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Match Report: Warrington 39 Wigan 12
Posted by Bilko on September 05 2011 - 13:12

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Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XVI Round 26.
Sunday 4th September
2011. Kick Off
12:45pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium

Match Report - Archived from Official Website

Wigan lost their first game in fourteen fixtures in league and cup as Warrington Wolves ran out 39-12 winners in the vital battle of the top two at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday lunchtime.

It now means that Wigan slip to second in the table and the destination of the League Leaders Shield will be decided on Friday, Warrington a point to the good go to Hull while the Warriors host the Crusaders at the DW Stadium.

The home side raced into 24-0 lead in as many minutes before Wigan were able to score through a Paul Deacon try.

After a nervy twenty minutes after the break two further Warrington tries ensured a home win and a double for the Wolves over the Warriors in regular rounds of Super League. Wigan got a second try late on through Skipper Sean O'Loughlin but it was Warrington who moved to the top of the Super League table with the two points.

Wigan made one change to the seventeen that defeated Leeds at Wembley last weekend in the Challenge Cup Final with Gareth Hock replacing the injured Lee Mossop on the bench. The Wolves recalled Adrian Morley to the side, the England prop returning after ten weeks on the sidelines with an eye injury.

It was a frantic start with Wigan making a mistake straight from the kick off allowing the ball to go dead forcing an early drop out from underneath the posts, the Wolves pressed but the Warriors defence held firm. The visitors were forced into another drop out as the home side looked for the early breakthrough.

On ten minutes the deadlock was broken, Lee Briers with a hanging kick to the corner on the final tackle and Matt King rose above Josh Charnley to gather and dive over. Bridge hit an excellent conversion to make it 6-0.

Three minutes later and the Wolves were in again, a Briers kick ricocheted off Thomas Leuluai back into the hands of the stand-off for a simple try. Bridge made it two from two and the home side were 12-0 to the good.

Warrington were on a roll and a brilliant break by Richard Myler sent Michael Monaghan through for the Wolves third try in less than ten minutes, Bridge added the extras to make it 18-0.

The Warriors made their first break on 20 minutes through Sam Tomkins from a Leuluai pass but with an opportunity for a Wigan try the pass went wayward into touch.

A mistake though by Harrison Hansen soon after gifted Warrington an easy fourth try and his second for Michael Monaghan under the posts, Bridge hit the conversion, 24-0.

Wigan responded from a tap penalty on 28 minutes, Finch sending Paul Deacon through for the cherry and whites first try, Richards hit the goal, 24-6.

On 37, Michael Monaghan added a drop goal from distance to make it 25-6 and that's the way it stayed until the break.

The second half early on was a nervous affair, a Wigan score would possibly mean a Warriors fight back, a try for the home side probably would seal it.

Both sides went toe to toe and it was Jon Clarke who was able to go over from acting half back on the hour mark, the decision made by the video referee as Sam tried to prevent Clarke putting the ball down with his leg underneath. Bridge added the goal to make it 31-6.

The game was won by a Joel Monaghan interception try with 13 minutes left from deep inside his own half and Bridge's conversion made it 37-6.

Wigan grabbed their second try late on through Sean O'Loughlin which Pat Richards goaled but with six minutes left it was little more than consolation.

An incident late on saw Hock put on report and a Chris Bridge penalty finished the scoring at 39-12.

Wigan host the Crusaders on Friday before the Play-Offs get under way the weekend after.

