Wigan Under 20’s 42 London Skolars 10

5th May 2011

28 January 2011

Up against a side that won the Under 20s Grand Final last season, Skolars rang the changes using 25 players, as Joe Mbu assessed his squad ahead of the start of the Northern Rail Cup campaign. “Having three friendly games has been good for us, especially looking in the last two games at how we play under pressure.”

Skolars game at The Co-operative Community Stadium, Orrell was nearly called off due to heavy frost, with the pitch having to be narrowed before kick-off.

Wigan enjoyed early possession with Sam Powell’s chip forcing a goal-line drop out and the resultant set saw Powell flick the ball outside for Dom Crosby to open the scoring. Skolars forced a drop out from the other end through Dylan Skee forcing a goal-line drop out at the other end, but couldn’t break through the defence. Warriors scored again, following a Ryan King break from deep in his own half lead to a try for Powell, rolling over the tryline after taking a pass from Liam Carberry.

Powell then gave Wigan another strong position for attack with a 40-20 kick. Chris Taylor went over unopposed as Skolars looked to the referee for an obstruction. Carberry pushed over from dummy half and Wigan’s lead was further extended when Carberry broke, feeding the ball for Matt Russell to take the ball on, slipping the ball for Jack Hughes to score.

Skolars got their first points late in the first half. After James Anthony had gone close, a quick pass outside from Gareth Honor saw Ade Adebisi touchdown in the left corner.

The second half was more even. Austen Aggrey created problems for Wigan with some strong running and, after he was held-up, a quick move on the blind side saw Luke May crash over for Skolars’ second try. Wigan then had to defend four sets of six close to their line, holding out as Skee was bundled into touch as he tried to pass the ball inside to Olu Iwenofu. Wigan counterattacked with Matty Russell weaving to avoid several tackles on a 60 metre break. It wasn’t until 65 minutes that Wigan were awarded a penalty in a freeflowing game, Matty Crow breaking through the defence to score soon afterwards.

Saqib Muszard almost scored for Skolars, just grounding a loose bouncing ball short of the line. But with Russell and Powell continuing to make breaks, it was inevitable that Wigan would score the final try, although it was far from the best of the day. A Powell chip was fumbled on the line and Danny Bridge, following up, had only to put a fingertip on the ball to score.



1 Matty Russell

2 Ryan King

3 Jamie Acton

4 Matty Cross

5 Jack Murphy

6 Chris Taylor

7 Sam Powell

8 Dom Crosby

9 Liam Carberry

10 Tom Spencer

11 Jack Hughes

12 Danny Bridge

13 Greg Burke

Subs (all used)

15 John O’Donnell

16 Kiran Harrison

17 Jaydon Samford

18 James Greenwood

19 Connor Farrell


Tries: Crosby (4), Powell (17), Taylor (21), Carberry (28), Hughes (31), Crow(68), Bridge (76)

Goals: Murphy 1/1, Powell 6/6



1 James Anthony

2 Smokie Junor

3 Dave Arnot

4 Luke May

5 Ade Adebisi

6 Jy-Mel Coleman

7 Dylan Skee

8 Tony Williams

9 Sam Gee

10 Stephen Ball

11 Jason Hart

12 Matt Thomas

13 Olly Purslow


Subs (all used)

14 Gareth Honor

15 Saqib Muszard

16 James Simon

17 Dave McMeeken

18 Aaron Small

19 Jared Riki

20 Austen Aggrey

21 Oliver Bloom

22 Olu Iwenofu

23 Guy Aldam

24 Aran Quinn

25 Danny Burke


Tries:  Adebisi (37), May (43)

Goals: Coleman 1/2


Men of the Match

Warriors: Sam Powell

Skolars: Austen Aggrey


Penalty count: 2-9


Half-time: 30-6

Referee:  Warren Turley


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0,12-0,18-0,24-0,30-0,30-6,30-10,36-10,42-10

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