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Under 20s: Wigan 34 Castleford 16
Posted by Bilko on February 28 2011 - 13:41

Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers - Under 20s Valvoline Cup.
Sunday 27th February 2011. Kick Off 1:00pm at Co-Operative Stadium, Orrell.

Match Summary

With players like Iain Thornley, Josh Veivers, Stuart Howarth and Jonny Molloy all moving on in the off season, and both Stefan Marsh and Josh Charnley being on stand by for the first team, it was a pretty new and young Under 20s side that turned of for their first game of the season. Add to that the likes of Liam Farrell and Chris Tuson being more involved in the first team these days then it's pretty much a new era at this level, a level which we've been champions for the last three years in a row.

Often in the academy grades you see players play well and then emerge as leaders as they get older, because with the natural turnover for players they progress into seniority. So it'll be interested to see who does that. It's a pretty young half back combo. Sam Powell is still only 18, whilst Stand Off Chris Taylor is even younger at 17. He was playing in our Under 16s side last year but after just 5 Under 18s games at the back end of last season he has progressed forward very quickly.

Logan Tomkins is now in the senior player mould as well but I felt we were far quicker from dummy half when Liam Carberry came on around the 50th minute mark. Logan did return but playing as a half back (I think) and I think he played better in that position, marking his performance with a try.

For third year in a row Wigan were beginning their campaign a week later than their opponents, after our opener against Bradford was postponed. Castleford beat Huddersfield 62-8 last week but didn't really show signs of that kind of form.

Sometimes at this level the standard is so poor that Wigan beat teams with simple quicker thinking, quicker pace, ripping teams apart from deep. This contest wasn't like that though. We had to work hard in the forwards for the win.

It was a slow first half but Wigan managed to claim two tries, through Ben Davies and Ryan King, before Castleford responded with a try from Ben Blackmore, which left the half time score 12-6 to Wigan.

Like I said Liam Carberry came on early in the second half and I think we upped the tempo at this point. Perhaps shown by two tries in quick succession, on 51 and 54 minutes, from first Jack Murphy then Sam Powell.

Greg Eden got another try back for Cas but as I said Logan Tomkins came back on playing in the halves and scored an excellent try from his own little dink kick towards the posts.

The final try was scored by Jamie Acton, a player Wigan signed from Hemel Stags in London after a successful trial during the pre season. He chimed at the line down the right wing and had to much power to be stopped.

Cas got a late consolation try from Joe Pickets three minutes from time but Wigan were comfortable 34-16 winners overall.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Under 20s Position Cas Under 20s -
1 Matt Russell Full Back Ben Blakemore 1
2 Ryan King Winger Josh Atkinson 2
3 Jamie Acton Centre Willie Isa* 3
4 Jack Murphy Centre Greg Eden 4
5 Jayden Sandford Winger James Clare 5
6 Chris Taylor Stand Off Richard Owen 6
7 Sam Powell Scrum Half Ryan Brierley 7
8 Tom Spencer Prop Jack Smith 8
9 Logan Tomkins Hooker Joe Picketts 9
10 Ben Davies* Prop Clark Thompson 10
11 Danny Bridge 2nd Row Billy Harris 11
12 Jack Hughes 2nd Row Steve Snitch* 12
13 Greg Burke L.Forward Chris Simms 13
14 James Greenwood Substitute Dan Fleming 14
15 Dom Crosby Substitute Jonny Payne 15
16 Liam Carberry Substitute Josh Nathanial 16
17 Kieron Harrison Substitute Ben Johnston 17
- Darren Fletcher Coach Michael Maguire -

*Denotes Over Aged Player. Three Over Age 20 Players Allowed Per Team

Score Sheet

Wigan Under 20s 34 --- Castleford Under 20s 16
Tries (8):
Ben Davies
Ryan King
Jack Murphy
Sam Powell
Logan Tomkins
Jamie Acton
--- Tries (8):
Ben Blackmore
Greg Eden
Joe Pickets
Jack Murphy 5/6
--- Goals:
Ryan Brierley 2/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

17th Minute Wigan 04 Castleford 00 Try: Ben Davies
- Wigan 06 Castleford 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/1)
25th Minute Wigan 10 Castleford 00 Try: Ryan King
- Wigan 12 Castleford 00 Conversion: Jack Murphy (2/2)
37th Minute Wigan 12 Castleford 04 Try: Ben Blackmore
- Wigan 12 Castleford 06 Conversion: Ryan Brierley (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Under 20s 12 Castleford Under 20s 06
51st Minute Wigan 16 Castleford 06 Try: Jack Murphy
- Wigan 18 Castleford 06 Conversion: Jack Murphy (3/3)
54th Minute Wigan 22 Castleford 06 Try: Sam Powell
- Wigan 24 Castleford 06 Conversion: Jack Murphy (4/4)
60th Minute Wigan 24 Castleford 10 Try: Greg Eden
- Wigan 24 Castleford 10 R.Brierley Missed Conversion (1/2)
63rd Minute Wigan 28 Castleford 10 Try: Logan Tomkins
- Wigan 30 Castleford 10 Conversion: Jack Murphy (5/5)
68th Minute Wigan 34 Castleford 10 Try: Jamie Acton
- Wigan 34 Castleford 10 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (5/6)
77th Minute Wigan 34 Castleford 14 Try: Joe Pickets
- Wigan 34 Castleford 16 Conversion: Ryan Brierley (2/3)
Full Time Wigan Under 20s 34 Castleford Under 20s 16


Jonathan Roberts


Dry but it was bloody freezing in the shed.

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