For an hour, Wigan were pretty lacklustre in this Under 19s
match against Widnes but they remained composed to come
from 22-14 down with 25 minutes to go to score 24
unanswered points and win 38-22.
The early story was like
the first team on Friday. Setting up the position was fine
but they didn't half feed worms with the ball a lot.
Defence on the try line wasn't great either and a try
from Owen Farnworth saw Widnes take a 17th Minute 4-0 lead.
Wigan did quickly respond with a brace of finishes by
Jack Higginson but Widnes went in 10-8 up thanks to an
extra conversion to a Jack Houghton try.
Widnes started better second half and pushed to a two
score lead with a Liam Walsh try but although Wigan quickly
hit back through Sam Brady, the two score lead was soon
restored with a second Widnes score for Houghton.
The visitors needed to sit of their two score lead for a
bit, but they lost it within four minutes again as Jack
Wells reduced the deficit to 22-20.
That narrow two point lead for Widnes held until the
69th Minute but Lewis Heckford's try broke the deadlock and
the spirit of the young Vikings.
Tom Davies then settled things for Wigan with a lovely
chip ahead and finish in the right corner, which made it
32-22 and then with a minute to go full back James
Worthington finished for 38-22.
That end score was harsh on Widnes to be fair but for
Wigan it was a good result in the end. The performance was
a little bit rusty in places but that can happen early in
the season when you are introducing so many young new faces
that have upgraded from last years Under 16s.