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Match Report: Wigan 17 Warrington 17
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 09 2013 - 03:24

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Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves - Super League 18 Round 2.
Friday 8th February 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Well I must admit I was in the camp that thought our pack might struggle this year, particularly after the dismal friendly showing against Warrington, but they really muscled up here to give us bright hope for the rest of this season.

It would have been an injustice had Wigan not got something out of this contest and I suppose a draw was a fair reflection in the end.

I think Wigan need to learn a lesson though. The only real complaint about our efforts was the stupid tackled off the ball incident on Brett Hodgson with just over five minutes to go. We had the point lead and this was clearly not a night for tries being scored from deep, so you have to condemn how cheaply Pat Richards, our oldest player on the park, gave away that penalty. It didn't lead directly to the equalising drop goal, but it certainly got Warrington away from the try line in attack and they soon got us punished.

Pat wasn't at his best in defence either but to be honest this was more of a performance with plenty of positives. For starters its a point that we haven't picked up in each of the last three seasons and against a Warrington side that had EIGHT players in their line up older than our oldest squad member. That speaks volumes about how we are set for the future and perhaps instead of bemoaning the losses of great talents like Tommy Leuluai and George Carmont we should rejoice in watching a young Wigan side full of academy bred talent rather than a team full of ageing players. Yep that experience at Warrington might well mean trophies for them rather than us this year, who knows, but it could also mean they'll peg out as the season wears on. It might just been that, that experience will count for them at the back end of the year but as long as our team grows whilst the season goes on, we'll be laughing at some point in the near future I'm sure.

Good to see Blake Green and Matty Smith showing good signs of combination also. We seem to have some ideas on the last tackle now and that's something which I've been moaning about for a long, long time. Hope that continues to improve! It was the youngsters in the pack that really showed up though. Liam Farrell and Jack Hughes were excellent in the second row and Greg Burke had a powerful debut off the bench.

Warrington ended up scoring first with Joel Monaghan squeezing over in the right corner, followed by a touchline conversion from Brett Hodgson for 6-0 after 10 minutes.

Wigan responded brilliantly to that and had a great spell for the next twenty minutes, topped off by two tries. First, after forcing a drop out, Josh Charnley was sent over in the right corner but the conversion from Richards went wide. Then Ben Flower took advantage of some woeful Wolves defending to score near the posts. Pat converted that one for a 10-6 Wigan lead.

Crucial try that second one because I felt the interchanges would benefit Warrington more than us. Although Flower himself had come off the bench, I think that actually proved right. Whilst you have to continually question Mike McIlorum's penalty conceding, I think he was missed when he was spelled around the half hour mark for the inexperienced Sam Powell. I like the experiment of trying Powell as an alternative hooker but I'm not sure its a wise move to try it out against an opponent like this.

I felt we stifled a bit during this period and needed half time to re-gather. Didn't really surprise me when Warrington scored four minutes from half time with Monaghan claiming a second but Hodgson's conversion went wide to leave the scores at 10-10. The try came after Josh Charnley had knocked on defending a kick but it did look like he was taken out in the air.

That looked like being that but two penalties conceded by Garreth Carvell allowed Wigan to nip in a penalty goal from Pat just before the break for a 12-10 lead.

Big plus for me came early in the second half. Not so much the early try conceded, Richie Myler scored a classy try and Hodgson converted for 16-10 to Warrington, but more that we didn't collapse at this point. In other recent Warrington visits to Wigan, you could almost sense our teams shoulders sagging at moments like that, and the try line always seemed miles away, but not in this match.

We scored a great try to get back in it on 50 minutes. Lovely dummy from Green before he hit Farrell with the delayed short pass. Similar to a try scored in the friendly at Salford last month and worked well again here. Poor failed conversion though from Pat left the scores tied at 16-16.

After that it was a game of few chances. Wigan had a crucial three or four set stand at one point but in the main defences were on top well away from the try lines. So it was down to one pointers and Wigan actually kicked one on 70 minutes with Matty Smith doing the honours to put us 17-16 up.

That was our first drop goal since the 2011 World Club Challenge and in Super League you had to go back to the Brian Noble era and a drop goal by Sam Tomkins during a 29-26 win away at Castleford in August 2009. At home the last drop goal in Super League was by Pat Richards in a 23-22 win over Leeds in July 2008.

So a one pointer had been long overdue and for me it should have been enough but sadly we let Warrington off the hook with that daft tackle in the air penalty from Pat on Hodgson and they found just enough territory to level up with an inevitable drop goal from the porky Lee Briers.

In the end it finished 17-17 and I suppose it depends on our next result whether this is ultimately a good point or not. Victory at Huddersfield would wrap up an excellent trio of results to get this season underway, let's see if we can back this performance up next weekend!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "It was a good effort from our players. To have to defend so many sets on our line, we showed some great character. I'm a little frustrated because I thought we could have done better but the courage and guts we showed in our defence was outstanding. We were nowhere near our best - we put ourselves under pressure with the penalty count - but overall I'm fairly pleased with that. It was a really big game and in the past we've not been performing in big games. It will send a signal out to other teams. The pleasing thing for me is that it's a quiet dressing room, they are all disappointed with the result. He's only a kid but (Greg Burke) did me proud. I thought he was outstanding and I'm really pleased with Jack Hughes and Iain Thornley."

