Wigan did enough to stop the rot but not to dispel the fears that their
problems are a thing of the past.
This was the Warriors' first win in
four Super League games but coach Eric Hughes was quick to admit that
there are still major faults which need ironing out
"It was a welcome two points that we badly need if we are to get into
the top four.
"But we are not kidding ourselves the faults have gone away. We
switched off again and allowed Warrington to come back into the game. But
on the whole it was a much better display and we were able to give some of
the youngsters a run out.
"Warrington were always in the game and we could never relax. I was
pleased with Mick Cassidy's work rate while Andy Farrell and Jason
Robinson were exceptional and Henry Paul appears to be getting better with
Skipper Farrell was the architect of many of Wigan's moves and he
combined well with half-backs Paul and Craig Murdock to torment a
committed but indisciplined Wolves side.
The Warriors raced into an 18-6 half-time lead with Farrell grabbing
the first 10 points through three goals and a try in the 19th minute which
came in bizarre fashion.
The ball was flicked out on the sixth tackle and prop Neil Cowie
frantically put in a left footed bomb that Mark Forster failed to gather
and Farrell pounced.
Tony Tatupu grabbed a try and Jon Roper closed the gap with a goal, but
right on the hooter Paul slipped the ball to Gary Connollly and he raced
half the length of the field to score and Farrell goaled.
Another try two minutes after the break when Farrell sent out a
delightful long ball for Danny Ellison to race over in the corner, put
Wigan in the driving seat.
Roper's powerful run earned him a try which he goaled but when Cassidy
sent Andy Johnson in at the corner the Wolves were dead and buried.
Farrell showed his mastery again when he put Murdock in and added the goal
before Warrington completed the scoring five minutes from time when Paul
Wingfield crashed over.
The win, before the smallest crowd of the season at Central Park, was
just the confidence booster the Warriors need as they prepare for Sunday's
second derby clash against Salford Reds. Scrum-half Tony Smith is expected
to recover from a side strain for the game.
WIGAN: Robinson, Johnson A, Connolly, Radlinski, Ellison, Paul,
Murdock, Cowie, Hall, O'Connor, Cassidy, Tallec, Farrell. Subs: Johnson P
(for Robinson 75), Hansen (for O'Connor 27), Clarke (for Hall 50), Holgate
(for Cowie 58), O'Connor (for Hansen 66).
|Andy Farrell (6)
||Jon Roper (2)