CENTRE Thomas Wrigley proved too hot to handle as he blasted Old Brodleians with a five-star performance as Huddersfield’s Under 16 side won 51-12.
Huddersfield crossed for nine tries with Wrigley the first on the board after just five minutes, following a successful line-out. Fly-half Adnan Nasir moved the ball to Wrigley’s centre partner Elliot Whetham who in turn fed Wrigley to cross the whitewash.
Will Burgess, Luke Pickard and Louis Frear were prominent among Huddersfield’s forwards with some determined tackling before Nasir found winger Joe Stevenson to outpace the defence and score in the corner.
The forwards were next on the scoreboard when Wrigley started the move on the left side of the field before full-back Andrew Cuthill drew two defenders, passed to prop Nathan Smith who crashed through the remnants of defence for a superb try.
None of the conversions were successful, and when Brods scored a try just before the break, they went into half-time, trailing by just 15-7.
That was as close as they got, for in the second half as Huddersfield quickly pulled away – Burgess breaking clear and releasing Wrigley for his second try of the game.
Cuthill then collected a kick, and ran half the length of the field to score at the posts, Smith converting.
Wrigley scored his hat trick try and his side’s sixth, converted by Smith, and Burgess again broke through Brods defence to set up Wrigley for his fourth try.
The visitors did pull one back after being handed a penalty, but it was only a brief respite, as Louis Frear evaded a couple of tackles to cross at the posts, and just before the close, Burgess, broke the defensive line again and once again found Wrigley on his shoulder for the centre to go nap.