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