The irony for me was that if this had stayed at 3:00pm I probably
wouldn't have made the match, still having to deal with the amazing
snow storm that hit Wigan on Friday Night. Sadly though the kick
off was delayed at Warrington for two hours, by the same snow
storm, and I got to endure this dire match.
The nil says it all
for Wigan. An awful showing. We really struggled to get any go
forward in the pack and that is a worrying sign ahead of the new
season. Warrington dealt pretty easily with everything we threw at
Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards, Harrison Hansen and Sean O'Loughlin
were all absent to be fair but the forwards need to perform far
better than that. Our pack fell away in the second half of last
season and I've seen no signs of improvement so far. I expected big
things from Gil Dudson and new signing Scott Taylor this year and
I've been disappointed with the pre season showings if I'm honest.
It wasn't all total gloom though. On the positive side I thought
Wigan did well to keep Warrington down to 20 points, especially
considering our woeful set completion and a 14-7 penalty count
Also kudos to Dom Manfredi who played on the left wing. He was
mugged in the air after just three minutes by the vastly more
experienced Joel Monaghan, for the games opening try, but he didn't
let that bother him. For the rest of the game he kept him quiet and
one more than one occasion had him wrapped up with some excellent
one on one tackles. Impressed!
The only other player that caught my eye was Logan Tomkins. For
me, he was the only one who tried to inject some spark and go
forward into this Wigan performance, when he came off the bench in
the second half. I'm pleased because I questioned whether he was
too predictable in my last match report but he was the one getting
us forward late in the game. Sadly we couldn't avoid the nil but I
hope to see more of that from Logan.
I suppose that's the key point. A lot of youngsters in the last
couple of years have been fortunate that they've come into a Wigan
side doing well. I except we'll see more of Wigan with the chips
down this year and that's going to be a real, true, test of
character for many in our squad. On the evidence of this we are
going to need our squad to improve and develop as the season
progresses. To expect us to continue like the last three years is
unrealistic. We fans probably need to be a bit patient and wait
perhaps until we are five games into the regular season to get
grasp of our potential this season.