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Pre Season Match Report: Barrow 1st Team 24 Wigan Select 32
Posted by Bilko on January 23 2011 - 19:39

Barrow 1st Team v Wigan Select - Brett McDermott Testimonial (Friendly).
Sunday 23rd January 2011. Kick Off 3:00pm at Craven Park, Barrow.

Only a small smattering of real die hard Wigan fans made the trip up to Barrow today but they were treated to an excellent display from a Wigan youth team against Barrow's 1st Team.

Chatting to the old Rogue (Rogue Gallery off our message board) at the game, he was making the fair point that we could easily have buckled going 6-0 down so early, but instead the response was clinical and professional.

I was viewing a Barrow Message Board the other day and one of their supporters suggested they would walk over Wigan easily. Whilst I didn't really expect a Wigan win, particularly in such a convincing fashion, I knew a Shaun Wane coached side wouldn't turn up to be walked over.

Barrow took the lead early in the second minute with Marc Dixon touching down a kick from Jamie Rooney, who then converted to make it 6-0.

After that.....Barrow barely attacked for the rest of the half. Wigan hardly made any mistakes and defended with the same passion and enthusiasm we've come to expect from the first team.

Wigan responded with a try in the 9th minute. Jonny Walker reached over from close range and a conversion from Josh Charnley made it 6 all.

Straight from the restart, Wigan shocked Barrow by scoring again. They broke clear, from their own half, up the left and Josh Charnley went in to finish the move. He failed to convert his own try though - 10-6 Wigan.

Wigan by now were all over the opposition and went in again on 16 minutes. Matt Russell, a winger in the Under 20s last season but playing Full Back today, scored in the right corner. Charnley missed the extra's again though - 14-6.

The onslaught continued. Moments later debutant trialist Jamie Acton was sent over by Scrum Half Sam Powell. Charnley converted this time to make it 20-6.

Barrow didn't know what had hit them. Wigan had just punched them onto the ropes and although they stopped the Wigan scoring for a while, they couldn't find their own punches to get back into the game. They did have one chance but a good tackle from Charnley denied Chris Larkin. That was pretty much it though. Wigan just hounded them in defence.

Tries either side of half time often decide games and so it proved in this one. Wigan scored another four minutes before the break. Winger Ryan King squeezed in to make it 26-6 at the break, after Charnley had converted.

Then first try of the second half also went Wigan's way. In fairness Barrow had come out much better after the break. Although they couldn't break down superb Wigan defence, the try for Wigan came against the run of play. From half way, Josh Charnley intercepted and raced all the way to the line, scoring near the posts to make the conversion easy. 32-6 with 30 minutes to go.

By now I was thinking, let's embarrass them! But as time wore on, Lee Mossop was replaced and the extra fitness in the Barrow side began to tell. Wigan's defence had been superb but in the final quarter, gaps began to appear, which Barrow found, and that led to three tries for the home side.

Tired conceded penalties also helped as Barrow scored three tries in a seven minute spell. Jamie Butler, Jamie Thackray and Marc Dixon claimed the efforts, with all three being converted by Rooney to make it 32-24 with 13 minutes to go.

In that whole spell, Wigan hadn't touched the ball and I suspect most fans in the ground expected Barrow to continue the comeback and nick the win. But once Wigan got some possession, they calmed things down and in the end, ground out a well deserved victory.

Couldn't really be more proud of that display from the young Wigan side today. Really highlights the strength in depth we have in the youth ranks, who prove to have the same attitude and ethics as our championship winning first team. Well, I mean the Under 20s are champions in their own right!

I wouldn't say anyone really stood out in the Wigan side. It was just an all in effort with defensive standards of the highest order until tiredness kicked in. If you didn't go today, I suggest you check out this side when they take on London Skolars 1st Team at Orrell on Saturday. The future is bright.....it's errr Pink and White!

Today also saw a trial run for a special display that is planned for the World Club Challenge. It went well and I'm going to reveal nothing....just to say the display will be unique for Rugby League and something to look forward to!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "There was some really positive stuff in the first half, second half we weren't as good and we know we need to improve on that, it will be a tough week for the young lads. I think we fell away a bit after the break. Our defence in the second half was a little bit worrying but it is fixable. We showed in the first half we have some really good talent, we need to make sure it is an 80 minute game. There were a few good performances from Ryan King on the wing and Matty Russell at full back, a few of the young lads showed up for us today.

Team Sheets

- Barrow 1st Team Position Wigan Select -
1 Andy Ballard Full Back Matt Russell 1
2 Marc Dixon Winger Ryan King 2
3 Chris Larkin Centre Jamie Acton 3
4 Zeb Luisi Centre Josh Charnley 4
5 James Nixon Winger Tom Halsall 5
6 Jamie Rooney Stand Off Chris Tuson 6
7 Liam Campbell Scrum Half Sam Powell 7
8 Jamie Thackray Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 Mark Gleeson Hooker Logan Tomkins 9
10 Brett McDermott Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Michael Knowles 2nd Row Jonny Walker 11
12 Matt James 2nd Row Jack Hughes 12
13 Ned Catic L.Forward Danny Bridge 13
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14 Nathan Mossop Substitute Matt Crow 14
15 Jamie Butler Substitute Tom Spencer 15
16 Adam Nicholson Substitute Kieron Harrison 16
17 Lee Doran Substitute James Greenwood 17
18 Glen Reid Substitute Liam Carberry 18
- Bitter Schofield Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Barrow 1st Team 24 --- Wigan Select 32
Tries (4):
Marc Dixon 2
Jamie Butler
Jamie Thackray
--- Tries (6):
Jonny Walker
Josh Charnley 2
Matt Russell
Jamie Acton
Ryan King
Goals:
Jamie Rooney 4/4
--- Goals:
Josh Charnley 4/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Barrow 04 Wigan 00 Try: Marc Dixon
- Barrow 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Jamie Rooney (1/1)
9th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 04 Try: Jonny Walker
- Barrow 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/1)
11th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 10 Try: Josh Charnley
- Barrow 06 Wigan 10 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/2)
16th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 14 Try: Matt Russell
- Barrow 06 Wigan 14 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/3)
20th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 18 Try: Jamie Acton
- Barrow 06 Wigan 20 Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/4)
36th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 24 Try: Ryan King
- Barrow 06 Wigan 26 Conversion: Josh Charnley (3/5)
Half Time Barrow 1st Team 06 Wigan Select 26
49th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 30 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Barrow 06 Wigan 32 Conversion: Josh Charnley (4/6)
60th Minute Barrow 10 Wigan 32 Try: Jamie Butler
- Barrow 12 Wigan 32 Conversion: Jamie Rooney (2/2)
64th Minute Barrow 16 Wigan 32 Try: Jamie Thackray
- Barrow 18 Wigan 32 Conversion: Jamie Rooney (3/3)
67th Minute Barrow 22 Wigan 32 Try: Marc Dixon (2)
- Barrow 24 Wigan 32 Conversion: Jamie Rooney (4/4)
Full Time Barrow 1st Team 24 Wigan Select 32

Referee

Clint Sharrard

Penalties Conceded

Barrow 8 Wigan 10

Match Attendance

2,044

Weather

Fine.

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