The Warriors came from behind to defeat
ill-disciplined visitors who had two men sent off in a violent Super
With Bradford versus St Helens frozen off at
Valley Parade, all eyes were on the match at the JJB Stadium on the
first night of the sixth season of Super League.
And following the match Rugby Football
League director of rugby Greg McCallum announced that an
investigation would be launched following a series of high tackles
and several outbreaks of fighting.
"I am not going to tolerate that kind of
behaviour on a rugby field," said McCallum."We will go through the
game frame by frame to find out why it deteriorated in the way it
did. I will not have players taking the law into their own hands."
The Wolves took an early lead with the first
try of the new season from Ian Sibbit taking just a minute and three
Dean Busby seized on veteran Allan Langer's
floated pass to get Sibbit over for his fourth try in three matches.
A penalty put the Wolves 6-0 up before
Wigan's Adrian Lam levelled with a converted try and Warrington's
challenge fell apart.
Toa Kohe Love was sent off for a high tackle
on Steve Renouf just before the half-hour, and Wigan were 18-6 up at
The second period featured two brawls, both
put on report, and a second dismissal for Tawera Nikau.
New signing Lam was one of Wigan's stars,
scoring two first-half tries after passes from Kris Radlinsksi and
Dennis Betts got Wigan's second, created by
Papua New Guinea scrum-half Lam's pass.
Wigan's other new imports Furner and Matthew
Johns also made impressive home debuts.
Andrew Farrell's kicking through the first
half was perfect, and he only missed two of this three kicks in the
Two fights and sending off
Paul Johnson put Wigan further ahead seconds
after half-time before the game entered a darker phase.
Both sides had a man sin-binned for fighting
- Wolves substitute David Kidwell and the Warriors' Neil Cowie - in
the 46th minute.
Referee Steve Ganson put the first brawl on
report but finally lost patience with Nikau when another mass fight
erupted two minutes from the end.
The Warrington man was sent off, presumably
for inciting the whole situation after being a central figure in
much of the trouble and hard-tackling.
This second brawl was also put on report,
leaving the committee men at rugby league headquarters with plenty
to look at after just one match.
In the later stages David Hodgson and Steve
Renouf also scored for Wigan, the last score becoming the first try
of the season to be determined using video evidence.