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Match Report: Wigan 48 London 18
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 24 2013 - 21:24

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Wigan Warriors v London Broncos - Super League 18 Round 4.
Sunday 24th February 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Well this was a game that sums up my frustration with Super League's regular season at the moment. London came here today and I thought they actually played  well, but yet they've gone down by 30 points to a Wigan side that didn't need to be anywhere near it's best.

If you cut down the bare bones, London claimed three tries. Two were intercepts from our own errors and two of them were also scored during a ten minute sin bin period for us.

Maybe I'm arrogant (?), but despite those three London scores, I knew watching that Wigan always had this contest in the bag and it was really down to our own players to decide how difficult this victory was going to be for them to achieve. That has been a far too common occurrence since we went up to 14 teams in Super League.

I'm consistently seeing teams that don't have anywhere near enough quality to compete and whilst I always want to see Wigan win, it's depressing in some respects to attend matches like today. I actually ask myself if London can play much better than that? Can we accuse London of being badly coached or coming here with poor attitude? I don't think we can and yet they've still lost by 30 points.

The Second Half was a total no contest and in my view this was more down to Wigan stepping up a couple of gears rather than London dropping down, despite what Tony Rea says below. The bottom line was they just didn't have any quality to compete with and that sums up a lot of teams that have been around positions 9 to 14 in Super League in the last three to four years.

What was important was that Wigan got off to a good start and didn't encourage London early. First attack we were over in the left corner with Iain Thornley scoring after 90 seconds, completing a nice one-two with his wing partner Pat Richards. Pat then nailed a touchline conversion for 6-0.

London then gave Wigan a warning with a clean break down their left wing but we survived that and scored a second try up the other end with Josh Charnley hitting an overlap in the right corner. Although Pat missed the extras, this was looking easy at 10-0.

But then on 16 minutes came a sin binning for Sam Tomkins. He reacted angrily to what looked a poor decision from the match officials. Defending a kick into the in goal, he looked to have taken advantage of the new rule which allows you to knock a ball dead, to your advantage, if you have one foot stood beyond the dead ball line. My only question here is if that is valid in the in goal? It certainly seems to be the case along the touchline. Anyway, the officials declared a drop out but Sam clearly gave referee Robert Hicks a verbal volley and he was subsequently dispatched to the sin bin for dissent.

I actually agree with Hicks, having made his decision, for producing the yellow card, the dissent was clear. If the rule is the same for in goal, as it is for the sideline, then Sam clearly had a point, but I wish their was far more consistency amongst the match officials surrounding mouthing off like that.

That sin binning played a part in London's best spell of the match. Pat Richards had gone across to cover Sam at Full Back and perhaps it was no surprise to see ex Wigan player Liam Colbon go over in the right corner to which Pat was absent from defending. Michael Witt nailed an excellent conversion for 10-6.

Then an awful error from Matty Smith in midfield allowed London to take the lead. His dropped ball was scooped up by Craig Gower and although he had cement legs in running up the field, he had support in Kieran Dixon to finish off near the posts. Witt converted to make it 12-10 to London.

My confidence that this would not turn into a bad afternoon for Wigan was shown in how quickly we responded to that. We went up the other end, with Sam back on the field, and scored a very soft try to retake the lead. Mike McIlorum scored from close range and Pat converted for 16-12 to Wigan. If London can not muster any spell of defence, then what is the point? They didn't really hold Wigan at end point during the entire contest.

That said, they went back ahead themselves from another Wigan error on 34 minutes. This time it was a charge down interception in which Chad Randall blocked Blake Green's clearance kick and touched down without being touched. Witt converted for 18-16 to them.

Again though London could not hold Wigan with any vigour what so ever and it was so easy how we retook the lead before half time. You'd think a top level side would be able to find some effort to try and hold their lead to the break but again we were back ahead with Green's passing sending Sean O'Loughlin charging over from close range, rattling the post pads in the process. Pat converted to make it 22-18 at the half.

Second Half we stepped up the gears and London had zero answers. Sam Tomkins started off the scoring with a nice diagonal run to the right corner after just 4 minutes. Four minutes later, nice hands left saw Richards claim a try and his conversion off the touchline to that effort now had Wigan leading 32-18.

London began to look tired and were not helped by Matt Cook being the fall guy for a sin binning just 1 minute after his team had received the warning signal from referee Hicks. Wigan took full advantage during this spell with tries from Blake Green and Charnley.

The Tomkins brothers had combined in midfield to send Green on a half the field dash to the try line, right up the middle, whilst Jack Hughes had made the break down the right for Charnley's second try, the scorer creating a nice option in cutting back on the inside. Easy conversions for Pat made it 44-18.

Iain Thornley then scored his second with a nice power over on 68 minutes, just as London returned to 13 men, but Pat missed those extras to stop us getting 50 points on the board.

