Wigan's veteran second-row pair
Denis Betts and Mick Cassidy produced some vintage rugby to keep the
Warriors on the trail of the Super League leaders.
Britain props Neil Cowie and Terry O'Connor also rolled back the years
with some power-packed running to create the platform for Wigan's exciting
threequarters to run in the tries that secured a precious victory.
After conceding 30 points to arch-rivals St Helens a week ago, coach
Frank Endacott will be equally delighted with a return to form of his
It was Cassidy, enjoying a deserved testimonial, who opened the scoring
with a 19th-minute try, taking an inside pass from Willie Peters and
forcing his way past three defenders to touch down.
That try, converted by Andy Farrell, was all that separated the sides
until two tries in a three-minute spell just before the interval broke the
resistance of Darryl Van de Velde's Wolves.
Teenage winger David Hodgson, who scored on his full debut in last
week's breathtaking defeat by Saints, finished off a five-man handling
move while centre Gary Connolly supported a magnificent break by Betts.
Wigan deserved their interval lead after dominating much of the half.
Clean breaks by Steve Renouf and Peters ought to have brought more reward
and they also had tries by Hodgson and Terry O'Connor disallowed.
Warrington also had a try from Steve McCurrie ruled out as referee
Steve Presley showed a refreshing willingness to make decisions without
recourse to video official John Holdsworth.
Presley looked to be spot on with his decision-making, although he
opted to use modern technology before awarding Hodgson's try, which
followed a superb break from winger Jason Robinson.
And it was the ever-dangerous Robinson who added to Wigan's try count
less than a minute into the second half when he raced onto Newton's pass
after Farrell and Renouf had made initial inroads into the Warrington
Full-back Kris Radlinski, who pulled off tremendous tackles to halt Lee
Penny and Jerome Guisset in full flight, then demonstrated his attacking
skills to slice through some poor Wolves tackling and put Renouf over for
a try that made it a full house for the Warriors threequarters.
But the visitors avoided a whitewash on 56 minutes when former Wigan
utility player Mike Peters scored his first try for the club, touching
down in the right-hand corner after the Wigan defence had been split by a
60-metre run from left winger Chris Campbell.
Cassidy and Warrington prop Andrew Gee were both sin-binned on 65
minutes after coming to blows and the visitors suffered another blow when
forward Guisset was carried on in a neck brace after being hurt in a