Under 18s: St Helens 44 Wigan 10 Posted by Bilko
on April 10 2011 - 12:02
St Helens v Wigan Warriors
- Under 18s Valvoline Academy.
Kick Off 2:30pm at Thatto Heath Crusaders ARLFC.
Wigan lost this one with a really poor first half display.
The pack, boosted by a blank weekend for the Under 20s,
really did not show up at all. Saints run ragged and
claimed five first half tries for a 24-0 lead.
fairness game ending injuries very early in the game to Tom
Hurst (suspected broken ankle) and John O'Donnell
(shoulder) really did not help Wigan's cause. It was a hot
day (despite the breeze) and to be reduced to two
interchange options so early really made it hard work.
For that reason I think Wigan did well in the second
half. They had a good dig, particularly Louis Jackson I
thought, he led the way up front. He claimed a try, along
with an earlier score for Shae Lyon-Fraser, which made it
30-10 with half an hour to go but the second half was very
stop start and in the final ten minutes the tiredness of
losing two bench options really took it's toll. Saints
claimed three late scores to make the final scores 44-10.
The match was refereed by former Castleford, Halifax and
Huddersfield player Jamie Bloem and I thought he did very
well indeed. Except that for all the stoppages in the
second half (and their were plenty for stuff like cramp
etc), he ended up adding just twenty seconds on. I mean in
the end I was glad because the Wigan legs had gone but how
does that work exactly? He seemed to be stopping his watch
So that's two losses from two for the Under 18s who have
struggled so far with an inexperienced half back
combination struggling to get a foothold. Leeds then Saints
is a tough start though. The next three games against Hull
KR, Crusaders and Castleford (all at Orrell) should give us
a clearer picture of how the team is going at this level.
Saints Under 18s
Wigan Under 18s
St Helens Under 18s 44
Wigan Under 18s 10
Tries (9): Mark Percival Joe Greenwood Ste Yates Josh Jones
Alex Clare Lewis Foster Danny Yates 2 James Hill
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