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Burgess gets four tries in Wigan win

Teenage rugby league winger Joe Burgess has grabbed four tries as Wigan produced a second-half scoring blitz to beat the New Zealand Warriors 46-22 in a trial match.
Burgess gets four tries in Wigan win
by AAP

AUCKLAND, Feb 12 AAP - Teenage rugby league winger Joe Burgess has grabbed four tries as Wigan produced a second-half scoring blitz to beat the New Zealand Warriors 46-22 in a trial match.

The 19-year-old got his first early in the opening spell at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Wednesday.

He followed up with a quick double-strike after halftime that propelled Wigan back in front after they had trailed 22-16 at half-time.

He got his fourth, and Wigan's ninth, just before the final hooter.

The match was a warm-up for the English Super League champions ahead of their World Club Challenge against NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters on February 22 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

They went in with just one training session after landing in Auckland on Monday afternoon.

But they showed little signs of jetlag as they put on 30 second-half points to nil, with Gil Dudson, Sam Powell and Dom Manfredi also dotting down.

A Warriors squad with plenty up-and-comers had a great first period, but were hampered by errors in the second.

Wigan put out a strong starting line-up, which included England internationals Michael McIlorum, Liam Farrell and Josh Charnley, who was returning from a hernia operation.

However, Test teammate Sean O'Loughlin, who had been troubled by a hamstring complaint, sat out the match, while front-line five-eighth Blake Green was also rested.

It was a match with plenty of interchanges, with Warriors coach Matthew Elliott using a 15-man bench.

Wigan made a flying start with Jack Hughes and Burgess dotting down for a 12-0 lead after some excellent attacking play.

But a Warriors side, with just seven players with NRL experience in their starting 13, struck back with three tries of the own.

They got momentum from some good carries by stand-in skipper Sam Rapira and fellow prop Ben Matulino, and the offloading of Feleti Mateo.

Former Cronulla half Chad Townsend, Adam Tuimamave-Gerrard and Nathaniel Peteru touched down to kick the Warriors in front.

Wigan centre Darrell Goulding replied to tie the scores, but Townsend's kick into the in-goal for hooker Nathan Friend to dot down helped to put the Warriors up at the break.




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