Wigan Warriors 38 London Broncos 10
What a difference a game
makes!. Two weeks ago woeful Wigan crashed to defeat at Salford, but last
night they produced their best display of the season.
New half-back pairing Tony Smith and Nigel Wright made all the
difference and laid the foundation for victory.
With Simon Haughton, Lee Hansen and Andy Farrell outstanding in the
pack Wigan produced just the confidence boosting performance coach Eric
Hughes had been praying for.
"I'm a much happier man," admitted Hughes. "Apart from Neil Cowie it
was the first opportunity to choose rom a full strength side and we looked
much better balanced.
"The understanding is starting to show. We took on a form side and had
a handsome victory."
Hughes was particularly impressed with his two Yorkshire half-backs.
"Smith is a class act and with Wright starting for the first time they
formed an effective midfield triangle with Farrell."
It was the visitors who struck first after five minutes thanks to the
brilliance of scrum-half Josh White who jinked his way through Wigan's
defence to put Tony Martin in at the corner.
But any fears of another defeat were quickly allayed. Wigan looked
sharp in attack and after Farrell had added a penalty Smith scorched
through a gap for a touchdown. Farrell added the goal and another penalty
before Haughton scored the first of his two tries on the half hour with
another unstoppable run from 10 yards out.
The Warriors led 16-4 at the break and with White out of action with a
leg injury and Shaun Edwards a shadow of his former self on his return to
Central Park, the Broncos rarely posed any real problems.
Wigan grew in confidence and the tries flowed from Farrell, Haughton,
Gary Connolly and Mick Cassidy, with Farrell adding another three goals.
Edwards grabbed a consolation try in the final minute and Greg Barwick
goaled, but it was Wigan's night.
Hughes is hoping this is the start of an improved run of form.
"We need to build a platform before we go to Australia next month. It
is starting to come together and we are not a million miles away."
WIGAN: Paul, Robinson, Connolly, Radlinski, Johnson, Wright, Smith,
Hansen, Hall, O'Connor, Haughton, Cassidy, Farrell. Subs: Murray, Holgate
(for O'Connor 23), Tallec (for Holgate 49), Cardiss.
|Andy Farrell (7)