I have to say, I really enjoyed watching this effort from Wigan.
Ok, London were woefully poor but Shaun Wane's team were white hot
on the day.
Josh Charnley, Sam Tomkins and Pat Richards will get
the headlines, having scored a hat-trick apiece, but for me it was
the pack that laid this platform. Harrison Hansen, Ben Flower and
Sean O'Loughlin in particular were the ones who were making tons of
metres and it looked like they were enjoying doing so.
Then of course we had the rookie half backs of Sam Powell and
George Williams, the latter playing his first Super League match. I
said on the radio that I thought Powell had a slow start but he
grew into the contest well, whilst Williams had a great
I'd just put a little exclamation mark on their efforts though,
in the fact it was all front foot stuff from Wigan in this one. A
bigger test will be to see how the react when Wigan are on the back
foot and needing a lift. However I'd still put both Blake Green and
Matty Smith into that category to be fair.
London meanwhile were pretty poor. The amount of times Wigan try
scorers went in untouched was frankly embarrassing. Also whilst
Kieran Dixon has created headlines with 14 tries in Super League
this season, to be frank about it, he was taught a lesson in
defence by Wigan during this game.
Wigan were right at this one from the off with six tries in the
opening half hour, taking them to a 32-0 lead. Charnley scored
first. Bomb went up from O'Loughlin and Dixon in defence for London
made a complete hash of it. Harrison Hansen and Sam both had a
touch before the latter sent Josh in the corner. Pat converted for
Second try came down the left from sixty metres away. Quick
hands between O'Loughlin and Williams got Iain Thornley on the
breakaway. Not often actually you see Pat cutting inside off his
wing, but that's what developed and he took the pass from Thornley
to score. Bad conversion though, so only 10-0.
Next from the restart, to which London had kicked out on the
full, Pat claimed a second. Not even quick hands to be honest. From
a penalty under the posts, Mike McIlorum, Williams and then Sam
combined for Pat to score via a huge overlap on the left.
Conversion missed - 14-0.
Then London's woes continued. Not only a restart on the full but
they now failed to find touch off a penalty and Sam punished them
with a breathtaking try. First of all he'd done really well to keep
it in play. Then he turned round and with two jinking steps he had
left six (yes six!) men flat footed. Then another step towards the
right saw him defeat full back Luke Dorn and he finished over on
the right hand side. Phenomenal effort from 65 metres. Conversion
made it 20-0.
Next Pat claimed a twenty minute hat-trick. McIlorum sprinted
out of dummy half and although the defence recovered to stop him,
then never got set to halt a quick play the ball from Sam being
sent left for Liam Farrell to get Pat in the corner. A further
conversion made it 26-0.
I remember saying on Wish FM Commentary how I felt sorry for
London about the sixth try. Craig Gower had actually put a good
little grubber in towards the posts but Sam got the ball on his own
line and his step left three flat footed again. He got Charnley
racing down the right wing from 90 metres away and although Alex
Hurst did well to get back and halt him, Sam was around in support
to claim his second. Conversion made it 32-0.
Ten minutes then past without a score and it looked like London
would do well to get into half time being only 32-0 down but Wigan
found a try a minute before the hooter and it was Williams who
deservedly got over. After Eric Lauaki and Dom Crosby had made good
hard yards, Williams burst through a missed tackle then a superb
dummy mugged Full Back Dorn. Classy try from 50 metres. Further
conversion made it 38-0 at the break.
London then had a good dig early second half but they always
lacked the quality compared to Wigan. I think this was shown by the
fact Wigan had to find some effort to score their eight try of the
afternoon with Flower crashing over well from close range.
Conversion made it 44-0.
Then London got on the scoreboard themselves. Kick went in and a
bit of luck for them really with Chris Tuson unable to deal with it
but Dorn scored and Michael Witt converted for 44-6.
Eventually Wigan got back on track with a try soon after, and
three more were added in the final quarter.
First Sam completed his hat-trick. Thornley made the initial
yards with a good break down the left. He was halted but Sam
eventually got the ball and his step again left three defenders
mesmerised and he scored close to the posts. His 29th try in only
his 15th appearance this season. Conversion brought up the 50.
Next a double for Charnley completed his hat-trick. First a kick
from Sam was mess up by Dorn and Josh just had to roll over the
line with the loose ball to score. Then he took advantage of a bomb
from Williams with Dixon being no contest for him in the air. Two
missed conversions here meant it was 58-6.
Then the final try of the afternoon saw Sam burst through two
missed tackles and sent the supporting Powell over. Final
conversion from Pat made it 64-6 in the end. An excellent work out
but surely next week will be a bigger test against Leeds!