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Pre Season Match Report: Leigh 30 Wigan 6
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 06 2013 - 21:29

Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors Reserves- Pre Season Friendly.
Sunday 6th January 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Leigh Sports Village.

Match Report

Well make no bones about this, this was a full on reserve team that Wigan sent to take on a full strength Leigh first team, complete with Reserve team coach John Winder in charge.

It perhaps should not have been a surprise then to see Leigh win the game comfortably, but I was shocked to see the performance described as "unacceptable" by Winder.

That seems a bit harsh to me, especially considering four of the starting line up (Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, Ryan Hampshire) were jumping up two levels really, having spent most of last season in the Under 18s rather than the Under 20s.

A late injury to Sam Powell, saw Liam Carberry play at Stand Off, even though he's never played there, to my knowledge, since joining our academy system in 2009. That also meant Hampshire switched to Scrum Half from his usual Stand Off role.

I suppose if the criticism was to be fired, perhaps the pack deserved the flak. It did seem a bit going through the motions at times. Gil Dudson and Scott Taylor were benched after 15 minutes (returned later), after which Wigan were already 10-0 down following tries for the home side by Matt Gardner and Sam Hopkins.

I certainly felt Wigan competed well. They weren't getting run over, but the difference was just when the ball got in the final third of the field. Leigh were that little bit faster, sharper and more clinical BUT that should be expected at this time of the year especially against a Leigh team that included a ton of experience from the likes of Stuart Littler, Bob Beswick, Rob Parker, Simon Finnigan, Sean Penkywicz and Martin Aspinwall. Wigan also did not receive a single penalty in the whole 80 minutes to help us get down the field more easily, that's tough on a young side!

Two further tries before the break from Gardner (his second) and Steve Maden made it 20-0 at the break.

Wigan had a good dig at the start of the second half but couldn't find a try to get them on the scoreboard. Leigh showed our youngsters how to do it with two back to back tries from Sean Penkywicz and Ryan Brierley to give them a 30-0 lead after 57 minutes.

The most impressive thing for me was that the young Wigan side didn't concede again after than, and probably deserved another try on top of the one they eventually claimed on 71 minutes from Jamie Doran, converted by Ryan Hampshire to complete a 30-6 score line.

All in all though I wouldn't assess any performance out of this game, considering the disparity of experience between the two sides. It really was a non event of a match that was great for building fitness levels, but not at all useful for assessing these players potential for the forthcoming season.

Team Sheets

- Leigh Position Wigan 1
1 Greg McNally Full Back Jack Murphy 1
2 Steve Maden Winger Lewis Tierney 2
3 Stuart Littler Centre Iain Thornley 3
4 Matt Gardner Centre Joe Burgess 4
5 Jon Pownall Winger Dom Manfredi 5
6 Martin Ridyard Stand Off Liam Carberry 6
17 Thomas Coyle Scrum Half Ryan Hampshire 7
8 Sam Hopkins Prop Gil Dudson 8
9 Bob Beswick Hooker Logan Tomkins 9
10 Rob Parker Prop Scott Taylor 10
11 Simon Finnigan 2nd Row Anthony Gelling 11
12 Tommy Goulden 2nd Row Rhodri Lloyd 12
13 Martin Aspinwall L.Forward Greg Burke 13
7 Ryan Brierley Substitute James Greenwood 14
14 Sean Penkywicz Substitute Tom Spencer 15
15 Andrew Thornley Substitute Rob Lever 16
16 Craig Briscoe Substitute Dom Crosby 17
18 Anthony Nicholson Substitute Connor Farrell 18
19 Michael Ostick Substitute Rhys Pugsley 19
20 James Taylor Substitute Joe Bullock 20
21 Ryan Duffy Substitute Jamie Doran 21
23 Chris Rowe Substitute Matt Crow 22
- Paul Rowley Coach John Winder -

Score Sheet

Leigh Centurions 30 --- Wigan Reserves 6
Tries (6):
Matt Gardner 2
Sam Hopkins
Steve Maden
Sean Penkywicz
Ryan Brierley
--- Tries (1):
Jamie Doran
Martin Ridyard 3/6
--- Goals:
Ryan Hampshire 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

6th Minute Leigh 04 Wigan 00 Try: Matt Gardner
- Leigh 04 Wigan 00 M.Ridyard Missed Convesion (0/1)
14th Minute Leigh 08 Wigan 00 Try: Sam Hopkins
- Leigh 10 Wigan 00 Conversion: Martin Ridyard (1/2)
29th Minute Leigh 14 Wigan 00 Try: Matt Gardner (2)
- Leigh 16 Wigan 00 Conversion: Martin Ridyard (2/3)
35th Minute Leigh 20 Wigan 00 Try: Steve Maden
- Leigh 20 Wigan 00 M.Ridyard Missed Convesion (2/4)
Half Time Leigh Centurions 20 Wigan Warriors Reserves 00
53rd Minute Leigh 24 Wigan 00 Try: Sean Penkywicz
- Leigh 26 Wigan 00 Conversion: Martin Ridyard (3/5)
57th Minute Leigh 30 Wigan 00 Try: Ryan Brierley
- Leigh 30 Wigan 00 M.Ridyard Missed Convesion (3/6)
71st Minute Leigh 30 Wigan 04 Try: Jamie Doran
- Leigh 30 Wigan 06 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/1)
Full Time Leigh Centurions 30 Wigan Warriors Reserves 06


R Webb

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Mild. Dry.

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