Wigan stormed back to the top of
Super League after basking in the midday sun at Wilderspool.
Warriors made the most of perfect conditions to turn up the heat on
Challenge Cup winners Bradford Bulls, who are not back in League action
Warrington had threatened to thwart their rivals' bid for the summit
with a remarkable fightback that transformed an early 12-0 into a 16-12
But Wigan coach Frank Endacott, back at the helm after his trip Down
Under, will have been delighted with his side's sparkling second-half show
that brought 30 unanswered points.
There were two tries for former Australian Test centre Steve Renouf
against his former Brisbane Broncos team-mates Allan Langer and Andrew Gee
while winger Jason Robinson marked his 100th Super League start with a
wonderful solo touchdown.
Skipper Andy Farrell, once more filling in at stand-off for the injured
Tony Smith, missed a chance to open the scoring when he was wide with a
penalty but he went on to convert all seven tries.
Full-back Kris Radlinksi grabbed the first, profiting from a kind
bounce after Willie Peters' towering kick had eluded Lee Penny, and Renouf
finished off a sparkling six-man handling move for the second.
Half-backs Allan Langer and Lee Briers then sparked the rightback as
the hungry Wolves conjured up three tries in the last 10 minutes of the
First second rower Ian Knott touched down after juggling with Briers'
final pass, the half-backs combined with centre Ian Sibbit to get winger
Jon Roper over at the corner and then, with just 15 seconds left on the
clock, Briers dummied his way past Lee Gilmour for a third try, to which
he added his second goal.
At that stage, Wigan were rocking but Endacott's interval pep talk
worked wonders as the visitors controlled matters from the re-start.
A last-ditch tackle from Penny denied Wigan second rower Mick Cassidy a
try after a superb break by impressive hooker Terry Newton and Langer and
Danny Nutley performed similar heroics to catch Farrell in possession on
the last tackle.
But the Warriors once more displayed incisive finishing to turn the
game on its head for a second time with three further tries in a
sensational nine-minute spell.
First Farrell produced wonderful sleight of hand to release Renouf for
his second try, Robinson popped up in midfield to sprint through a gap and
then prop Terry O'Connor took Denis Bett's pass to crash over.
Wigan's domination was complete by then and they piled on the misery
for the Wolves with two more tries in the last 16 minutes.
Second rower Simon Haughton crashed over after neat handling from
Newton and Radlinksi and loose forward Denis Betts rounded off the scoring
when he took substitute Chris Chester's pass to cross for a seventh try.