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Under 20s Match Report: Wigan 48 Hull KR 14
Posted by cherryandwhite on May 07 2012 - 14:31

Wigan Warriors v Hull Kingston Rovers - Under 20s Valvoline Cup
Saturday 5th May 2012. Kick Off 2:00pm at Co-Operative Stadium, Orrell.

Match Report

Well John Winder's Under 20s side came into this contest have failed to win any of their last four matches. I've been reporting on our academy for ten years now for this website and that was a worst ever run in all that time at this Senior Academy level. Whilst that looks negative for the current set up, it also highlights how consistently dominant a team we have been in the youth ranks over all that time.

It's been a funny season so far though at this level. This is the 9th match of the season and already 33 players have been used. The fact Shaun Wane has given ten first team debuts, on top of nine players being sent out on dual-registration, has left John Winder with a very unsettled side. But it's been goal kicking that has actually been costing them results. Two of the recent defeats saw Wigan equal the opposition for tries but lose for kicking two less conversions. It really highlights the value of a top draw goal kicker.

In this match though it was a much younger Under 20s side than in recent games. The absence of Ryan King, Anthony Gelling and Matty Russell in the back five saw the impressive Joe Burgess step up from his hot form in the Under 18s which had seen him score 8 tries in 3 matches at that level. Opposite winger Joe Bullock was also making just his third Under 20s appearance as well.

Also stepping up for his first start in the 20s was impressive half back Ryan "Rocky" Hampshire. He totally controlled this contest for Wigan off the back of a hard front row effort from "Henderson" Gil Dudson and Dom Crosby. Hampshire is looking all quality!

Wigan got into Rovers right from the off with Burgess unlucky not to a claim an early try with offside being called by referee Dave Sharpe. Minutes later though Wigan did get a try with centre John O'Donnell getting over, attacking the same left wing on 8 minutes. Then on 20 minutes he went over for a second score with a nice solo break. Murphy missed both his first conversion attempts but once that second try had gone in, Wigan found a roll on. Four more tries followed in the 20 minutes up to half time.

For me the Under 20s player of the season so far is the Welsh Second Rower Rhodri Lloyd and he was at the heart of the next two tries. First he scored himself after being sent in by Scott Leatherbarrow, then he was sent on the breakaway from Hampshire's pass before the supporting Jack Murphy finished the move.

Then Hampshire himself scored a Sam Tomkins like majestic solo try, in which he ghosted round three or four defenders in the process, before Joe Burgess crossed in the left corner to complete the first half try scoring. Having missed with his first two goals, Murphy had converted every one of the last four to leave the score line at 32-0 half time.

Rovers came out second half having clearly been rallied by coach Kev Deighton at half time. They had a right go at Wigan early on but our defence stood mightily firm and then put a dagger in the hearts of the visitors by going up the other end and scoring after soaking up all that pressure. 47th Minute it was and Murphy claimed his second try before completing his hat-trick just three minutes later. That took his try tally at this level to 10 in 8 games this season, two further conversions from him making it 44-0.

The visitors then had another good spell after that brace of tries but Wigan again soaked up the defensive pressure before sticking that dagger deeper into Rovers wounds. Wigan had a tap twenty and Burgess tapped it himself and ran 80 metres for his second score of the match. Brilliant thinking! Murphy missed the conversion for 48-0.

Now I must admit I left the game a this point. I was a bit bored of the procession to be honest, but I was amazed to learn when I got home that I had missed no further Wigan try scoring in the final quarter of the match. In fact it was Rovers who claimed three tries, with help of a Wigan sin bin for Wigan's mot so Ginger (Connor) Farrell. Final score was 48-14.

The next Under 20s game is next weekend and its the mini derby v St Helens. This fixture has switched from Saturday to Friday Night at Orrell because the first team cup tie on the Saturday. Kick Off is 6:00pm.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Under 20s Position Hull KR Under 20s 1
1 Jack Murphy Full Back Luis Sheriffe 1
5 Joe Bullock Winger Sam Latus* 2
4 Shae Lyon-Fraser Centre Chris Heil 3
3 John O'Donnell Centre Dave Scott 4
2 Joe Burgess Winger Jacob Blaydes 5
6 Ryan Hampshire Stand Off Kristian Bell 6
7 Scott Leatherbarrow* Scrum Half Luke Hardcastle 7
8 Gil Dudson* Prop James Green 8
9 Logan Tomkins Hooker James Deighton 9
10 Dom Crosby* Prop Sam Jowsey 10

Connor Farrell

2nd Row Aaron Ollett 11
12 Rhodri Lloyd 2nd Row Tyla Hepi 12
13 Liam Carberry L.Forward Jordon Cox 13
14 Andy Cunningham Substitute James Beaumonty 14
15 Rob Lever Substitute Curtis Pullen 15
16 Drew Johnson Substitute Lloyd Ofori 16
17 James Greenwood* Substitute Callum Taylor 17
- John Winder Coach Kev Deighton -

*Denotes Over Aged Player. Up To Five Over Age 20 Players Allowed Per Team.

Score Sheet

Wigan Under 20s 48 --- Hull KR Under 20s 14
Tries (9):
John O'Donnell 2
Rhodri Lloyd
Jack Murphy 3
Ryan Hampshire
Joe Burgess 2
--- Tries (3):
Chris Heil 2
Callum Taylor
Jack Murphy 6/9
--- Goals:
Kristian Bell 1/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

8th Minute Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 Try: John O'Donnell
- Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/1)
20th Minute Wigan 08 Hull KR 00 Try: John O'Donnell (2)
- Wigan 08 Hull KR 00 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/2)
23rd Minute Wigan 12 Hull KR 00 Try: Rhodri Lloyd
- Wigan 14 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/3)
26th Minute Wigan 18 Hull KR 00 Try: Jack Murphy
- Wigan 20 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (2/4)
32nd Minute Wigan 24 Hull KR 00 Try: Ryan Hampshire
- Wigan 26 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (3/5)
37th Minute Wigan 30 Hull KR 00 Try: Joe Burgess
- Wigan 32 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (4/6)
Half Time Wigan Under 20s 32 Hull Kingston Rovers 00
47th Minute Wigan 36 Hull KR 00 Try: Jack Murphy (2)
- Wigan 38 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (5/7)
50th Minute Wigan 42 Hull KR 00 Try: Jack Murphy (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 44 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (6/8)
57th Minute Wigan 48 Hull KR 00 Try: Joe Burgess (2)
- Wigan 48 Hull KR 00 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (6/9)
60th Minute Wigan 48 Hull KR 04 Try: Chris Heil
- Wigan 48 Hull KR 06 Conversion: Kristian Bell (1/1)
65th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Connor Farrell (Persistent Offences)
72nd Minute Wigan 48 Hull KR 08 Try: Chris Heil (2)
- Wigan 48 Hull KR 08 K.Bell Missed Conversion (1/2)
78th Minute Wigan 48 Hull KR 12 Try: Callum Taylor
- Wigan 48 Hull KR 14 Conversion: Kristian Bell (2/3)
Full Time Wigan Under 20s 48 Hull Kingston Rovers 14


Dave Sharpe

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