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Under 20s Play Off Semi Final: Wigan 56 Wakefield 6
Posted by Bilko on September 26 2011 - 09:20

Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - U20s Valvoline Cup Play Off Semi Final.
Sunday 25th September 2011. Kick Off 12noon at Co-Operative Stadium, Orrell.

Match Report

Wigan progressed to their fourth Under 20s Grand Final in a row with a comfortable 56-6 victory in Sunday's Semi Final at Orrell.

Under 20s coach Darren Fletcher chose to pick Wakefield as their "club call" choice, having already beaten them 30-20 at Orrell just two weeks earlier.

This contest was much more on sided though with Fletcher being given the luxury of having Joe Mellor, Dom Crosby, Logan Tomkins and Ben Davies available after their loan/dual registration spells had all been concluded. It grates me this though. I don't mind the Widnes trio getting a game because they all still qualify for the Under 20s by right of age but the selection of Ben Davies is poor in my opinion. Not so much because he is over-age (because you can pick up to three over-age players) but the fact he is leaving the club for Widnes next year. He's already played in three of these Under 20s finals, so what is the point of using him in a fourth? Why not give the experience to someone else? Someone who is still in with a shout of making it here at Wigan? I don't get that!

Anyway the addition of Crosby and Davies to the front row left Wigan with a huge pack for this level and to be blunt, they dominated Wakefield. I know it'll seem daft for me to say this considering the 56-6 result, but I actually thought Wakefield defended superbly to halt Wigan to that score. They made Wigan work damn hard for most of their scores but the reality was they just couldn't compete in trying to get up the field enough times to compete on the scoreboard.

The rout started in the third minute with Jayden Sandford going over in the left corner, Stefan Marsh's conversion off the touchline made it 6-0.

Wakefield were really struggling to even get past half way with ball in hand and for that reason it was no surprise when Jack Hughes helped double the lead on 13 minutes. Jack Murphy's conversion made it 12-0. Soon after Joe Mellor went over and with another conversion from Murphy making it 18-0.

The visitors were hanging in at 18-0 but seriously had no hope of winning. Especially after two further scores came before half time. First Matty Russell went over, then a minute before the break, Dom Crosby powered over from thirty metres out. Murphy missed both those conversions but 26-0 was a commanding lead.

Now in fairness to Wakefield, they had a really good dig second half and unlucky not to score in this spell. I seem to recall they had one try disallowed for a forward pass, that just summed up their day.

Wigan got on the scoreboard again on 55 minutes with Crosby repeating his break from earlier. This time he needed to use the support in sending Sam Powell over. Murphy had left the field with Scott Leatherbarrow not only replacing him in the centres but also on goal kicking duty. He kicked to make it 32-0. Leatherbarrow then scored and converted himself three minutes later for 38-0.

Stefan Marsh had left the field earlier but had now returned to replace Matty Russell at full back. From that position he scored a quick fire double on 67 and 70 minutes, two more conversions from Leatherbarrow taking Wigan up to 50-0.

Wakefield did score a try for pride when Kyle Trout scored a converted effort with three minutes to go but their was still time at the end for one more Wigan score which Logan Tomkins claimed. Leatherbarrow's fifth conversion completed a 56-6 success.

Wigan now face Warrington in the Grand Final next weekend. Date and Venue still to be confirmed.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Under 20s Position Wakefield U20s 1
1 Matty Russell Full Back Tom Hodson 1
2 Ryan King Winger Sam Doherty 2
3 Stefan Marsh Centre Danny Cowling 3
4 Jack Murphy Centre Lucas Walshaw 4
5 Jayden Sandford Winger Lee Brickwood 5
6 Joe Mellor Stand Off Liam Kay 13
7 Sam Powell Scrum Half Matty Wildie 7
8 Dom Crosby Prop Russ Spiers 8
9 Logan Tomkins Hooker Tom Henderson 9
10 Ben Davies* Prop Jake Joynt 10

Jack Hughes

2nd Row Lee Brickwood 11
21 Jamie Acton 2nd Row Adam Slater 12
13 Kieron Harrison L.Forward Kyle Trout 6
14 Tom Spencer Substitute Joe Parkinson 14
15 Greg Burke Substitute

Andy Tate

16 Scott Leatherbarrow Substitute Tom Lillycrop 16
18 Liam Carberry Substitute Chris Annekin 17
- Darren Fletcher Coach Tony Drury -

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

Score Sheet

Wigan Under 20s 56 --- Wakefield Under 20s 06
Tries (10):
Jayden Sandford
Jack Hughes
Joe Mellor
Matty Russell
Dom Crosby
Sam Powell
Scott Leatherbarrow
Stefan Marsh 2
Logan Tomkins
--- Tries (1):
Kyle Trout
Stefan Marsh 1/1
Jack Murphy 2/4
Scott Leatherbarrow 5/5
--- Goals:
Dale Morton 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 00 Try: Jayden Sandford
- Wigan 06 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Stefan Marsh (1/1)

13th Minute Wigan 10 Wakefield 00 Try: Jack Hughes
- Wigan 12 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/1)

18th Minute Wigan 16 Wakefield 00 Try: Joe Mellor
- Wigan 18 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Jack Murphy (2/2)

30th Minute Wigan 22 Wakefield 00 Try: Matty Russell
- Wigan 22 Wakefield 00

J.Murphy Missed Conversion (2/3)

39th Minute Wigan 26 Wakefield 00 Try: Dom Crosby
- Wigan 26 Wakefield 00

J.Murphy Missed Conversion (2/4)

Half Time Wigan Under 20s 26 Wakefield Under 20s 00
55th Minute Wigan 30 Wakefield 00 Try: Sam Powell
- Wigan 32 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Scott Leatherbarrow (1/1)

58th Minute Wigan 36 Wakefield 00 Try: Scott Leatherbarrow
- Wigan 38 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Scott Leatherbarrow (2/2)

67th Minute Wigan 42 Wakefield 00 Try: Stefan Marsh
- Wigan 44 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Scott Leatherbarrow (3/3)

70th Minute Wigan 48 Wakefield 00 Try: Stefan Marsh (2)
- Wigan 50 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Scott Leatherbarrow (4/4)

76th Minute Wigan 50 Wakefield 04 Try: Kyle Trout
- Wigan 50 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Dale Morton (1/1)

81st Minute Wigan 54 Wakefield 06 Try: Logan Tomkins
- Wigan 56 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Scott Leatherbarrow (5/5)

Full Time Wigan Under 20s 56 Wakefield Under 20s 06


Jamie Bloem

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