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Challenge Cup Match Report: Wigan 60 Leigh 10
Posted by cherryandwhite on April 20 2013 - 01:08

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Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions - Tetley's Challenge Cup Round 4
Friday 19th April 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

I thought that was a good night of Rugby League. Leigh did themselves proud I thought whilst I was pleased to see Wigan produce a good score whilst trying out some other options.

With Blake Green, Mike McIlorum and Liam Farrell being rested we saw Sam Powell start at Stand Off with Logan Tomkins at Hooker. Jack Hughes started in the second row whilst George Williams and James Greenwood were given debuts off the subs bench.

Leigh started well with a drop out forced on the opening set of the match but Wigan's first attack up the other end saw Josh Charnley go over in the right corner, Pat Richards couldn't convert leaving the score at 4-0.

Wigan scored three more tries, all helped by conceded penalties, with Leigh not touching the football. Richards scored twice either side of a try for Sam Tomkins and with all three converted it was 22-0 after just 14 minutes.

That looked really ominous for Leigh but again when they had the ball they looked pretty decent and got a nice try themselves on 17 minutes when Rob Parker crashed over, taking advantage of a couple of good offloads. Easy conversion made it 22-6.

James Greenwood came on to make his debut but it was the 31st minute before Wigan scored again with Sam claiming his second try, conversion by Pat failed - 26-6.

Then George Williams replaced Sam Powell in the halves who in turn switched to hooker to replace the interchanged Logan Tomkins. Right on half time Williams provided the pass that got Jack Hughes on the break away and Sam was in support to claim his hat-trick. Conversion by Pat made it 32-6 at the break.

Into the second half and Wigan scored within 45 seconds of the restart. Matty Smith with the half break down the right but the supporting Charnley had the pace to get over under the posts and Pat's conversion made it 38-6.

Leigh should have scored up the other end soon after than but the player who had burst through superbly managed to knock on over the line. The Leigh fans were incensed but from my view it was quite clear. Great defence by Wigan to not give up on that.

Up the other end a 40/20 from Smith gave us the opportunity to score again and Richards claimed his hat-trick and then converted for 44-6. That was followed quickly by a fourth try for Sam, another easy kick making it 50-6.

Then Charnley made it a hat-trick of hat-tricks with his third on 55 minutes. Good break down the right and clever again to round it off nearer the sticks, but Pat's conversion here was a woeful one - 54-6. On the hour Charnley was then the provider to send George Williams in for a debut try and an easy kick for Pat made it 60-6.

The last 20 minutes is where Leigh should be most proud. Wigan never scored again after the hour mark. Baring in mind at Hull KR we registered a 42-0 score line in the final twenty minutes of that match, this was some achievement for the part time side. In fact they scored themselves. Bit dubious I thought but you get rewarded I think for hard work and Ryan Brierley and his side had earned their second try with three minutes to go. Conversion missed leaving the final score at 60-10. Wigan progressing into the 5th Round Draw which is on Monday at 3:30pm.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "I am very happy with that performance. This is a very important competition to and happy to get through. I was impressed with Leigh and I have to commend them, I was pleased with a lot our execution especially when you consider near the end of the game we had possibly our youngest ever half-back combination in the history of the club with an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old (later in the match with George Williams and Sam Powell). I was happy with how both (Williams and James Greenwood) went, they weren't fantastic but they were good for their first game and it is a big step up. I don't know what other Super League clubs but they are under quite a bit of pressure to play a certain way with us so it's not the easiest of debuts for them. I thought they both acquitted themselves very well and I was okay with their debuts."

Leigh Coach Paul Rowley: "I don't like losing but it's the display that counts sometimes and I'm very proud of the display if I'm being honest. We spoke as a team about coming away with something we could be proud of individually and I think everyone will have one fond memory from this game. Like I say I don't like losing but we are always confident whoever we play but it is the performance that matters and they get a tick for that one."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Leigh 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Gregg McNally 1
2 Josh Charnley


Steve Maden 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Stuart Littler 3
17 Iain Thornley Centre Mat Gardner 4
5 Pat Richards Winger John O'Donnell 31
24 Sam Powell Stand Off Martin Ridyard 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Ryan Brierley 7
15 Ben Flower Prop Michael Ostick 15
23 Logan Tomkins Hooker Bob Beswick 9
10 Lee Mossop Prop Rob Parker 10
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Simon Finnigan 11
4 Jack Hughes 2nd Row Craig Briscoe 16
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Sam Hopkins 6
20 Gil Dudson Substitute Sean Penkywicz 14
21 Scott Taylor Substitute Andy Thornley 15
31 George Williams Substitute James Taylor 20
33 James Greenwood Substitute Ryan Duffy 21
- Shaun Wane Coach Paul Rowley -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 60 --- Leigh Centurions 10
Tries (11):
Josh Charnley 3
Pat Richards 3
Sam Tomkins 4
George Williams
--- Tries (2):
Rob Parker
Ryan Brierley
Pat Richards 8/11
--- Goals:
Martin Ridyard 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th Minute Wigan 04 Leigh 00 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 06 Leigh 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
8th Minute Wigan 08 Leigh 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 10 Leigh 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
11th Minute Wigan 14 Leigh 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 16 Leigh 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
14th Minute Wigan 20 Leigh 00 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 22 Leigh 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
17th Minute Wigan 22 Leigh 04 Try: Rob Parker
- Wigan 22 Leigh 06 Conversion: Martin Ridyard (1/1)
31st Minute Wigan 26 Leigh 06 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Wigan 26 Leigh 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/5)
40th Minute Wigan 30 Leigh 06 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 32 Leigh 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/6)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 32 Leigh Centurions 06
41st Minute Wigan 36 Leigh 06 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Wigan 38 Leigh 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/7)
49th Minute Wigan 42 Leigh 06 Try: Pat Richards (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 44 Leigh 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/8)
52nd Minute Wigan 48 Leigh 06 Try: Sam Tomkins (4)
- Wigan 50 Leigh 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/9)
55th Minute Wigan 54 Leigh 06 Try: Josh Charnley (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 54 Leigh 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (7/10)
60th Minute Wigan 60 Leigh 06 Try: George Williams
- Wigan 60 Leigh 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/11)
77th Minute Wigan 60 Leigh 10 Try: Ryan Brierley
- Wigan 60 Leigh 10 M.Ridyard Missed Conversion (1/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 60 Leigh Centurions 10


Matt Thomason

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