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Academy Tour Match: Wigan 18 Australia 36
Posted by Bilko on November 29 2014 - 19:55

Wigan Academy v Australian Schoolboys - Tour Match.
Saturday 29th November 2014. Kick Off
12:15pm at Co-Operative Stadium, Orrell.

Match Report

What an excellent effort this was from the Wigan youngsters in making the absolutely massive looking touring Australian Schoolboys sweat their way to victory.

The final score of 36-18 to the visitors didn't really reflect the effort the Wigan lads put in, having had to deal with about four injuries during the match which limited their interchange.

Australia held a lot of their substitutes back until the second half and that began to tell in the final quarter of the game, particularly after a mass brawl had seen the sides receive a red card apiece.

Wigan's first injury occurred in the first minute when Liam Forsyth made a quick departure and others to leave the field during the game included Joe Bretherton, Liam Marshall and Kieran Sherratt, the latter looking particularly bad.

In adversity though you see players step up and Ryan Sutton beasted this game for a full 80 minute stint. He had a good sniff of the first team last year and could well push for more regular action this year on this showing.

Jamie Doran was also excellent. When Wigan Under 19s lost four games in a row early this season they looked lacking of a leader with Ryan Hampshire and George Williams having moved on to first team. Doran, normally a hooker, got a shot in the halves after that poor run and he has grown and grown into a great leader of this side.

The Aussies had taken the lead on 10 minutes from a try by Connor Cox that was converted by Brock Lamb. But the levelling try from Doran was a classy effort. He threw the dummy before dropping the shoulder to burst over from about 20 metres out. Jake Shorrocks converted for 6-6.

That try came on 21 minutes and Wigan found a roll on to dominate the second quarter of the game. Further tries on the left fringe saw first Oliver Gildart score before sub Josh Woods scored with his first touch after replacing Marshall on the left wing. That made it 16-6 but Shorrocks added what is a rare penalty goal at this level for a 18-6 half time lead.

The tourists stepped up a gear second half but for 15 minutes Wigan had defended magnificently to stop them from scoring. Had Wigan been able to push away from their own line and find another score at this point they would have won the match for me but in the end they conceded an easy try from a scrum that Latrell Mitchell scored and the conversion from Brock Lamb made it 18-12.

Then came a mass brawl around the hour mark that was quite a spectacle. Their was quite a long verbal stand off between Tevita Cottrell and Macauley Davies but the Aussie eventually threw the first punch and it all kicked off from that. Davies responded with a punch that put Cottrell on his arse and brawls were now breaking out all over the place. In the end Cottrell and Davies were both sent off and Jacob Liddle was also sin binned for the tourists.

Despite having a man advantage, Wigan tired out after that incident. The amount of injuries suffered was now telling and the fact the Aussies had a hit out in midweek was probably a factor as well with Wigan having not played since the Grand Final win in early October.

Tries from Keegan Yorston, Nat Butcher and a second for Connor Cox made it 30-18 to the visitors and although Wigan had gone close through Gildart at 24-18 they lacked composure to do any damage second half.

A try from Tyrell Fuiamano gave the Aussies a very flattering 36-18 final score but Wigan can be proud of their effort against what is a National Team after all. Australia play England in two tests at Leigh with the first being next Saturday (6th December) and the second the following Friday Night. On the evidence of this, they will be well worth attending!

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Australia 1
1 Lewis Tierney Full Back Latrell Mitchell 1
5 Gabriel Fell Winger Connor Cox 5
4 Liam Forsyth Centre John Olive 4
3 Oliver Gildart Centre Keenan Yorston 3
2 Liam Marshall Winger Braden Robson 2
6 Jamie Doran Stand Off Brock Lamb 6
7 Jake Shorrocks Scrum Half Jack Cogger 7
8 Ryan Sutton Prop Jacob Host 8
9 Luke Waterworth Hooker Jayden Bailey 9
10 Joe Bretherton Prop Keegan Hipgrave 10

Nick Gregson

2nd Row

Luciano Leilua

12 Rob Lever 2nd Row Tyrell Fuiamano 12
13 Kyle Shelford L.Forward Nat Butcher 13
14 Josh Woods Interchange Troy Dragan 14
15 Macauley Davies Interchange Jacob Liddle 15
16 Brad Lawrence Interchange Oliver Clarke 16

Kieran Sherratt

Interchange Tevita Cottrell 17

Max Dudley


Darryn Schonig


Jack Wells


Hame Sele

- Matty Peet Coach Brian Battese -

Score Sheet

Wigan Academy 18 --- Australian Schoolboys 36
Tries (3):
Jamie Doran
Oliver Gildart
Josh Woods
` Tries (6):
Connor Cox 2
Latrell Mitchell
Jacob Liddle
Keegan Yorston
Nat Butcher
Tyrell Fuiamano
Jake Shorrocks 3/4
--- Goals:
Brock Lamb 6/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute Wigan 00 Australia 04 Try: Connor Cox
- Wigan 00 Australia 06 Conversion: Brock Lamb (1/1)
21st Minute Wigan 04 Australia 06 Try: Jamie Doran
- Wigan 06 Australia 06 Conversion: Jake Shorrocks (1/1)
26th Minute Wigan 10 Australia 06 Try: Oliver Gildart
- Wigan 12 Australia 06 Conversion: Jake Shorrocks (2/2)
35th Minute Wigan 16 Australia 06 Try: Josh Woods
- Wigan 16 Australia 06 Missed Conv: Jake Shorrocks (2/3)
38th Minute Wigan 18 Australia 06 Penalty Goal: Jake Shorrocks (3/4)
Half Time Wigan Academy 18 Australian Schoolboys 06
56th Minute Wigan 18 Australia 10 Try: Latrell Mitchell
- Wigan 18 Australia 12 Conversion: Brock Lamb (2/2)
61st Minute Australia Red Card Tevita Cottrell (Brawl)
61st Minute Wigan Red Card Macauley Davies (Brawl)
61st Minute Australia Sin Bin Jacob Liddle (Brawl)
63rd Minute Wigan 18 Austr alia 16 Try: Keegan Yorston
- Wigan 18 Austr alia 16 Conversion: Brock Lamb (3/3)
67th Minute Wigan 18 Austr alia 22 Try: Nat Butcher
- Wigan 18 Austr alia 24 Conversion: Brock Lamb (4/4)
72nd Minute Wigan 18 Austr alia 28 Try: Connor Cox
- Wigan 18 Austr alia 30 Conversion: Brock Lamb (5/5)
77th Minute Wigan 18 Australia 34 Try: Tyrell Fuiamano
- Wigan 18 Australia 36 Conversion: Brock Lamb (6/6)
Full Time Wigan Academy 18 Australian Schoolboys 36


Scott Mikalauskas



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