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Match Report: Wigan 54 Widnes 12
Posted by cherryandwhite on June 25 2012 - 22:19

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Monday 25th June 2012
Wigan Warriors 54 Widnes Vikings 12
DW Stadium, Wigan
Stobart Super League 17 - Round 18 of 27

Kick Off 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Widnes    
1 Sam Tomkins  T      19 Cameron Phelps    
2 Josh Charnley  T3   G7    2 Paddy Flynn    
3 Darrell Goulding       3 Chris Dean    
4 George Carmont  T      4 Willie Isa    
24 Anthony Gelling  T      5 Patrick Ah Van    G2 
13 Sean O'Loughlin       7 Rhys Hanbury    
6 Brett Finch  T2      34 Joe Mellor  T   
21 Epalahame Lauaki       8 Ben Cross  T   
9 Michael McIlorum  T      35 Paul McShane    
10 Lee Mossop       17 Steve Pickersgill    
26 Jack Hughes       11 Frank Winterstein    
12 Gareth Hock       21 Dave Allen    
16 Liam Farrell       12 Hep Cahill    
Interchange:
8 Paul Prescott  T      1 Shaun Briscoe    
28 Logan Tomkins       10 Ben Davies    
33 Dominic Crosby       25 Danny Craven    
36 Rhodri Lloyd       28 Alex Gerrard    

Report: 

"I think fans might just need to not expect too much over the coming weeks. It is pointless and energy wasting to (give 100% peak performance) against teams like Widnes for example. We probably won't need to fire anywhere near top gear to beat them. If we do fire, well great, but no point peaking for this if we flat for energy in the cup semi final!"

The words in my match preview. You see I know what I'm talking about sometimes lol. Only first gear required and yet we still won this with relative ease.

Thomas Leuluai's injury picked up in the England v Exiles yawnfest last week meant Sean O'Loughlin switched to Stand Off with Brett Finch moving to scrum half. We've also lost Jeff Lima for a couple of games after he reportedly fractured an eyesocket in training after a clash of heads with Paul Prescott. Cynical me reckons that's clever stuff from Preccy because it got him straight back in the team for this one, albeit on the bench.

The Widnes side included Joe Mellor, despite him being on loan from Wigan whilst ex Warriors Cameron Phelps, Ben Cross, Ben Davies, Shaun Briscoe and Dave Allen were also in Denis Betts side.

I just wonder if Betts conducted his pre match team talk in dominatrix gear and told all his players to be "bad boys" because their discipline in this match was pretty dire. Gifting Wigan penalties is asking for trouble and Wigan clinically punished those naughty Widnes boys.

3rd Minute, after Widnes were caught offside, Wigan go right and a long pass from Liam Farrell sends Josh Charnley in the corner. He can't convert but an easy 4-0 lead is on the board.

10th minute, Widnes penalty for holding down, and this time Mike McIlorum finished off. Cheeky dummy got him away but the defence was quite poor. Charnley converted for 10-0.

13th minute, Widnes high shot penalty conceded, and good hands from Finch and Sam got Carmont busting in the left corner. Josh made it 16-0 and all things looked ominous.

After that however we had a sloppy twenty minutes, whilst the visitors got some possession to get back into the contest. Letting Ben Cross score under the posts on 18 minutes is pretty soft for Wigan's standards however. Easy conversion for 16-6.

A little bit of alarm with that score but another sweaty moment followed on 22 minutes when Widnes almost intercepted to score from 90 metres. However, to brutally honest, the fitness of Widnes' team has to be brought into question here. How the hell did they not score? They had a clear four man break but none of them had the legs to complete it and a couple of those breaking were struggling after the first ten metres. Nearest to scoring was Joe Mellor, and guess what, he did all his fitness training here at Wigan! It really was like they were running through the heavy mud at Glastonbury. Credit to the chasing back from Jack Hughes, who stopped him short, but that really should have been shut the gate and over under the sticks. I think its appalling they didn't have the legs to complete that. They've just had a week off as well!

Anyway Wigan soon got full control of the game back with two scores on 35 and 38 minutes. First Prescott marked his return with a rare try from close range before Anthony Gelling went over in the left corner. Charnley converted both for 28-6 but Widnes had the last laugh of the half with Mellor completing a gift interception right on the hooter.

With a coach like Waney, who gives the impression he eats raw meat for breakfast, I was always confident we would get the first score after half time to complete this job. Classy effort from Finch who throws a dummy that allows him to mug Willie Isa and Dave Allen in the process of scoring. Charnley converts for 34-6.

After that it was a case of how many. Next Wigan try came on 55 minutes with Charnley claiming his second following some garbage defending by Patrick Ah Van. I remember Ray French describing our first try in the famous 1989 cup final as "rank bad tackling" (well I think he said rank?) and this matched that for poor quality. "Strength from Charnley" said Eddie Hemmings but a toddler would of scored that against Ah Van's defensive efforts. Conversion missed - 38-6.

