Days like this are what reserves grade rugby was designed for.
There were four games between high profile Super League teams this afternoon with a number of exciting youngsters taking centre stage.
The action began in Wigan where a superb second half from the Warriors saw them claim a 50-12 win over rivals St Helens ahead of an exciting meeting between the two teams in Super League this week which could see the Saints claim the League Leaders’ Shield.
Wigan were led by two try hero Logan Astley who made his Super League debut earlier this year against Huddersfield. He was joined by prop Roman Silva who joined the Warriors at the start of this season but hasn’t been afforded many opportunities thus far.
On the Saints side of things, promising youngster Shay Martin featured as did Josh Simm who has recently returned to the club after a loan spell with Hull FC. He was recalled owing to the injuries in St Helens’ squad and the recent loss of Will Hopoate again shows why Simm was recalled.
Elsewhere, Salford hosted Warrington in a game which saw Luke Thomas play for a second time in two days. Thomas was given his senior debut last night for the Wolves nearly scoring with his first touch of the game and causing Leeds plenty of problems.
He started at prop for Warrington today but wasn’t able to stop them falling to a narrow 30-26 defeat having trailed 24-12 at the break.
Both teams named sides with very little Super League experience as both look to the future but it is also an indicator of how tough both teams are doing it in terms of available players.
It was a similar case for both Hull FC and Leeds as they served up a cracker. Leeds didn’t have a single Super League appearance amongst their side though they did have Oli Field son of Jamie Field at 13 who has played at League 1 level with Cornwall.
It was a similar case for Hull FC with their young side taking a 16-6 lead at the break through tries from Logan Moy, Max Clarke and Lewis Martin. Moy got a decisive second in the second half as Jermaine Chatham also crossed in a less comprehensive second half as Leeds came up short 26-22.
Second half tries from Zach McSwiney and Mackenzie Turner – a lovely score as the quick fullback combined with fellow speedster Shane Tuohey – gave Leeds the lead in the second half but it wasn’t enough.
Elsewhere, Castleford had it easy against Hull KR downing the Robins 58-6 boosted by the Super League experience of Cain Robb at nine who may well be the heir to Paul McShane whilst Sam Hall starred at 13.
Unsurprisingly, Hull KR were unable to call upon any Super League experience with their squad down to the bare bones. Connor Moore featured at 13 after being named in the last few 21-man squads for the Robins’ first team whilst the impressive Jack Krebs made it five tries in two games with Hull KR’s only score of the game.