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Match Report: London 6 Wigan 44
Posted by cherryandwhite on July 25 2012 - 01:48

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London Broncos v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 21.
Saturday 21st July 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at Twickenham Stoop.

Match Report`

Wigan made hay whilst the sun, once again, shined at Twickenham Stoop in seeing off London Broncos to maintain our lead at the top of Super League. Though it wasn't exactly a roll over and die effort from the Broncos, this was a routine victory to say the least.

Once the first score of the second half went our way, the game was in bag. It was apparent all afternoon that the impetus was on defence, after the garbage efforts of the Semi Final, and in the end it was disappointing to not claim the nil, although understandable to be caught cold when they did. The one London try came on the back of a long injury delay as I'll explain later in the report.

Star of the show was once again Sam Tomkins, who scored 4 tries to take his Super League total for the season to 22. This makes him second top try scorer in the league now behind our own Josh Charnley who increased his total to 26.

Coach Shaun Wane brought back in Iain Thornley and Matty Smith following them being cup-tied for the semi defeat to Leeds. Thornley replaced Anthony Gelling, who was dropped to the Under 20s, on the left wing whilst Matty Smith started at Scrum Half with Brett Finch and Sean O'Loughlin reverting to their natural positions of Stand Off and Loose Forward.

If someone had said to me on July 21st 2011 that in one years time our starting props would be Ben Flower and Eric Lauaki I would have laughed into my pie supper, but twelve months on, that was exactly the case in this game. I think Lee Mossop and Jeff Lima deserved to be dropped to the bench to be honest after a very poor opening spell in the cup semi.

This game was all about Sam though and it took him just 80 seconds to not only open the scoring but also claim the 100th try of his Wigan career in his 119th appearance. He first got Charnley away down the right wing with a pass that cut out two defenders then was in support to take the ball back and score. He continued with the goal kicking for a third match in a row and converted an easy effort for 6-0.

Then the second try quickly came in the 6th minute. Mike McIlorum darted from dummy half before finding Darrell Goulding who cleverly flicked the pass on for Charnley. Josh then steps like he's bouncing on a pogo stick to beat two defenders and get over in the corner. Sam couldn't convert though - only 10-0.

Looked ominous at this point but London grew into the game and it wasn't until a minute before half time before the next try came for Wigan. I don't think Wigan were particularly poor during this period. Defence was just on top.

Wigan have been masters of a try just before the break this season though and no different here. Good hands in the build up with Brett Finch and Ben Flower combining but Sam beat Craig Gower with the dummy then dove over for his second try. His conversion sent us in at the break 16-0.

As ever, first try of the second half was going to set the tone for the rest of this game. Wigan quickly got it, taking just three minutes to claim our fourth try. Simple effort this one. McIlorum from dummy half, to Finch, to Sam and Iain Thornley had a walk in, in the left corner. Conversion missed though - 20-0.

Fifth try was good team work on 50 minutes. Matty Smith takes it in and finds Liam Farrell on the half burst. Good offload from Ginger finds Sam who in turn sends Smith under the posts for his first Wigan try. Sheer delight on his face to get that four pointer. I mentioned Sam had scored his 100th try in his 118 games, Smith here was scoring just his 18th try in his 120th career appearance. Big difference eh but hopefully Smith will get his strike rate up now he's at a top club! Conversion by Sam made the score 26-0.

Then five minutes later he completed his hat-trick. This one started from deep with a hit up from "the beast" Jeff Lima. Good pass inside to get Finch on the breakaway from 60 metres out and Sam was in support to finish close to the posts. Have to note the support of that break from Ginger Farrell as well who ran the opposite side of Finch to Sam. Conversion was easy for 32-0.

The hour mark came and Finch himself scored the next Wigan try. He just hit a good diagonal run onto a pass from Smith and full back Dan Sarginson couldn't stop him. Another conversion made it 38-0.

Speaking of Sarginson, he sadly got injured not soon after that. He was down injured for about five minutes and left the field on a stretcher. The delay worked in London's failure because straight off the restart they caught Wigan cold with a kick from Gower being touched down by Michael Robertson. Can't really see too much fault in the defence for that. Maybe not enough pressure on the kicker but it was a good grubber. Michael Witt converted for 38-6.

The best try was saved till last. A try I described as "masturbatory" on my twitter during the game. Sam it was for his fourth and it was pure genius at work. He gets the ball on the right, beats Will Lovell with a lovely step, then burns Julien Rinaldi for pace before he chips over the top to beat two more defenders, collect himself and finish under the posts. All class! He then converted to complete a personal points tally of 26 points in an easy 44-6 Wigan win.