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position Wigan 1
2 Chris Riley Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
5 Joel Monaghan Winger Josh Charnley 25
4 Chris Bridge Centre Joel Tomkins 12
23 Ryan Atkins Centre George Carmont 4
3 Matt King Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Lee Briers Stand Off Paul Deacon 6
7 Richie Myler Scrum Half Brett Finch 17
8 Adrian Morley Prop Andy Coley 10
9 Michael Monaghan Hooker Thomas Leuluai 7
10 Garreth Carvell Prop Jeff Lima 15
11 Louis Anderson 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
17 Simon Grix 2nd Row Ryan Hoffman 16
18 Mike Cooper L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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13 Ben Harrison Substitute Mike McIlorum 9
15 Jon Clarke Substitute Paul Prescott 14
19 Lee Mitchell Substitute Liam Farrell 22
20 Matty Blythe Substitute Gareth Hock 34
- Tony Smith Coach Michael Maguire -

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 39 --- Wigan Warriors 12
Tries (6):
Matt King
Lee Briers
Michael Monaghan 2
Jon Clarke
Joel Monaghan
--- Tries (2):
Paul Deacon
Sean O'Loughlin
Goals:
Chris Bridge 7/7
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 2/2
Drop Goals:
Michael Monaghan 1
--- ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

09mins:52 Warrington 04 Wigan 00 Try: Matt King
- Warrington 06 Wigan 00

Conversion: Chris Bridge (1/1)

13mins:01 Warrington 10 Wigan 00 Try: Lee Briers
- Warrington 12 Wigan 00

Conversion: Chris Bridge (2/2)

17mins:46 Warrington 16 Wigan 00 Try: Michael Monaghan
- Warrington 18 Wigan 00

Conversion: Chris Bridge (3/3)

23mins:44 Warrington 22 Wigan 00 Try: Michael Monaghan (2)
- Warrington 24 Wigan 00

Conversion: Chris Bridge (4/4)

28mins:13 Warrington 24 Wigan 04 Try: Paul Deacon
- Warrington 24 Wigan 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)

37mins:00 Warrington 25 Wigan 06

Drop Goal: Michael Monaghan

Half Time Warrington Wolves 25 Wigan Warriors 06
59mins:43 Warrington 29 Wigan 06 Try: Jon Clarke
- Warrington 31 Wigan 06

Conversion: Chris Bridge (5/5)

64mins:17 Warrington 35 Wigan 06 Try: Joel Monaghan
- Warrington 37 Wigan 06

Conversion: Chris Bridge (6/6)

72mins:01 Warrington 37 Wigan 10 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Warrington 37 Wigan 12

Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)

78mins:00 Warrington 39 Wigan 12

Penalty Goal: Chris Bridge (7/7)

Full Time Warrington Wolves 39 Wigan Warriors 12

Video Highlights

Referee

Ben Thaler

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 4 Bradford 7

Match Attendance

13,940 (193 Bradford Supporters)

Weather

Dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 25

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 26 21 0 5 1038 389 +649 42
2 Wigan Warriors 26 19 3 4 810 422 +388 41
3 St Helens 26 16 3 7 748 499 +249 35
4 Huddersfield Giants 26 16 0 10 683 493 +190 32
5 Leeds Rhinos 26 14 1 11 726 579 +147 29
6 Catalan Dragons 26 14 1 11 645 608 +37 29
7 Hull FC 26 13 1 12 706 535 +171 27
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 13 0 13 687 668 +19 26
9 Castleford Tigers 26 12 2 12 640 782 -142 26
10 Salford City Reds 26 10 0 16 524 765 -241 20
11 Bradford Bulls 26 9 2 15 556 800 -244 20
12 Harlequins 26 6 1 19 508 917 -409 13
13 Crusaders* 26 6 0 20 517 815 -298 8
14 Wakefield Wildcats* 26 6 0 20 427 943 -516 8

*Crusaders and Wakefield both deducted 4 points for entering administration.

Round 26 Results
Fri 2 Sept Leeds Rhinos 64 Wakefield Wildcats 20 15,511
Fri 2 Sept St Helens 31 Salford City Reds 6 7,377
Sat 3 Sept Castleford Tigers 18 Hull FC 50 7,866
Sat 3 Sept Catalan Dragons 28 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 8,252
Sun 4 Sept Warrington Wolves 39 Wigan Warriors 12 13,024
Sun 4 Sept Bradford Bulls 48 Crusaders 24 12,998
Sun 4 Sept Huddersfield Giants 50 Harlequins 12 5,220

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