The only surprise really was no further tries were scored but the big disappointment for Wigan was news that Lee Mossop is now out for an expected three months after he popped his shoulder again. He left the field after 21 minutes in near tears and he obviously knew straight away it was a bad one. I take the positive though in that the injury will give a real opportunity for both Greg Burke and Dom Crosby to show their worth. I'm excited by that! Will be a good test for them at Castleford next Sunday!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "(In regards to Sam Tomkins sin binning it) was the wrong call from the in touch judge , but (the dissent) is no excuse and it won't happen again It was the wrong call but that happens in games, the referees make mistakes just like players. They are incidents for me to sort out in the week and not for Sam to do it on the field. He is a competitor, I understand he wants to win but he just cannot do that. I don't know what he said to the referee but it must have been severe for him to sin-bin him. No matter what happens with decisions, referees don't do it on purpose. Sam just can't do it. Lee (Mossop) is really struggling, he has dislocated his shoulder and should be out for around 12 weeks I think."

London Coach Tony Rea: "You don't get points for playing well in the first half. We had to get out and do the same in the second half and we didn't do that. I get a response from these blokes everyday. We are not cracking, we are holding it together and we will find ways to get better and we will be okay. We have had a bad few days and the players have been a bit down, but not on each other. They will be okay, we will all keep pulling in the right direction and we will have our moments."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position London 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Dan Sarginson 19
2 Josh Charnley Winger Liam Colbon 2
4 Jack Hughes Centre Michael Channing 15
17 Iain Thornley Centre Will Lovell 22
5 Pat Richards Winger Kieran Dixon 19
6 Blake Green Stand Off Michael Witt 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Craig Gower 7
20 Gil Dudson Prop Antonio Kaufusi 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Chad Randall 9
10 Lee Mossop Prop Scott Wheeldon 14
16 Chris Tuson 2nd Row Shane Rodney 4
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Chris Bailey 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Tommy Lee 23
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15 Ben Flower Substitute Mark Bryant 10
23 Logan Tomkins Substitute Chris Melling 16
26 Dom Crosby Substitute Matt Cook 20
29 Greg Burke Substitute Ben Fisher 26
- Shaun Wane Coach Tony Rea -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- London Broncos 18
Tries (9):
Iain Thornley 2
Josh Charnley 2
Mike McIlorum
Sean O'Loughlin
Sam Tomkins
Pat Richards
Blake Green
--- Tries (3):
Liam Colbon
Keiran Dixon
Chad Randall
Goals:
Pat Richards 6/9
--- Goals:
Michael Witt 3/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Wigan 04 London 00 Try: Iain Thornley
- Wigan 06 London 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
10th Minute Wigan 10 London 00 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 10 London 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
16th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Sam Tomkins (Dissent)
20th Minute Wigan 10 London 04 Try: Liam Colbon
- Wigan 10 London 06 Conversion: Michael Witt (1/1)
24th Minute Wigan 10 London 10 Try: Kieran Dixon
- Wigan 10 London 12 Conversion: Michael Witt (2/2)
28th Minute Wigan 14 London 12 Try: Mike McIlorum
- Wigan 16 London 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
34th Minute Wigan 16 London 16 Try: Chad Randall
- Wigan 16 London 18 Conversion: Michael Witt (3/3)
39th Minute Wigan 20 London 18 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 22 London 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 22 London Broncos 18
44th Minute Wigan 26 London 18 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 26 London 18 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/5)
48th Minute Wigan 30 London 18 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 32 London 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/6)
57th Minute London Sin Bin Matt Cook (after Team Warning)
60th Minute Wigan 36 London 18 Try: Blake Green
- Wigan 38 London 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/7)
65th Minute Wigan 42 London 18 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 44 London 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/8)
68th Minute Wigan 48 London 18 Try: Iain Thornley
- Wigan 48 London 18 P.Richards Missed Conversion (6/9)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 48 London Broncos 18

Video Highlights

Referee

Robert Hicks

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Wigan 9 lll London 4
Offloads:   Wigan 7   London 5
Penalties Conceded:   Wigan 7   London 13
Errors:   Wigan 8   London 12
Set Completion:   Wigan 74%   London 63%

Match Attendance

11,590 (North Stand Closed)

Weather

Dry with a little sunshine first half. Nippy in the shade.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 4

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 4 4 0 0 114 36 +78 8
2 Warrington Wolves 4 3 1 0 105 67 +38 7
3 Wigan Warriors 4 2 1 1 117 57 +60 5
4 Catalan Dragons 4 2 1 1 105 71 +34 5
5 St Helens 4 2 1 1 78 76 +2 5
6 Leeds Rhinos 3 2 0 1 90 34 +56 4
7 Bradford Bulls 4 2 0 2 100 82 +18 4
8 Wakefield Wildcats 4 2 0 2 86 78 +8 4
9 Hull FC 4 1 1 2 66 94 -28 3
10 Castleford Tigers 4 1 1 2 67 107 -40 3
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 1 0 3 122 124 -2 2
12 Widnes Vikings 3 1 0 2 50 74 -24 2
13 Salford City Reds 4 1 0 3 58 158 -100 2
14 London Broncos 4 0 0 4 38 138 -100 0

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 4 Results
Sat 23 Feb Bradford Bulls 10 St Helens 36 8,203
Sat 23 Feb Hull FC 10 Warrington Wolves 24 10,712
Sun 24 Feb Wigan Warriors 48 London Broncos 18 11,590
Sun 24 Feb Castleford Tigers 17 Catalan Dragons 17 5,205
Sun 24 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 16 Huddersfield Giants 18 8,467
Sun 24 Feb Salford City Reds 38 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 1,989
Postponed Leeds Rhinos v Widnes Vikings -

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