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Challenge Cup Match Report: Wigan 48 Widnes 4
Posted by cherryandwhite on July 17 2013 - 14:01

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Monday 15th July 2013
Wigan Warriors 48 Widnes Vikings 4
DW Stadium, Wigan
Tetley's Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Widnes    
1 Sam Tomkins  T      7 Rhys Hanbury    
2 Josh Charnley  T3      26 Jack Owens    
3 Darrell Goulding       3 Cameron Phelps    
22 Anthony Gelling       4 Stefan Marsh    
5 Pat Richards    G8    5 Patrick Ah Van  T   
6 Blake Green  T      6 Kevin Brown    
7 Matty Smith  T      14 Joe Mellor    
20 Gil Dudson       16 Eamon O'Carroll    
9 Michael McIlorum       9 Jon Clarke    
10 Lee Mossop       25 Alex Gerrard    
11 Harrison Hansen       11 Frank Winterstein    
12 Liam Farrell  T      24 Macgraff Leuluai    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Hep Cahill    
16 Chris Tuson       17 Ben Kavanagh    
26 Dom Crosby       23 Phil Joseph    
29 Greg Burke       27 Grant Gore    
32 Ryan Hampshire  T      29 Adam Lawton    


Well the last two fixtures have seen Wigan trail 16-4 and 18-4 at home but their was a much better showing from Wigan in this cup tie against Widnes.

Sean O'Loughlin and Sam Tomkins returning were obviously huge boosts but I'll need convincing that Sam was really fully fit. He scored a try but generally I thought he was pretty quiet during the 50 minutes he played.

Forget those two though - for me the bigger key for us was Blake Green looking like he was returning to his early season form. This was only his second start since returning from injury and their was none of the lethargy that had dogged his previous appearance against Bradford.

It's also the combination with Matty Smith that is going to be huge for us going forward as well. We had gone the best part of two months (seven matches) without the pair starting together and to still be top despite that should be taken as a job well done.

Much as Wigan played well however, Widnes were dreadful. Every time you watch them they do dumb things and you see Denis Betts on TV with his head in his hands. He really should be questioning himself. Their defence has been appalling in Super League since day one and shows no sign of getting better. Surely it's down to him to get them doing better things in both attack and defence?

Widnes actually made a decent start after an opening minute knock on from Mike McIlorum gave them a big chance to claim an early try. It would have been interesting had it happened, but it didn't and Wigan soon got gifted control of the game.

Macgraff Leuluai was guilty on at least three occasions of helping Wigan down the field and the first of those penalties conceded was almost punished by Anthony Gelling who made a great break out of dummy half from 30 metres. He was just short on the last tackle.

Next Wigan attack saw great last tackle offloading look like it had got Blake Green over but he couldn't gather to score the try.

Widnes though gifted Wigan the opener soon after. Rhys Hanbury's pass went to ground and Josh Charnley returned it sixty metres for the opening try. Pat's conversion was easy for 6-0.

That quickly was doubled with another try gifted to Josh. This time Widnes were caught out on the last and it was left to Patrick Ah Van to panic kick away but the ball again went to ground and Charnley returned it. Pat converted for 12-0.

I was remarking on Wish FM, doing the commentary summarising, that Sam had been quiet and then up he popped to finish off a Harrison Hansen break for 18-0. I think though that this try was his only contribution to the match. He wasn't his normal self like I said earlier.

Wigan had a further try chalked off for a knock on before scoring their fourth. This was a nice one. From inside his own half, Liam Farrell broke and had five in support against Full Back Hanbury. Matty Smith was the man who got the ball and he finished, an easy kick for Pat again making it 24-0.

Widnes did find one score on the night. Nice try as well. Kevin Brown timing his run to collect one kick before kicking again to get Ah Van over in the corner. Although the conversion was missed, for 24-4, they did finish the half strongly looking for another.

However they gifted Charnley a try for a third time. A ball to ground again and Josh returned it 90 metres to complete his hat-trick.

So 30-4 at half time and Wigan then took 55 seconds to slam shut any chance of a Widnes fight back. The visitors had taken a dead kick off out dead and Liam Farrell scored to punish. Have to say though he was disgraceful casual in touching down and almost got a lesson for it. Widnes' last gasp defender almost caused an error. Ginger got away with that one.

After that, the game died away. Wigan had done enough to win and started to withdraw the likes of Sam Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin and Mike McIlorum over time to keep them fresh for what's to come.

Sam's replacement was young Ryan Hampshire who claimed a try on 56 minutes. Blake Green's forwarding looking pass found Gil Dudson who in turn sent Hampshire under the posts. Conversion made it 42-4.

Then with 14 minutes to go Blake Green capped off his performance with a neat try, capitalising on another Widnes error. Pat actually had to put some effort into kicking this one, the first of the night that wasn't under the posts, but he did so to complete a 48-4 scoreline.

I was saying on Wish FM commentary that I wanted Wigan to keep up defensive standards during the final 20 minutes. They did that. Whether that was down to themselves or Widnes being awful, I'll let you decide!

08mins:33 Wigan 04 Widnes 00 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 06 Widnes 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
12mins:00 Wigan 10 Widnes 00

Try: Josh Charnley (2)

- Wigan 12 Widnes 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
16mins:42 Wigan 16 Widnes 00

Try: Sam Tomkins

- Wigan 18 Widnes 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
23mins:16 Wigan 22 Widnes 00

Try: Matty Smith

- Wigan 24 Widnes 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
32mins:59 Wigan 24 Widnes 04 Try: Patrick Ah Van
- Wigan 24 Widnes 04 J.Owens Missed Conversion (0/1)
36mins:12 Wigan 28 Widnes 04

Try: Josh Charnley (Hat-Trick)

- Wigan 30 Widnes 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 30 Widnes Vikings 04
40mins:55 Wigan 34 Widnes 04

Try: Liam Farrell

- Wigan 36 Widnes 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
56mins:22 Wigan 40 Widnes 04

Try: Ryan Hampshire

- Wigan 42 Widnes 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
66mins:24 Wigan 46 Widnes 04

Try: Blake Green

- Wigan 48 Widnes 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/8)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 48 Widnes Vikings 04

Ben Thaler




2013 Challenge Cup Quarter Finals

Friday 12th July 2013
Sheffield Eagles 10 London Broncos 29 (Live on Sky)

Saturday 13th July 2013
Catalan Dragons 13 Hull FC 34 (Live on BBC 2)

Sunday 14th July 2013
Warrington Wolves 44 Huddersfield Giants 24 (Live on BBC 2)

Monday 15th July 2013
Wigan Warriors 48 Widnes Vikings 4 (Live on Sky)

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