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Match Report: Warrington 30 Wigan 10

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Saturday 11th August 2012
Warrington Wolves 30 Wigan Warriors 10
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Stobart Super League 17 - Round 24 of 27

Kick Off 4:45pm

 

- Wigan       - Warrington    
1 Sam Tomkins       1 Brett Hodgson    G5 
2 Josh Charnley    G    2 Chris Riley    
3 Darrell Goulding       4 Ryan Atkins    
4 George Carmont       19 Stefan Ratchford  T   
37 Iain Thornley  T      5 Joel Monaghan  T   
6 Brett Finch       6 Lee Briers    
38 Matty Smith       7 Richie Myler  T   
21 Epalahame Lauaki       8 Adrian Morley    
9 Michael McIlorum       14 Micky Higham    
10 Lee Mossop       20 Chris Hill    
11 Harrison Hansen       11 Trent Waterhouse    
12 Gareth Hock  T      12 Ben Westwood  T   
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Ben Harrison  T   
Interchange:
8 Paul Prescott       9 Michael Monaghan    
14 Jeff Lima       10 Garreth Carvell    
16 Liam Farrell       15 Simon Grix    
26 Jack Hughes       16 Paul Wood    

Report: 

Warrington took the spoils 30-10 in Saturday's Super League game.

The league's best two sides thrashed out top of the table clash worthy of the pre-match billing with Warrington closing the gap to just one point in the lead for the League Leaders Shield.
The sun was shining and Wigan kicked off roared on by another massive following with the Away Stand at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium a sea of red and white.

Warrington came out with all guns firing and were the dominant force of the first half, and should have been more than 10 points up at the break having been the more physical team and dominating both possession and field position, helped by Wigan's massive error count.

Warrington opened the scoring after just 2 minutes as Lee Briers capitalised on a Finch mistake to race 40 meters before being caught by Carmont; however, from the play-the-ball Westwood managed to dive over in the right hand corner. Hodgson's extra's made it 6-0.

The Warrington onslaught continued and before Wigan could regain possession, two penalties, a dropped bomb and a missed tackle by Mossop saw Ben Harrison score under the posts. Hodgson again added the kick 12-0.

It wasn't the close opening quarter that Shaun Wane had hoped for as his Warriors looked shocked and produced a number of unforced errors, particularly at the play-the-ball.

It was yet another mistake that almost led to Warrington's third try as a Hansen pass went astray and Riley raced away to score, only for the video referee to adjudge that Ryan Atkins had knocked the ball down in the tackle and wipe off the try.

Wigan were doing well to keep the score to 12-0 with Warrington throwing everything at them, and the visitors were slowing coming back into the game with increased territory. With just 8 minutes of the first half remaining the Warriors managed to secure a good position in front of the posts and the head and feed at the scrum, from which the Wolves were penalised for offside on their own line. Gareth Hock picked up the ball and took a quick tap to shrug off Westwood and score. Charnley's kick made it 12-6.

But Warrington hit back almost immediately when Brett Finch was judged to have passed forward in his own half. From the scrum they pressurised the Wigan defensive line and with broken play Hodgson raced clear before throwing a pass that was clearly 5 meters forward for Joel Monaghan to collect and touch down in controversial circumstances. This time the conversion fell short, 16-6 going into the Half Time break.

Warrington scored first in the second half through a Brett Hodgson penalty goal before Josh Charnley's touchdown in the corner was ruled out when the video replay showed that his foot was in touch before grounding the ball.

Wigan were starting to exert some dominance on the game until another error - this time a poor cross field kick by Matty Smith - was taken by Ratchford for his former Salford teammate to race 70 meters to touchdown. Hodgson's kick made it 24-6 after 55 minutes.

But the game wasn't over and the Warriors received a boost when Briers' penalty kick failed to find touch and was brilliantly scooped up by Charnley. On the next play Wigan looked to be at their fluent best with a left shift finding Tomkins, then Carmont and finally Thonley who scored in the corner. Charnley couldn't kick the touchline conversion, 24-10.

The game was far from a classic with the amount of errors, however it was certainly brutal with passions often overflowing, and it was over on 69 minutes when Richie Myler touched down under the Wigan posts. Hodgson again kicked the extra's to make the final score 30-10.

Wigan will be disappointed with their performance but still remain in pole position for the League Leaders Shield with just three crucial games remaining against Salford and St Helens at home, and Hull KR away.

Scoring: 
01mins:52 Warrington 04 Wigan 00 Try: Ben Westwood
- Warrington 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (1/1)
06mins:58 Warrington 10 Wigan 00 Try: Ben Harrison
- Warrington 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (2/2)
30mins:56 Warrington 12 Wigan 04 Try: Gareth Hock
- Warrington 12 Wigan 06 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/1)
34mins:06 Warrington 16 Wigan 06 Try: Joel Monaghan
- Warrington 16 Wigan 06 B.Hodgson Missed Conversion (2/3)
Half Time Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 06
43mins:30 Warrington 18 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Brett Hodgson (3/4)
54mins:05 Warrington 22 Wigan 06 Try: Stefan Ratchford
- Warrington 24 Wigan 06 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (4/5)
57mins:14 Warrington 24 Wigan 10 Try: Iain Thornley
- Warrington 12 Wigan 10 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/2)
67mins:22 Warrington 28 Wigan 10 Try: Richie Myler
- Warrington 30 Wigan 10 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (5/6)
Full Time Warrington Wolves 30 Wigan Warriors 10
Referee: 

Steve Ganson

Attendance: 

13,859

Super League 17 - Round 24 Results
Fri 10 Aug Bradford Bulls 32 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 10,217
Fri 10 Aug Leeds Rhinos 68 Widnes Vikings 24 13,326
Fri 10 Aug Salford City Reds 20 Huddersfield Giants 30 5,324
Sat 11 Aug Warrington Wolves 30 Wigan Warriors 10 13,859
Sun 12 Aug Hull FC 30 Catalan Dragons 10 10,765
Sun 12 Aug Castleford Tigers 20 London Broncos 42 5,149
Sun 12 Aug Wakefield Wildcats 33 St Helens 32 7,876

Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 24 19 0 5 896 381 +515 38
2 Warrington Wolves 24 18 1 5 785 457 +328 37
3 St Helens 24 14 2 8 695 450 +245 30
4 Leeds Rhinos 24 15 0 9 719 564 +155 30
5 Catalan Dragons 24 15 0 9 678 525 +153 30
6 Hull FC 24 13 2 9 574 563 +11 28
7 Huddersfield Giants 24 13 0 11 633 552 +81 26
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 10 1 13 645 608 +37 21
9 Bradford Bulls* 24 13 1 10 567 624 -57 21
10 Wakefield Wildcats 24 10 0 14 538 682 -144 20
11 Salford City Reds 24 8 1 15 566 718 -152 17
12 Castleford Tigers 24 6 0 18 506 822 -316 12
13 London Broncos 24 5 0 19 478 800 -322 10
14 Widnes Vikings 24 5 0 19 458 992 -534 10

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 6 points for entering administration.

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