Have to say, this was a pretty dull game
to stand and watch at a cold Orrell on Saturday. A strong Wigan
never really got out of first gear in dispatching the
An amusing sight was the touch judge on
my side of the field first half who for some reason wearing
goggles. Not sure what all that was about. On the field,
Wigan took the lead inside just two minutes and never
looked back from that. Darrell Goulding claimed it,
although Jack Murphy's conversion was wide.
Further tries came in the 9th and 13th minutes. First Ryan
King did well to get over in the right corner before Murphy
scored himself on the opposite. Wigan were not making the
conversions easy but although Murphy converted from the
right, he couldn't nail the extras from the left.
So 14-0 in 13 minutes, you wondered if
this would be a complete walkover like Friday Night's first
team game but it was Quins who hit back with a try on 22
minutes from Billy Driver, scoring in the left corner
but Mike Bishay couldn't convert.
though soon scored again up the other end. Lovely break
from Ryan King was well supported by Prop Forward Tom
Spencer who still had 25 metres to run before crashing
under the posts. Murphy's conversion made it 20-4 and thats
how it stuck until half time.
second half and Wigan's London lad Jamie Acton, signed in
pre season from Hemel Stags, came off the bench and took
just five minutes to score. He started in the centres but
has converted to the second row in recent weeks were he
certainly looks the part with his strong physique. He
claimed a close range effort but Murphy missed his third
conversion from five, leaving the score at 24-4.
Wigan though went on a bit of a rally after that. Goulding
claimed his second try before a marauding from from Acton
set up the field position for hooker Liam Carberry to sneak
over from close range. Then on the hour Tom Spencer capped
off an excellent personal display with his second try from
close range. Murphy converted the latter two of those three
tries to leave Wigan with a 40-4 lead.
Into the last twenty minutes and the heavens opened with
heavy rain and Wigan to be honest looked like they'd rather
just get off the park. In fairness I knew how they felt, it
was cold and I'd had enough myself. Didn't really help them
that Amos Roberts kicking game from his Stand Off position
was about as testing as learning the 1 times table!
Credit Quins though they claimed three late tries to make
the score respectable. All similar tries really, taking
advantage of soft defence on Wigan's right hand side. All
from pretty close range, Dan Sarginson went over twice
either side of a try for Kieron Dixon. All three were
converted by Mike Bishay which left the final score at
Wigan 40 Harlequins 22.
Next week the Under 20s travel away to
St Helens for the return mini derby. Wigan beat St Helens
at this level 40-22 only last month at Orrell, the return
match takes place next Saturday, Kick Off 2:30pm at
Liverpool St Helens Rugby Union.