Wigan roared back to the top of
Super League after this merciless thrashing of rock-bottom
The Warriors' star-studded backs scored eight of
their side's nine tries against a hopelessly-outclassed Giants side that
played most of the match a player short.
Gene Ngamu, the New Zealander hoping to impress Kiwi national boss
Frank Endacott, was sin-binned after 26 minutes for laying on in the
tackle and had only just returned to action when team-mate David Bradbury
was sent off by referee Steve Ganson, rather harshly, for a high tackle on
Wigan forward Denis Betts.
A daunting task had suddenly become mission impossible and even the
damage-limitation exercise proved beyond John Kear's men, who showed just
why they have the worst defence in the League.
The match was over as a contest by half-time when Wigan led 22-2 after
scrum-half Willie Peters had set up tries for Gary Connolly and Brett
Dallas with accurate, lofted kicks to the corner.
Former Australian Test centre Steve Renouf had scored the first try,
touching down from skipper Andy Farrell's long cut-out pass, and he
repeated the feat early in the second half before retiring from the
With Wigan cruising to their anticipated victory, Endacott also took
the opportunity to rest other key players with next Friday's visit to
Leeds in mind.
The Warriors, with skipper Andy Farrell dictating matters at will from
stand-off, piled on the agony for the home side with five tries in a
devastating 17-minute spell early in the second half.
Winger Jason Robinson, who is thought to be close to making a switch to
rugby union with Sale, supported Renouf for his first try and then
demonstrated his unique talent by racing 70 metres from dummy half for a
Full-back Kris Radlinski and second rower Mick Cassidy also touched
down and Farrell kicked 10 goals from 12 attempts.
The Giants' only first-half points came from Ngamu, who levelled the
scores with an eighth-minute penalty after Wigan prop Neil Cowie was
pulled up for dissent.
It was all one-way traffic after that until they managed a late
consolation try through French international Yacine Dekkiche, with Ngamu
kicking his second goal.