I've been reporting on academy games at Orrell for quite a
few years now and not many performances that I've seen can
top this superb effort against a good Warrington side.
Normally when you get a blow out score like 72-6 at this
level its often because a team has so much individual class
that can't be handle, particularly in the halves. What
impressed me most about this one is that it wasn't like you
could pinpoint individuals, it was the whole team that all
worked hard and contributed to this massacre.
Early damage down the right got Wigan going with Jack
Higginson again proving his quality in the air to take a
bomb and score in the fourth minute before Liam Forsyth
added a second try three minutes later. Jake Shorrocks
converted both for 12-0.
No further scoring occurred for the next twenty minutes
but Wigan's dominance was still clear to see. Warrington
hadn't got close to attacking and the pressure eventually
told on them with Wigan scoring five tries in the last
thirteen minutes of the half.
First Lewis Heckford scored before Nick Gregson crossed
twice and Higginson and Forsyth both claimed their second
tries of the half. Shorrocks converted all but one try for
a 40-0 half time lead.
Second half the rout continued. "Bruce" Forsyth claimed
his hat-trick in the right corner before further tries from
Oli Gildart and Kyle Shelford made it 54-0 by the 53rd
Warrington coach Lee Briers sat behind me was telling
his staff "if this carries on it'll be 100" and although
Wigan didn't quite managed that, they would kick on for
three more scores.
They only came though after Warrington found a
consolation after they converted a Wigan error into a nice
try for hooker Reece Brunt, converted by Harvey Livett. I'm
not sure about them cheering the Wigan error and then the
subsequent try at that score though.
In the 65th Minute Nick Gregson completed his hat-trick
before two breaks saw tries for first Gabriel Fell and Jake
Moore. They took advantage of a demoralised Warrington side
with some loose play going kindly in Wigan's favour for a
couple of them scores. When it's your white hot it, it
certainly seems to go in your favour. Final score was 72-6
with Jake Shorrocks having converted ten of the thirteen