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Wigan Warriors U19 24 Leeds Rhinos U19 0

12th September 2018

By Phil Daly

There was disappointment for Rob Burrow’s Under 19s side on Tuesday night as they lost out 24-0 to Wigan at Wigan St Judes.

The game had twice been re-arranged which meant that the Rhinos were left in the unfortunate position of having to play three games in ten days in the final week of the regular season. Having won at Castleford last Thursday, the loss to Wigan means that the Under 19s fate is no longer in their own hands. Second place St Helens host bottom of the table Newcastle Thunder on Friday evening with the Rhinos needing an unlikely win from the men from the North East coupled with victory over London Broncos at Stanningley this Saturday to secure a home semi final against Saints. Should Saints win on Friday, Leeds will have to travel to Saints in the semi final.

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Wigan, who did not play last weekend, are now guaranteed top spot for the play offs and will play Huddersfield Giants in their semi final.

Wigan opened the scoring through James Barran when they created space through Samy Kibula down the left and made the numbers count for half back Barran to go over. Harry Smith added the conversion to give the home side a 6-0 lead.

Wigan were held up over the line before they doubled their advantage before the break. Smith produced a testing grubber to the in goal and Barran won the race to get the touch down between the posts for his second try. Smith added the conversion to make it 12-0.

The Rhinos best chance in the first half came when Kiedan Hartley raced 60 metres up field before passing to Jack Broadbent however the centre could not take the pass in and the chance had gone.

Leeds had a good spell of pressure at the start of the second half as they forced Wigan into errors near their own line. Harry Newman created a half chance for Liam Whitton but the winger knocked on as he came into contact.

Wigan were then left to rue missed opportunities when they were penalised after kicking a 40:20 and then knocked on over the line as they tried to cross in the corner.

The Rhinos went back on the attack but were hit by a sucker punch when scored their third try. Prop Ethan Havard proved too strong to stop near the line when the forward came charging onto a short pass near the line. Smith added the conversion to give the home side an 18-0 lead.

Wigan wrapped up the win in the closing stages when Samy Kibula was able to get over from close range as the prop spotted a gap and went through. Smith added the conversion to make the final score 24-0.

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