28th September 2018, 20:02 | academy

Wigan Warriors win the Academy Under-19 Grand Final

Wigan Warriors win the Academy Under-19 Grand Final

Wigan Warriors successfully defended their Acedemy Under-19s title after beating Leeds Rhinos Under-19s 14-6 at the DW Stadium on Friday evening.

It was a tight first half, with Wigan going ahead through Sam Grant, although Rob Burrow’s Leeds side hit back through Alex Sutcliffe’s converted try to lead 6-4 at the break.

However, a superb finish from winger James Worthington on 54 minutes edged Warriors back in front by two points.

The game continued to hang in the balance until Warriors struck a fatal blow on 75 minutes when Sam Halsall completed a brilliant team move before Harry Smith kicked the extra two to give his side the victory.

Darrell Goulding’s side were able to lift the trophy in front of their home fans, ahead of the Betfred Super League clash between Wigan and Hull FC.

Wigan Warriors U19s: Joe Brown, James Worthington, Sam Halsall, Sam Grant, Cian Tyrer, James Barran, Harry Smith, Liam Byrne, Aiden Roden, Etah Havard, James McDonnell, Joe Shorrocks, Morgan Smithies. Interchanges: Caine Barnes, Samy Kibula, Ben Kilner, Dec O’Donnell.

Leeds Rhinos U19s: Liam Whitton, Ben Markland, Harry Newman, Jack Broadbent, Kiedan Hartley, Harvey Spence, Reece Chapman-Smith, Mikolaj Oledski, Corey Johnson, Spencer Darley, Alex Sutcliffe, Owen Trout, Loui McConnell. Interchanges: Harvey Whitley, Tom Holroyd, Muizz Mustapha, Tyler Dupree 

Image: Dave Howarth/Wigan Warriors.