Under 20s Play Off: Wigan 30 Wakefield 20
Posted by Bilko on September 13 2011 - 20:42
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Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - U20s Valvoline Cup Play Off Qualifier.
Saturday 10th September 2011. Kick Off 2:00pm at Co-Operative Stadium, Orrell.

Match Report

This was Week 1 of the Under 20s play offs with 1st Place Wigan welcoming 4th placed Wakefield to Orrell for a Play Off Game that would earn the victorious side a week off.

Wigan had finished 9 points ahead of Wakefield, and so were strong favourites to win, but for the first thirty minutes they were pretty poor I felt. They did take the lead with an unconverted try from Matt Crow in the 3rd Minute but after that - shocking stuff!

In fairness Wakefield were playing very enthusiastically with half backs Liam Kay and Danny Ansell, along with hooker Tom Henderson, causing us all sorts of problems.

But their was no excuse for some of the pathetic defending that Wigan were conceding on their own try line. They were just standing off making the effort and when they did halt Wakefield players, they were letting them spin out and score.

During this spell Wakefield scored three tries with hooker Henderson scoring two of them, either side of a try for Kyle Trout. Danny Ansell converted two of them to give Wakefield a deserved 16-4 lead in just 20 minutes.

It continued to be all Wakefield with Wigan coughing up possession more often than not. Had the visitors claimed the next score it could have been a long afternoon, but thankfully it was Wigan that got it with Ryan King scoring in the right corner on the half hour. Jack Murphy missed a second conversion but at 16-8 down, we at least had something to build on.

The nearer half time was approaching, the more desperate Wakefield began to look for the break. They'd put so much effort in, you could see them physically tiring and Wigan took advantage to score two tries in the final three minutes of the half, which amazingly gave them a half time lead.

First Scott Leatherbarrow then Jack Hughes scored and with Murphy converting both, Wigan were now 20-16 ahead. Totally undeserved in my opinion. Wakefield had dominated the opening half hour.

Second half was much better by Wigan but it was still a long slog to victory. Next try was always going to be crucial and we got it on 55 minutes with a try from Sam Powell. Then on the hour Stefan Marsh scored and with Murphy converting the first of those two tries, the score was now 30-16 to Wigan.

It was looking like this game was now won but I felt Wigan switched off, and this gave Wakefield a sniff in the last 15 minutes. That switch off perhaps contributed to a Wildcats try for Andy Tate, scored on 67 minutes, and although the conversion was missed, they had big hope with a 30-20 score line.

The visitors really had a dig in the last ten minutes and were probably worth at least one more score for me but Wigan hung on to win 30-20 and earn a week off.

So, the Under 20s are now just one match away from a fourth Grand Final in a row at this level. They'll be back at Orrell on the weekend of 23rd/24th September and will get to choose which opponent they want to play between the winners of this weekends contests - Hull v Castleford and Wakefield v Leeds. Elsewhere in the top half of the play off draw, second placed Warrington also earned a week off.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Under 20s Position Wakefield U20s 1
1 Matty Russell Full Back Josh Hardcastle 1
2 Ryan King Winger Tom Hodson 2
3 Stefan Marsh Centre Danny Cowling 3
4 Matt Crow Centre Lucas Walshaw 4
5 Jack Murphy Winger Lee Brickwood 5
6 Scott Leatherbarrow Stand Off Liam Kay 13
7 Sam Powell Scrum Half Danny Ansell 7
8 Tom Spencer Prop Russ Spiers 8
9 Liam Carberry Hooker Tom Henderson 9
10 Greg Burke Prop Jake Joynt 10

Jack Hughes

2nd Row Andy Tate 11
21 Jamie Acton 2nd Row Adam Slater 12
13 Kieron Harrison L.Forward Kyle Trout 6
14 James Greenwood Substitute Joe Parkinson 14
16 Jayden Sandford Substitute

Tom Lillycrop

18 Blake Mahovic Substitute Sammy Masselott 16
19 Drew Johnson Substitute Sam Doherty 17
- Darren Fletcher Coach Tony Drury -

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

Score Sheet

Wigan Under 20s 30 --- Wakefield Under 20s 20
Tries (6):
Matt Crow
Ryan King
Scott Leatherbarrow
Jack Hughes
Sam Powell
Stefan Marsh
--- Tries (4):
Tom Henderson 2
Kyle Trout
Andy Tate
Jack Murphy 3/6
--- Goals:
Danny Ansell 2/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 00 Try: Matt Crow
- Wigan 04 Wakefield 00

J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/1)

10th Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 04 Try: Tom Henderson
- Wigan 04 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Danny Ansell (1/1)

13th Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 10 Try: Kyle Trout
- Wigan 04 Wakefield 10

D.Ansell Missed Conversion (1/2)

18th Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 14 Try: Tom Henderson (2)
- Wigan 04 Wakefield 16

Conversion: Danny Ansell (2/3)

29th Minute Wigan 08 Wakefield 16 Try: Ryan King
- Wigan 08 Wakefield 16

J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/2)

37th Minute Wigan 12 Wakefield 16 Try: Scott Leatherbarrow
- Wigan 14 Wakefield 16

Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/3)

40 Mins +1 Wigan 18 Wakefield 16 Try: Jack Hughes
- Wigan 20 Wakefield 16

Conversion: Jack Murphy (2/4)

Half Time Wigan Under 20s 20 Wakefield Under 20s 16
55th Minute Wigan 24 Wakefield 16 Try: Sam Powell
- Wigan 26 Wakefield 16

Conversion: Jack Murphy (3/5)

61st Minute Wigan 30 Wakefield 16 Try: Stefan Marsh
- Wigan 30 Wakefield 16

J.Murphy Missed Conversion (3/6)

67th Minute Wigan 30 Wakefield 20 Try: Andy Tate
- Wigan 30 Wakefield 20

D.Ansell Missed Conversion (2/4)

Full Time Wigan Under 20s 30 Wakefield Under 20s 20


Joe Cobb