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I set up a few goals to achieve defensively and we did that apart from the kick (for London's only try). I was quite happy and it was a good turnout. I thought the way we got our plays on was good. We weren't at our fluent best but I think we did a good job. We've got two points and it's not the easiest place to come. It is a warm day and with a new half as well, to score 44 points I'm quite happy. Nothing surprises me in whatever (Sam Tomkins) does. He's just got the desire to win and compete. It never surprises me - that's just Sam. He'll always impress me. I thought (Matty Smith) did well. It will be a few games down the line when we see the actual best of him but from today's point of view I'm quite happy with what he did." (The fans) were superb. They always like the trip and they were all disappointed after last week like we were. They love coming down here and it's a great weekend for us and to have two points from a quality win - I'm very happy."

London Interim Coach Tony Rea: "I did not really see a lot of good things out there today but I am not going to hide from that."

Team Sheets

- London Position Wigan 1
19 Dan Sarginson Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
21 Kieran Dixon Winger Josh Charnley 2
3 Jamie O'Callaghan Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 David Howell Centre George Carmont 4
5 Michael Robertson Winger Iain Thornley 37
6 Michael Witt Stand Off Brett Finch 6
7 Craig Gower Scrum Half Matty Smith 38
10 Mark Bryant Prop Ben Flower 23
9 Chad Randall Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
30 Scott Wheeldon Prop Epalahame Lauaki 21
12 Chris Bailey 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
16 Chris Melling 2nd Row Gareth Hock 12
13 Tony Clubb L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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8 Antonio Kaufusi Substitute Lee Mossop 10
14 Julien Rinaldi Substitute Jeff Lima 14
18 Olsi Krasniqi Substitute Liam Farrell 16
31 Will Lovell Substitute Chris Tuson 17
- Tony Rea Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 10 --- Wigan Warriors 52
Tries (1):
Michael Robertson
--- Tries (8):
Sam Tomkins 4
Josh Charnley
Iain Thornley
Matty Smith
Brett Finch
Goals:
Michael Witt 1/1
--- Goals:
Sam Tomkins 6/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute London 00 Wigan 04 Try: Sam Tomkins
- London 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (1/1)
6th Minute London 00 Wigan 10 Try: Josh Charnley
- London 00 Wigan 10 Missed Conversion: Sam Tomkins (1/2)
39th Minute London 00 Wigan 14 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- London 00 Wigan 16 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (2/3)
Half Time London Broncos 00 Wigan Warriors 16
43rd Minute London 00 Wigan 20 Try: Iain Thornley
- London 00 Wigan 20 Missed Conversion: Sam Tomkins (2/4)
50th Minute London 00 Wigan 24 Try: Matty Smith
- London 00 Wigan 26 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (3/5)
55th Minute London 00 Wigan 30 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- London 00 Wigan 32 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (4/6)
61st Minute London 00 Wigan 36 Try: Brett Finch
- London 00 Wigan 38 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (5/7)
66th Minute London 04 Wigan 38 Try: Michael Robertson
- London 06 Wigan 38 Conversion: Michael Witt (1/1)
71st Minute London 06 Wigan 42 Try: Sam Tomkins (4)
- London 06 Wigan 44 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (6/8)
Full Time London Broncos 06 Wigan Warriors 44

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Brett Finch 3rd: Harrison Hansen 4th: Eric Lauaki 5th: Matty Smith

Referee

Thierry Alibert

Penalties Conceded

London 7 Wigan 5

Match Attendance

4,309

Weather

Dry. Sunny.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 21

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 21 17 0 4 798 325 +473 34
2 Warrington Wolves 21 15 1 5 683 413 +270 31
3 St Helens 21 13 2 6 605 383 +222 28
4 Catalan Dragons 21 14 0 7 631 447 +184 28
5 Leeds Rhinos 21 13 0 8 608 478 +130 26
6 Hull FC 21 11 2 8 500 479 +21 24
7 Huddersfield Giants 21 11 0 10 555 468 +87 22
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 21 9 1 11 563 525 +38 19
9 Bradford Bulls* 21 11 1 9 475 522 -47 17
10 Salford City Reds 21 8 1 12 492 614 -122 17
11 Wakefield Wildcats 21 7 0 14 427 620 -193 14
12 Castleford Tigers 21 6 0 15 458 700 -242 12
13 Widnes Vikings 21 5 0 16 382 854 -472 8
14 London Broncos 21 3 0 18 384 733 -349 6

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 6 points for entering administration.

Round 21 Results
Fri 20 July Catalan Dragons 15 St Helens 20 10,387
Fri 20 July Leeds Rhinos 34 Bradford Bulls 16 18,520
Fri 20 July Salford City Reds 8 Widnes Vikings 46 5,196
Sat 21 July London Broncos 6 Wigan Warriors 44 4,309
Sun 22 July Huddersfield Giants 14 Wakefield Wildcats 35 6,579
Sun 22 July Castleford Tigers 26 Warrington Woles 40 6,167
Mon 23 July Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Hull FC 32 9,086

Round 2 (Re-arranged) Result
Sat 14 July Catalan Dragons 44 Hull FC 14 7,388

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