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Pre Season Match Report: Warrington 20 Wigan 0
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 28 2013 - 11:30

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Saturday 26th January 2013
. Kick Off 5:00pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Note: Kick Off Delayed by 2 Hours from 3:00pm Due to Snow

Match Report

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 them.

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 against us.

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.

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position Wigan 1
1 Brett Hodgson Full Back Jack Murphy 28
2 Chris Riley Winger Josh Charnley 2
4 Ryan Atkins Centre Darrell Goulding 3
20 Rhys Evans Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Joel Monaghan Winger Dom Manfredi 37
6 Lee Briers Stand Off Blake Green 6
7 Richie Myler Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Adrian Morley Prop Paul Prescott 19
14 Mick Higham Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
18 Chris Hill Prop Lee Mossop 10
15 Simon Grix 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
12 Ben Westwood 2nd Row Jack Hughes 4
13 Ben Harrison L.Forward Ben Flower 15
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9 Michael Monaghan Substitute Epalhame Lauaki 8
10 Garreth Carvell Substitute Gil Dudson 20
16 Paul Wood Substitute Scott Taylor 21
17 Mike Cooper Substitute Anthony Gelling 22
19 Stefan Ratchford Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
21 Tyrone McCarthy Substitute Sam Powell 24
22 Rhys Williams Substitute Rhodri Lloyd 25
23 Gareth O'Brien Substitute Dom Crosby 26
24 Ben Currie Substitute Greg Burke 29
26 James Laithwaite Substitute Lewis Tierney 35
- Phil Veivers Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 20 --- Wigan Warriors 00
Tries (4):
Joel Monaghan
Rhys Evans
Brett Hodgson
Chris Riley
--- Tries (0):
Goals:
Brett Hodgson 2/3
Ben Westwood 0/1
` ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Warrington 04 Wigan 00 Try: Joel Monaghan
- Warrington 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (1/1)
37th Minute Warrington 10 Wigan 00 Try: Rhys Evans
- Warrington 10 Wigan 00 B.Hodgson Missed Conversion (1/2)
Half Time Warrington Wolves 10 Wigan Warriors 00
55th Minute Warrington 14 Wigan 00 Try: Brett Hodgson
- Warrington 16 Wigan 00 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (2/3)
79th Minute Warrington 20 Wigan 00 Try: Chris Riley
- Warrington 20 Wigan 00 B.Westwood Missed Conversion (0/1)
Full Time Warrington Wolves 20 Wigan Warriors 00

Referee

Ben Thaler

Penalties Conceded

Warrington 7 Wigan 14

Match Attendance

4,696

Weather

Nippy Wind.

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