Then on 67 minutes it was Shaun Briscoe who was lazy in defence. I know he's been out a while, but a stab to the corner from Sam was Briscoe's to deal with all day but he let Josh get a hand on it for the hat-trick. His third treble of the season, which also meant Josh overtook Danny Tickle to become top Super League points scorer. He also nailed a beauty conversion for 44-6. Much better with his goal kicking tonight.

Two further tries came in the final ten minutes. First a sharp pass from O'Loughlin got Finch under the sticks for his second before Sam claimed the last try of the night from close range with two minutes to go. I didn't think Finch or Sam were anywhere near their top form tonight but they didn't need to be. A further goal from Josh completed a very comfortable 54-12 win and meant we reclaimed our three point lead at the top of Super League.

Shaun Wane seems happy just to get the two points and so am I. The manner of it didn't really matter. I think slipping back a few gears for this game after peaking during the difficult pre international break run was perhaps always inevitable. I'm confident we'll be better on Friday and it's all about peaking for that Cup Semi Final in 3 weeks time. Wane added that McIlorum was the "outstanding player" on the night and he was spot on. Excellent display.

Scoring: 
02mins:04 Wigan 04 Widnes 00 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 04 Widnes 00 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (0/1)
09mins:37 Wigan 08 Widnes 00 Try: Mike McIlorum
- Wigan 10 Widnes 00 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/2)
13mins:05 Wigan 14 Widnes 00 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 16 Widnes 00 Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/3)
17mins:45 Wigan 16 Widnes 04 Try: Ben Cross
- Wigan 16 Widnes 06 Conversion: Patrick Ah Van (1/1)
34mins:16 Wigan 20 Widnes 06 Try: Paul Prescott
- Wigan 22 Widnes 06 Conversion: Josh Charnley (3/4)
37mins:37 Wigan 26 Widnes 06 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Wigan 28 Widnes 06 Conversion: Josh Charnley (4/5)
39mins:59 Wigan 28 Widnes 10 Try: Joe Mellor
- Wigan 28 Widnes 12 Conversion: Patrick Ah Van (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 28 Widnes Vikings 12
42mins:11 Wigan 32 Widnes 12 Try: Brett Finch
- Wigan 34 Widnes 12 Conversion: Josh Charnley (5/6)
55mins:31 Wigan 38 Widnes 12 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Wigan 38 Widnes 12 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (5/7)
67mins:25 Wigan 42 Widnes 12 Try: Josh Charnley (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 44 Widnes 12 Conversion: Josh Charnley (6/8)
71mins:34 Wigan 48 Widnes 12 Try: Brett Finch
- Wigan 50 Widnes 12 Conversion: Josh Charnley (7/9)
78mins:33 Wigan 54 Widnes 12 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 54 Widnes 12 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (7/10)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 54 Widnes Vikings 12
Referee: 

Thierry Alibert

Attendance: 

13,445

Super League 17 - Round 3 Result
Mon 18 June Leeds Rhinos 44 Wakefield Wildcats 40 12,272

Super League 17 - Round 18 Results
Fri 22 June Hull Kingston Rovers 10 Catalan Dragons 13 7,142
Fri 22 June Salford City Reds 10 St Helens 32 5,447
Sun 24 June Bradford Bulls 34 Wakefield Wildcats 26 11,236
Sun 24 June Huddersfield Giants 46 London Broncos 10 6,019
Sun 24 June Leeds Rhinos 40 Castleford Tigers 22 16,153
Sun 24 June Warrington Wolves 40 Hull FC 18 10,582
Mon 25 June Wigan Warriors 54 Widnes Vikings 12 13,445

Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 18 15 0 3 680 279 +401 30
2 Warrington Wolves 18 13 1 4 604 333 +271 27
3 Catalan Dragons 17 12 0 5 532 388 +144 24
4 St Helens 18 10 2 6 527 317 +210 22
5 Huddersfield Giants 18 11 0 7 511 353 +158 22
6 Leeds Rhinos 18 10 0 8 495 444 +51 20
7 Hull FC 17 9 2 6 420 372 +48 20
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 18 9 1 8 495 435 +60 19
9 Bradford Bulls 18 9 1 8 385 454 -69 19
10 Salford City Reds 18 6 1 11 412 522 -110 13
11 Wakefield Wildcats 18 6 0 12 372 520 -148 12
12 Castleford Tigers 18 5 0 13 370 614 -244 10
13 London Broncos 18 3 0 15 354 587 -233 6
14 Widnes Vikings 18 3 0 15 273 814 -541 6

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