|Wigan gift London victory at the JJB.
Wigan somehow managed to bomb a 16-0 lead against a
London side who could have easily rolled over after the poor start.Wigan
started off like a house on fire but never pushed on.
shocking defence and the second of two late interceptions gave the Broncos
On this evidence we are in for one tough season.
Sean O'Loughlin created the first try with a beautiful chip over the Broncos
defence which was collected by Danny Tickle, who strolled over the line for his
first try of the season on just 2 minutes. However Tickle failed to convert his
Then Brett Dallas set up Dave Hodgson who made it 10-0 and then Paul Johnson
was sent in after more good work from O'Loughlin.
That made it 16-0 after just 14 minutes. At this stage I'm thinking well we
are better than a point a minute here and I was expected a high score but it
just didn't materialise.
London hit back on 24 minutes with a try from Jim Dymock who used his power
to drive over.
Then in the final moments of the first half London gave Wigan a kick in the
personals with two tries that gave them an unlikely lead.
On 38 minutes Dymock scored his second after London had received a penalty
due to the returning Terry O'Connor's dissent.
Then bang on half time Russell Bawden went through woeful Wigan defence like
a knife through butter setting up Andy King to give the Londoners an 18-16 half
Straight after the break Chris Thorman scored to increase the Broncos lead
further with a wonderful individual effort. 24-16 on 42 minutes.
Wigan then applied the pressure but the Broncos defended superbly.
Gareth Hock did find a way through on 54 minutes to bring the scores back
down to two points but after that Wigan seemed to lack the ideas to win this
They didn't give up but twice threw interceptions to Dennis Moran when
attacking the London line. To do that once is bad but twice is criminal and this
in my opinion is what gifted London the game. I'm positive we'd have won if we
have had more composure.
On his first interception Moran didn't have any
support but second time round Tony Martin was there to score on 64 minutes and
make the score 30-22.
Wigan then received two penalty's following that try with the clock ticking
down. The score was 22-30 to London and on the first occasion we didn't decide
to go for goal but after a few more minutes had dropped off the clock we went
for it. Now surely we should have got the two points at the first attempt giving
us more time to snatch a draw? or maybe even victory?I mean Brian Carney
scored a late try and although the two points wouldn't have made a difference in
the end they could have done if we hadn't have thrown the interception that gave
the Broncos victory.
Before Carney's consolation try, former Wigan
youngster Rob Jackson clinched the game to for the Broncos on 77 minutes and
completed the Warriors punishment.
Bottom line is 16-0 leads for any Super League side should not be thrown
away. The defence was truly awful but we also lacked leadership. Captain Andy
Farrell's expected return next week will be a big boost.
Don't lose the
faith these youngsters will come good in time with patience but at the moment
whilst good enough in attack, in defence I'm afraid they are struggling.
After the match coach Stuart Raper said: "To be 16-0 up and then go in at
half-time losing 18-16 was a bit of a shock.
"The guys thought they were
going to score from every set of six we had. But you have to be patient and we
started dropping the ball and dropping off the tackles and London fought back
"Even in the second half I was confident we could pull it back.
But the team let themselves down after being in a winning position.
"It's an 80-minute game and we are still getting to grips with that. We
have a lot more learning to do."
London coach Tony Rea refused to get carried away with the win.
He said: "It was something that was on our minds before the game but I
sort of knew that we would do it.
"Even when Wigan were in front early on we were playing alright. Jim
Dymock was outstanding and he provided a great example of controlled
"Wigan are probably the biggest name in rugby league to Londoners and I
think they will be very proud of us and this result will certainly help with our