This is no false dawn, we are definitely on the road to recovery
under Brian Noble and I've no doubt we'll be back up at the top of
the table next season.
Tonight was not a vintage performance.
Just a good hard working professional performance which saw the
job done with ease.
One or two fans were a bit nervous pre match but me personally,
I always say it, I'm never nervous about us at the JJB. It's on
the road we need to vastly improve. Our home performances have
never been really poor, and the last four home matches has proved
To get +36 up on Wakefield's points difference is perhaps a
killer blow to there chances of survival. If they lose tomorrow
there is no chance of them catching us, simple as that.
We don't need to think about them anymore. What we need to
concentrate on is proving ourselves away at Leeds next week. Let's
show how far we have come!
From the off Wigan looked in good form. They went over inside
sixty seconds through Sean O'Loughlin but it was disallowed by
Karl Kirkpatrick for a knock on.
It didn't matter as in the
third minute we took the lead with Mark Calderwood finishing off a
break from Bryan Fletcher who was sent clear by a pass from David
Vaealiki, playing his first match since we met St Helens in late
May. Michael Dobson converted - 6-0 Wigan.
Micky Higham and Stuart Fielden had been held up over the line
Wigan finally increased there lead with a try from Fletcher/ He
bulldozed his way over to score in his fourth consecutive home
appearance. Dobson's conversion made it 12-0.
Then came a spell of good pressure from the French but despite
often gifting them territory our defense held firm. Renaud Guigue
went closest but was ruled to have knocked on over the line.
A penalty goal from Dobson made it 14-0 on the half hour before
Harrison Hansen scored a crucial try right on half time. Hansen is
looking a superb asset of the subs bench. He forced his way over
to send us 20-0 up at half time.
Into the second half and Catalans winger Thomas Bosc gave the
French brief hope scoring in the corner, before Australian wing
Pat Richards marked his return to favour after a six-week absence,
touching down a neat kick from Dobson.
That try sealed the game and in the last quarter Wigan began to
ooze confidence and play some champagne football. Further tries
from Vaealiki, Chris Ashton and Higham, who all scored by simply
finished off good breaks, wrapped up a comfortable 40-4 victory
which sees us effectively go five points clear of danger due to
our now much better points difference.