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London Skolars suffer injury blow during Wigan Warriors defeat
2:40pm Thursday 30th January 2014 in Spurs
London Skolars’ defeat to Wigan Warriors was overshadowed by an injury to Smokie Junor.
Junor suffered a suspected broken femur during the match and was taken to hospital.
Skolars coach Joe Mbu said: “The injury to Smokie has taken the gloss off the afternoon.”
The hosts got a tough run-out in their first pre-season game as they were beaten 48-0 by Warriors.
Skolars worked hard to deny the young Warriors a score until the 26th minute, but with superior fitness it always looked like the visitors would be the first to score.
The opening try came when Rhys Pusgley broke through the defence with fellow prop Sam Hopkins touching down. They forced a drop out soon afterwards and stretched the defence out on the right for Dom Manfridi to score.
Wigan added a third try just before half-time with a move started by the two half-backs.
With the Skolars ringing the changes after the break, more gaps started to appear for the visitors. Anthony Gelling broke from halfway with Jamie Doran finishing off. David Thompson broke down the wing before creating Tierney’s second try.
It wasn’t long before Manfridi added his second, a Gelling pass into space unleashing him for another long-range effort.
Junor went close for Skolars, but couldn’t pierce the defence. Wigan attacked from deep again with Tierney and Jack Higginson sending over Jack Murphy.
Gelling set up another try for Manfridi’s hat-trick when he use his height to pass the ball over the heads of the defence whilst being tackled short of the line.
Another race down the line saw Manfridi add his fourth try, but not without a determined chase by Junor who suffered his injury.
Jack Shorrocks converted his sixth goal to complete Wigan’s win.
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