Under 19s: St Helens 16 Wigan 23
Posted by Bilko on August 20 2015 - 23:50

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St Helens Under 19s v Wigan Under 19s - Academy Phase 2 (Group 1)
Thursday 20th August 2015. Kick Off 5:30pm at Langtree Park.

Match Summary

This was a big game at the top of the Academy table. A Wigan win would mean they'd go four points clear of Saints at the top and seal a first place finish ahead of the play offs. Lose and the sides would be level on points again, like they have been for most of the season separated by points difference only.

Particularly given the importance of the game, Wigan did not play well for the first fifty minutes at least and were perhaps fortunate to still, at that point, being in contention to win the match.

The loss of starting prop Jack Wells to concussion after just one minute didn't help the cause but Saints scored twice on 10 and 14 minutes to go 12-0 up and they were pretty much carbon copy tries. Errors by Wigan twenty metres from their own line ended up being punished with two right wing tries for Dave Eccleston. Danny Richardson then kicked two excellent touchline conversions for 12-0.

Wigan had two or three attempts at the Saints line but it was all a bit flat and when Saints scored a third try on the half hour, Rogan Grace for 16-0, it looked ominous for a repeat of Saints 44-24 victory at Langtree Park earlier in the season.

Matty Peet's side though got hope four minutes before half time when Jake Shorrocks scored a close range effort near the posts. He converted for 16-6 and that was a bonus for me, against the tide of the game and the reality of the first half.

At the start of the second half, Saints looked more likely to press for another try but it never came and that would prove costly. I firmly believe had they gone 22-6 up this game was done but their failure gave hope to Wigan and they produced some great grit to fight back.

In fact Wigan controlled the last half hour. It wasn't a night of masses of positives but that was really pleasing. Liam Marshall's 55th Minute try in the left corner set the comeback rolling and he repeated that on 67th Minute to tie the scores at 16-16. Shorrocks nailed a big conversion for that second try which put Wigan ahead for the first time at 18-16.

Twelve minutes, plus stoppage time, still remained but it always felt like Wigan were controlling this one. Saints had a couple of big chances but panicked or forced the issue when patience was required.

In the end it was only in stoppage time that Wigan got over the line with first Jake Shorrocks adding a drop goal for 19-16 before Liam Forsyth scored the match winner in the fourth added minute.

Team Sheets

- St Helens Under 19s Position Wigan Under 19s 1
1 Ricky Bailey Full Back Gabriel Fell 1
2 Dave Eccleston Winger Jack Higginson 5
3 Jake Spedding Centre Liam Forsyth 4
4 Matty Fleming Centre Liam Paisley 3
5 Rogan Grace Winger Liam Marshall 2
6 Danny Richardson Stand Off Jake Shorrocks 6
7 Rob Fairclough Scrum Half Lewis Heckford 7
8 Phil Atherton Prop Kieran Sherratt 8
9 Levy Nzoungou Hooker Luke Waterworth 9
10 Josh Eaves Prop Jack Wells 10

Morgan Knowles

2nd Row

Macauley Davies

11 Olly Davies 2nd Row Nick Gregson 12
21 Joe Ryan L.Forward Kyle Shelford 13
12 Liam Cooper Interchange Callum Field 16
15 Matty Lees Interchange Brad Lawrence 17
20 Jonah Cunningham Interchange Josh Ganson 18

Ross Macauley


Paddy Jones

- Derek Traynor Coach Matty Peet -

Score Sheet

St Helens Under 19s 16 --- Wigan Under 19s 23
Tries (3):
Dave Eccleston 2
Rogan Grace
` Tries (4):
Jake Shorrocks
Liam Marshall 2
Liam Forsyth
Danny Richardson 2/3
--- Goals:
Jake Shorrocks 3/4
--- --- Drop Goals:
Jake Shorrocks 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute St Helens 04 Wigan 00 Try: Dave Eccleston
St Helens 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Richardson (1/1)
14th Minute St Helens 10 Wigan 00 Try: Dave Eccleston (2)
St Helens 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Richardson (2/2)
30th Minute St Helens 16 Wigan 00 Try: Rogan Grace
St Helens 16 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Danny Richardson (2/3)
36th Minute St Helens 16 Wigan 04 Try: Jake Shorrocks
St Helens 16 Wigan 06 Conversion: Jake Shorrocks (1/1)
Half Time St Helens Under 19s 16 Wigan Under 19s 06
55th Minute St Helens 16 Wigan 10 Try: Liam Marshall
St Helens 16 Wigan 12 Conversion: Jake Shorrocks (2/2)
67th Minute St Helens 16 Wigan 16 Try: Liam Marshall (2)
St Helens 16 Wigan 18 Conversion: Jake Shorrocks (3/3)
80mins +1 St Helens 16 Wigan 19 Drop Goal: Jake Shorrocks
80mins +4 St Helens 16 Wigan 23 Try: Liam Forsyth
St Helens 16 Wigan 23 Missed Conv: Jake Shorrocks (3/4)
Full Time St Helens Under 19s 16 Wigan Under 19s 23