1. Lee Penny, 2. Mark Forster, 3. Allan Bateman, 4. Jonathan
Roper, 5. Iestyn Harris, 6. Kevin Ellis, 7. Greg Mackey,
8. Craig Teitzel, 9. John Thursfield, 10. Gary Tees, 11. Bob Jackson, 12.
Gary Sanderson, 13. Kelly Shelford. Subs: Rowland Phillips, Andrew Bennett.
Mark Forster 2, Andrew Bennett
Goals: Iestyn Harris 1
Warrington had gone top of the table on Good Friday but
for the fact they had played three games more than Wigan, and two more than
second placed Bradford, meant they still weren't favourites to win the
league title. These two had to concentrate on their own jobs in this 3pm
kick off but it may have been difficult to escape news that Bradford, who
kicked off at 1:30pm, were amazingly trailing Hull at Odsal 26-8 at half
time. Bradford did manage to get back to lose just 32-30 but only two
stoppage time tries got them that close and the Odsal bowl had already
emptied in disgust long before the full time hooter with Bradford falling to
a third defeat in four matches.
The news of Bradford's loss will have drifted across the
Central Park terraces in the early stages of this match and it looked like
Wigan would take the best advantage with a fantastic first half display.
They took the lead with Phil Clarke and Kelvin Skerrett combined to get
Shaun Edwards over and soon after Botica kicked a penalty for 8-0. That lead
was extended to 14-0 by half time after Sam Panapa crossed. All looked sweet
but it soon went sour. Over the next 27 minutes, two tries from Mark Forster
and one from Andrew Bennett had got Warrington all the way back to 14-14 and
Wigan went into an immense flap with 13 minutes to go. Crucially,
Warrington's young kicker Iestyn Harris only converted the last try and that
was costly when with seven minutes to go, Frano Botica re-established a lead
with a drop goal that went over off the post. That 15-14 lead was sweated on
mightily in a tense finish but their was much relief when Mick Cassidy
crossed to seal a massive win in stoppage time.
Wigan 14 Warrington 0
Dave Campbell (Widnes)
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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