Warrington Coach Tony Smith: "There's such long way to go. I'm not going to go home and kick the dog. There are mixed emotions. We're not punching the air but it was pleasing that we found a way not to lose it once we went behind. I don't think we controlled the game as much as we needed to. I thought they were better than us in the first half, they out-enthused us, but in the second half we showed a bit more control for patches of the game. The skill level was not particularly high but it was tense and the crowd played a part in that."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Warrington 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Brett Hodgson 1
2 Josh Charnley Winger Chris Riley 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Ryan Atkins 4
17 Iain Thornley Centre Rhys Evans 20
5 Pat Richards Winger Joel Monaghan 5
6 Blake Green Stand Off Lee Briers 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Richie Myler 7
20 Gil Dudson Prop Adrian Morley 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Michael Monaghan 9
10 Lee Mossop Prop Chris Hill 18
4 Jack Hughes 2nd Row Trent Waterhouse 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Ben Westwood 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Simon Grix 15
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15 Ben Flower Substitute Garreth Carvell 10
21 Scott Taylor Substitute Micky Higham 14
24 Sam Powell Substitute Michael Cooper 17
29 Greg Burke Substitute Stefan Ratchford 19
- Shaun Wane Coach Tony Smith -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 17 --- Warrington Wolves 17
Tries (3):
Josh Charnley
Ben Flower
Liam Farrell
--- Tries (3):
Joel Monaghan 2
Richie Myler
Goals:
Pat Richards 2/4
--- Goals:
Brett Hodgson 2/3
Drop Goals:
Matty Smith 1
--- Goals:
Lee Briers 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

09mins:29 Wigan 00 Warrington 04 Try: Joel Monaghan
- Wigan 00 Warrington 06 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (1/1)
15mins:38 Wigan 04 Warrington 06 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 04 Warrington 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
22mins:00 Wigan 08 Warrington 06 Try: Ben Flower
- Wigan 10 Warrington 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
36mins:05 Wigan 10 Warrington 10 Try: Joel Monaghan (2)
- Wigan 10 Warrington 10 B.Hodgson Missed Conversion (1/2)
39mins:22 Wigan 12 Warrington 10 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 12 Warrington Wolves 10
41mins:55 Wigan 12 Warrington 14 Try: Richie Myler
- Wigan 12 Warrington 16 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (2/3)
50mins:31 Wigan 16 Warrington 16 Try: Liam Farrell
- Wigan 16 Warrington 16 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/4)
71mins:15 Wigan 17 Warrington 16 Drop Goal: Matty Smith
76mins:54 Wigan 17 Warrington 17 Drop Goal: Lee Briers
Full Time Wigan Warriors 17 Warrington Wolves 17

Video Highlights

Referee

Phil Bentham

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Wigan 4 lll Warrington 5
Offloads:   Wigan 7   Warrington 15
Penalties Conceded:   Wigan 11   Warrington 9
Errors:   Wigan 8   Warrington 14
Set Completion:   Wigan 78%   Warrington 67%

Match Attendance

20,050 (Away Attendance: 3,574)

Milestones Reached

Greg Burke made his Wigan first team debut.

Weather

Dry. Bit Cold.

League Table after Super League 18 Round 2

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 2 2 0 0 74 10 +64 4
2 Catalan Dragons 2 2 0 0 72 30 +42 4
3 Wigan Warriors 2 1 1 0 59 17 +42 3
4 Warrington Wolves 2 1 1 0 57 41 +16 3
5 Leeds Rhinos 2 1 0 1 48 20 +28 2
6 Bradford Bulls 2 1 0 1 52 34 +18 2
7 Widnes Vikings 2 1 0 1 32 30 +2 2
8 Castleford Tigers 2 1 0 1 38 52 -14 2
9 Hull FC 2 1 0 1 34 48 -14 2
10 Wakefield Wildcats 2 1 0 1 42 60 -18 2
11 St Helens 2 1 0 1 20 44 -24 2
12 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 0 2 44 68 -24 0
13 London Broncos 2 0 0 2 20 62 -42 0
14 Salford City Reds 2 0 0 2 6 82 -76 0

Round 2 Results
Fri 8 Feb Wigan Warriors 17 Warrington Wolves 17 20,050
Sat 9 Feb Catalan Dragons 40 Salford City Reds 6 6,872
Sat 9 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 36 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 9,237
Sun 10 Feb Huddersfield Giants 34 London Broncos 6 5,273
Sun 10 Feb Hull FC 28 Bradford Bulls 12 10,952
Sun 10 Feb Widnes Vikings 4 St Helens 16 8,322
Sun 10 Feb Castleford Tigers 14 Leeds Rhinos 12 9,103

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