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Match Report: London 6 Wigan 64
Posted by cherryandwhite on May 21 2013 - 00:10

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London Broncos v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 15.
Saturday 18th May 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Twickenham Stoop.

Match Report

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 performance.

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 6-0.

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!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "For us to come here today and put on a performance like that leaves me ecstatic. Our attack was really crisp and I thought our concentration levels throughout were fantastic. What can you say (about Sam Tomkins, he) is a total one-off. He really is a class act - his competitive nature in training and on the pitch is a joy to see. His individual try he scored today was one of the best I have ever seen. I just wish we had more players who had that attitude."

London Coach Tony Rea: "The players did not come out with any sort of intent and Wigan have the players who can exploit those gaps. We know there will be lows after highs, but such a low as that is unacceptable. We are measuring ourselves against teams like Wigan, and I thought there were performances out there today that showed me a lot of those players are not the answer in terms of where this club wants to be. We have some challenging times ahead and some tough decisions have to be made."

Team Sheets

- London Position Wigan 1
1 Luke Dorn Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
25 Alex Hurst

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
4 David Howell Centre Jack Hughes 4
29 James Mendeika Centre Iain Thornley 17
21 Kieran Dixon Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Michael Witt Stand Off Sam Powell 24
7 Craig Gower Scrum Half George Williams 31
20 Matt Cook Prop Lee Mossop 10
26 Ben Fisher Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
18 Olsi Krasniqi Prop Ben Flower 15
11 Shane Rodney 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
17 Shane Grady 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
12 Chris Bailey L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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10 Mark Bryant Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 8
14 Scott Wheeldon Substitute Chris Tuson 16
22 Will Lovell Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
27 Erjon Dollapi Substitute Dom Crosby 26
- Tony Rea Coach Shaun Wane -
Note: London 19. Dan Sarginson was pulled out of the starting line up after the warm up. James Mendeika was promoted from bench to start with Erjon Dollapi coming in.

Score Sheet

London Broncos 6 --- Wigan Warriors 64
Tries (1):
Luke Dorn
--- Tries (12):
Josh Charnley 3
Pat Richards 3
Sam Tomkins 3
George Williams
Ben Flower
Sam Powell
Goals:
Michael Witt 1/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 8/12

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th Minute London 00 Wigan 04 Try: Josh Charnley
- London 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
10th Minute London 00 Wigan 10 Try: Pat Richards
- London 00 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
12th Minute London 00 Wigan 14 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- London 00 Wigan 14 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/3)
16th Minute London 00 Wigan 18 Try: Sam Tomkins
- London 00 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/4)
21st Minute London 00 Wigan 24 Try: Pat Richards (Hat-Trick)
- London 00 Wigan 26 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
28th Minute London 00 Wigan 30 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- London 00 Wigan 32 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/6)
39th Minute London 00 Wigan 36 Try: George Williams
- London 00 Wigan 38 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/7)
Half Time London Broncos 00 Wigan Warriors 38
51st Minute London 00 Wigan 42 Try: Ben Flower
- London 00 Wigan 44 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/8)
55th Minute London 04 Wigan 44 Try: Luke Dorn
- London 06 Wigan 44 Conversion: Michael Witt (1/1)
58th Minute London 06 Wigan 48 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- London 06 Wigan 50 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/9)
62nd Minute London 06 Wigan 54 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- London 06 Wigan 54 P.Richards Missed Conversion (7/10)
67th Minute London 06 Wigan 58 Try: Josh Charnley (Hat-Trick)
- London 06 Wigan 58 P.Richards Missed Conversion (7/11)
76th Minute London 06 Wigan 62 Try: Sam Powell
- London 06 Wigan 64 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/12)
Full Time London Broncos 06 Wigan Warriors 64

Video Highlights

Referee

Thierry Alibert

Match Attendance

3,594

Weather

Dry. Sunny Spells.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 15

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 15 12 1 2 589 185 +404 25
2 Huddersfield Giants 15 11 0 4 438 282 +156 22
3 Leeds Rhinos 13 9 1 3 349 200 +149 19
4 Warrington Wolves 15 9 1 5 422 283 +139 19
5 Catalan Dragons 15 8 1 6 353 334 +19 17
6 Hull FC 15 7 2 6 352 299 +53 16
7 Bradford Bulls 15 7 2 6 369 343 +26 16
8 St Helens 15 7 1 7 340 302 +38 15
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 15 7 0 8 387 466 -79 14
10 Wakefield Wildcats 14 5 1 8 332 399 -67 11
11 Widnes Vikings 14 5 1 8 337 448 -111 11
12 Castleford Tigers 15 3 1 11 301 487 -186 7
13 London Broncos 15 3 1 11 251 500 -249 7
14 Salford City Reds 15 3 1 11 233 521 -288 7

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 15 Results
Fri 17 May Salford City Reds 7 Bradford Bulls 28 5,106
Fri 17 May Warrington Wolves 16 Hull FC 26 9,387
Fri 17 May Widnes Vikings 22 Huddersfield Giants 36 5,173
Sat 18 May Catalan Dragons 39 Castleford Tigers 30 7,083
Sat 18 May London Broncos 6 Wigan Warriors 64 3,594
Sun 19 May Hull Kingston Rovers 44 Wakefield Wildcats 18 6,933
Mon 20 May Leeds Rhinos 22 St Helens 30 15,998

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