the conversion to set up what should have been a tense finale at 24-22.

Wigan had other ideas, and through a combination of tough defence and keeping the ball alive enjoyed a dominant final quarter. Crow grabbed the first of his brace on 65 minutes thanks to some acrobatics from Johnny Walker. Chasing a kick into the in-goal, Walker palmed the ball back when it looked liked going dead for the substitute to pounce on, and bettered that four minutes later with a massive run which began ten metres in his own half. Weaving through the Saints three-quarters, Crow broke the line and just about had the legs to beat a diving effort from Ashe at his ankles to put the result beyond doubt.

For good measure Matthew Russell scored a near copy of Crow’s from 40 metres with five minutes to go. Murphy’s only missed shot at goal followed to finalise the score.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Under 20s Position St Helens Under 20s 1
1 Amos Roberts* Full Back Nathan Ashe 1
2 Shae Lyon-Fraser Winger Simon Atherton 2
3 Jamie Acton Centre Tommy Johnson 3
4 Jack Murphy Centre Josh Jones 4
5 Matty Russell Winger Daniel Bretherton 5
6 Scott Leatherbarrow Stand Off Danny Yates 6
7 Sam Powell Scrum Half Ben Karalius 7
8 Tom Spencer Prop Jordan Hand 8
9 Liam Carberry Hooker Aaron Lloyd 9
10 Greg Burke Prop Anthony Walker 10

Danny Bridge

2nd Row

Joe Greenwood

12 Jonny Walker* 2nd Row Jordan O'Neill 12
13 Kieron Harrison L.Forward Jordan Case 13
14 James Greenwood Substitute Marcus Baines 14
15 Drew Johnson Substitute Joe Bate 15
16 Matt Crow Substitute Connor Dwyer 16
17 Craig Andrews Substitute Jack Francis 17
- Darren Fletcher Coach Ian Talbot -

*Denotes Over Aged Player. Three Over Age 20 Players Allowed Per Team

Score Sheet

Wigan Under 20s 40 --- St Helens Under 20s 22
Tries (7):
Liam Carberry 2
Matty Russell 2
Jonny Walker
Matt Crow 2
--- Tries (4):
Joe Greenwood
Danny Yates 2
Anthony Walker
Jack Murphy 6/7
--- Goals:
Tommy Johnson 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

14th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 04 Try: Joe Greenwood
- Wigan 00 St Helens 06 Conversion: Tommy Johnson (1/1)
26th Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 06 Try: Liam Carberry
- Wigan 06 St Helens 06 Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/1)
31st Minute Wigan 10 St Helens 06 Try: Liam Carberry (2)
- Wigan 12 St Helens 06 Conversion: Jack Murphy (2/2)
36th Minute Wigan 16 St Helens 06 Try: Matty Russell
- Wigan 18 St Helens 06 Conversion: Jack Murphy (3/3)
40mins + 2 Wigan 18 St Helens 10 Try: Danny Yates
- Wigan 18 St Helens 10 T.Johnson Missed Conversion (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Under 20s 18 St Helens Under 20s 10
49th Minute Wigan 22 St Helens 10 Try: Jonny Walker
- Wigan 24 St Helens 10 Conversion: Jack Murphy (4/4)
53rd Minute Wigan 24 St Helens 14 Try: Anthony Walker
- Wigan 24 St Helens 16 Conversion: Tommy Johnson (2/3)
56th Minute Wigan 24 St Helens 20 Try: Danny Yates (2)
- Wigan 24 St Helens 22 Conversion: Tommy Johnson (3/4)
65th Minute Wigan 28 St Helens 22 Try: Matt Crow
- Wigan 30 St Helens 22 Conversion: Jack Murphy (5/5)
69th Minute Wigan 34 St Helens 22 Try: Matt Crow (2)
- Wigan 36 St Helens 22 Conversion: Jack Murphy (6/6)
76th Minute Wigan 40 St Helens 22 Try: Matty Russell (2)
- Wigan 40 St Helens 22 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (6/7)
Full Time Wigan Under 20s 40 St Helens Under 20s 22


Tom Crashley

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