This was really a training session against a
spirited Barrow side. Yes the visitors were weakened but they still
called upon 8 players who were part of their side that gave Wigan a
good run for their money up at Barrow in the same round of this
competition two years ago.
In truth it was all Wigan. Barrow never got past
half way all game unless they had been gifted territory by a Wigan
error. In fairness they did get some gifted territory Barrow and
deserved at least one score for their efforts but Wigan were never
ever in danger of being threatened in this tie.
Wigan dominated from the off, but it took 11
minutes before Barrow's reasonably strong defence finally broke.
Thomas Leuluai broke through to claim it with a conversion from Pat
Richards making it 6-0.
That initial try broke the backs of Barrow for a
short while with two more tries coming in the next few minutes.
First Brett Finch sent Andy Coley clear under the sticks from ten
metres out then from a scrum we went out wide on the right, Josh
Charnley was heading into touch but threw a blind pass behind him
which fell straight into the hands of George Carmont. Not sure what
George was doing out on the right but he claimed the score and with
Pat converting both it was 18-0.
It then look like Barrow had hit back when Wigan
had fumbled the kick off. Nathan Mossop had sent Mike Backhouse
over in the right corner, but although the referee and touch judge
on that side of the field were all for giving the trip, the touch
judge on the far side stood his ground for a forward pass. From my
viewpoint it was a correct decision and I suppose you have to
credit the touch judge for getting involved and also 21 year old
referee Tim Roby for using him.
It was now well into the second quarter of the
match and it was now raining heavily. The clouds had been ominous
from kick off and it stifled the game for a while. Wouldn't use it
as an excuse for Wigan but it was a sloppy next ten minutes.
That was until the fourth try came on 33
minutes. Again from close range, Paul Deacon spun out of tackles
from 10 metres out to score just to the right of the posts. Pat
converted to make it 24-0 and that's how it remained until half
By the start of the second half the dark clouds
and heavy rain had been disappeared to be replaced by bright
sunshine and with that Wigan scored some good tries second half.
Barrow would have been looking to get the first
try of the second half but Sam Tomkins had other ideas with a solo
effort just two minutes in. He went on an arching run from 30
metres out and beat a couple of defenders before scoring near the
sticks. Pat converted for 30-0.
The visitors could have hit back next but Liam
Campbell was denied in the right corner by another forward pass.
Soon up the other end Wigan got their sixth try. Close to the line,
it was a simple effort for Sean O'Loughlin who just hit enough gas
to outpace the defenders. Pat again converted for 36-0.
Soon after that, Jeff Lima was amazingly sin
binned on 52 minutes. Barrow had survived a Wigan attack and were
looking for a quick restart but Lima was found to be guilty of
delaying the restart. I think he just got in the way more than
anything but the yellow card was a bit harsh considering you don't
really need to be wasting time with a 36-0 lead already in the bag.
The yellow card didn't really halt Wigan's
momentum. Leuluai claimed his second after Sam Tomkins sent him
coasting under the sticks on 56 minutes. Pat's seventh conversion
making it 42-0.
One thing Barrow never did was collapse in a
heap. They always kept trying and that perhaps stopped the
scoreboard becoming a full on embarrassment. But Wigan did claim
two more tries before the full time hooter.
First was a typical Richards effort. Deacon put
the bomb in the air and Pat just out leaped the defender to touch
down. His conversion wasn't given, even though many thought it was
over. Then on 73 minutes Sam claimed his second with a classy
effort. He dropped the shoulder from about half way and just had
too much pace for any defenders to stop him. Pat converted that one
to leave the final score at 52-0.
In the last 5 minutes, Barrow desperately tried
to avoid the nil and although ex Wigan academy youngster Andy
Ballard twice made half breaks down the left, he was bundled into
touch on both occasions. Wigan then into the next round with ease
and the draw see's us making a trip to Bradford on Sunday 22nd May.
Still fancy us there but surely it'll be a much tougher contest
than we had today.