Well those that listened will know that I made my debut as a
match summariser on Wish FM's commentary of this match and what a
game to commentate on.
I mentioned on air about it being our
record away victory but once I got home to look fully at the
records you appreciate the enormity of what was witnessed at a cold
|Wigan Record All Time League Victory
||(was 78-4 v Workington 1996)
|Wigan Record Super League Victory
||(was 78-4 v Workington 1996)
|Wigan Record League Away Victory
||(was 72-6 v Wakefield 1987)
|Wigan Record All Comps Away Victory
||(was 80-20 v Limoux 2004)
|Super League Record Away Victory
||(not a clue)
|Hull KR's Record Defeat
||(was 78-6 v Halifax twice 1956 & 1991)
Pat Richards also equalled the record for most goals in a league
match with his 12 matching achievements of massive club legends Jim
Sullivan against Rochdale in 1924 and Ken Gee against Cardiff City
in 1951. That Pat record is even more outstanding when you consider
he missed his first two.
I wrote in a Saints match report that we
were not quite clicking in attack and it should be seen as a huge
positive that we were producing good results despite that. Well boy
did we click here. As much as Hull KR were weak with injuries,
Wigan produced a first class performance.
Shaun Wane got a lot of
stick for the way our season collapsed at the end of last year but
he is beginning to prove his class with his signings. I'm sure most
looked at Blake Green and Matty Smith when they were bought without
much excitement but they are really coming together as a
The pair were top class in this performance. Green with ball in
hand is nailing cutting edge sharp passes to get players over time
and time again and his footwork as well is outstanding. He has
kicking abilities also, but Smith is the main man for that and he
was a bugs dick away from a 40/20 early second half before he
finally nailed one. Three 40/20s in the last four matches means our
best return in a whole season (and we are only in Round 10) for
40/20s since 2009.
I've said on here, and during commentary today, that I felt the
kicking game was our ultimate downfall last season but we have no
worries in that department with these two.
Then you look at the forwards. Scott Taylor was disappointing
early on in his Wigan career for me but Waney dropped him for the
London home game and he's come back in recent matches with far
better performances. Great again here and looks a good buy.
Flower, Gil Dudson, Tom Spencer (the first two signed by Wane) were
great today also. It's staggering really that Friday's beast player
Dom Crosby sat out this one. I don't know if he was injured but you
can forget about early season worries of lack of squad depth, we
have tons of it!
Note to mention Sam Powell also. He came on
midway through the first half and all was going so well we didn't
miss Mike McIlorum.
It could be argued that a lot of those performances are down to
poor opposition but I'm not that convinced. I couldn't have been
more impressed with that display. This side is growing in
confidence and with the fixture list looking good in the next few
weeks it will be hard to dislodge us from the top of the table.
The massacre that was to come was on the cards right from the
start of this one. Rovers had a good couple of early sets but once
Wigan got the ball out wide they killed them with four tries within
First try went right. Chris Tuson hit Darrell
Goulding who beat a missed tackle by Kris Welham. That opened up
the space for him to commit Alex Brown and send Josh Charnley
racing over in the right corner. Josh suffered a cut ankle scoring
that, which left him requiring 15 stitches. Ouch! No sympathy from
Waney who called him a "typical soft back" or words to that effect.
Josh had to come off after just 5 minutes which saw Jack Hughes
come on at left centre and Thornley move from their to the right
wing. Pat missed the extras - 4-0.
Second try was soft defence
but Green made a lovely run around to receive Sam Tomkins' play the
ball pass before scoring in the left corner. Good communication
from him and I reckon he had spotted the slack defence. Extras
missed again - 8-0.
Third try went right and Welham was once
again mis-reading in defence. He went up far too early and Sam
Tomkins bust through the gap. With pace to burn he committed last
man, full back Greg Eden, and sent the supporting Thornley over in
the corner. Pat converted for 14-0.
Then the fourth try was left.
Pat got the ball inside his own half. Eden was coming across to
halt him, so he beautifully hacked on around him and although he
needed a a good bounce of the ball to get a second kick into the in
goal, it was perfectly weighted for the touch down. Conversion left
it at 20-0 after 15 minutes.
Rovers had a brief respite but two
more Wigan scores came before the half hour. First Jack Hughes had
a simple 40 metre dart over the line. As ever I'm no notes in
writing these reports but I seem to recall he had stripped Graeme
Horne one on one.
Then Green scored a second in which he took
Adam Walker over the line with him. Pat had converted the first try
but failed with this one to leave the scores at 30-0.
didn't add to their tally in the 10 minutes before half time. Gil
Dudson, Tom Spencer and Sam Powell had all been introduced, the
latter playing all of the last 47 minutes of action with Waney
seeing little point in needing McIlorum to return.
actually Hull KR who scored after getting a penalty after the
hooter. Nice dink from Craig Hall was finished by Greg Eden.
Disappointing considering we only had one tackle to defend but it
was a good effort. Conversion made it 30-6 at the break.
Wigan needed to do now was not encourage Rovers early second half
and they deflated them within four minutes and it was Green who
completed his hat-trick. He got the ball in front of the posts and
mugged Evarn Tuimavave was superb footwork. Pat converted and to
same me writing that out time and again, he converted every second
half try that was to follow. Whilst early on Wigan had killed
Rovers out wide, once the game worn on Wigan's tries were just
getting nearer and nearer to the posts.
Next came a try for Matty
Smith. He had been a bugs dick away from a 40/20 early in this half
already before nailing one at the second attempt. Again a little
shimmy from Green committed defenders and Smith had a huge gap to
go through and the score was 42-6. His arm was up in salute before
he touched down in front of the Wigan fans.
Again Wigan had a
second ten minute spell without scoring. That means this was an
84-6 result which saw 20 minutes of us getting no points. I'm not
sure what's more remarkable. That, or the fact Wigan managed to
double their 42-6 lead in the final 19 minutes of the contest. It
literally was we score, you kick off, we score.
So next try saw
brilliant work from Sam Tomkins being finished by Chris Tuson. Sam
was surrounded by defenders with no where to go but just turnaround
backwards to escape them and found another lane to break clear.
Last man stopped him but Tuse was on his shoulder to finish - 48-6.
Following that saw Smith claimed a second try as he sneaked over
from close range for 54-6.
The next two were almost carbon
copies. Pat Richards from Sixty metres out and knowing he didn't
have the pace he hacked inside to what was two supporting players
on both occasions with first Sam Powell and then Liam Farrell
taking advantage. Score now at 66-6.
Absolutely no mercy came
from Wigan. Sam Tomkins bullet pass got Thornley over for a second,
but Sam quite rightly bollocked him for not rounding it off for an
easier kick. That's the small margins of inexperienced that our
squad has to learn. Obviously meant nothing today but if your alert
in circumstances like this, it will benefit you down the line. As
it happens Pat converted anyway.
Two more tries wrapped the
afternoon up. A second for Tuson before he and Sam combined
together to get Sam on the scoreboard right at the end. Amazing to
think he hadn't completed any of the previous 14 tries.
the day though. Pleasing actually to see 10 different scorers but
Darrell Goulding remains left on zero tries for the season so far
in 7 appearances. I'd like to think he's getting stick for that in
the dressing room as he's on a par with forwards Gil Dudson, Scott
Taylor, Logan Tomkins and Lee Mossop in not scoring, plus three
other players who have only played once. :-)