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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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Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings - Tetley's Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Monday 15th July 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

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!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: ""I thought we played well and scored some good tries. It was good to get Lockers and Sam back. We were crisp in our attack. It was our best performance for about three weeks, it just shows what a difference Lockers makes." Josh Charnley was outstanding. He has been consistently good for a few months. He works hard in training and it shows with how he plays. I'm pleased the hard work the players have put in has been rewarded with a semi-final. We've got a massive game next Monday with our arch rivals and that's all I'm looking at now. It's a big month for us."

Widnes Coach Denis Betts: "It was pretty frustrating all round. I don't think Josh will score an easier hat-trick in his life. They scored nearly 50 points against us but 24 of those we just left on the floor for them. We talked about wanting to come here and play and expand our game a little bit. It was nothing lost, nothing gained for us today. We chanced our arm but we were a little bit too cavalier at times. I thought our defence was really solid at times. I thought we really stood up as a group but attacking-wise we just lacked something. We got over-anxious and we played on the wrong kind of plays. That's just a lack of composure. At least we're talking about a Wigan side that is not full of kids this time that's beat us."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Widnes 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Rhys Hanbury 7
2 Josh Charnley

Winger

Jack Owens 26
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Cameron Phelps 3
22 Anthony Gelling Centre Stefan Marsh 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Patrick Ah Van 5
6 Blake Green Stand Off Kevin Brown 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Joe Mellor 14
20 Gil Dudson Prop Eamon O'Carroll 16
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Jon Clarke 9
10 Lee Mossop Prop Alex Gerrard 25
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Frank Winterstein 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Macgraff Leuluai 24
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Hep Cahill 13
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16 Chris Tuson Substitute Ben Kavanagh 17
26 Dom Crosby Substitute Phil Joseph 23
29 Greg Burke Substitute Grant Gore 27
32 Ryan Hampshire Substitute Adam Lawton 29
- Shaun Wane Coach Denis Betts -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- Widnes Vikings 04

Tries (8):
Josh Charnley 3
Sam Tomkins
Matty Smith
Liam Farrell
Ryan Hampshire
Blake Green

---

Tries (1):
Patrick Ah Van

Goals:
Pat Richards 8/8
--- Goals:
Jack Owens 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

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

Video Highlights

Referee

Ben Thaler (Video Referee: Richard Silverwood)

Match Attendance

6,372

Weather

Dry and Sunny Night.

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