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Under 20s Friendly: St Helens 12 Wigan 32
Posted by Bilko on February 09 2011 - 21:54

St Helens v Wigan Warriors - Under 20s Pre Season Friendly.
Wednesday 9th February 2011. Kick Off 7:30pm at Liverpool St Helens Rugby Union.

Match Report

Good hit out I suppose ahead of the Under 20s season, which begins a week on Sunday, but I wasn't that enthralled by this contest. It wasn't a bad game but it was forwards battle on a heavy pitch.

Wigan won the early arm wrestle which help them dominate the territory in the opening quarter. They took advantage with two scores in that period. First try came on six minutes, a good barge over effort from close range (not sure who plonked it down, he was mobbed - no team sheet either tonight!), then Full Back Matt Russell scored on 13 minutes. Jack Murphy converted both tries to make it 12-0.

The game began to get more bogged down in midfield as time wore on towards half time. During this period, Saints got back into the contest with a try from Scott Hale, which was converted by Tom Makinson. Saints lifted from that and had some good pressure on Wigan's line late in the half but our defence was pretty strong. No further scoring left it at 12-0 at the break and off we retreated back into the club house to warm by the log fire which was being fuelled by a certain Ray French.

Now on my facebook the other day I made light of the fact that having seen games postponed for first a frozen pitch (friendly v Warrington), then Waterlogged Pitch (this match. which was due to be played last Sunday), I said next it'll be floodlight failure. Guess what happened during half time..........yep half the floodlights failed. During that period we saw Saints come back out, then go back in. It still looked reasonable to play on in the light that was left, but they waited for the full set to return which meant a 25 minute half time break in total.

Into the second half and Wigan began on the front foot again. This allowed Dom Crosby to crash over near the sticks on 49 minutes, to which Sam Powell converted to make it 18-6.

I think Wigan slackened off after that try. They didn't go and look to kill the game, almost inviting St Helens back in. From half way, a break down the left got Saints back into it on 64 minutes. Looked a clear forward pass in the build up but Matty Ashurst finished the break. It went converted by Ben Karalius to make it 18-12.

Then off the back of that came a huge momentum swing. Saints from the restart bombed an almost certain try. From the restart the broke clear from their own half and despite men in support, the pass went to ground. Should have been in to potentially level the scores. Within 1 minute, Ryan King broke clear down his right from fourty metres out and beat a couple of men to score a neat try that was rounded off under the sticks. Jack Murphy was back on to convert and a possible 18-18 had been turned into a 24-12 lead with 12 minutes to go.

Wigan never looked back from that. It killed the game from a Saints point of view. In fact Ryan King scored two tries in the last four minutes to complete his hatrick. They both came from close range in the right corner, the first after we'd forced a drop out. Murphy then Powell missed the extras both times, leaving the final score Saints 12 Wigan 32.

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan -
1 Tommy Johnson Full Back Matty Russell 1
5 Dan Brotherton Winger Ryan King 2
3 Josh Jones Centre Matt Crow 3
4 Tommy Makinson Centre Josh Charnley 5
2 Adam Barber Winger Jack Murphy 5
6 Kenny Hughes Stand Off Chris Taylor 6
7 Ben Karalius Scrum Half Sam Powell 7
8 Sean Magennis Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 Aaron Lloyd Hooker Logan Tomkins 9
10 Carl Forster Prop Tom Spencer 10
11 Scott Hale 2nd Row Jack Hughes 11
12 Warren Thompson 2nd Row Danny Bridge 12
13 Matty Ashurst L.Forward Greg Burke 13
14 Danny Jones Substitute James Greenwood 15
15 Anthony Walker Substitute Jayden Sandford 16
16 Jordan Hand Substitute Kieron Harrison 17
17 Ste Yates Substitute John O'Donnell 18
19 Joe Bate Substitute Liam Carberry 18
- Simon Atherton Substitute - -
- Ian Talbot Coach Dave Fletcher -

Score Sheet

St Helens Under 20s 12 --- Wigan Under 20s 32
Tries (2):
Scott Hale
Matty Ashurst
--- Tries (6):
Tom Spencer
Matty Russell
Dom Crosby
Ryan King 3
Tommy Makinson 1/1
Ben Karalius 1/1
--- Goals:
Jack Murphy 2/3
Sam Powell 2/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute St Helens 00 Wigan 04 Try: Tom Spencer
- St Helens 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/1)
13th Minute St Helens 00 Wigan 10 Try: Matty Russell
- St Helens 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Jack Murphy (2/2)
30th Minute St Helens 04 Wigan 12 Try: Scott Hale
- St Helens 06 Wigan 12 Conversion: Tommy Makinson (1/1)
Half Time St Helens Under 20s 06 Wigan Under 20s 12
49th Minute St Helens 06 Wigan 16 Try: Dom Crosby
- St Helens 06 Wigan 18 Conversion: Sam Powell (1/1)
64th Minute St Helens 10 Wigan 18 Try: Matty Ashurst
- St Helens 12 Wigan 18 Conversion: Ben Karalius (1/1)
67th Minute St Helens 12 Wigan 22 Try: Ryan King
- St Helens 12 Wigan 24 Conversion: Sam Powell (2/2)
75th Minute St Helens 12 Wigan 28 Try: Ryan King (2)
- St Helens 12 Wigan 28 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (2/3)
78th Minute St Helens 12 Wigan 32 Try: Ryan King (Hatrick)
- St Helens 12 Wigan 32 S.Powell Missed Conversion (2/3)
Full Time St Helens Under 20s 12 Wigan Under 20s 32


Tony Mahar

Next Under 20s Fixture

Sunday 20th February v Bradford (A) - 5:30pm at Odsal (After 1st Team Game)
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