Under 18s: St Helens 44 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on April 10 2011 - 12:02
Well watching this yesterday didn't half cheer me up after Friday........pfft!

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St Helens v Wigan Warriors - Under 18s Valvoline Academy.
Saturday 9th April 2011. Kick Off 2:30pm at Thatto Heath Crusaders ARLFC.

Match Summary

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.

In 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 every time!

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.

Team Sheets

- Saints Under 18s Position Wigan Under 18s 1
1 Corey Lee Full Back Tom Hurst 1
2 Ste Yates Winger Tom Halsall 2
3 Mark Percival Centre Shae Lyon-Fraser 3
4 Josh Jones Centre Andy Whyte 4
5 James Hill Winger Danny Parkinson 5
6 Dom Speakman Stand Off Chris Taylor 6
7 Danny Yates Scrum Half Liam Fishwick 7
8 Joe Bate Prop Greg Burke 8
9 Marcus Baines Hooker Liam Carberry 9
10 Brad Ashurst Prop Louis Jackson 10
11 Alex Clare 2nd Row Matty Crow 11
12 Joe Greenwood 2nd Row John O'Donnell 12
13 Connor Dwyer L.Forward Danny Bridge 13
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14 Lewis Foster Substitute Jacob Almond 14
15 James Tilly Substitute Harry Naughton 15
16 Jordan O'Neill Substitute Joe Bullock 16
17 Chris Webster Substitute Craig Blakeley 17
- Derek Traynor Coach Peter Williams -

Score Sheet

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
--- Tries (2):
Shae Lyon-Fraser
Louis Jackson
Goals:
Danny Yates 4/9
--- Goals:
Greg Burke 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute St Helens 04 Wigan 00 Try: Mark Percival
- St Helens 04 Wigan 00 D.Yates Missed Conversion (0/1)
10th Minute St Helens 08 Wigan 00 Try: Joe Greenwood
- St Helens 10 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Yates (1/2)
23rd Minute St Helens 14 Wigan 00 Try: Ste Yates
- St Helens 14 Wigan 00 D.Yates Missed Conversion (1/3)
29th Minute St Helens 18 Wigan 00 Try: Josh Jones
- St Helens 18 Wigan 00 D.Yates Missed Conversion (1/4)
- St Helens 22 Wigan 00 Try: Alex Clare
- St Helens 24 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Yates (2/5)
Half Time St Helens Under 18s 24 Wigan Under 18s 00
47th Minute St Helens 24 Wigan 04 Try: Shae Lyon-Fraser
- St Helens 24 Wigan 06 Conversion: Greg Burke (1/1)
50th Minute St Helens 28 Wigan 06 Try: Danny Yates
- St Helens 30 Wigan 06 Conversion: Danny Yates (3/6)
52nd Minute St Helens 30 Wigan 10 Try: Louis Jackson
- St Helens 30 Wigan 10 G.Burke Missed Conversion (1/2)
72nd Minute St Helens 34 Wigan 10 Try: Lewis Foster
- St Helens 34 Wigan 10 D.Yates Missed Conversion (3/7)
75th Minute St Helens 38 Wigan 10 Try: Danny Yates (2)
- St Helens 40 Wigan 10 Conversion: Danny Yates (4/8)
79th Minute St Helens 44 Wigan 10 Try: James Hill
- St Helens 44 Wigan 10 D.Yates Missed Conversion (4/9)
Full Time St Helens Under 18s 44 Wigan Under 18s 10

Referee

Jamie Bloem