23rd August 2018, 14:12 | england_lions

Report | Wigan Warriors Reserves 18-31 England Lions

Report | Wigan Warriors Reserves 18-31 England Lions

England Lions recovered from 18-0 down to record a memorable victory in Orrell.

Three tries inside the opening 23 minutes from Dom Manfredi, Ted Chapelhow and Lewis Heckford put the Warriors in charge, but Jack Lazenby reduced the gap to 12 points when he went over 13 minutes before the break.

A flawless kicking performance from Reece Dean on top of four second half tries from Matty Norton (2), Lazenby and Jordan Gibson, plus Dean drop goal, gave the Lions the victory.

A strong Wigan side featured Super League players Manfredi, Josh Woods, Josh Ganson and Liam Paisley, while Widnes' Ted Chappelhow started on the bench for the Warriors.

Manfredi, who has scored over 50 first team tries for Wigan, broke the deadlock after latching on to a Woods kick, Lewis Heckford with the goal.

The home side doubled their advantage mid-way through the first half as Chapelhow crossed from close range, Heckford making it 12-0 with the boot.

Wigan extended their advantage as Manfredi's explosive pace set up Heckford to go over, converting from in front of the posts.

But that score only served to inspire the Lions, who have has just two training sessions together, as Jack Lazenby went in on the back of some slick hands.

Dean converted and the score remained at 18-6 going into the break.

Half Time: Wigan Warriors Reserves 18-6 England Lions (Development)


With Head Coach Richard Owen's words still ringing in their ears, the Lions roared out in the second half, Norton powering his way over for England's second, the influential Gibson with a fine short ball.

Former Hull FC and Toronto Wolfpack youngster Dean converted for 18-12.

Gibson was involved once more for England's third try, the Haydock captain skilfully outwitted the Wigan line as he showed a dummy for a pass out wide but hit a short runner instead in Lazenby as he flew through a gap for his second try.

Dean goaled again to draw the scores level with 20 minutes to play.

After a failed drop goal attempt by Wigan, England then advanced upfield and Gibson put his side ahead with ten minutes to play; spinning out of a tackle to bounce over the line - Dean made it four from four with the boot for a 24-18 lead. 

Dean kicked a drop goal soon after to create a two-score lead, before Norton got his second on the final hooter, Dean converting.

Final Score: Wigan Warriors Reserves 18–31 England Lions (Development)

  • Wigan Warriors Reserves:
  • Tries: Dom Manfredi, Ted Chapelhow, Lewis Heckford
  • Goals: Lewis Heckford 3/3


  • England Lions (Development):
  • Tries: Jack Lazenby (2), Matty Norton (2), Jordan Gibson
  • Goals: Reece Dean 5/5
  • Drop-goal: Reece Dean (1)

Wigan Warriors Reserves: Craig Mullen; Joe Brown, Jake Sculthorpe, Sam Grant, Dom Manfredi; Lewis Heckford, Josh Woods; Ben Kilner, Josh Ganson, Liam Byrne; Liam Paisley, Sam Wilde (Widnes); Samy Kibula.

Subs: Jack Ratcliffe (Salford), Samuel Adejumo, Ted Chapelhow (Widnes), Levy Nzoungou (Salford), Joe Purcell, Ben Holcroft,Dec O'Donnell, Oliver Waite.

England Lions (Development): Nathan Hill; Freddie Walker, Gareth Gale, Jack Lazenby; Sam Ansell; Jordan Gibson, Reece Dean; Ryan Wilson, Matty Henson, Jamie Bristo; Danny Williams, Matty Norton; Sam Rotchford.

Subs: Danny Hirst, Marcus O'Brien, Mike Stark, Kieran Murphy, Ryan Hilyard, Max Dudley.