I saw that 19s coach Matty Peet described this as "a
professional performance" and that's probably the best way
to describe this effort against Hull KR.
Apart from five
minutes just after half time, when Rovers scored two quick
fire tries, Wigan controlled this game throughout. They
found some good scores and their defence first half was
I thought Jake Shorrocks was superb at Stand Off,
particularly first half. With Jamie Doran being aged out of
the 19s now, this side needs a new leader and he stood up
here playing alongside the much younger Craig Mullen.
Wigan took the lead within two minutes with Mullen
breaking the line to send Macauley Davies over for the try,
Shorrocks converting for 6-0.
Then on 10 Minutes the lead was doubled. Just a simple
dart of dummy half from hooker Luke Waterworth and finished
under the posts. Easy conversion for 10-0.
Third try for Wigan came in the 25th Minute. Mullen put
up a textbook kick to the corner and Liam Paisley leaped
and got it down for the score. By textbook I mean that the
weight on it was lovely, it hit the mark to ensure that the
attacker could collect and bring it down in the try zone
with no danger of either touch or dead in goal line.
Shorrocks nailing a conversion from wide right made it
This probably reads like a bit of a procession for Wigan
but Hull KR certainly competed for territory and had they
got 6 or 12 points on the board first half it wouldn't have
been unjust. Wigan though had superb defence on their line
on a couple of occasions at least.
Just on half time came a fourth try in which a missed
tackle on Shorrocks allowed him to slip Jack Wells over for
a score. He then converted for a 24-0 half time score.
After the restart Wigan were caught cold as Rovers found
a quick fire double. Both came from breaks up the middle by
prop Steve Holker who first offloaded to send Cory
Sanderson over and then Joe Wardill. Both tries were
converted for 24-12 within five minutes and it was game on.
It would have been really interesting had Rovers scored
next but Wigan's response to that was to send both Joe
Bretherton and Brad Lawrence back on from the interchange
and this stiffened Wigan up the middle. That ensured that
Rovers would certainly have to work much harder to gain
tries than the two they'd just scored.
The result was
settled though on the hour when a kick from Shorrocks
towards the right was juggled by Rovers centre Macca Smith
and it fell kindly into the hands of Jack Higginson to
score. Shorrocks converted for 30-12.
Wigan then wrapped
up their third victory from three games so far this season
with a 70th Minute try from David Thompson. Again Rovers
messed up a kick and Josh Woods took advantage of the "Free
Play" to aim towards the line. His initial pass towards
Thompson was blocked but the block fell back into Woods
hands for a "Free Play" on the "Free Play" but this time he
got Thompson in the left corner and although Shorrocks good
kicking day was spoiled with a missed conversion this time,
it was a job well done overall by Wigan on this occassion.