Australian Test winger Brett
Dallas demonstrated electrifying pace to grab two tries and set up two
others as Wigan went top of the Tetley's Bitter Super League.
ginger-haired former North Sydney flier pounced either side of half-time
to help clinch a fifth straight win for the unbeaten Warriors, who
overcame a sluggish start to show touches of genuine class and win with
Bradford will go back to the top of the table with a win at Salford on
Sunday but Wigan, the bookmakers' pre-season favourites, have now conceded
just two tries in their last three matches and are starting to unleash
their star-studded backs.
All seven of them got on the scoresheet, with Paul Johnson showing
excellent form in the centre to justify his surprise selection ahead of
Great Britain veteran Gary Connolly.
It was a sobering experience for ex-Wigan coach John Monie and the five
former Warriors in the Broncos' patched-up line-up.
They trailed 48-0 until Tulsen Tollet's late consolation try and are
languishing near the foot of the table with just one win in their first
Yet there was little hint of the one-sided action to come during a
tense first quarter in which Wigan led only 8-0.
The disappointing 6,697 JJB Stadium crowd gave former hero Shaun
Edwards a standing ovation before kick-off to mark his retirement but were
then largely subdued by Wigan's inability to break down a keen Broncos
Prop Neil Cowie, the only forward to break the backs' scoring
domination, had scored the early try, profiting from a towering kick from
Willie Peters that Dallas palmed back.
Andy Farrell, playing stand-off in the continuing absence of Tony
Smith, added the conversion to an earlier penalty but was then despatched
to the sin bin for 10 minutes for holding down London loose forward Andrew
Wynyard in the tackle.
Even down to 12 men, however, Wigan's Scrooge-like defence was never
The breakthrough came seven minutes before half time when right winger
Dallas burst through Shane Millard's tackle after going from dummy half
deep inside his own half and showed a clean pair of heels to the cover for
a glorious try.
Then, on the stroke of the interval hooter, centre Steve Renouf took
Farrell's pass to grab another try and put the game beyond the visitors.
The second half was only three minutes old when Wigan extended their
lead and it was once more down to the sheer pace of Dallas, who raced onto
Farrell's clever grubber kick.
That was the signal for Wigan to cut loose, with Johnson producing a
superb break out of his own half to set up Radlinski and Renouf squeezing
out a miraculous pass for Jason Robinson to score.
Peters then got in on the scoring act, supporting a break by Denis
Betts, and Johnson deservedly scored his side's eighth and final try
following more superb work from Dallas.
Farrell kicked his eighth goal from nine attempts but the Broncos
finally gained some reward for their persistence when scrum-half Tollett
touched down two minutes from the end and added the goal.