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Match Report: London Skolars 10 Wigan Select XIII 28
Posted by Bilko on January 17 2015 - 20:36

London Skolars 1st Team v Wigan Select XIII - Pre Season Capital Challenge
Friday 16th January 2015. Kick Off 2:00pm at Honourable Artillery Grounds.

Match Report

It was only due to London Broncos struggles last pre season that Wigan took up the breach to play in this "Capital Challenge" against London Skolars but for our academy level side at least, this game is proving to be a useful hit up in their pre season.

Last year the Wigan Select XIII had already played twice on a tour of France and showed a lot of class in winning 48-0 with Dom Manfredi scoring four tries on that occasion.

This time the Wigan side came into this game cold so to speak and thus it was more about fitness building than a dominant how of shear class.

Their was also plenty of new faces upgraded from our 2014 Under 16s side including Craig Mullen started at stand off whilst Paddy Jones, Sam Brady. Max Dudley, Callum Field, Paddy Casey and Lewis Heckford played off the bench. Two new faces from elsewhere were also involved in the form of Liam Paisley and Josh Ganson, son of former referee Steve Ganson, who played for Wakefield and St Helens Under 16s respectively last season.

The match was played in four quarters and by the end of the first twenty minutes, Wigan had built up a 12-0 lead with a lot of damage being done down the left. First a lovely grubber kick from Jamie Doran bounced perfectly for Jack Wells to gather and score before Doran sent Jake Moore racing in the left corner from a scrum 30 metres out. Moore had converted both for 12-0.

The teams turned around after each quarter and Wigan now attacking the other end scored a third try on 34 minutes with a kick from Moore being perfectly weighted for Liam Paisley to touch down. Moore then added the extras for 18-0 at half time.

In the second half London Skolars hit back with a barge over try from Gavin Rodden being converted by Vince Spurr for 18-6 but Wigan soon hit back with a fourth try down the left edge with Moore passing inside to get Paisley over for his second. No conversion this time left the score at 22-6.

London found a second try just before the end of the third quarter with Aaron Small collecting and grounding a big bomb but failure to convert left the score at 22-10.

Skolars would have been looking for another score to perhaps set up a grandstand finish but it never came. The last quarter kind of fizzled out which is perhaps not surprising with it being the first game of pre season.

However, Wigan found a try five minutes from time to cap their performance and guess what? It came down the left again. Attacking the line, a quick play the ball went left and Gabriel Fell sent Jack Wells in for his second, Ryan Houghton converted this one for a final score of 28-10.

Team Sheets

- London Skolars Position Wigan 1
1 James Anthony Full Back Lewis Tierney 1
5 James Carty

Right Wing

Jack Higginson 2
4 Kazeem Fatouri-
Centre Jake Moore 3
3 Aaron Small Centre Liam Forsyth 5
2 Saeed Agboke Left Wing Gabriel Fell 4
6 Tommy Connick Stand Off Craig Mullen 6
7 Vince Spurr Scrum Half Jamie Doran 17
13 Louis Robinson Prop Joe Bretherton 8
9 Sam Deuce Hooker Josh Ganson 9

David Williams


Brad Lawrence

11 Mike Benson 2nd Row Rob Lever 11
12 Anthony Cox 2nd Row Jack Wells 12
14 Will Fairhurst L.Forward Kyle Shelford 13
13 Seb Kolaka Substitute Paddy Jones 7
17 Dion Chapman Substitute Sam Brady 10
19 Matt Lyle Substitute Max Dudley 14
20 Dave Ellison Substitute Liam Paisley 15
21 Michael Sykes Substitute Callum Field 16
22 Louie Sutherland Substitute Paddy Casey 20
23 Gavin Rodden Substitute Lewis Heckford 21
24 Michael Greenhalgh Substitute Ryan Houghton 27
- Joe Mbu Coach Matty Peet -

Score Sheet

London Skolars 10

--- Wigan Select XIII 28

Tries (2):
Gavin Rodden
Aaron Small


Tries (5):
Jack Wells 2
Jake Moore
Liam Paisley 2

Vince Spurr 1/2
--- Goals:
Jake Moore 3/4
Ryan Houghton 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Skolars 00 Wigan 04 Try: Jack Wells
Skolars 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Jake Moore (1/1)
14th Minute Skolars 00 Wigan 10 Try: Jake Moore
Skolars 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Jake Moore (2/2)
End of First Quarter: London Skolars 00 Wigan Select XIII 12
34th Minute Skolars 00 Wigan 16 Try: Liam Paisley
Skolars 00 Wigan 18 Conversion: Jake Moore (3/3)
Half Time: London Skolars 00 Wigan Select XIII 18
46th Minute Skolars 04 Wigan 18 Try: Gavin Rodden
Skolars 06 Wigan 18 Conversion: Vince Spurr (1/1)
51st Minute Skolars 06 Wigan 22 Try: Liam Paisley (2)
Skolars 06 Wigan 22 Missed Conv: Jake Moore (3/4)
59th Minute Skolars 10 Wigan 22 Try: Aaron Small
Skolars 10 Wigan 22 Missed Conv: Vince Spurr (1/2)
End of Third Quarter: London Skolars 10 Wigan Select XIII 22
75th Minute Skolars 10 Wigan 26 Try: Jack Wells (2)
Skolars 10 Wigan 28 Conversion: Ryan Houghton (1/1)
Full Time: London Skolars 10 Wigan Select XIII 28


James Child

Match Attendance



Nice Afternoon for January.

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