Wigan reclaimed third spot in Tetley's Super
League table as they predictably proved too strong for rock-bottom
It was a club record-equalling 21st consecutive defeat for
the Yorkshire side and the match was all over by half-time with the
Warriors running up a 30-0 lead and Halifax suffering a double injury
blow, losing both Dane Dorahy and Jaymes Chapman.
The Halifax defence stood firm for the opening 11 minutes until
second-rower Stephen Wild - making only his second start after an
horrific knee ligament injury earlier this season - struck twice to
get the Warriors motoring.
Crowd-pleasing Irish winger Brian Carney set up the first with a
terrific 50-yard break up the middle and then the floodgates opened.
By half-time, the Warriors had the points well and truly in the
bag after running in another four tries.
Teenage scrum-half Luke Robinson, getting his chance in the
absence of Adrian Lam, created one apiece for Brett Dallas and Shaun
Briscoe with neat kicks and also combined with half-back partner Sean
O'Loughlin to give Wild his second of the half. Skipper Andy Farrell
also dummied his way over and converted all five first-half scores.
Robinson was again involved in supplying the final pass for
in-form Kiwi prop forward Craig Smith to claim Wigan's sixth try
before Halifax had Ged Corcoran sinbinned twice for holding on.
Wigan could afford the luxury of giving a second-half breather to
both Farrell and Terry Newton ahead of Friday's big test against
Danny Sculthorpe marked his return after injury by crashing over
for Wigan's seventh try after a superb offload from Wild.