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Skolars fall short in the Capital Challenge

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

THE London Skolars suffered a 48-0 defeat at the hands of a Wigan Warriors XIII in the annual Capital Challenge at the Honourable Artillery Company in the city of London on Friday.

Wigan fielded a number of youngsters who have Super League experience, and they proved too strong for a spirited Skolars outfit who were playing in their opening pre-season fixture.

The Skolars held firm until the 26th minute but, with their ability to create gaps in the defence, Wigan always looked the more likely side to make the breakthrough.

The opening try eventually arrived when Rhys Pusgley broke clear before setting up fellow prop Sam Hopkins to touch down, while Dom Manfridi crossed the line out wide on the right soon after.

Lewis Tierney added a third try shortly before the interval, and more gaps began to appear in the Skolars defence after they started to ring the changes in the second period.

Anthony Gelling broke from halfway to start a move which Jamie Doran finished by touching down, while Tierney and Manfridi both scored their second tries of the match.

Jack Murphy was the next man to cross the line, while Manfridi rounded off the scoring by claiming two more tries. Jake Shorrocks converted six of the eight tries.

However, the afternoon was somewhat marred by a serious injury to the Skolars’ Smokie Junor, who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken femur.

Coach Joe Mbu said: “This is our first game, and if that is what we showed in our first game, then I am really looking forward to our fourth and fifth games. The boys will take an awful lot from the match.

“The injury to Smokie took the gloss off the afternoon, but I don’t want to say any more until we know how serious the injury is.”

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